A Paragon of Beauty – Ruminations on a Portrait

Reproduction portrait of Auguste Strobl originally painted by Joseph Stieler for Ludwig I Hall of Beauties

Some of you keen observers noticed this charming lady serenely smiling out of the Hunt Collection sale photos from Thursday. I’m excited to introduce you to the newest resident here at Dogwood House: Fräulein Auguste Strobl (1807 – 1871)! Auguste came to me by way of auction, and I must confess to only leaving a…

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3 Things You Should Know About Wedgwood

Sage green Jasperware vase from Wedgwood

Curio IQ Series: a short and sweet lesson in antiques, discussing Wedgwood ceramics. Here’s 3 things you should know to start a collection! I’ll never forget my first real introduction to Wedgwood ceramics — the polished basalts, the velvety jaspers, and delicate curling reliefs. I was a registration assistant working on a cataloging and photography…

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3 Things You Should Know About Opaline Glass

Imperial glass aqua opaline goblets

Curio IQ Series: Let’s take a short and sweet lesson in antiques! If you’ve flipped through a design magazine or coffee table book in the last 30 years, then chances are you’ve spied a table or two set with brilliant aqua goblets in varying sizes but all with a timeless wafer stem. This bold color…

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The Grandmillennial’s Pocket Guide to Chic Antiques

View of The Pocket Guide on an iPhone

About The Grandmillennial’s Pocket Guide to Chic Antiques: your on the hunt resource to the chic antiques Grandmillennials adore!

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Collector’s Notes: Blue and White Chinese Porcelain

The Peacock Room, Smithsonian

An overview of blue and white Chinese porcelain for the budding collector that delves into the history and how to authenticate antique porcelains. Think you’ve got a consuming passion for decorating with blue and white Chinese porcelain? Take a look at these obsessive displays! Don’t be confused by the perspective. You are looking up in…

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What is a Classically Charming Curio?

Classically charming curios: Pair of Staffordshire spaniels and sheep with Rose Medallion ormolu bowl in back

Exploring the nature of classically charming curios and just what gives them that unique je ne sais quoi! You may have noticed I recently changed Pender & Peony’s motto to… in pursuit of classically charming curios I was looking for a phrase that better reflected the day to day hustle and bustle of the shop…

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The Spirit of Things

My grandmother's yellow teapot

I was talking with a friend the other day about what I do and she made the comment that shopping estate sales makes her sad. She said it was even a bit depressing to her when she saw all these belongings “abandoned” for buyers to pick through and then to think that the family didn’t…

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Collector’s Notes: Antique Prints

Flatlay of various types of prints for collector's notes series

The basics of collecting antique prints, including print making techniques, history, and how to identify different types. Antique prints are a wonderful way to bring a window to the past into your home: Usually, they are moderately priced and collectable; There is a vast variety in subject matter that has been brilliantly and artistically rendered;…

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Decorating with Rose Medallion

5 ways of decorating with Rose Medallion porcelains - flat lay collage of Famille Rose plates and tableware

5 ways of decorating with Rose Medallion that showcase its beauty and help create the Chinoiserie chic look. Rose Medallion ceramics are my favorite Chinoiserie decor with out doubt. First of all the pink and green color palette is classic and charming then there are the darling birds, bats, butterflies, and dragons frolicking in the…

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The Best Thrift Stores in Western North Carolina

Interior view of Second Blessings Thrift

Katherine reveals the 5 best thrift stores in Western North Carolina she frequents to find quality antiques and vintage. Just a few things to keep in mind when thrifting… No. 1 Don’t underestimate the power of manifestation. Set your intention to find something specific when you start your thrifting adventure. Think about it regularly though…

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