Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. - May 20 & 21, 2011, Single Owner Two-Day Estate Tag Sale Please join us for a unique opportunity to own a piece of Greensboro history. We are proud to offer the estate collection of prominent Greensboro native, Katherine Preyer DeMattteo.
News-Antique.com - May 17,2011 - Sale:
Friday, May 20, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday, May 21, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Entry numbers handed out at 7:00 am
Location: 700 Country Club Drive, Greensboro, 27408
Directions: (from Hillsborough) I-40 W to I-840 W, take exit 19 to US-70 W, continue onto Wendover Ave. E., Right on Briarcliff Rd., Left on Woodland Dr., 1st Right on Briarcliff Rd., Left on Sunset Dr., 1st Right on Carlisle Rd., Left on Country Club Dr.
History of Katherine "Kathy" Preyer DeMatteo's Home & Collection
Please join us for a unique opportunity to own a piece of Greensboro history. We are proud to offer the estate collection of prominent Greensboro native, Katherine Preyer DeMattteo. Her home, the largest Colonial Revival house in Greensboro, is the perfect setting for her exquisite collection of antiques & art assembled while living in Palm Beach and beyond.
Alexander Worth McAlister, who headed six companies in the early 20th century, including Pilot Life Insurance Company, of which he was a founder, built the house in 1918. Charles Barton Keen of Philadelphia, who also designed Reynolda House in Winston-Salem, served as architect. Robert Cridland, a sought-after Philadelphia landscaper is credited with the designing the impressive classic setting.
In addition to building a magnificent home, Mr. McAlister developed of the affluent Irving Park neighborhood and is also credited with bringing golf to Greensboro by founding the Greensboro Country Club.
Following Mr. McAlister, a long string of prominent Greensboro families occupied the home. Hargrove "Skipper" Bowles, of state legislature fame, bought the home in 1951. His son, Erskine Bowles, eventual White House chief of staff and UNC president, grew up in the home.
Congressman Eugene Johnston followed the Bowles, along with two other owners after him, before Katherine and her husband purchased the home in 1987.
Katherine, a cousin of the late Richardson Preyer of Greensboro, continued the home's grand history of hospitality and ensured that it would forever stand by achieving landmark status in Guilford County.
She assembled a collection of fine art and antiques using her keen sense of style and trained eye. An eclectic collection, this once-in-a-lifetime estate sale features 19th century French furniture, bronze sculptures, 18th and 19th century paintings - including a large full-length portrait of a woman by a female student of John Singer Sargent, contemporary local artists, china and glassware by Herend, Baccarat, and other makers, and much more.
Partial Sale Listing:
Fine Art & Sculpture: Pair of Portraits of men in kilts, likely hand-touched photographs, each signed "Orie," circa 1900; Reverse painting on glass of the Capital Building in Washington, D.C.; Bronze of a Deerhound by Joseph Paul Raymond Gayrard (Fr., 1807-1885); Plaster bust of a woman, circa 1900, with bronze tone finish; Marble bust of a young child; OOC British portrait of an artist, unsigned, 18th century; Continental school etching; OOB still life; Regency diorama by Narcissa Thorne (American, 19th / 20th century); OOC by Charlotte Chipman (American, b. 1975), "Calling Softly;" OOC "Autumn Amber" landscape by Kim