Auction PR Publicity Announcements News and Information
Auction PR Publicity Announcements News and Information


The auction will be conducted by Stevens Auction Company, starting at 10 a.m. Central time.

ABERDEEN, Miss. – Quality antique items from prominent and historic estates throughout the South, plus an extraordinary collection of American Brilliant Cut Glass, porcelains and antiques from the estate of Mrs. Gertrude Sanders of Amory, Miss., will be sold at auction on Saturday, Jan.17, by Stevens Auction Company, in the firm’s gallery located at 609 North Meridian Street.

Mahogany partner’s desk with race track top and finely carved griffins made by R. J. Horner.
Mahogany partner’s desk with race track top and finely carved griffins made by R. J. Horner.
The auction will get underway promptly at 10 a.m. Central time, with internet bidding facilitated by Longtime regulars at Stevens Auction Company sales will recognize the Sanders name from 1999, when a huge auction was held for Gertrude’s late husband, R. B. Sanders. This past October, a portion of Mrs. Sanders’ collections was sold, also by Stevens.

At that event, the star lot was a rare and beautiful Chinese plaque that sold to a Chinese online bidder for $97,000. Now, the rest of her vast collections, which include most of the 170 total pieces of American Brilliant Cut Glass in the auction (one other collection makes up the rest), will be sold, alongside other offerings, including an exceptional estate out of Lexington, Ky.

The auction will feature Federal, Empire and late Victorian furniture, sterling silver, Old Paris and other fine porcelains, exquisite china, antique clocks and oil lamps, original works of art, hand-made antique rugs, large antique pier mirrors, unique primitive pieces and other fine home furnishings. In addition to live and internet bidding, phone and absentee bids will also be taken.

Porcelain lots will include a large and impressive two-part German carriage, 2 feet long by 11 ½ inches wide; a porcelain and bronze perfume bottle, egg-shaped and with a marble base, 9 inches tall; and a Meissen porcelain figural flower centerpiece, made circa 1880 and standing 17 inches tall, with a hairline crack that was repaired and last sold at auction by Christie’s in March 2006.

Other outstanding pieces will include a Royal Bonn (Germany) jardinière, having love knot bows with hanging moss and roses, 47 inches tall; a large and fine 19th century stained and leaded glass window in the original frame; a stunning American Brilliant Cut Glass tray, 9 inches in diameter; and a magnificent 144-piece cobalt and gilt decorated china set, produced in the late 19th century.

Gorgeous 19th century furniture pieces, some by renowned makers, will be sold throughout the day. Pieces by R. J. Horner (N.Y.) will include a carved mahogany pedestal with original finish, circa 1880; and a mahogany partner’s desk with race track top and finely carved griffins. Also sold will be a 9-foot-tall Renaissance Victorian sideboard attributed to Thomas Brooks (N.Y.).

Additional furniture will include an early 19th century rosewood secretary; a walnut Victorian hall tree with rare swivel side hooks, original pans and marble, 8 feet 4 inches tall, circa 1870; an Empire Revival sideboard with original gold stencils and high chimney backsplash, circa 1840; and a mahogany Empire dining table with claw feet, gadrooned top and six leaves, circa 1870.

Also slated for auction will be a circa 1850 palatial gold Victorian pier mirror with marble base, framed and with ornate grape leaves and cherubs; a Victorian cast iron spring chair in original condition, with no damage to the springs, circa 1870; a Victorian walnut clock with carved horse crown, 41 inches tall; and an oil on canvas rendering of a farm scene, 58 inches by 38 inches.

An open house preview will be held at the Stevens Auction Company gallery on Friday, Jan. 16, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Central time, and from 8-10 a.m on auction day, Jan. 17. Photos of many of the items may be viewed on the website To request a full color brochure, please call (662) 369-2200; or send an e-mail request to [email protected].

Terms of payment are all major credit cards or pre-approved business or personal checks (with proper ID), or wire transfer. A 15 percent buyer’s premium will be applied to all purchases, with an extra 2 percent processing fee for credit cards. A sales tax will be charged as well, except for those with a valid and verifiable state resale number. Refreshments will be served auction day.

Stevens Auction Company is currently in negotiations to secure two huge estate collections – one out of Vicksburg, Miss., the other St. Louis, Mo. – featuring outstanding antique items gathered over the course of 50-plus years each. Dwight Stevens predicted it will take three big auctions to liquidate the two estates. These auctions are tentatively scheduled for sometime in spring 2015.

Stevens Auction Company is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign a single item, an estate or a collection, you may call them directly, at (662) 369-2200; or, you can e-mail them at [email protected]. To learn more about Stevens Auction Company and the upcoming January 17th auction, log on to Updates are posted often.