Sunday, June 30, 2013

Happy 4th of July Week!

Like you, we’re shocked that it’s July already, but we’re coping by taking off the week of July 2nd through 8th. 4th of julyHave a safe and fun week!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Tunic Time

Now that it’s officially SUMMER, the days are heating up and the nights are, too! The last thing you want to wear is clingy clothes, so we have a perfect solution for you – our gorgeous 100% cotton tunics!There’s a reason that people from Morocco to India wear tunics – they’re very comfortable in the intense heat. They provide coverage from the sun, and also in the air conditioning that’s everywhere, but they also keep you cool because they allow the air to circulate close to your skin. While the tunic on the left is rather low cut, you can always wear it with a skinny ribbed tank top beneath it, or wear the tunic over your bathing suit. The white tunic would look great over white skinny jeans, and the blue one on the right would look terrific over a pair of draw-string linen pants. The detailing on these tunics is gorgeous, and ensures that you can wear it either dressed up or dressed down.Some of the tunics are longer than others, so you could wear them as a nice short summer dress!

Come on in and see our great line of tunics in cool, cool cottons. You will love them!

As always, if you have questions about any of the items shown, please contact Eric at Halcyon House Antiques!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Here’s the Key

For more than 2,500 years, the Greek Key motif has been showing up in designs and decorations. You can see the motif in the band of the helmet on this charioteer found in the excavations in Delphi, Greece,imageand in this section of classical architecture. image

Here at Halcyon House Antiques, we continue that classical tradition with several pieces featuring the Greek Key design. This beautiful porcelain bowl features a large Greek Key in gold and a midnight blue, with the curved gold sword and leaf pattern below it accenting the squareness of the key design. I could see this bowl filled with a beautifully-scented potpourri, or with a single perfect blossom like a magnolia floating in it.

We do have some vases and hurricane candle holders with Greek Key motifs on them. These hurricanes/vases come in clear, red, blue and green. Perfect for summer entertaining. And to light the candles in the hurricanes, we have decorative matches with the GK design.

Next, we have sweet little glass stands that would be perfect to display some stunning chocolates, or a selection of tiny cupcakes. Maybe even some hors d’oeuvres during a cocktail party.

Finally, we have a great clear and frosted glass bowl. How about filling this with cherries or strawberries? Or floating a beautiful hot pink rose in it. While you’re out and about, look out for Greek Key motifs in architecture, clothing and china and glassware. I bet you’ll see more than you’ve ever realized.

As ever, if you’re interested in anything shown above, please contact Eric at Halcyon House Antiques.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Sam Robinson, Fine Artist

The Sam Robinson art show has opened at Halcyon House and it is terrific! More than 50 pieces of Sam’s work, from as recently as April, are on display throughout the shop’s first floor rooms. For a certain segment of Baltimoreans, spring hails the arrival of steeplechase season, picnics in the grass, excellent cocktails, horse races and good friends. Sam views it as an opportunity for plein air painting. He approached the racing officials who let him set up his easel and paints in the midst of the paddock, where all of the action is… at least before the races begin. The center of the three paintings below is the painting drying on the left above.His equestrian knowledge and his love of his part of Maryland, the Green Spring Valley where he lives, all contribute to his deep sense of place, which is reflected in his paintings.

Each aspect of the race is shown in Sam’s paintings. From the trainer and the owner discussing strategy, to the grooms bringing the horses in to the paddock to be saddled, to the riders making their way to the starting line, to the fierce competition over the fences,

to the announcer calling the race,

to the final run down the home stretch,

to the final cooling off of the horses, Sam’s paintings reflect the true gamut of the day.

His paintings have a light, quick touch that really conveys the highs and lows of this racing life.

Sam Robinson’s show runs through early August. For more information on the show, click here, and for more information on Sam’s paintings, click here.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Happy Father’s Day!

From everyone here at Halcyon House Antiques, to all of you who have a father, Happy Father’s Day!Fathers Day card 3