April 16, 2014

High Point Highlights: Chinoiserie

With everything that happened in High Point, I’ve been tempted to put it all behind me, but I have an obligation and I really do want to share what I saw with you! So, let’s take a jaunt through High Point and see what I saw. Chinoiserie has always been “in” for me, but it was everywhere at this Market.

From Williamsburg: Look at this great mirror, in two sizes! Stunning

From CR Laine: Chinese Chippendale-style chairs CR Laine (25)

Pagoda mirror and lots of gorgeous blue and white, along with some Traci Zeller pillows.

From Thibaut: A pagoda-style headboard!

Beautiful orange and grey fabrics and papers, plus a pagoda sconce!Thibaut (22)

Lots of beautiful Chinoiserie-style fabrics.Thibaut (46)Thibaut (48)Thibaut (52)

From Lillian August: Always beautiful accessories in that showroom.Lillian (1)

A pagoda style headboard.Lillian (2)

I love Chinoiserie!

April 15, 2014

Henry Koehler: Equestrian Artist & Painter of Artichokes!

My friends at Halcyon House Antiques are having a show and sale of Henry Koehler’s paintings from April 18 to May 31, 2014. Mr. Koehler is a prolific painter of hunt and equestrian scenes, and is widely acknowledged to be one of the finest living sporting artists in the world. His long association with the sporting life began when his illustrations appeared in The New Yorker, Town & Country and Sports Illustrated.

His first exhibition was in 1961 and since that time he has shown 58 times in London, Paris, Dublin, Johannesburg and throughout the United States. His paintings have been collected by some of the biggest names in the art and equestrian worlds, including Paul Mellon and HM Queen Elizabeth II and her son, Prince Charles.

Mr.Koehler’s works reflect the myriad details of a race meet, and through his pictures, you can see the pieces that go into making the colourful races such a beloved pastime.

In addition to the racing images, Halcyon House Antiques also has some paintings of gardening tools,

including a set from Baltimore’s own Harvey Ladew of Ladew Gardens, about which I’ve written before.

The other main theme of Mr. Koehler’s paintings, and one which he’s been doing for many years, is artichokes!

This piece is/was in Lars Bolander’s home in Palm Beach.image

He has a passion for artichokes and has a large collection of artichoke-themed items, including ties, cufflinks, doorknockers, and slippers and pieces made from gold, silver, wood and ivory!

There’s a marvelous story of one of Mr. Koehler’s early paintings which he did of Jack and Jackie Kennedy sailing. It’s told by the artist’s step-son, CBS newsman, Anthony Mason.

For more information on the show, please contact Eric at Halcyon House Antiques.

April 14, 2014

High Point: Schillig

One of the first scheduled meetings I had in High Point was with one of my sponsors for the Market, Schillig USA, a German furniture company with their US HQ in HP. Unfortunately, my meeting with Schillig was immediately after my “incident” but I give them all of the credit in the world for being kind and welcoming, and listening to me blather away about what had happened. imageLuckily, there were a lot of charming men, all named David or Scott, and lots of gorgeous pieces of furniture to distract me.

The first thing I noticed about the showroom is the rainbow of leather colours they use in their furniture. The second thing I noticed is how rich and heavy the leather is. That’s because it is from Scandinavian cows who live in colder climates and therefore have thicker hides. As their tagline says, I could feel the difference.

The next thing I noticed was how clean and European their furniture is. Of course, it’s because they’re German!

Schillig’s furniture is the McGyver of sofas. The pieces move and change, fitting where you want it, and being what you want it to be. Pieces move around, pillows get re-arranged et voila, a whole different sofa. I particularly liked the little bolster behind the bigger pillow. It’s attached, so that the big pillow won’t slip. It also makes a great head-rest.

Who would think that this elegant sofa would turn into a recliner? Not me, until David sat down and showed me.

Instead of having a lever on one side like a clunky gear shift, the German engineering comes into play, and you push a button and the foot elegantly rises and the back lifts a bit. Smooth as changing gears in a Mercedes on the Autobahn!

And there’s no messy power cord, either! It has an elegant chrome battery pack to power the motion. Very clever.Seriously, if you are going to have a recliner in your house, why not have one that is sleek and elegant and reclines gracefully at the touch of a button?

There was one line in Schillig’s philosophy that really resonated with me: Knowing that by selecting our products you are inviting us to be a defining element of your daily life for many years, we are committed to crafting objects that are worthy of your investment. This indicates to me that they don’t see their products as “fast fashion” for the home, but as an investment piece that will fit your life for many years to come. And to me, that’s a very sound, and very European philosophy.
 

I will have some more brilliant pieces from Schillig to show you soon! Stay tuned for more from High Point!

 

This post has been sponsored by Schillig who was one of my sponsors at High Point Furniture Market. All opinions are my own.

April 13, 2014

Hammer Time: Auction Scores!

My pal, Andrea and I went to an auction on Saturday and had a great time. At least I did, mainly because I did so well in my bidding. Andrea left a few bids on things, and we’re not sure if she won any of them yet.

I had previewed the auction on Thursday and had checked off a few things on my list, including a couple lots which I deemed to be “must haves”, or must have up until a certain number. I warned Andrea that I was well-prepared to shove her out of the way if she bid on anything I had my eye on, but luckily, that didn’t happen!

I had seen these gorgeous Wedgwood teacups and saucers and just fell for them. The colours are so perfect for this time of year and Andrea, who in addition to designing great handbags, is also a floral designer, suggested that these might make fabulous centerpieces for an Easter table with some beautiful spring flowers arranged in them! A bit late to be planning that, but there’s always next year. I love the little gold dots around the rim of the cup and the edge of the saucer. The mark on these dates them to between 1950 and 1962, but they’re still very contemporary, aren’t they?

The next lot, and the one I was sure would have a lot of frenetic bidding, ended up having the opening bid dropped to an “insultingly low number” as pal David says, and I swooped in and got it for a song.

This was a massive stroke of luck, since I’d been prepared to go the distance on it. The lot comprised of more than 50 items, including the bar set above, which includes eight of the tall glasses, eight of the short ones, three decanters, one each for gin, scotch and rye, a water pitcher and a carrier for the decanters!

But wait, there’s more!

Eight of these Culver glasses in gold and turquoise with a carrying rack!

Eight of these glasses in tall and short versions. Numbered with hilariously out of date sayings!image

Eight tall, frosted glasses with white and gold horses, which would be ideal for a Derby or Preakness party.
(Sorry, they’re impossible to photograph!)

Only one of this amazing glass, which would be perfect for Halloween.

Apparently, my glass was one of a set of eight, which would have been AMAZING to have! This set was on 1st Dibs.imageI’d feel like a member of the Addams Family with these!

Here are a few more pieces from the auction.

Ten inch Blue Willow bowl. I’ve never seen one this size before. No marks though.

Davenport dish, circa 1810-1825

I am still unpacking things, but I am really pleased with the pieces I won. Look for them in my Etsy shop in the next week or so. As much as I love to collect, I love the thrill of the hunt even more!

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I am still feeling the effects of last week in High Point. I had to buy a new camera because I couldn’t change any of the settings or download pictures from my camera. And I am still editing the hundreds of pictures I took at the various showrooms, and at my Sponsors!