Creech has been brokering fine antiques since 1993. She offers 17th - early 19th century furniture,
ceramics, and silver, as well as exceptional fine art by known American and
European painters. She is the sole
owner of M. Ford Creech Antiques & Fine Arts in Memphis, Tennessee, which is
regarded as one of the
leading small galleries in the United States, not only for its content, but
the scope of merchandise offered. The gallery is recommended by Art & Antiques (vetted edition),
and by Antiques & Fine Arts, including The Red Guide. Ms.
Creech is known internationally for her selectivity,
knowledge and preciseness. Most inventory is quite special in some aspect.
All inventory is solely owned.
Ms. Creech is
a native of Memphis, returning home in 1996, after a 35-year absence.
During that absence, she gained
national recognition as a portrait artist. That recognition includes the
Metropolitan Museum Award through Catherine
Lorillard Wolf at the National Arts Club, NYC, selection as one of the 20
top portraitists in America, and several
museum exhibitions. Commissions have included the families endowing major
museums, a curator of American art
at the Metropolitan Museum, NYC, and many well-known American dignitaries
and their families. Her waiting
list usually ranged three to five years, and fees awarded for her work, to
the mid five figures.
In 1989, to
expand her life-long interest in 18th century antiques and
decorative arts, Ms. Creech began formal training
in 18th century British furniture, studying the Sotheby's
Furniture and Decorative Arts accredited course with a
Sotheby's associate for three years. Although the intent was pleasure and
enrichment, she inadvertently found a passion
equal to the fine arts. She sought out further intensive instruction and
tutorage internationally with some of the
world’s leading experts in furniture and decorative arts, as well as in the
auction and retail arenas. The result is a
unique combination of both the visual standpoint of an accomplished artist,
and the intellectual and historical
aspects of a love of learning. The growing demand for her expertise and services, as
well as her growing passion for the field,
brought about her retirement from painting in 2003, and the opening of a
private gallery in 2004. Since that
time, the gallery has received national recognition, and almost sold out on
Ms. Creech is
known not only for the extent and depth of her knowledge, but the
thoroughness with which all purchases are
made – or recommended. Several weeks of research can go into one small
object - connecting it with history,
verifying its authenticity, and assessing the quality of artistry. This is
clearly evidenced in her written descriptive material,
available for customers, both online and in the gallery.
Gallery Hours: Wed.- Sat. 11-6, with extended holiday hours. Private appointments are
welcome upon request.
Additional Gallery Services:
searches for specialized 18th century collections,
for both individuals and designers
purchase antiques and fine arts within our areas of
concentration, with quality and condition criteria.
and evaluation services.
referral services for clients wishing to deaccess.
Related activities have included:
consultant and cataloguer for national auction houses.
lecturer and speaker for leading museums, antique shows, and
private collector organizations - both in the visual (fine)
arts, and furniture and decorative arts.
for several antiques periodicals; field consultant and contributing
writer for Art & Antiques Magazine
· Numerous fine art awards, including Metropolitan Museum Award,
NYC; Catherine Lorillard Arts Club, NYC
· Elected to Marquis Who's Who in American Women, Who’s Who in
Who in the World, for accomplishments in the
fields of Fine Arts, as well as Decorative
Arts, both as an
artist, and as a broker for fine arts and fine antiques.
· Literature: Art and Antiques Magazine (various, including The
Insider Guide); Antiques and Fine Arts; The Red
Guide; Who's Who (Marquis); Lifestyles Magazine (cover
article); Mid-South Living; At Home Magazine; Memphis
Magazine; Artists and Galleries of the South;
Louisville Magazine; Art Direction; CA Magazine;
numerous newspaper feature articles.
· Published articles: Art and Antiques Magazine;
At Home Magazine; Artists and Galleries of the South.