DescriptionA Joseph Cremer Regence-Style Gilt Bronze Mounted Mahogany Credenza with Marquetry Panels and Marble Top, 19th century
Signed to floral panels: J Cremer
37 inches high x 88 inches wide x 26-1/2 inches deep (94.0 x 223.5 x 67.3 cm)
PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF CAROLYN AND STARKE TAYLOR, DALLAS
The serpentine-form credenza with white marble top, egg and dart gilt bronze lip, diagonal-grained veneer throughout the body, Rococo-style gilt mounts surrounding doors to the three compartments, black lacquered panels on doors with floral marquetry, conforming serpentine apron adorned with gilt bronze floral scrollwork and terminating on gilt curved feet.
Joseph Cremer (1830-1878) was one of the most renowned marquteurs of the mid-nineteenth century in France, supplying furniture to Louis Philippe in 1844 and the King of Holland. Specializing in marquetry panels for the incorporation into other cabinet makers' furniture frames, Cremer presented his work at major exhibitions, winning medals in 1839, 1844, 1849 and 1852.
Austin "Starke" (1922-2014) and Carolyn married on April 7, 1973 and were active, passionate collectors during their 42 year marriage.
Dallasites remember Starke, who served in the Pacific Theater during World War II for the US Navy, as their two-time mayor from 1983 to 1987. He worked for better public housing, encouraged development in southern Dallas, led the initiative to create the DART rail system, and co-founded Austin Street Shelter to help the homeless and the mentally ill. He also gained final approval for the widening of North Central Expressway in addition to many other long-term improvement projects for the city.
Carolyn shared Starke's passion for social service, raising funds and awareness through countless charity events. At the time of Starke's mayoral tenure, Dallas had the highest infant mortality rate in the nation, attributed to a lack of education, resources, and poor prenatal care. She founded a program that worked with local agencies to curb infant mortality and allow young mothers to finish portions of their education that had been abandoned due to pregnancy.
When Starke and Carolyn married, Starke was the president of Starke Taylor & Son cotton merchants in Dallas. The global nature of the business required the couple to participate in extensive travel overseas to a variety of locations in Asia and Europe, and this travel in turn nurtured their shared passion for collecting. It was their experiences abroad that led the couple to collect items that reminded them of memory and place: "We experienced so many wonderful things-magnificent palaces and temples, many forms of craftsmanship, and some of the most famous art in the world." The collection the Taylors compiled would serve as a constant reminder of the unforgettable memories the couple shared. Each of their possessions exude a purpose to educate and enrich: "We have been lucky enough to have had in our home Renoirs, Cassatts, Pissarros and a large collection of Morisot.
"We felt a responsibility to future generations... each piece is yours for only a moment, one day belonging to others or for the education and enjoyment of generations to come."
Please enjoy the lots in this section which provide a lasting glimpse into the unending energy and dedication that characterized every chapter of the Taylors' lives together.
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