Seller Story: Melissa Galt, Atlanta, GA
“My great grandfather was Frank Lloyd Wright. I never met him, but from him I got the expression for how I live my life, which is ‘Give me the luxuries of life and I will willingly do without the necessities.’ I’ve been a designer for 23 years.
My mother knew him quite well. She was an actress, Anne Baxter; she’s probably best known for being Eve in All About Eve with Bette Davis, and then she was in Ten Commandments. Mother would send Frank unedited versions of her films, and he would make his own versions. That’s how he rolled.
Mother was real big on museums and travel. She would take off 30 days every summer and take us on a trip. The house we grew up in was very international. Mother traveled widely, and she collected on her travels. She picked things up and just found places for them. She also collected when she was on the sets of films, so, for example, there’s a little Spanish hand organ that came from one of mother’s film sets. Quite possibly it came from when she did a murder mystery filmed in Spain.
She gave me the travel bug and she gave me the collecting bug. A lot of the pieces in that sale are from travels I’ve taken, and I just decided that I’m at a point where less is more. I’m still keeping some treasures that I have, but I have a lot more of the memories now, and I need fewer treasures. I’d rather share them with people.”
Alfred Hitchcock "I Confess" Framed Movie Poster
Tiara Exclusives Black Amethyst Glassware
Vintage Women's Embroidered Dirndl Skirt
John Lennon and Yoko Ono Stone Lithograph with Chine Colle "Tokyo, Summer '77"
Set of Hand-Painted Chinese Bowls
Spanish Enrique Salva Mane Barrel or Roller Piano
"Chase a Crooked Shadow" Framed Movie Poster
Textiles and Banners From India
Brass and Wood Table lamp
R.C. Gorman Limited Edition Lithograph Triptych "Trilogy"
Carved White Marble Polar Bear Figure
Richard A. Carlson Acrylic Painting on Wood Panel "Wood Spirit"
Venezuela Bolivar Silver Coin Spoon
Whiting & Davis Mesh Vintage Handbags
Pegge Hopper Limited Edition Serigraph on Paper of Two Women
George Grainger and Company Chinoiserie Plates
Japanese Imari Ware Porcelain Bowl
Pin Up Style Photograph of Actress Anne Baxter
Vintage Black Amethyst Glassware Grouping
Embossed Metal Table lamp
Betty Evans Cook Watercolor Painting of Costumed Woman
Wedgwood & Co Ltd "Springtime" Porcelain Plate
Batik Fabric Panel
Vintage Color Photograph of Anne Baxter
Vintage Cream Lace Women's Blouse
Pegge Hopper Limited Edition Serigraph "Apricot Summer"
Pegge Hopper Limited Edition Serigraph "Mei"
Zuni Native American-Inspired Carved Agate Bear Fetish With Projectile Point
Hand Painted Chinese Glass Snuff Bottle With Crane Motif
Nepalese Hand-Stitched Appliqué and Embroidery Wall Hanging
Vintage Italian and Spanish Decorative Plates
Virginia Fergus Limited Edition Offset Lithograph "Southern Seat I"
Vintage Handmade Embroidered Chinese Skirt
Pegge Hopper Limited Edition Serigraph "Untitled (Woman With Anthuriums)"
Latticino Hand Blown Venetian Art Glass Vase
Pegge Hopper Limited Edition Serigraph "Island Noon"
Jo Lathwood Watercolor of a Field of Flowers
Zuni Native American-Inspired Carved Agate Bear Fetish
Richard A. Carlson Acrylic Over Gesso on Wood Panel "Earth Spirit II"
Framed 1956 "The Spoilers" Lobby Card
Photograph Still From "All About Eve"
Tiara Exclusives Pressed Black Amethyst Glass Circa 1970
1970s Broadway Poster for Anne Baxter in "Applause"
Framed Black and White Photographic Print of Actress Anne Baxter
Circa 1950s Belgian Poster for "You're My Everything"/"Tel Père, Telle Fille"/"Zo de Vader, Zo de Dochter"
Headshot Photograph of Anne Baxter
Hand-Knotted Baluch War Rug
1940s Belgian Poster for "Crash Dive"/"Requin d'Acier"/"Stalen Haaien"
Western Arnhem Bark Painting by Larry Nalorlman
Graceann Warn Assemblage Boxes for Florence and Paris
Handwoven and Embroidered Red Wool Pillow
Zuni Native American-Inspired Carved Porphyritic Basalt Bear Fetish With Jasper Projectile Point
Venetian Hand Blown Latticino Art Glass Vase
Handwoven Sequined Pillow Cover
1970's Tiara Exclusives Black Amethyst Glass
1952 Movie Poster for "O. Henry's Full House"
What were some of the first things you started collecting?
In my twenties, it was powerful female imagery, and Pegge Hopper has a lot of that. I have about 5 Pegge Hopper lithographs in the sale, all signed. My father owned originals, but when he became born again — before I started collecting mine— he gave them away! You have no idea how painful it is for me to say that.
There’s a wonderful John Lennon piece. It’s a John, Julian and Yoko, done by John, published post-mortem and signed by Yoko with a stamp signature. I bought two of his pieces at a gallery in Chicago many years ago because I was so captivated by his style.
Any other treasure from your mother’s collection?
There are several of mother’s movie posters. The reason I let those go is because I’ve got the ones that are near and dear to me. And because, as a designer, there’s only certain colors I live with, and those colors aren’t in the ones I’m letting go.
I also included a Carrera marble polar bear. He was a gift to my mother from her late and last husband, a treasured piece.
What’s one of your favorite pieces from your design career?
There is a very large collection of black amethyst glass in the sale from a 20-year collection that started with my first show home. I scoured obscure antique places, backyard sales, everywhere. A lot of people overlook black amethyst because it looks black, but when you hold it up to the light, it turns purple.