The Lockhart Collection and Thomas Henry Gallery
Posted on 30. Sep, 2012 by Mary Beth McCahan in Shopping
Some things just go together beautifully: Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, Tom Landry and the Dallas Cowboys, Sancerre and goat cheese (or would you rather chocolate and peanut butter?)…..anyway, you’ve got the picture. The Lockhart Collection and Thomas Henry Gallery, located together at 15 Centre Street, fit right in to that list of perfect pairings. Each time I walk into this combined shop, I honestly have trouble focusing, because there are so many beautiful and interesting things vying for my attention – fine art, antique and vintage furniture and accessories, and jewelry.
The Lockhart Collection
Deborah Lockhart locates appealing and eclectic objects from around the globe that speak to her sophisticated style. She specializes in furnishings and accessories from the 19th century British Campaign era to deco and mid-20th century periods, focusing primarily (but not solely) on Colonial British and Anglo-Indian pieces as well as reclaimed furnishings and accessories from decommissioned merchant and cruise ships.
Among the collection you will find many unusual and intriguing items. This season, for example, Deborah has been showing a beautiful pair of glass-topped rosewood and teak deco side tables, part of the original furnishings from a theater built by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in Bombay (now Mumbai), India in 1938, and discarded when the theater was retrofitted into a multiplex in 2006. Those tables accent an eye-catching teak, rosewood, and leather sofa with two matching club chairs.
Another interesting seating set beckons from across the room, this one wicker with cushions upholstered in a softly-hued tropical pattern. Beautiful cabinets and sideboards line the perimeter of the store, some elegantly simple and all about the wood from which they’re crafted, some with streamlined brass fittings, and others embellished by lovely carving or intricate bone inlay. You’ll find a set of chic folding rosewood deck chairs, each with two interchangeable canvas seat options – striped and white – that would fit perfectly into any Nantucket home. And Deborah’s stock always includes many wonderful examples of chests, desks, tables, and chairs used by travelling British officers in the late 19th century, made from various woods, including mahogany, teak, rosewood, satinwood, and camphorwood.
I am particularly attracted to the accent pieces that Deborah finds in her travels, such as:
A pastel-colored c. 1950’s-1960’s wind-up radio room clock from a Russian submarine, with internationally-recognized periods of radio silence marked on the dial,
A bronze lifeboat propeller that is adapting beautifully to its second chapter as a table accent,
A sleek windmill-style anemometer (used to measure wind speed and direction) from a decommissioned merchant ship, and
A set of 19th C. graduated brass seers (traditional units of mass and volume, used extensively in Asia up until the mid-20th century).
Items such as these, as well as the wide variety of antique and vintage lighting alternatives that the Lockhart Collection carries – including English bell jar hall lanterns, hurricane shades and shields, wall and ceiling fixtures, and table and floor lamps – provide many graceful options for completing a décor and supplying interest within a room.
And then there’s the jewelry! Deborah sells a fine assortment of 18-22 karat gold and sterling silver pieces imported from India, many of which incorporate various precious and semi-precious gemstones and pearls, in a variety of designs and price points. Among my personal favorites are the rose-cut diamond bangle bracelets and the exotic and colorful Meena Kundan jewelry with Navaratna (nine gems) settings on the front of the piece and lovely enameling on the back.