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Seminar Evenings

Friday, August 24th, 2012

After ever day of the Summer Seminar groups of us head to the incredible and diverse restaurants of Chapel Hill and Durham, from the famous Crook’s Corner and Lantern (James Beard honorees) to seafood fresh in from the coast.  In this picture at Squids–just great shellfish and fish fresh daily–I am holding the youngest of my grandsons, Alexander.  He is a year and a half and totally cuddly and adorable!  And of course I am not prejudiced at all!

Alexander loves hush puppies and cuddling at Squids!

The next photo is Elizabeth and Peter Tinkler kicking back at Crook’s Corner, the historic Southern restaurant of the South, especially famous for Shrimp and Grits created by Bill O’Neal for the restaurant about 25 years ago.  His cookbooks remain in print and are treasured by all southern cooks.

Elizabeth Lindquist and Peter Tinkler

The critters on the fence–outdoor dining at Crook’s–are by outsider artist Clyde Jones of Bynum, NC.

We are getting ready to unload Tuesday a 40′ container from our summer buying trip to England and France.  We will reopen on next Thursday quietly for last minute details, then be open with wine and nibbles for the Labor Day Weekend.  Below is a photo along the English coast heading toward Southhampton on the back ways as the road had flooded out–turned out to be the same path the Olympic Torch would follow three days later–simply gorgeous!

Path of the Olympic Torch

To whet your appetite for next week–Elizabeth will begin to put pieces on line over the weekend as she prepares our Fall Catalogue for mailing–here are a couple of lovely items!

Walnut Buffet, period Louis XV

Maison Jansen French Mid-Century Modernism Coffee Table

Glorious Rosewood Dining/Center Table, English Regency Period

Come see us next week and visit www.whitehallantiques often during the week after Labor Day as we share our new arrivals with the world!

Oriental Rug Seminar with Doug Lay

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

The final course for our Summer Antiques Seminar was two days with Doug Lay, one of the best educators and most delightful persons anywhere!  The seminar was sold out and most who attended were ready for more next year–Doug, however, says that like pregnancy he needs a few years to forget how grueling 14 hours of teaching in two days is!  Having prepared a superb booklet to guide us through his topic, he added a fascinating array of slides to make each point come alive, whether dining in the tent of his nomadic hosts seated on carpets surrounded with woven hangings, or riding his camel across a mountain pass–rugs were alive and palpable!

I can ony share some slides of our courses but perhaps one day I will bug Doug for a few downloaded slides to share as well.

Day Two--Hands On

While day one was all slides, tying symmetrical and  asymmetrical knots, learning a warp from a weft, a depressed warp from a non-depressed, etc–day two was in The Persian Carpet oriental rug gallery.  Here Doug is pointing out intricate details of a carpet–and of course it is all about what the back of the carpet reveals!

Noses to the carpet!

I was warned about no butt shots of the participants but even I have no idea who this is–so it just has to make a great point about getting down and really eyeballing the construction of a carpet!

A Shop Full Of Students and Carpets

The Persian Carpet is a visual feast–in the background on the walls are large modern handmade oriental carpets–the pieces that are small back left are frighteningly perfect newly made copies of antique pieces.  While there are good keys to spotting these when new, Doug’s comment was he feels for the appraisers, dealers, and collectors 25-50 years from now.  Interestingly these exceptional modern works of this traditional art are as expensive as what they copy, for the most part!

Doug also provided a great bibliography and had all of the books on display so students could examine them and be sure of what expenditures they might wish to make in building their personal libraries.