Home in Ripley, Mississippi and its museum-quality contents will be sold on-site, Sept. 30-Oct. 1 A massive, two-day on-site auction of a lovely home in Ripley, Mississippi and its museum-quality contents – including an outstanding cut glass collection - will be held September 30th-October 1st.
News-Antique.com - Aug 31,2016 - RIPLEY, Miss. – A massive, two-day on-site auction of a lovely home and its museum-quality contents – including what is quite possibly the largest and most impressive cut glass collection offered in the United States in years – will be held Friday and Saturday, September 30th and October 1st, at the home, located at 331 Highway 4 West in Ripley, in north central Mississippi.
“We’re calling this an absolute world class antique collection estate auction because that’s exactly what it is,” said Dwight Stevens of Stevens Auction Company, the Aberdeen-based firm conducting the sale. “This is the court-ordered sale of the estate of Gene Ward, a man whose home and its contents stand as a monument to his love of beauty and desire for gracious living.”
Charles “Gene” Ward, who passed away last October at age 85, was a prominent businessman and a lifelong dedicated collector. He began collecting cut glass, his first love, in the early 1960s. Later on, he added antique furniture, silver, porcelain and objets d’art. He traveled the world in search of his treasures, criss-crossing the U.S. and making frequent trips to Europe and Canada.
A few expected top lots will include a 75-piece sterling silver gold gilded flatware set in the chased pierced Vine pattern by Garrard & Company (London), official jeweler to the British Crown until 2007; a German porcelain and bronze pillow clock signed Gustav Becker, Fredisch Braunaviv, made of hand-painted Sevres porcelain, 30 inches tall; and a fine Limoges game set, made for Victori Freisinger, hand-painted with pheasants and gold paint, and signed “Mulville.”
Anticipated star lots of the cut glass category will include a brilliant cut glass loving cup with a sterling rim, signed Tiffany & Company, in mint condition; two brilliant cut glass punch bowls on stands, one two-piece and pinwheel cut, the other one of the finest Stevens Auction has ever sold, 16 inches tall; and a magnificent zipper cut glass pitcher with sterling rim, 10 inches tall.
The entire estate – around 700 lots – will come up for bid over the two days, and the sale will be absolute, meaning there are no minimums and no reserves. “Everything goes, regardless of price, and because of the magnitude and importance of this auction there will be no additions, just the Ward estate,” Mr. Stevens said. “Collectors of true finery should plan to attend.” Start times for both days will be 9 am Central time. Internet bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com.
The real estate portion of the sale will be held on Saturday morning, at 9 a.m. Central time, and will be offered in two tracts. One tract comprises Mr. Ward’s former residence and the 1.33-acre corner lot it sits on. The other tract is a vacant, 1.56-acre adjacent property. The real estate does carry a reserve and will not be sold absolute. Ripley is situated not far from the Tennessee line.
The traditional brick home, featuring 2,783 square feet of living space, has 9 rooms, 3 bedrooms,