Seller Story: Vicki McCaw – Aiken, SC


“My mom, Martha McCaw, who everyone knew as Vicki, grew up in Texas and was an heir to the founder of Texaco. Her father was an Austro-Hungarian émigré who came there in 1900. He was very entrepreneurial in the oil business, so as Texas was industrializing during the Depression he was actively involved.

My mom was painting her toenails one day, when she came up with an idea for a product. It was kind of the precursor to all the nail art nowadays. When she was working on this project, she had the idea that she wanted to create a signature series with the world’s most famous artist, who at the time was Salvador Dalí.

She got Dalí to make 10 paintings for her nail product. She designed it, produced it, and she sold it to Colgate Palmolive, who owned Helena Rubenstein at the time. She really had her eye on the prize.

We traveled a lot. My parents weren’t afraid of taking us out of school, and my mom really believed in us being right there as part of everything. That’s where a lot of the objects in the house come from — there are many pieces from her family, and then there is just this wonderful array of objects from all those years of traveling.

She also had a whimsical side to her, a really playful side. So on one hand you’d see this amazing aubusson carpet, and then you’d see a little cluster of stuffed animals, like three little E.T. dolls or something. There were always these funny, witty, quirky little things.

As a design lover, her home was her canvas. It was one of her ways of expressing herself. It was all about creating a home that was inviting, and then having interesting people come in and be a part of it. She was very vivacious.” – Tori Winn, daughter.

Seller Story: Vicki McCaw – Aiken, SC
Seller Story: Vicki McCaw – Aiken, SC
Thai Hand Carved Dragon Panel

Thai Hand Carved Dragon Panel

Final Bid:
$35
Eagle Crest Wall Mirror

Eagle Crest Wall Mirror

Final Bid:
$447
Beaded Cherry Blossom Sculpture in Cloisonné Urn

Beaded Cherry Blossom Sculpture in Cloisonné Urn

Final Bid:
$170
Antique Hand Painted Chinese Vase

Antique Hand Painted Chinese Vase

Final Bid:
$275
Japanese Cloisonné Brush Washer

Japanese Cloisonné Brush Washer

Final Bid:
$850
Chinese Ceramic Figurines

Chinese Ceramic Figurines

Final Bid:
$46
Victorian Style Dresser

Victorian Style Dresser

Final Bid:
$325
MacKenzie-Childs Upholstered Dining Chairs

MacKenzie-Childs Upholstered Dining Chairs

Final Bid:
$1,625
Burberry Silk Scarf

Burberry Silk Scarf

Final Bid:
$136
Refinished Brass Candelabras

Refinished Brass Candelabras

Final Bid:
$76
Art Coffee Table Books

Art Coffee Table Books

Final Bid:
$70
Chinese Knife with Cloisonné Sheath

Chinese Knife with Cloisonné Sheath

Final Bid:
$50
J. Dante Original Two-Sided Painting on Glass

J. Dante Original Two-Sided Painting on Glass

Final Bid:
$2
Large Carved Mahogany Buffet

Large Carved Mahogany Buffet

Final Bid:
$220
Doll-Sized Victorian Chair

Doll-Sized Victorian Chair

Final Bid:
$43
19th Century Porcelain Dessert Service

19th Century Porcelain Dessert Service

Final Bid:
$50
Tapestry Inspired Toss Pillows

Tapestry Inspired Toss Pillows

Final Bid:
$160
Alexander Kalifano Gemstone Globe Paperweight

Alexander Kalifano Gemstone Globe Paperweight

Final Bid:
$60
Inlaid Teak Boxes

Inlaid Teak Boxes

Final Bid:
$55
Carved Wooden Crane Sculptures

Carved Wooden Crane Sculptures

Final Bid:
$66
Japanese Woodblock Print Diptych Screen

Japanese Woodblock Print Diptych Screen

Final Bid:
$33
Vintage Thonet Style Bentwood Cane Stool

Vintage Thonet Style Bentwood Cane Stool

Final Bid:
$200
Kuyeda Sterling Silver Flower Salt Shaker

Kuyeda Sterling Silver Flower Salt Shaker

Final Bid:
$230
Chinese Hors D'oeuvres Dishes

Chinese Hors D'oeuvres Dishes

Final Bid:
$88
Upholstered Arm Chair by Henredon

Upholstered Arm Chair by Henredon

Final Bid:
$131
Pair of Ceramic Macaw Figurines

Pair of Ceramic Macaw Figurines

Final Bid:
$45
English Antique Queen Anne Style Side Table

English Antique Queen Anne Style Side Table

Final Bid:
$249
Loubat Cafe Brulot Flaming Diablo Cups and Saucers

Loubat Cafe Brulot Flaming Diablo Cups and Saucers

Final Bid:
$23
Water Buffalo Horn

Water Buffalo Horn

Final Bid:
$85
Thai Lacquer Vases

Thai Lacquer Vases

Final Bid:
$22
Rosella Harrison Peck Framed Kimono Origami "Family Crest"

Rosella Harrison Peck Framed Kimono Origami "Family Crest"

Final Bid:
$40
Hand Carved Wooden Elephants

Hand Carved Wooden Elephants

Final Bid:
$38
Vintage AT&T Long Distance Payphone

Vintage AT&T Long Distance Payphone

Final Bid:
$376
Joseph Abboud Crinkle Serving Platter

Joseph Abboud Crinkle Serving Platter

Final Bid:
$30
Art Deco Style Crystal Clock by Galway Living

Art Deco Style Crystal Clock by Galway Living

Final Bid:
$110
830 Silver Cherub Snuff Box

830 Silver Cherub Snuff Box

Final Bid:
$476
Petite Tasseled Toss Pillows

Petite Tasseled Toss Pillows

Final Bid:
$30
Early 20th Century Chippendale Style Tray-Top Tea Table

Early 20th Century Chippendale Style Tray-Top Tea Table

Final Bid:
$207
Antique Royal Crown Derby Dessert Plates

Antique Royal Crown Derby Dessert Plates

Final Bid:
$220
Sheraton Style Accent Chair

Sheraton Style Accent Chair

Final Bid:
$24
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Seller Story: Vicki McCaw – Aiken, SC

What made you decide to sell through EBTH?

It’s been daunting to me to try to respect this whole history of collecting, trying to find the best way for it to go into the hands of people who will appreciate it. I live in London and my life is just not able to accommodate the volume of things — so many beautiful things — so this feels like a nice way to honor every object.

She was really into comfort, and really into quality. She always bought lovely things, but things that were comfortable, and inviting.

Any other treasures from her travels?

There’s a teak elephant that was one of the things that came from one of the trips that we took to Thailand. There’s some beautiful old kind of Thai dancer figurines. There’s a lot of really beautiful pieces. She loved animal objects, so there are a lot of creatures, from very beautiful brass herons, freestanding, to a wonderful collection of all kinds of things that are frog-related.