Friday, December 21, 2012

Mother Lode!

We've had rather better luck in our never-ending hunt for vintage ornaments, Dear Reader.

White Whale Limited, our favorite antiques shoppe in Hudson, New York, is a treasure trove of vintage ornaments this December.  The dealers there stocked up on them throughout the year, and their store is laden with them.  Over the last two weekends Boy and I visited the shop several times in our quest for ornaments, as the dealers brought them out in stages to replenish their stock as needed.

The photograph in today's post shows but a fraction of the vintage ornaments we bought at White Whale this Yuletide season.  Boy has arranged them prettily in a gilt Paris Porcelain reticulated basket on stand, circa 1820.  It now sits on a cocktail table in our drawing room.

In addition to the colorful ornaments shown here, we also found lots of silver ones at White Whale that Boy has already hung on our Christmas tree.  Our tree is the subject of my next post, Dear Reader.

Now, I'm off to do my final Christmas shopping!

Photograph by Boy Fenwick


  1. lucky you, those ornaments like little treasures. Can't wait for the next post....last year's feather tree is still one of my favorites

  2. Soon as I saw this title in my blog list I knew it was going to be good - wow, it was really good! Happy your 2012 search ended well.

  3. What a beautiful photo! I can't wait to see your tree.

    Happy shopping!

  4. I wish I were on your list, Reggie!

    Those ornaments are stunning and even more so in the Old Paris basket.

    Hope yours is merry.


  5. Adore your precious selections, Reggie! Enjoy for many, many years!

    Art by Karena

  6. Beautiful ornaments. I had a huge collection of similar ones, but unfortunately were lost in a divorce asset split. Can't wait to see your tree.

  7. There is nothing like a vintage Christmas ornament, is there? A very Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  8. Oh Reggie, how wonderful these little gems have found their way home to Darlington House. I'm mad for your gilt basket - it is fabulous. I'm in London for Christmas again this year (lucky me), but just before I left, I had to do something to feel as though Christmas was around the corner. Up went the feather tree loaded with silver ornaments. I look forward to seeing your silver tree soon.

  9. The vintage ornaments are just beautiful. I, too, am looking forward to seeing the feather tree. If I ever live in a house again, I'm absolutely getting a feather tree, you have inspired me!

  10. Hello Reggie, That's the way I like to shop for antiques--in quantity! Sometimes I'm not fond of too much gilt on porcelain, but you have found the perfect use, which picks up the silvering in the ornaments.

  11. I can't think of a better thing to put the ornaments into. Gorgeous dish. I look forward to your tree!

  12. I spotted a couple that reminded me of ones we had when I was a boy. Good times.

  13. Reggie, that is such a handsome photograph that I think it should be made into a Christmas card! I'm even visualizing the burgundy greeting on the inside.

  14. Truly a gorgeous photo. You've inspired me, I definitely need more ornaments.
    I hope your Christmas shopping went well.

  15. As always, you and Boy always find such beautiful treasures.

    Christmas Eve here , it's fairly warm and I suppose I should rouse myself and go to the shops one last time.

    Merry Christmas to you both.

  16. What a gorgeous photo! Isn't antiquing fun? I love when I find that "one thing" you just have to have. I went to a church flea market one Sunday here in DC. I was one of the first one's to go in. As I was browsing around I spotted a vintage KitchenAid Mixer tucked in behind some old clothes. I reached in and yanked it out, boy did I get some envious looks; the price? $20! That was 6 years ago and dozens and dozens of home made goods later. Anyway...
    I enjoy this blog very much. Merry Christmas to all at Darlington House.
    J. B.


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