Whitehall Blog

25 Days in May

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)

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!

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

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

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.

Nashville Antiques and Garden Show

February 5th, 2014

This is a quick experiment to post a 20 second video.  My commentary is that the show covers from folk art to gardens to $100,000 English furniture pieces (in the lavender walled booth of Janie Thompson, a great dealer from Kentucky.


And here are a couple of set-up shots of our booth and of the central garden being built by Anne Daigh and her staff of 22 workers!

Central entrance garden

Our “Wall of Bamboo” in one of the side aisles surrounding our booth–we face the entry garden still under construction!

Period bamboo both with original surfaces and decoupaged surfaces

Much more tomorrow and through the run of the show.

Come join the real mistress of Downton Abbey, the Duchess of Carnarvon of Highclere who will arrive tomorrow for the show and her lecture.



Atlanta Excitement Builds

January 24th, 2014

The beloved Atlanta Cathedral Show is nearly here–we finished loading the truck today!  Considered to be the finest antiques show in Atlanta, this marks the 43rd year of this remarkable show (details at:  http://www.cathedralantiques.org/ ).  Rich in every aspect of the fine and decorative arts, this grand show in an equally grand space offers something for everyone!  A $25.00 baby gift–absolutely!  A $20,000 grand country French Buffet a deux corps–absolutely!  A fine oriental rug or great print or superb painting–absolutely!  And fun parties and excellent lectures as well!

Here is a peak at a few pieces we are bringing–visit that website to link to other dealers and preview their offerings.

An elegant, perfectly proportioned London 18th century neo-classical bowfront chest of a diminutive size suitable for every room in the house:

Or the most charming Georgian mule chest in many years–warm pine, not oak, and delicately proportioned–a jewel found in Bath!  One of our favorite forms with a lift top storage and drawers below.  As so often, it features a brilliant use of panelling.

Rarely do we find a set of 12 antique chairs–so often the long sets have been split up by generations of shared inheritance (makes me crazy visiting the great houses of England where large sets abound because the eldest got it all!).  This sophisticated country French set in warm beech plays on the Montgolfier balloon form from seats to back splats–truly wonderful.  The bronze mounts are replacements for wooden ones that had been mostly lost over generations of use.

Of course it is not just furniture that is newly arrived and off to Atlanta–some of our delightful Vintage Pub Sign collection will also be featured including this charmingly appropriate sign:

We will have cabinets of porcelain, cases of silver and lovely warm French and English copper such as this signed French Stock Pot.

Hope to see you this week in Atlanta!

Delights from New Shipment

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

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!

Vero Beach Museum of Art Antiques Show

January 6th, 2014

For all of our friends in Florida, either year round or seasonally, the Vero Beach Museum of Art is one of the finest antiques events of the winter.  Bringing a veted list of fine dealers offering period English, Continental and American furniture, rare books, fine art, superb silver and jewelry as well as the entire range of porcelains from throughout the world, this is a show not to be missed.  Hours and events are easily found on the museum website:   www.verobeachmuseum.org/index.cfm?method=Event_antiquesshow&

We hope to see you there as we are featuring a fine George III breakfront, a rare form country French walnut Buffet a deux Corps, charming bamboo tables and unusual pub signs, period commodes from the Louis XV and Charles X periods as well as Georgian chests, cool rattan chaises with ottomans and much more.  Here are a few photos and by the way the Breakfront will be filled with a full antique Meissen dinner service so recently arrived I do not have photos!

c. 1780-1800 George III mahogany breakfront with writing drawer interior in satinwood

18th century walnut Buffet a deux Corps

Magnificent carving on the Buffet a deux Corps

Charles X commode--a precursor to modernism yet 180 years old!

c. 1750 walnut commode with original marble top

Come join the excitement!