Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Pretty in Plaid

Thanksgiving is only four weeks from now.  Christmas, a month later. The holidays are upon us!  So what's not to love about these new dishes and accessories, perfect for the holidays, the winter blues, and you can use them right now!  These are from Pottery Barn who hit a home run last season with their toile dishes (which are still available by the way).  You can see these here.

If this isn't enough plaid to please your palate, you can add a few more things......

(See these here)

(See these here)

I am still loving the fur placemats, but how impractical are they?  Really.  Eating on fur?  See them here.

One more thing......

I am loving the plaid dormat too.  See it here.

Love you Pottery Barn!  You make decorating for the holidays so much easier!

Monday, October 24, 2016

The Horses Are Coming.....

To Washington, D.C. that is.  The election will take a back seat in downtown DC to the incredible Washington International Horse Show that starts tomorrow morning.  It's a real treat to see the horses perform inside the Verizon Center, not too far from the Hill.  You can buy your tickets here.

 Some of the horses will be stabled around the Verizon Center while others get to stay indoors.   They started arriving today.

 The President's Cup is Saturday night.  A great display of world class show jumping. 

If you can't make it you can still bid on silent auction items. See them here.

Former Foxhunter's Stash Goes Up for Auction

Contents from the estate of a well-known horseman in Northern Virginia who had a treasure trove of fox hunting memorabilia is going up for auction this coming weekend in Northern Virginia:

This auction includes items from the Estate of James Langley Young, Sally F. Harrison and Stirling Young. The late -Stirling Harrison, former Loudoun Co. Commonwealth's attorney, also has estate items in this sale. Among this family are former masters of the Orange County Hunt in Virginia. Up for bidding, you'll find Antique Sterling Silver Pieces, Louis Vuitton Trunks, Fox Hunting Bronzes, Art Porcelain, Oil and Watercolor Paintings, Lithographs, Antique Books, Horse and Fox Hunting Books, Equestrian and Fox Hunting Art and Decor, Antique Hunting and Equestrian Items, Early Furniture, Clocks, Old Hunting Photographs, China and Glassware, and many other quality items too numerous to mention! See More pictures, and BID LIVE and ONLINE at www.DamewoodAuctioneers.com

Sunday, October 23, 2016

The Hunt for Imperial Hunt Scene.

If you are a regular reader you understand the fascination and love for china and crystal, especially vintage. You may recall a post about the glassware, Imperial Hunt Scene, a few years ago.  You can read it here. You can also read about the glass company which was located in Cambridge, Ohio here.
You can see the pieces from the entire line here.

I ventured out yesterday with a dear friend to a glass show in Northern Virginia, and what a surprise it was for me to discover a treasure trove of the infamous Imperial Hunt Scene, made by the now-defunct Cambridge Glass Company.  It was a trifecta of sorts. I had never come across some of the pieces I saw yesterday.

The glass was only made for a handful of years so the supply was never large and it is still very hard to find.  This is the green color below with a gold etching from a pair of candlesticks.  You most often see it in green and pink (the pink is called peach-blo).

You also can find the pink and green stems which I also love.  Sometimes the pattern is in gold and other times it is only etched in the glass.

It is found also in clear and in black and gold which is much more rare.

 This color, the pinkish tint with the swirls is very rare. I've only seen this color twice.

The amber color is my least favorite but you don't see this often.  This is an ice pail and there there is also an ice bucket.  I have a pink ice bucket which a dealer friend found for me in Florida.

There are a few pieces from time-to-time on Etsy and Ebay.  This is for sale on Etsy right now but I find the prices can be a bit high.  I think the best place to find the glass is from a dealer who usually negotiates well on price.  You can see these candlesticks  here.

This tumbler is also for sale. See it here.  

There were three decanters yesterday at the show. I am showing two of them. The third was in green.  I can't tell you how rare it is to find one of these.

 This is a bowl that is used for flower arrangements.  It's hard to see it, but it would look lovely on a round table filled with greenery and white flowers.

 I've never seen this set before. The large round piece is for flowers like the green one above and this has the matching candlesticks.  This belongs in a museum!

 These are small parfait glasses. They are in a very rare color, Willow.  I had one of these already so I bought a second one so I have a pair.  The dealer told me that this was a custom order for a customer in New York.  It is interesting that I had one of these which I bought on Ebay about 15 years ago.  Now I have a set.  Wonder how many were in the group originally?  12 maybe?

 These are rare indeed.

 This was the piece de resistance yesterday. This vase is about 16 inches high.

And lastly another rarity, a Willow bridge set.  This is so adorabale, all in one piece.
I love seeing these treasures.  I wonder how many homes these glasses have lived in, how many dinner parties they've been a part of, after a long day's hunting in the country.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Kentmere - A Famous Stallion's Former Home is For Sale in Virginia

Clark County, Virginia is one of my favorite places in the Virginia Hunt Country.  It's just far enough west to be non-commutable to Washington, DC and there is little development, at least for now.

A very interesting farm is up for sale in Boyce, Virginia which is on the western side of the county, called Kentmere.

The farm had a famous horse, a stallion, imported from France in 1931. Teddy was “one of the most important stallions of the twentieth century and a truly international star. . . . Three of his offspring — Sir Gallahad III, Bull Dog and La Troienne — changed the face of American breeding altogether. (from a recent article in The Washington Post).  Teddy sired 65 stakes winners plus the fourth dam of Secretariat. Kenneth Gilpin and F. Wallis Armstrong bought the French horse and shipped him to America, where he spent the end of his life at Kentmere, the Clarke County domain of the Gilpin family. Many say that he is buried somewhere on the grounds.
Henry Gilpin, Kenneth’s father, bought Kentmere in 1896 and the Gilpin family owned the farm until Ellen Carroll acquired it from the family 20 years ago. After a fire destroyed the main residence, Carroll converted what had been the carriage house and stallion barn into a charming home.
Carroll repurposed many items from the stable, including the barn doors from Teddy’s stalls. Wooden blocks that covered an aisle in the barn now form a cobbled floor in the foyer. The weather vane atop the turret adds a touch of whimsy.

(Washington Post Photo)

Here is the information from the listing which you can find here.

It is said that in the mid 1700s, George Washington planted the seeds that have grown into majestic stands of White Oak trees dotting the central section of Clarke County. Kentmereis set on 51.82 acres, in a glen of these specimen hardwoods. A rare and spectacular offering, this premiere equestrian estate is where "Teddy", one of American horse racing's most famed Thoroughbred stallions stood from 1931-1936 and sired 65 stakes winners plus the fourth dam of Secretariat. The property is located in the Northern Shenandoah Valley on the west side of the Blue Ridge and within the prestigious Blue Ridge Hunt territory. Notably, it is across the road from Saratoga Farm, constructed in 1779 by Hessian soldiers for the revolutionary war hero Daniel Morgan. Every day, country life at Kentmere unfolds with a legacy of horsemanship and the love of family and friends.Arriving through majestic wrought iron gates at the primary entrance, the main dwelling lies ahead down a meandering lane and through a mature oak park. The home was built in the 1890s as the property's Carriage House and Stallion Barn. In 2011, the building was thoughtfully redesigned into the estate's primary residence with a commitment to weave the past and present into one full-scope high-end renovation. Historic preservation was key as was a commitment to integrating modern "green" elements.

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