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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!


More from High Point

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Finally the Antique and Design Center officially opened today after a “soft” opening yesterday.  Some major pieces have sold and more sales seem to be in the offing if the designers are successful with their clients.  Here are a few shots of the completed booth.

The jewelry sure does add sparkle to the front entrance to our display!

A reminder of the July Trunk Show featuring major new estates by the effervescent Donnie Grissom of Mt. Pleasant/Charleston, SC.

Red tags enhance the booth!

Repurposed antique picture frames cut into multisided medallions and mounted with hand cast and gilded bees, dragonflies and lion masks!  At $45.00 each they really add punch to little spots, add dimension on a wall of prints or stand alone as a charming little decoration for any wall.  They are the invention of Trace Mayer of Louisville, Kentucky and we are pleased to be his representative–same price as he sells them, in case you are wondering!

I love the next item–an amazing spoon rack and cutlery and candle rack from the north of western England or Scotland.  It is warm brown oak with broken arch pediment, hearts and whale’s tails–what more could you possibly want.  AND turned bone (cow!!!) finials and pulls.  Wow!!!

High Point Antique and Design Center to Open Friday

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

We are all feverishly preparing for the opening of the Spring Furniture Market and the excitement of the antiques and design building in Historic Market Square.  Here are some photos from today with a few comments–our friend Donnie Grissom who has brilliant vintage jewelry is finishing his installation tomorrow–thus the covered cases!  (By the way, he is coming with a huge new estate collection in July for a weekend event–watch for it!!!!!)

Main Show Entry with our booth entrance.

The Tommi Parzinger credenza c. 1967 is a brilliant entrance supporting an amazing, multi level old surface horse for a procession–the rolling stand of later date.  Over Donnie Grissom’s space is a collection of paintings by Paul Hrusovsky.

Right side of the Booth

Continuing down the tight side

The Three Madonnas is by Paul Hrusovsky above an early 19th century pear wood and ash country French high buffet with ebonized moldings.

Center of the booth with French 1930's steel coffee table and Napoleon III bergeres

The two circular tables behind the coffee table are a delight–an 1880′s miniature Napoleon III gueridon and a period c. 1810 gueridon behind it!

Backside of the Napoleonic view!

A great pair of modernism chairs of rosewood and chrome by Sven Ivar Dysthe for Dokka, Norway,  flank a period 1960-70 lucite and chrome floor lamp with integral table with a cluster column in homage to George III taste (both from Studio Design Gallery, owned by Paul Hrusovsky featuring his art studio, gallery of his art and mid-century furniture and accessories).  Ivar born in 1931 was the wunderkind of Norwegian modernism design.

Back section of booth with cross aisle

A 72″ diameter Anglo-Indian teak and mahogany William IV table with Georgian breakfront on back wall, the table simply displayed with early 19th century Meissen vases (ornithological) and a Royal Crown Derby soup tureen and undertray.  Yes the orchids are real–took me an hour as new ones were unpacked last night at Whole Foods flower shop!

Floating above the c. 1780-1800 breakfront is a c, 1730 carving from Frankfurt, Germany–next is a close-up.

This represents Mary Queen of Heaven (she emerges from blue swirling clouds) holding the Christ Child blessing the world and holding the orb of the world, once with a cross atop it.

For another photo of this carving from a differing angle with differing light, check out the Whitehall Facebook reached either directly on Facebook or through the Home Page for Whitehall at www.whitehallantiques.com

More to come this week including a few highlights of my lecture next week–Tuesday–free to all attendees of the Market.