Stevens Estate Auction May 2nd, 2009

by John Werry on April 27, 2009

Stevens Auction will be having a sale this weekend which will include antique Victorian Furniture from a variety of makers and periods and the convenient thing about the sale is that you don’t need to bring a truck or trailer to take your purchases home.  Just be the high-bidder on the 36-foot RV that they are auctioning off and you are good to go.

450 Stevens Estate Auction May 2nd, 2009

Items to be sold include furniture attributed to John Henry Belter, J & JW Meeks, Pottier & Stymus and more.

Stevens Auction Company is pleased to announce the commission to sell the antique collection of three prominent old family estates from across the deep south. This auction contains rare antique furniture, fine clocks, fantastic lighting, china, silver, great glassware, rugs and a wonderful collection of fine porcelains.

One of the highlights is a Charles Lee signed Rosewood full-tester bed.  In my digging around I ran into several sites that document that Charles Lee is purported to have been a freed slave.  This from Neal Auction:

Note: For most of the 20th century, it was commonly held that Charles Lee was a free man of color from the workshop of New Orleans cabinetmaker Prudent Mallard. Indeed Mallard did own a slave named Charles, and beds with the C. Lee stamp are often found in historic homes in Mississippi River delta (a stamped C. Lee half-tester bed is still part of the Stanton Hall collection in Natchez, Mississippi) and appear in the inventories of New Orleans dealers Calvin Chandler Sampson, John Yetter and William McCracken in the years just before and after the Civil War. Research by scholar and Curator Stephen Harrison has revealed that Charles Lee (wc. 1856-1868) was a Manchester, Massachusetts craftsman who was known locally as a “maker of bedsteads for the Southern market.”
Reference: see Stephen Harrison, “‘C. Lee’ Maker of Beds for the Southern Market”, Maine Antiques Digest, April 1994, pp. 29-30A.

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1881victorian April 30, 2009 at 11:51 am

This is not as practical as it might appear. I pester my parents to go to auctions near their house down in Florida…they then transport the items to me in Wisconsin during one of their annual-or-so visits in their 40-foot motorhome. They like to tow a vehicle around with them, so that precludes putting items in a trailer. As a result, you are limited to whatever will fit through the door on the motorhome (and then snake around the seats & such) or in the tow vehicle. Anything much bigger than a marble-top parlor table has proven to be completely impractical.

Yep…this is a real-world issue that warrants further R&D.

– Jason

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