Milestone auction planned by Stevens for July 27-28

Stevens Auction in Aberdeen, Miss., is preparing for a monumental auction the weekend of July 27-28, a once-in-a-lifetime sale that will include the personal, private collection of Russell Cohron, the legendary, second-generation antiques dealer who became a leading supplier to Morton M. Goldberg Auction Galleries.

[ClickPress, Mon Jun 25 2007] Stevens Auction is preparing for a monumental auction the weekend of July 27-28, a once-in-a-lifetime sale that will include the personal, private collection of Russell Cohron, the legendary, second-generation antiques dealer who became a leading supplier to Morton M. Goldberg Auction Galleries in New Orleans; plus fine antiques from two other prominent area estates.
Many of the lots would, by themselves, be show-stoppers at any other sale. A few expected headliners include a Herter Brothers rosewood parlor table with fantastic inlay (circa 1870); a Sevres porcelain urn with bronze mounts; a mahogany 9-foot Horner tall case clock with Tiffany works (circa 1890); and a J & J Meeks rosewood pierce-carved, marble-top table in the Bird pattern (circa 1850).
Two absolutely stunning Belter pieces are also expected to wow the crowd. One is a rosewood laminated triple-back sofa, 72” long, one of the finest such Belter sofas made, with an unusual pattern and pierce-carved back (circa 1845). The other is a gorgeous mahogany Gothic marble-top etagere, 87” tall (circa 1850). Both came out of the Strong Museum in Rochester, N.Y.
“I have no doubt this will be our best sale ever, in the history of the company,” said Dwight Stevens, owner-auctioneer of Stevens Auction Company. “Mr. Cohron's collection comprises nothing but the best out of the best homes, hand-picked antiques kept for his pleasure and enjoyment.” Mr. Cohron's decision to downsize his personal collection came after he sold his home in Greenwood, Miss.
Over 1,000 lots will change hands over the course of the two days. That many images, with lot descriptions, have been posted on the company's website: A preview will be held Friday, July 27, from 10 am to the start of sale, at 5 pm. The Friday session will feature about 350 smalls: fine porcelains; brilliant glassware; Limoges; Sevres; Old Paris; Royal Austrian; and more.
Anticipated top lots on Friday include a Victorian silver-plate centerpiece epergne (circa 1870); a blue and gold jewelry box on legs, with beehive mark and horse training scene; a pair of bronze-mounted Victorian Royal Vienna urns (circa 1880); a red Gone With the Wind oil lamp (circa 1860); a pair of porcelain and bronze oil candelabras; and two pairs of Sevres vases (circa 1860, 1880).
Then, on Saturday, July 28, beginning at 10 am, over 650 lots will cross the block, most of them fine period furniture pieces and decorative accessories from the Cohron estate and other estates. The sale will be held at Stevens Auction's spacious showroom facility, at 609 No. Meridian Street in Aberdeen. Aberdeen is located between Tupelo and Columbus, Miss., 135 miles southeast of Memphis.
Anticipated top lots include a J & J Meeks rosewood Victorian oval parlor center table, with marble top (circa 1850); an early Empire marble-top mahogany sideboard with marble columns and claw feet (circa 1835); a mahogany pedestal with bronze mounts and Sevres plaques (circa 1875); and a rosewood Victorian marble-top etagere, attributed to J & J Meeks (8' 2” tall, circa 1865).
Also: a matched pair of rosewood Empire vitreens, 6' 6” tall (circa 1880); a Herter Brothers burl walnut ebonized Victorian center table (circa 1875); a Federal flamed mahogany marble-top parlor center table, with claw feet (circa 1830); a rosewood Belter solid-back Victorian parlor sofa, with green upholstery (circa 1845); and a very rare Bornais three-seater sofa with mahogany legs (circa 1860).
Also: a mahogany English Regency wine cellarette, with claw feet (circa 1830); a 5-piece rosewood Victorian bedroom suite, P. Mallard (bed is 118” tall); a Belter mahogany sewing cabinet, 22” wide (circa 1850); a Belter rosewood laminated magazine stand, 36” tall (circa 1850); and a matched pair of rosewood Meeks laminated sofas in the Stanton Hall pattern, 65” long (circa 1855).
Also: a Belter rosewood parlor armchair in the Henry Clay pattern (circa 1855); a Vernie Martin painted curio cabinet, with French paintings (circa 1900); a Belter rosewood recamier in the Henry Clay pattern (circa 1855); a mahogany full tester plantation bed, 9' 9” tall (circa 1840); and a mahogany Empire corner cabinet with ball and claw feet, 89” tall x 43” wide, featuring 13 panels.
Also: “The Criterion” brass disc music box, in fine working order, 14” wide (circa 1880); an awesome Meissen mantle clock, 26” tall (circa 1880); a Victorian-era Regina music box (serial # 35578); an oil-on-canvas portrait of Sir Anthony Van Dyck by an unknown artist in a gold Victorian frame (42” x 38”, circa 1750); and a pair of rosewood Belter side chairs, Fountain Elms (circa 1850).
Also: a Meeks walnut Victorian etagere, with burl trim (84” tall, circa 1860); a rosewood Victorian turtle-top parlor table, 44” long x 33” wide (circa 1850); a walnut Victorian marble-top etagere with all-original composition, by Thomas Brooks; a mahogany parlor chair with pierce-carved back and needlepoint seat (circa 1850); and a Victorian bedroom suite, with lyndon drape carving.
Also: a walnut Victorian bedroom suite, with bird and squirrel in crown (circa 1860); a walnut half tester bed (120” tall x 58” wide x 77” long); a pair of heavily carved mahogany parlor chairs, attributed to Horner; a rosewood pierce-carved parlor chair, with flowered needlepoint; and a mahogany Federal banquet dining table, with acanthus-carved base and feather carved feet (12' long).
Also: a 3-piece walnut Victorian Thomas Brooks bedroom suite, with marble dresser (109” tall); a Pottier & Stymus rosewood parlor chair with red upholstery; a mahogany Federal corner cabinet, 76” tall x 39” wide (circa 1830); and several examples by Mitchell & Rammelsberg, to include an 8' 6” tall rosewood dresser with marble top and open pierce carved crown (circa 1857).
For more information about the upcoming July 27-28 sale, or to learn more about Stevens Auction Company, you may log on to The company is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions. To consign an item, estate or collection, you may call the firm directly, at (662) 369-2200. The e-mail address is

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