The historic antebellum home in Hamilton, Miss., known as Cedarwycke Plantation, plus its lavish furnishings, will be sold at an on-site auction slated for Saturday, June 18. The property is located at 40310 U.S. Highway 373 in Hamilton, located in north Mississippi, near Tennessee and midway between Little Rock, Ark., and Huntsville, Ala.
The auction will begin at 9 a.m. (CDT), and will be conducted by Stevens Auction Company, based in Aberdeen, Miss. An open house preview will be held on Friday, June 17, from 10-6, and on auction day, June 18, from 8-9 a.m. There will be no Internet bidding for this sale, but phone and absentee bids will be accepted.
“We are honored to have been commissioned to offer, at auction, the home and antique furnishings of the late Helen Mattox Crawford, who lived in the magnificent 1852 Greek Revival mansion known as Cedarwycke Plantation,” said Dwight Stevens of Stevens Auction Company. “This is an exceptional chance for folks to own not just fine antiques but a true piece of history.”
Cedarwycke Plantation was, at one time, the largest and most prosperous cotton plantation in north Mississippi. It was originally built for Griffin Roberts (1802-1852), a merchant and farmer who became Postmaster of Hamilton in 1844. The property contains not just the stately home but log cabins, a smokehouse, a barn, gorgeous gardens and many tools.
Crawford’s antique furnishings are just as impressive. They will include Federal pieces, 18th century antiques, antique mirrors, beautiful porcelains, fine china, vintage lamps, works of art (some of them by noted, listed artists) and hundreds of choice collectibles. Most of what’s to be sold may be viewed on the Stevens Auction website, at www.stevensauction.com.
Monumental beds will include a rosewood rococo ¾ tester plantation bed (often referred to as “Landsdowne” by Prudent Mallard, circa 1850); a flamed mahogany Empire plantation bed signed C. Lee (circa 1845), queen-size and 9 feet 11 inches tall; and a mahogany half tester bed, also signed C. Lee (circa 1850), 9 feet 3 inches tall by 62 ½ inches wide by 79 inches long.
Period furniture will feature pair of flamed mahogany Empire bookcases (circa 1850), each one 19 feet 10 inches tall with a bronze cherub in the crown; a slant-lid mahogany Empire secretary (circa 1850), 88 inches tall by 43 inches wide; a large walnut Victorian secretary desk with maple interior (circa 1860); and a walnut Victorian three-door wardrobe, 8 feet 2 inches tall.
Other furniture pieces will include a large mahogany Federal sideboard with rounded doors, attributed to Anthony Quervelle (circa 1830), 83 inches long by 64 inches tall; a Southern pine huntboard (circa 1840); a double-door walnut Victorian bookcase (circa 1860), 8 feet 2 inches tall; and a mahogany Empire two-door wardrobe with open crown and mirrored doors.
Tables will include a mahogany Empire banquet table (circa 1840), 12 feet long by 5 feet wide; a walnut rococo turtle-top parlor table with white marble, heavily carved legs and stretcher (circa 1860); a rare crotch mahogany Empire ham table (circa 1840); and an Empire pier table with Baltimore foot attributed to J. & J.W. Meeks (circa 1850), 38 inches tall by 45 inches wide.
Sitting furniture will feature a nice upholstered bench seat with double tufted back (circa 1850), 33 inches tall by 45 inches wide; a mahogany Victorian recamier (fainting couch) with roses and pierced carvings (circa 1860), 5 feet long; and a three-piece heavily carved Victorian parlor set (circa 1860). Also sold will be a lovely walnut Victorian kneeling bench (circa 1860).
Mirrored pieces will include a monumental rosewood rococo etagere with black and gold marble top and birds carved in the crest, with mirror (circa 1850), 9 feet 10 inches tall by 6 feet wide; and a walnut Victorian marble-top pier mirror (circa 1850), 10 feet tall by 34 inches wide.
Artwork will feature an oval oil on canvas portrait by Henry Wombough (1800-1969), 30 inches by 31 inches (framed); another oil on canvas in a gold gilt frame, 28 inches by 25 inches; and two portraits – one of a man, one of a lady – in gold Victorian frames, 38 inches by 39 inches.
Decorative accessories will include a stately mahogany Gothic Herschede 9-tube cased grandfather clock in good running order (circa 1905), 107 inches tall by 32 inches wide; a great pair of Old Paris mantel vases with gold roping and flowers (circa 1880); and a pair of Old Paris figurines – one of King Louis XVI, the other of Marie Antoinette – 20 inches tall (circa 1850).