It’s no secret that the Antique & Artisan Center is one of my favorite local sources for all that is chic and unique and starting tomorrow, their very first Christmas Boutique will be unveiled. I stopped by yesterday for a sneak peek at some of what partner Mari Ann Maher, below, has hand selected for the event. Behind a red plaid taffeta curtain in the back of the shop, awaits a treasure trove of never-viewed-before gifts and antiques.
The hall outside offers a hint of the treasures beyond
with these fabulous gigantic parrot sconces?! If I just had the right spot…
Inside are multi-tiered displays, grouped by color, special interest and theme. From vintage ornaments
to a corner filled with children’s antiques
to a tower of all things blue
there is something for everyone on your list. A vitrine filled with a menagerie of Staffordshire
is ready to charm canine
and feline lovers alike.
Although dogs seem to be having their day out. A dapper duo presiding over the mix
with an older but no doubt wiser terra-cotta pug from circa 1900.
These two exude confidence as they get ready to brave the inclement weather.
Fine accessories abound. A few favorites include an exquisite Wedgwood box,
a fantastic Edwardian Mappin and Webb tantalus (go ahead – look it up).
and an enormous creamware jug holding a wonderful assortment of walking sticks
For those who take their entertaining seriously, there is an amazing silver plated Drakes of London meat trolley.
As always, there is a well curated collection of jewelry and bags. This Lanvin necklace would add an elegant yet dramatic statement to any holiday outfit
Both these vintage bags are gorgeous and in impeccable condition. The Judith Leiber in the front is the epitome of understated elegance and the croc Gucci in the back with the tortoise colored chain is seriously calling my name.
And lucite clutches may seem like a brilliant new concept but this vintage one with brass clasp from the 1940s is impossibly chic. And yes, it fits my reading glasses in case you were wondering.
For that impossible to buy for guy on your list, there is everything from stylish vintage bar accessories to tartan clocks to this unique model train. Commissioned by New Jersey Central railroad and displayed at the 1939 New York World’s Fair, it would be a great office conversation piece.
Or for the collector, there is a limited edition lithograph by Matisse. Signed by the artist from a run of only 47, it would add a distinguished graphic pop to any room.
This is merely a small peek at what’s in store at the boutique debuting on Wednesday. Open from 10:30 – 5:30 December 11th – 15th, there will be late night shopping on Thursday, December 12th until 7:30. Wrapping with vintage holiday trims will be available to give gifts a unique holiday appeal. Hope to see you there!