Estate of Katherine Creamer to be sold June 13 in Miss. The living estate of Katherine Creamer -- a dedicated and discerning antiques collector from Mobile, Ala., whose stately mansion housed her vast collections -- will be sold June 13 by Stevens Auction.
News-Antique.com - May 15,2009 - (ABERDEEN, Miss.) - The living estate of Katherine Creamer a dedicated and discerning antiques collector from Mobile, Ala., whose stately mansion was built specially to contain her vast collections will be sold on Saturday, June 13, starting at 10 a.m., by Stevens Auction Gallery. The Mobile mansion, as well as a beach house owned by Mrs. Creamer, will be sold in separate auctions.
It's only due to health concerns that Katherine Creamer is letting go of her prized collections, said Dwight Stevens of Stevens Auction Company. Her home was filled with only the best in fine period furnishings, plus she had an outstanding Victorian cranberry collection. She bought a lot of her items on Royal Street in New Orleans, and she was very choosy in her selections. It had to be the best.
Mrs. Creamer was particularly fond of furniture by the renowned New York maker John Henry Belter. Pieces to be offered in the sale include a rosewood marble-top etagere (circa 1855), 47 inches wide by 70 inches tall; a pair of parlor sets; rosewood laminated Victorian sofas (Rosalie with Grapes); a set of four rosewood Victorian side chairs; and a rosewood arm chair (all Rosalie with Grapes).
J. & J.W. Meeks was another one of her favorites. The sale will include a rosewood Victorian game table (circa 1855); a rosewood Victorian side chair in the Hawkins pattern; a flamed mahogany marble-top Empire chest with serpentine front (39 inches tall by 43 inches long); a pair of rosewood opera chairs; and a rosewood marble-top dresser with bow front and wood pulls, made around 1850.
Additional furniture pieces certain to wow the crowd include a double-stack rosewood marble-top etagere by Daniel Pabst (circa 1855), with pierce-carved crowns; a flamed mahogany Federal sideboard with starburst doors, attributed to Anthony Quervelle (circa 1820); a 14-foot mahogany Federal banquet table; and a set of eight mid-19th century Irish Chippendale dining chairs (circa 1860).
Monumental, heavily carved beds a staple at most Stevens estate sales will include a nice rosewood full tester bed by McCracken; a rosewood five-piece half tester bedroom suite, signed by Mitchells & Rammelsberg; a mahogany half tester plantation bed by C. Lee; a high-back walnut Victorian bed with ornate carvings, signed by Joshawa Jones; and a rosewood half tester plantation bed.
Other furniture items of note include a stunning parlor set by Alexander Roux, featuring a solid rosewood parlor sofa (79 inches long), pair of matching rosewood arm chairs and set of four solid rosewood side chairs; a rosewood laminated side parlor chair by G. Henkel; a rosewood Empire secretary desk, signed by T. Brooks; and a tall mahogany slant-front Empire secretary (circa 1840).
Music boxes will include a German rosewood music box on stand (playable); a pair of Adams-style rosewood music cabinets with inlay; a mahogany wind-up Victrola; a porcelain and brass music box; an Edison Gem phonograph with maroon metal horn; and an Edison Fireside phonograph with black morning glory horn. Also sold will