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Archive for May, 2013

Visit Elizabeth in Grosse Pointe

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Today and tomorrow Elizabeth is setting up our rather intriguing booth at  the Christ Church, Grosse Pointe Antiques Show–it is the entire enclosed cloister along the sanctuary.  She has planned a really fun and spectacular space!

The following weekend she will be in Winnetka, Illinois for the Summer Antiques Show–with a flight home for some family and shop time in between the shows!

Please make plans to see her in one of these wonderful mid-western towns–both are lovely places to explore as well as shop the shows!

Details follow!!!!!!!



Memorial Weekend

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

We wish all a safe and family oriented long weekend with plenty of time to remember all of our loved ones, and especially those who have helped keep all of us safe.

We will open on Monday as the truck must be loaded to depart for the wonderful Christ Church, Grosse Pointe, Michigan Antiques Show:  check the details under Special Events on the www.whitehallantiques home page.  For those in that region Elizabeth will look forward to seeing you!

Our best to each of you,

David and Elizabeth

Sights and Smells of Mid-Spring

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Whitehall has been undergoing more sprucing with a fresh coat of paint and new plantings for the sign.  And every time we walk out now we smell sweet scents cascading into the courtyard and the parking lot is filled with the heady aroma of 25 “Abraham Derby” Old English Roses by David Austin.

Fresh Plantings

Mulch waiting to finish the job–with Preen to hold down the weeds!

The first massive bloom of the roses is peaking and this pink was a match to the Villa color until our new paint.

Approaching the gates the rich peach color–perhaps a Tuscan sunset–can be seen.

The inner right garden–these climbing roses are amazint given a shortage of intense sunlight!

Come visit soon–on Thursday we have arriving from Durham a major estate of garden furniture and another collection of English furniture and American prints from Greenville, S.C.

High Point Closing Report

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Due to minor but tiring surgery I am slow getting this written.  The show continued to be busy, as did the entire town, to the last day.  What we experienced in the Antique and Design Center this year was a bit different than prior years–sales boomed from the opening day with large crowds, then gradually slowed a bit to the end. Prior years began more slowly and built to a crescendo–it seems that the  AADC has become the first stop in High Point for many leading designers.  And, for the first time we were still making sales as we began to dismantle the booth–delightful new clients from China and from The United Abar Emirates with major design businesses in those countries.  The Chinese couple took the opportunity to drive over to our shop as well to make purchases.  Perhaps most intriguing with these clients, their passions were European ceramics  (shall we see more fake Meissen in Asian booths next season?).

Anyway here are three booth photos presented before and after to show how things changed through the week as shipments went out around the country.

Entrance to joint Whitehall/Grissom Collection Booth

Same view at end of event

The massive faux tapestry once behind jewelry display is gone, as is the large French dining table down the middle and the French modernism rattan chairs once hanging over the arched side entrance to our booth.

Side View

Before a wonderful French rack/shelf above an imposing Delft Garniture Set.

Same view, different angle

The French dining table  gone, the garniture gone, the rack gone, at the back the lovely Homme debout being dismantled for delivery, the box on stand tagged for shipment, and the Regency Chiffonier gone.  Equally fun,  the gorgeous Rose Mandarin and Rose Medallion pieces decorating the buffet were brought from Florida by a client for us to sell in her behalf!  High Point is a great meeting point for many reasons.


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Now we are looking forward to a busy summer and fall including the Fall 2013 Edition of The High Point Furniture Market–already thinking about the Fall Look for the booth!