Whitehall Blog

Archive for November, 2014

Theta 2014–The Finest Show in Texas!

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

 

Most dealers and collectors agree, the Theta Show in Houston, Texas–this was the 63rd annual edition–is one of the five most significant shows in America. I write this as I am half way home from an exciting and successful event, fascinated to see a city booming and houses under construction on tear down lots in all of the finest areas of the city. It takes new housing and improved housing to really drive the antiques business beyond the collecting level into the furnishing level. We compete at some level with modernism, mid-century, new furniture–ever Restoration Hardware for gosh sakes! Right now 18th and 19th century antiques are simply the best value for dollars spent–period!

 

In their continuing effort to constantly strengthen the show, the plans for next year were announced at this year’s show: NEW dates one week earlier November 12-15, 2015 in a NEW location, Bayou City Event Center. One day shorter, the opening will be a Thursday night to allow dealers from the Winterthur Show to arrive and participate. The old downtown facility is being renovated for several years–the new facility provides space for the same number of dealers and a veritable sea of FREE parking! We are all excited to say the least.

Here is a selection of shots of our booth.  Happily we already had sold a 72″ diameter table to a dealer before the photos were made!  We also sold the sofa table in top photo, most of the Imari in the secretaire, the yellow pair of period fauteuils, the set of eight dining chairs, the French mid-century coffee table, the four candlesticks, all of the cut glass on the trunk and the Rose Medallion punch bowl!  In the third photo the chest has a new home as well as the lamp and the moose doorstop barely visible on the left.  In the bottom photo two fine jugs were purchased.  Additionally and not pictured we sold a splendid mule or dowery chest as well as dozens of small porcelain, silver and brass pieces from throughout the booth.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

Birmingham, Alabama “Antiques in the Garden”

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

 

Well I have been remiss, mainly due to the overwhelming amount of spam. However I have simply decided to ignore and return to writing, especially since a delightful email from Australia about Samson fakes of the 19th and early 2oth centuries. So now I will play a bit of “catch up”.

One of the most innovative charity antiques shows takes place annually on the first weekend of October in The Birmingham Botanical Gardens–a combination of antiques dealers and noted designers and architects creating a variety of opportunities both concrete (buy stuff now!!!) and ephemeral (ideas to re-imagine your home based on intriguing displays–often featured later in Veranda magazine).

These photos share views of our booth at the show, a group of young tastemakers being talked to by a Taste Maker (their name for the design booths), and a couple of detailed photos of an architect designed room and a graceful room elegantly blending antiques with modern concepts.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Watching that enormous wooden facade be built was fascinating–a true test of the patience of all concerned, but wonderful when completed.

My chief criticism of the show has been too many local dealers and designers, but the attendance from local folks has been great since the new program of balancing designer spaces with antiques spaces began.  I am happy to report that next year will see more dealers from out of state replacing local dealers, but continuing to have brilliant designer vignettes.  It should be truly exciting next year–the first weekend of October as always!  We will have links from our website once concrete details are announced!  Always check our Events section of the website for what is happening throughout the country!