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eg Vintage on One Kings Lane

That's right. We are partnering up with One Kings Lane to offer the loads of vintage items found alongside our one-of-a-kind antiques here in the warehouse.  How is this different than egcollection.com? Simply put: The items speak to the same Asian aesthetic and sources that Lucia imported and, also, the price is right for goods that are for the everyday connoisseur.  Our website offers stellar antiques at exceptional prices and with detailed...

Chinese Furniture

Having only seen European and American furniture on exhibit at museum or within historic residences, I was thankful that the Shanghai Museum organized their collections to show furniture plans. Below are images of a Reception Hall and Chinese Study.  In the coming weeks, eastern goods will begin adding pairs of antique Chinese chairs and antique Chinese desks to the existing collection of small Ming-style blackwood tables currently featured on the...

The Warehouse

The warehouse and its contents were acquired by Lucia Lawrence whose family at one time owned the Santa Monica pier. The sense of adventure that she cultivated on the beaches served her well as she traveled throughout the world and eventually settled back in L.A. It was in her hometown that she established an import business that outfitted her interior design projects and new designer showrooms cropping up throughout the US.  Truly ahead of...

Pastels, coco+kelley style!

With pastels everywhere this Spring, Cassandra of coco+kelley knew exactly where to look for inspiration when selecting her CURATED BY/ assortment. She styled her Rue-ready bookshelves with eastern goods, well, goods. Our Famille Rose, celadon and bronze offerings shine with her contemporary prints, boxes, books and, ahem, spirits. Take a look the fresh makeover these timeless pieces bring to a space. 

eg at Shanghai Museum

As compared to Beijing, there is not a ton of sightseeing in Shanghai. Again, relatively speaking. I spent my time visit with a very dear friend with whom I've traveled the world. Alexandra is a German who grew up in Dusseldorf, came of age in Berlin, studied in San Francisco and New York, fell in love in London and is raising her family in Shanghai. Shouldn't we all be so...

CURATED BY / Cassandra Lavalle

Cassandra Lavalle is a national sensation and a local treasure. She calls herself simply a blogger but the readers who covet her words and images on coco+kelley consider her a trusted source to stay on trend in design and fashion. Even after two posts per day, she still sources original content for Rue where she is Market Editor.  If you follow her blog, her tweets, her Facebook page, her Pinterest boards, you...

Ni hao, China. Part 1.

As I sat to record my recent trip to Shanghai and Bejing, it became immediately apparent that I had a series of posts rather than just one. This, my first trip to Asia, was a long time coming. There was a cancelled trip to Japan last year after the tsunami and an, ahem, visa issue a month ago. The departure from Seattle to Shanghai by way of Vancouver had the...

Happy Mother's Day

In honor of Mother's Day and a collection that has become the legacy of a mother to her daughter, I thought what more appropriate than a Q & A with Marcia about growing up and, ultimately, working with Lucia.                                   What was the favorite trip you took with your mom as a child? The summer...

The Brass Box

Lucia's partner in business and in life was Lloyd Scott. While Lucia's fingerprints are all over the eastern goods collection, there are some objects that are decidedly Lloyd's "signature" pieces. It just so happens that one of my favorite offerings was a direct result of much work on Lloyd's behalf. He found an antique brass box that was nearly corroded but its filigree and one-time glory was still apparent.  Lloyd...

Asian Antiques on One Kings Lane

eastern goods loves One Kings Lane. I started my relationship with the collection when I was asked to participate in a Tastemaker Tag Sale and needed an inventory of goods. Following this sale, we followed up with the beta for their Vintage & Market Finds that was launched earlier this year. Of course, I track the items listed and compare when possible to our offerings. The true and rare quality...

eg on Pinterest

I love Pinterest although my obsession is not as great as some I know (ahem, Leah Ball Steen). Pinterest boards are found under my moniker April Pride because of the ventures and interests of my life tell a full story that supports the offerings at eastern goods. At the moment, the Board that is trending is the Mother's Day offerings found on eastern goods for $200 or less. We are...

Easter Pastels & Porcelain

My previous post on Famille Rose provided the facts on this genre of Chinese porcelain. The words and image of this post are simply to inspire as you all plan your Easter tabletop for, as we say in the South, Easter supper. All you need are bright pops of paired pastels, which will set you for the entire spring and all the flowers that it brings.

Cricket Fighting

Last summer, I opened an (of course) antique Chinese cabinet here in the egWAREHOUSE and discovered a couple of teal green glazed pots. Luckily, Lucia's original PO was with the pots (another, of course) and they were described as "cricket fighting pots." Head scratched. A couple of months later, the New York Times ran a story on the uniquely Chinese sport that dates back over 1,000 years.  Here are a...

CURATED BY / Leah Ball Steen

Leah Ball Steen is, like me, a native of the Southeast (her Nashville, me Virginia), which is why I thought I immediately liked. It turns out that everybody immediately likes Leah. To-the-point in her talk and her design, she is known as the proprietor of Revival Home & Garden, which has become a by appointment only interior design studio. Her twitter stream is hysterical and her Pinterest boards as prolific...

Famille Rose

Thanks to Marcia's direction, I refer to Jan-Erik Nilsson's website gotheborg.com for all things regarding Chinese and Japanese porcelain. Beginning with Leah's picks for her CURATED BY / feature, we will be adding more and more Famille Rose from the eastern goods collection.  On the subject of Famille Rose vs. Famille Verte, Mr. Nilsson has the following to offer when categorizing these offerings.  Regarding "Famille Rose" and "Famille Verte" I...

Blue & White Porcelain

As my last newsletter conveyed, Lucia loved authentic blue and white porcelain produced for the domestic Chinese market. She imported a few key pieces and dozens of ginger jars. (The collection of blue and white currently in the catalog does not include the vast collection of antique porcelain ginger jars, which are typically fitted as lamps.) This post offers inspirational images of I have collected for decorating with antique blue...

Birds in Chinese Art

As I encounter at the painting on porcelain, brushwork and figurines that represent part of this inventory, it is like a Hitchcock movie with all the birds. Pheasants, peacocks, cranes, OH MY!  I plan to curate a collection of the various offerings that depict birds so I began researching the significance of birds (both real and imaginary) in Chinese art. This is not a short subject. Chinese art: a guide...

Indian Palace Door

The Indian palace door featured in the eastern goods collection was imported by Lawrence & Scott in 1977. It is carved of a few enormous pieces of solid teak that are that are fitted together.  Brass fittings hang from the cornice and adorn the operable "French" doors.  The  frieze is truly a 3-dimensional masterpiece where the single piece of wood from which it was carved remains inter-connected.  The carving detail...

CURATED BY / April Pride

I am so excited about the ongoing series CURATED BY /.  The egCATALOG commenced with 100+ offerings and each month we will add dozens more.  As the eastern goods Creative Director, I am ushering in the series with my eight favorite pieces.   (Why 8? Eight is a number associated with prosperity and the infinite.)  I chose these offering based on how they look exclusively. Natural beauties, huh? Future CURATED...

Oxblood on Runway

The news from NYFW is that oxblood is the new neutral in fashion. We feel the same about oxblood for your home. A little red, a little brown, a little orange, I dare you to pair.  I like groupings of threes and this coordinated trio shows how purple an oxblood glaze can be as compared to the less variant center vase. -xXx, april

Blanc de Chine

With its origins in the Ming Dynasty and replicated by Meissen, high-fired porcelain with an unadorned white glaze is a staple in the East and the West. Termed blanc de chine or "Chinese white," vast quantities were produced in China for export.  Below are examples from eastern goods collection that represent both China (trio of figures) and Japan (large censer).

Losel Dolls

Lucia purchased her collection of five Losel Dolls on August 19, 1987 as a show of support to the Dali Lama's Save Tibet campaign. Tibetan monks of the Drepung Loseling monastery have crafted these since 1983 as a way to preserve the tradition of Tibetan costumes.  In the years that followed, the Dali Lama began marketing these for sale to raise funds for Save Tibet.  The body of each doll is...

Sancai

Sancai is literally translated into "three." Sancai stoneware is a clay base formed and then glazed with three primary colors. While any three colors maybe married, the traditional Sancai palette includes green, yellow/gold and brown; yellow, green and black; or yellow, brown and blue. Below are the vintage pieces featured in the eastern goods collection that are adorned with a Sancai glaze.                 ...

Tang horse

Thanks to my mother-in-law, I am the proud owner of a collection of vintage Architectural Digest and Connoisseur magazines.  I scan the pages for inspiration from a time when people really decorated in layers and with antiques.  The T'ang horse is a fixture in these pages, which present a well-styled homes. It was this advertisement though that captured the statement one can make with a grouping of the right iconic piece. The T'ang is...