A DESIGNER'S VISION FOR THE NEW MILLENIUM
THE DECORATIVE ARTS AND INTERIOR DESIGN
Alexa Hampton-Papageorgiou assumed the role of chief executive and senior designer of the prestigious design firm, Mark Hampton, Inc., subsequent to the death of her father in 1998. After having graduated from Brown University, Alexa studied fine arts at The Institute for the Study of Classical Architecture, The Rhode Island School of Design, and New York University's Institute of Fine Arts in Florence and New York before joining Mark Hampton, Inc. in 1995.
We are especially pleased that this young and vibrant talent has agreed to demonstrate her unique designer vision by selecting items from this British Interior Sale for commentary and by creating a showcase room during the viewing exhibition. Ms. Hampton-Papageorgiou assisted her father with numerous projects dealing with many prominent clients throughout the United States. One noteworthy project was the Bush Presidential Library at Texas A & M University. Alexa has been featured in Vogue, Architectural Digest, House & Garden, Interior Design, Elle Décor, Colonial Homes, Ladies' Home Journal, The New York Times, Design Times, The Chicago Herald Tribune, W, Newsday and Newsweek. Alexa was profiled in Interiors, as one of eight "Female Leads" in the design industry and in 1999 was the recipient of Cosmopolitan's "Fun and Fearless Female" award and was named among the top American designers in House Beautiful's "Best of the Best" issue.
Lot 143: Center tables are always wonderful in a room. Because seating arrangements are so often anchored against a room's walls, there is often dead space created in the room's middle. This problem can really derail a floor plan's utility. A center table is the perfect solution. This late 18th century table, with its satinwood banding and arched apron elements, has a lovely graphic quality that gives it its own individuality. I would pile books around a great vase of flowers on its pretty leather top.
Lot 144: There should always be some pieces that surprise the eye in any interior, no matter how conservative or traditional that interior may be. These fantastic Georgian hall chairs are just the kind of visual surprise that enlivens a space. I am particularly fond of the shell seats and backs because they are both architectural as well as whimsical. They would be particularly wonderful combined with more austere pieces to provide contrast and depth. As their name suggests, they would be ideal for a hallway, where one wouldn't have to worry about the comfort of a scalloped seat.
Lot 298: I am crazy about this Victorian birdcage, although I wouldn't dare to put a bird in it. I would love to see it used in the manner of an architectural model or a souvenir of the Grand Tour. It would be the perfect tabletop anchor for a center table, or a hall table. It would be wonderful surrounded by a mix of wooden objects of varying heights. This is the kind of piece that really gives personality to a room.
Lot 329: These japanned sofas are truly wonderful. The black and gilt finish is just right. It is neither too fussy nor too bare. What I find most appealing about them, though, is the scale and the curvature of their bodies. We all spend so much time in rooms with linear pieces - but the eye gets restless. I would love to see these in a hallway, where they could command the space and take center stage.
VIRGINIA CARROLL CRAWFORD
Virginia Carroll Crawford is regarded as one of the greatest philanthropists in Atlanta history - a museum's ideal patron. As a founding member of the Forward Arts Foundation, lifetime board member of the High Museum of Art and the Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center, founding director of the Shepherd Spinal Center and the first female member of the Commerce Club, Mrs. Crawford's involvement in the Atlanta community was marked by generous contributions and tireless volunteerism. Her charm and determined spirit were contagious.
In working with the High Museum of Art to develop the world-class Virginia Carroll Crawford Collection, she demonstrated a unique understanding of the intense research, documentation and careful conservation that are as necessary as the initial acquisition of the pieces themselves. Assembled over the course of twenty years, the Virginia Carroll Crawford Collection is one of the museum world's most important collections of Nineteenth and Twentieth century American decorative art. While this field was suggested by the Museum, Mrs. Crawford was intimately involved in all aspects of the Collection's formation and insisted upon the highest quality and significance for each addition.
On entering Mrs. Crawford's home it is instantly obvious where her personal collecting passions were directed. The richly decorated eighteenth and early nineteenth century porcelain take pride of place throughout the house and are seamlessly integrated with traditional English and Continental furniture and decorative objects of the same period. Her Georgian style home designed by the Atlanta architect Moreland Smith, Sr. was profiled in an article in Southern Accents Magazine, April 1984, pp.52-65. Many pieces included in this sale are illustrated in this article.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2001
AFTERNOON SESSION AT 2:00 PM
PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF VIRGINIA CARROLL CRAWFORD