Highlights from our April 19th, 2008 Southern Antiques Auction in Knoxville are listed below:
(prices realized include a 10% buyer’s premium)
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|Lot#2 – Carte-de-visite CDV photo album of Nashville Tennessee interest, embossed leather covers, pressed metal clasps, Contains carte-de-visites and early reproductions from negatives of Felix Grundy, Ann Phillips Rogers Grundy, Jacob McGavock, Louisa Grundy McGavock, Jacob McGavock Lindsley, Dr. John Berrien Lindsley, Sarah “Sallie” McGavock Lindsley, Mary McGavock Todd, Mary Louise McGavock, and others. Most from Nashville photograph galleries including C.C. Giers and T.M. Schlier. Also included is one of the earliest known images of the Felix Grundy home, Grundy Place. This mansion, originally located near the Tennessee state capital was purchased by Felix Grundy’s law partner, James K. Polk, who later became president. The house then became known as Polk Place. 5″ x 6″. Cover and frontspiece detached, spine loose, some images foxed but mostly in good condition. Names inscribed in pencil script. Lindsley Warden estate. Est $300-$500. Realized $1,760.|
|Lot#6 – “History of Tennessee Illustrated 1887. East Tennessee Edition. ” Nashville, Goodspeed Publishing, 1887. Thick volume with gilt lettering and leather spine and corners, marbled edges and ends. With fold-out map of “Aboriginal Tennessee.” Edges of spine rubbed and chipped, covers rubbed esp. at edges. Hinges reinforced. Very good condition. Circa 1887. Est $200-$250. Realized $440.|
|Lot#26 – Middle Tennessee two drawer stand, Wilson Co., TN. Dovetailed drawers, curved corners to front top, paneled sides with molding, mortise and peg construction, resting on tapered legs. Older surface with cherry and walnut primary woods. Very good condition. 30″ height x 17 1/2″ width x 17 1/2″ depth. Circa 1850-60. Est. $450-$550. Realized $660.
|Lot#55 – Exceptional and rare Southern folk art carved mold, found in Wythe County, Virginia, dated 1831. Exceptional textured gouge carving, creating a level of detail and perception of depth indicative of a master carver. Circular mold consisting of hexagonal star with flower designs between points, outer circular border consisting of gouged carved date of “1831” and the initials, “C S” with a cross between the initials, carved hearts between flower with vine and leaves. Condition – Very good condition with minor chips to outer border, old age crack in area near “1” of 1831 date, back of mold original fitted for a handle now lost. 4 3/16″ x 4 1/16″ x 1 3/8″ depth. Circa 1831. Est. $1200-$1400. Realized $3,290.|
|Lot#60 – Two (2) carvings by Clarence Stringfield (Tennessee, 1903 – 1976). 1st item – Dove on branch carving by C. Stringfield. Depicting a dove resting on a stump or cut branch, signed on the bottom in blue pen, “C. Stringfield”. In orange script on the bottom, “16–“. Overall excellent condition. 14″ height. 2nd item – carved owl by C. Stringfield, signed on the bottom in pen, “C. Stringfield” Overall very good condition with abrasions to left ear. 11″ height. Est. $400-$600. Realized $990.|
|Lot#76 – Rare and large Middle Tennessee stoneware jar, quadruple handles, two on each side, the upper handle terminus joining the lower strapped handle. The lower handle with a triangular shaped terminus. This unique handle design is similar to a group of signed George Washington Dunn pieces. Condition – excellent, some roughness to inside of rim, possible firing flaw. No chips or cracks. 23″ height. Found in a Bristol, TN church. Early 20th century. Est. $800-$900. Realized $1,980.|
|Lot#113 – Exceptional Georgia alkaline glazed churn with lug and strap handle, the underside of the handle incised “4”, denoting gallon capacity. Rich green alkaline drips on inside and outside of jar. Condition – old minor flake chip to handle, otherwise excellent. 16 7/8″ height. Late 19th century. Est. $400-$500. Realized $880.|
|Lot#128 – Early Tennessee willow basket by Linda Whaley (1840-1926), Sevier County, Tennessee. Lydia Whaley or “Aunt Liddy” (named by the people of Gatlinburg) was Pi Beta Phi Arrowcraft’s first basket instructor. She was known for her baskets made from willow bark using a design her father, Joel Kear, brought from Scotland (Reference: Southern Arts and Crafts 1890-1940, Mint Museum). Liddy’s husband was killed during the Civil War at Harry’s Ford in the Smokies (Reference: Mountain Ways by Aiken, p. 29, 293). Liddy’s work was also cited by Allen Eaton in his book, Handicrafts of the Southern Highlands. Original brown paint with painted willow handle. Excellent condition. 7″ width x 6 3/4″ height. Late 19th/Early 20th century. Est. $175-$225. Realized $880.|
|Lot#150 – Tennessee Impressionist mountain landscape by L.E. Jones (Louis Edward Jones, Tennessee, 1878-1958). Oil on board, signed and dated lower left corner, “L. E. Jones 1946″. Depicting a road or trail in the foreground with mountains in the background (probably Smokey Mountain National Park). Jones was an Impressionist painter from Woodstock, New York and established the Cliff Dwellers studio in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Inscription on back includes writing “Gift to Robert Mildrix…” Very good condition. 16″ x 20″ painting, 18″ x 22″ frame. Circa 1946. Est. $1000-$1400. Realized $2,750.|
|Lot#156 – Tennessee oil on canvas by Knoxville artist, Walter Hollis Stevens (1927 – 1980). Titled on back, “Church in the Trees, Knoxville Oct ’57” and signed on the canvas, upper right corner, “Stevens 57″. Excellent condition. 24″ x 30″ canvas, 31 3/4″ x 37 3/4″ frame. Circa 1957. Accompanying this lot is an exhibit catalog, “Walter Hollis Stevens, An exhibition of paintings 1956-1980″ by Frederick Moffat, University of Tennessee, Dulin Gallery of Art (now Knoxville Museum of Art), Knoxville, TN. Est. $350-$450. Realized $1,870.
|Lot#161 – Large oil on canvas of Steeplechase course, Nashville, TN. Gift of the artist Preston Frazer, son of Sadie Warner (Mrs. George) Frazer to Miss Margaret Warden. Scene showing horse track with riders warming up their horses. Condition – some flaking of paint in the upper sky area. 36 1/4″ x 27 3/4″, 41 1/2″ x 32 5/8″. Early 20th century. Lindsley Warden estate. Est. $300-$400. Realized $880.
|Lot#169 – Rare Nashville, Tennessee coin silver table spoon, marked “E. Raworth” (Edward Raworth, Nashville, Tennessee, working 1808-1820). Caldwell states Edward Raworth was one of Davidson County’s earliest silversmiths. His mark is illustrated in Caldwell’s Tennessee Silversmiths, p.141, figure 107 and 107b. Spoon is monogrammed “HALL “. Very good condition. 9 1/8″ length. Weight – 2.34 oz troy. Early 19th century. Est. $175-$225. Realized $385.|
|Lot#182 – Sterling Presentation Pitcher, elaborate repoussé cottage and bridge pattern with rococo style decoration, central cartouche inscribed “To Sallie M. Lindsley from her mother,” flared rim with acanthus handle. Sarah “Sallie” McGavock Lindsley was the wife of Dr. John Berrien Lindsley. Her mother was Louisa Grundy McGavock, daughter of the Hon. Felix Grundy. Marks for Bailey & Co., 136 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, with pseudohallmarks denoting sterling standard.. Minor small dents, overall excellent condition. 11″ height. 37.72 oz troy. Circa 1850. Lindsley Warden estate. Est. $3500-$4000. Realized $14,300.|
|Lot#183 – Pair of Coin Silver Era sterling goblets with Tennessee interest. Elaborate Rococo style floral/swag repoussé pattern. Marked Bailey & Co., with pseudohallmarks denoting sterling standard. Inscribed “To Sallie M. Lindsley from her Mother.” Sarah “Sallie” McGavock Lindsley’s mother was Louisa Grundy McGavock, daughter of the Honorable Felix Grundy. One goblet has a dent and does not stand straight; other goblet in very good condition. 6 1/2″ height. 11.83 oz troy total wt. Circa 1857. Lindsley Warden estate. Est. $1000-$1200. Realized $1,760.|
|Lot#184 – Silver goblet with circular and chevron type chasing design, inscription “John J. McGavock to Louise Lindsley”. No hallmarks. Louise Lindsley was born in 1858, the first child of Sallie McGavock Lindsley and John Berrien Lindsley. Louise Lindsley never married, and Margaret Lindsley Warden and her mother lived with Louise Lindsley for many years. Condition – crease dent in lower bowl, minor dents. 4 7/8″ height. 3.35 oz troy. Circa 1865. Lindsley Warden estate. Est. $300-$350. Realized $990.|
|Lot#195 – Tiffany & Co. ladies flask, marked “Tiffany & Co. 7858 M 9096 Sterling” near base. Floral repousse pattern. Excellent condition. Length 7″. Weight – 4.29 oz troy. Late 19th century/Early 20th century. Est. $250-$300. Realized $1,760.|