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The Ship Has Landed

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

A ship has landed in Norfolk, our container brought down to Chapel Hill and we have unloaded it!  The shop is simply brimming with great new finds from France and England.

For a first view, check out the Whitehall Facebook Page


Like whitehallantiques on Instagram where I have posted many new arrivals with tidbits of information!


Elizabeth is putting up new photos as she prepares the catalogue of the new arrivals, and this next week will see constant additions to our website–visit New Arrivals to go straight to these exciting pieces.


Happy hunting and feel free to call the shop (919-942-3179) or email us with questions:  whchnc@aol.com or dlindquist@nc.rr.com

The Best Georgian (and American) Construction

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

linen press
This is a fascinating study of a Mid-Georgian linen press, c. 1765.  It is also the story of how this lovely business works, because this handsome piece has come home to us to sell again after 15 years or so in a Raleigh home followed by a few months in storage as it fails to fit the owner’s new home.  Here it sits a bit forlorn in a storage unit!  Yet nothing is more thrilling than seeing an old friend again,  especially of a quality too seldom seen today in the United Kingdom.

This piece exhibits the finest craftsmanship of the period, as you will soon see.  It could only have been created in London or Edinburgh (or in America by a London or Edinburgh trained cabinetmaker such as Anthony Hay of Williamsburg, Virginia).  The pierced bracket feet are bold and powerful–precisely what such a piece demands.  The form of pierced bracket feet is rare in any British furniture, a hallmark of the finest London and Edinburgh workshops.  By the way, the feet and sides of the piece are solid timbers–Cuban mahogany of great density.

bracket foot


The crown molding is equally fine, displaying several rows of solid mahogany to create the desired effect of boldness and depth.  The Greek Key–known also as the Walls of Troy–is a particularly fine molding accented by the flat molding above and the incurved moldings below, pushing the Greek Key forward visually.

crown molding




The upper doors open to reveal a well fitted interior with the usual sliding trays greatly enhanced in utility by being adjustable every few inches–again a very costly addition to the normally placed trays which fit one position only (there are three adjustable trays).  Additionally, small drawers are included–another expensive add-on to the original purchase price!  Antiques were bought like we once bought cars–the basic stripped down model was listed and then every improvement was listed with an additional cost.

One extra beautiful detail is the right door latch.  Normally small sliding latches are inset inside the edge of the door with small pins sliding into a hole top and bottom to secure the door, then the left door would close and be latched with a key.  This piece has an expansive and fine gilt brass large inset slide on the backside of the top of the door–far more stable and secure.

door slide


As fine as the finished, visible parts are, the invisible parts are more interesting and truly indicative of brilliant craftsmanship.  Let’s explore some of the fine points beginning at the top!

top edge

Gazing down on the top of the upper section, the molding construction is clearly separated from the carcass construction which displays the pine (deal top) of secondary wood united to the side of solid mahogany by unusually fine dovetails.  Normally these are wide and somewhat sloppy–after all they are unseen.  In this press the dovetails are fine and precise, a demand on both the time and skill of the maker.  The lighter colored strip next to the side is the core of the crown molding–always made of a secondary wood such as deal, Scots pine (or in America pine of various types or poplar). The back is nailed to the inset sides and we will explore it momentarily.  The outer dark strip is the mahogany on the outside of the crown molding–the part we see.  Wood of quality was costly, so the mahogany was only used on the outer part of the molding glued to the triangular inner core, best seen in this next photo:


You will also notice here how the back joins the top and sides–the crown moldings extend like the solid mahogany sides to hide the inset back in this case of paneled construction.  These photos show where the panels come together in the center of the back creating a field of four floating panels virtually guaranteed to never shrink enough to leave a gap for dirt to enter the piece.  The top edge is also shown on the back panel where you can see the through mortise and tenon construction of this back.  The inexpensive way was to simply nail boards closely together on the back or have two panels only on the back of any piece where the back would be seen when the doors were opened.  The use of four panels again shows both the finest in construction and the value placed on fine workmanship by the customer–he knew he was purchasing the very finest possible work.  Even the bottom of this press has paneled back construction–again a great rarity as no one would see this back.  The purpose was a tight seal that would last for generations.  And it has!  No gaps for dirt from 1765 to 2014!  Note also expensive oak has been used for the back, not inexpensive deal )pine)–the oak shrinks far less with no knots to pop out.  That too cost the buyer extra.

back top center

This superb level of craftsmanship is associated with Anglo-American cabinetmaking, especially work from London and Edinburgh with occasionally similar work in English market towns and cathedral cities.  In America we find it in pieces made by immigrants from those centers of great craftsmanship.

Because the sides and drawer fronts are solid timbers, we have attributed this piece to Edinburgh.  London preferred veneered drawer fronts and veneered door panels, often on a lower quality mahogany base.


Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Our first ever on line sale is now available by going to the following site where many consigned items have been dramatically reduced!  http://www.whitehallatthevilla.com/view-catalog.pl?ref=3148

Hope you find a bargain for your collection from Russian silver to fine antique furniture!!!!!!!!!

Roses for Your Vase!

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

Our grand sale of 25% off for 25 days in May is on–and so are our roses!  Come find a fabulous vase on sale, and then fill it with glorious roses and take them home to share!  The sent of Abraham Darby will fill a room–heavenly.  Even our entire parking lot is scented by them.

Catch even better photos on Whitehall Facebook–just like our shop and enjoy many interesting connections!




25 Days in May

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Beginning tomorrow for 25 days in May our entire inventory of antiques will be reduced by 25%!!!!!

This is a new event replacing our traditional June Sale and we have so many exciting pieces to share with you–no shows so the entire inventory is available!

Also we are opening Friday our new patio which Elizabeth has been planning for weeks–a gorgeous quiet spot to commune with nature, nibble a cookie and imbibe a cool drink.  Perhaps you will even have visitors as I did yesterday while cleaning and painting furniture for the patio:

Three White Tail Visitors to the new Whitehall Patio

This space has not been used since we bought and restored the Villa–come enjoy!

And of course the entrance and the four story fountain court inside are equally delightful now!

The azaleas are in full bloom!


And the great 1870′s Fisk basin with 1870′s French Fountain are a welcome to the grounds with roses soon to bloom!

Frogs and turtles line the Fisk basin nearly 8' in diameter

The old English roses will bloom in May--25 Abraham Derby bushes

Come revel in the beauty and enhance your home!

We look forward to welcoming you

Elizabeth and David

TGIF at Whitehall (and TGIS as well)

Thursday, April 17th, 2014


Come enjoy Spring in Chapel Hill with wine and nibbles every Friday from 4-6 pm!  The hillside is a lavender fire of wisteria and the large dogwood a welcoming canopy of white among the azaleas now coming into full bloom.  Sit in the garden or soon on the back patio overlooking the stream and ravine filled with wildlife.

AND all day on SATURDAY it is TGIS–wine and nibbles all day long!!!!!!!

If 11am is too early for wine, pick up a morning coffee at Caffe Driade and enjoy it as you browse the shop or sit in our gardens–you are always welcome to explore the new pieces arriving daily!  Or just come relax.  Buying is not required–just a desire to enjoy beautiful flowers and wonderful decorative objects inside and out in the area’s most unique building.

Ayr Mount Fundraiser!

Monday, April 14th, 2014

This Thursday from 4-7 pm Elizabeth and I will be joined by Leland Little and Doug Lay to conduct an “Antiques Road Show” at Ayr Mount Plantation in Hillsborough, NC.  For $50.00 receive a tour of this great house and collection, attend mini lectures throughout the afternoon, sip wine and enjoy nibbles and OF COURSE, have your mystery antique appraised by the experts!  This is a great opportunity for a delightful early evening on the lawn and in the grandest house of the Federal Period in our area.

Elizabeth and I have conducted two all day seminars on Federal Furniture using the collections of Ayr Mount which range fro original furnishings to the superb collection built by Richard Jenrette.  I will conduct several mini lectures on the collection, turning pieces upside down and inside out to share the story that each tells from original construction through 200 years of use.

Visit the website and then join in the fun!


Delights from New Shipment

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

Elizabeth is busy posting wonderful photos of many of the new arrivals.  Here I am sharing only one photo per piece, but the website has plenty of detail shots!  And there are many many new pieces to peruse!

William IV reading/writing table

William IV, c.1830, mahogany reading/writing table to raise and bring over a bed or chair with adjustable reading surfaces. Reeded edges and carved rondels along aprons. Fine gun barrel shaft pedestal with onion fluting and carved base, turned tapered support leg with ring carving, over lower molded surface, raised on carved bun feet. A rare example!  Ideally suited for invalid dining as well–the height fully adjustable.

Perhaps nothing speaks to the warmth of the English country cottage or below stairs in a manor house than the charm of a dresser with base (the rack and base completely original)–and with myriad forms, an unusual one is a particular joy.

George IV Dresser

A highly desirable George IV, c.1830, English dresser. The oak has mellowed to a beautiful, rich honey color. Well molded crown surmounts the triple shelf top with various old hooks for cooking utensils and drinking vessels, shaped support straps over the lower section with three drawers over a pair cupboards flanking the central open cove display area with concave shelf. The whole raised on well shaped bracket feet (the center being double brackets). 68 5/8″ w., 17 1/8″ d., 86 3/8″ h

Another delight for the eye is the elegantly faded cherry in this buffet.

Normandy Buffet

An early 19th century buffet of cherry wood from Normandy with poplar secondary wood. Classical urn carving centers the shaped apron with oak leaves and acorns. The 2 molded and escargot carved drawers flanking a sunburst carved medallion. The rosette carved and molded paneled doors flaning a stop fluted frieze. The whole raised on original turned feet typical of the period. Original steel hings & hardware. Rear feet tipped. 24 3/8″ d., 54 7/8″ w., 39 3/4″ h.

Perhaps the most unusual piece in this shipment is this Seage from Picardy–they seem to be unique to the region.  The lower slatted shelf is now displayed with bottles of wine.

Seage from Picardy

A country French seage from Picardy, c.1830, of cherry wood – a rare form. The modified, flat cabriole legs typical of the region. Molded cabinet doors with charming, simple floral carving. Large central drawer with brass pulls over the open two-part mid-section. The lower part apparently for wine bottles and the upper for glassware. The top with rail for displaying faience plates. 74 1/2″ w., 17″ d., 38 1/2″ h.




New Shipment Tomorrow

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

WOW!  After two days and unloading constantly followed by hours and hours of polishing, waxing and cleaning, we are almost ready for tomorrow–and the snacks are ready along with the margaritas and pinot grigio!  So come on in and browse through the new goodies.

For those distant, the photos will begin to appear tomorrow on our website under “newest arrivals”–from country French tables from tiny (a miniature wine tasting table) to vast (a draw leaf table of burl ash and oak); from Georgian chests of every form to a huge selection of the bamboo our clients love, now decoupaged with butterflies, dragonflies, horses and more!  And of course there is copper, brass, porcelain, lamps, mirrors and more!

So come join us or browse our website!

“These are a few of my favorite things”

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

In addition to music (yes that is a line from The Sound of Music) and family,  much of my life is visual.  So here are some photos I took this year–hope you enjoy them.  In just a week we will load for The Vero Beach Museum of Art Show and return to unload a new shipment from England and France–so what better time than now to remember the past year.

Nelson, Christmas 2012 at grandma's

Alexander's Christmas Past--2012 at grandma's

The glory of North Carolina from Grandfather Mountain

Elizabeth ready for opening night, Vero Beach Museum of Art, 2013

Oops--it slid! Uncle Erik with Nelson and Alexander and Elizabeth presenting her masterpiece: Erik and Alexander in a joint birthday celebration

Topiary magic in the Nashville Antiques and Garden Show

The epitome of George I walnut bureau bookcases

Thomasville, Georgia hospitality--we stayed in dear clients' guest house

Chang at work--half snoozing in the Villa entrance room

Serenity in the Asiantiques booth, Alexandria, March, 2013

Spring finally arrives in the Duke Gardens in mid-March--at least the jonquils arrived in February!

A sweet Edwardian Sutherland table came home to Whitehall after 50 years in a Mebane, NC home--and now has a new home in Florida

May 2 brought Paul's 65th birthday celebration at Kipos, a new West Franklin Street Greek restaurant in The Courtyard

Spring Market was a great success: part of our huge booth at The Antique and Design Center of High Point

26 Abraham Derby roses by David Austin line the Whitehall parking lot producing a heady fragrance in memory of our dear employee of 50 years, Frances Farrington

Our new condo nears completion in mid-June

We ran the floors from the front door 30 feet toward the glass walls–this view covers most of the 30 feet lateral into the study making a large “L”.  Always run flooring so that you carry the eye to create a greater sense of size, rather than chopping up the desired view.

A "Moral Monday" sea of protestors in Raleigh--this year NC traded a 50% tax cut for the wealthy for reducing education funding to 47th in America. Bless our great teachers who soldier on.

The thrill of entering a lovely retirement home and finding a period breakfront from the late 18th century! I was waxing it again today at the shop!

Moving day was June 27th--this is July 1st and off to England July 4th to buy for the shop

Looking for nifty sporting items in southeast England

And finding 1960's G-Plan furniture for Paul's new Studio Design Gallery at The Courtyard (a three block walk to work each day) and already a huge success!

Nelson and Dad join us in London and then off to Paris!

View from the hotel room

Grandpa as Napoleonic Soldier--yes the sword is period

An Exciting Durham estate--I had worked with the parents for 25 years--yielded a rare Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin chrome backed swivel, rocking club chair--and so much more!

Paul’s Modernism gallery included in his new Studio allows us to help with a broad range of fine items from the late 17th century to the 1970′s between Whitehall and Studio Design Gallery–and the stores are only a mile apart!

And then it was July 19th and time for my 65th birthday–60 friends and family gathered atop our new building to celebrate.

My son Erik and older grandson Nelson David (Elizabeth's son)


The best little guests!

And also celebrating over 23 years with Paul, my guide through life.

And then 6 days of both teaching and learning during the annual Whitehall Summer Antiques Seminar

Then the new shipment arrived followed by a wonderful fundraiser at the Villa benefitting The Chamber orchestra of the Triangle and finally of to three fall shows and the Fall High Point Market (all featured in prior blogs).

And Halloween

A December sunset from my hotel for the Jacksonville Antiques Show--my 36th straight year!

Exploring a collection to sell this winter!

And finally the beauty of Christmas again!  Another year of exploration, learning, teaching and enjoying all that life has to offer with family and friends.  Happy New Year!  Live it with love and gusto.