Joni Webb, on her blog Cote de Texas, mentioned that New Orleans antiques dealer and stager Mignon Favrot Topping was doing an in-house antique sale in Memphis, TN this week. The information is at the very bottom of Joni's post on February 22 where the main story is on Jackye Lanham. Last year, Joni did a post on Mignon's in-house sale staged in Houston on June 25, 2009. To read it go here. The home used for the June 2009 sale was very large.
The Memphis one is a very small 1940's English cottage style 3b/3b home in a very established older section of Memphis called Belle Meade. It appears that Mignon's business plan is to host these sales in vacant homes that are for sale. Unique idea, I admit.
To see the house when it was listed for sale, go here.
Here are some photos of the French Collectibles Memphis sale.
4143 Gwynne Road in Memphis
Stone, brick and metal entry.
French Collectible's sign hanging from the huge old tree.
The front door opens directly into the living room. Here we have a Swedish bench in front of the window holding silk pillows, an acrylic coffee table, silver metal and glass-top end tables, contemporary art over the fireplace, a black French occasional table, faded Oushak rug, leather folding screen, French chairs, and in the wall niches painted black, some small artworks.
Near the front door, an inlaid chair and a large walnut French chest. Notice the rugs.
On the left you can see a painted corner cabinet that is nice. In the foreground is a Swedish daybed in melon silk.
On a short wall, there is a mirror on top of a Swedish chest and a wooden box for a statue. Of course, you could put a lot of wonderful objects in this cabinet.
Here is a close up of the small double door tabernacle.
In the hallway on the left there is a small wooden chest, a black painted wooden art piece and a candlestick.
Below is a bedroom with twin beds.
Modern tables at the ends of the metal beds. Cute chest in the middle.
I think this was actually the master bedroom as the other two bedrooms were smaller.
A closer look at the chest.
And a leather screen.
And antique framed wallpaper panels.
The third small bedroom had a coffee table, bench and chest.
Here is a French vanity with inlay, probably walnut.
A pair of pretty white chairs.
The third small bedroom had a French trumeau.
The dining room was my favorite.
The relief panels of putti above the Italian console were wonderful.
The opposite wall in the dining room. Trumeau above the pine cabinet.
More views of the dining room. The carpet was made in patchwork squares.
Here you can see the candlesticks are not gilded on the backside. This is the way they were made at the time because gold was precious in cost and when placed on the alter, nobody saw the backside anyway.
This kitchen table had two benches.
The kitchen banquette area displayed these bamboo-style chairs and a bamboo trimmed wall cabinet shown on the right.
The upstairs family room was a sales display area for smaller rugs.
I have intentionally not given prices on this post.
Mignon's sale runs through Saturday, February 26th.
Hope you enjoyed seeing the photos.
All the best,