Amazing finds from the Orient
A visit to Warren Imports Far East Fine Arts is like a trip to the
Orient. Inside you’ll find Peking Palace curio cabinets, Chinese red
lacquer cabinets, Tansu chests, alter tables and Imari dinnerware
from Japan’s royal family. Warren Imports is one of Laguna’s oldest
businesses, having opened its doors in 1937.
“We have one of the largest inventories of fine oriental antiques
and art in the U.S,” said owner Harry J. Lawrence.
Through his connections with collectors and dealers Lawrence finds
the best there is -- from inexpensive items in good taste, to museum
pieces. In the 1960’s he acquired an important collection, the last
Emperor of China’s furniture, and sold it to the Metropolitan Museum
of Art in New York. Lawrence was able to purchase his building from
the sale. The Ming furniture collection is still on display. All of
the pieces come from China, Japan and Southeast Asia. There are
Chinese embroideries, snuff bottles, screens, mirrors, ivories,
jewelry, cloisonne and museum pieces from the Neolithic through the
Qing Dynasty 5000 BC to 1900 A.D. The collection of a thousand stands
for porcelain vases and dishes are its biggest seller.
“We also select rare and unusual pieces, and try to adapt them to
American homes,” said Lawrence.
Ox-cart saddles are converted to tables, and entrances to Chinese
wedding beds are made into mirrors, signs and shelves. Warren Imports
is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday -Saturday; open Sunday by
appointment only. The shop is at 1910 S. Coast Highway. Information:
(949) 494-6505 or firstname.lastname@example.org. European antiques
Nicholson’s Antiques offers European antiques mostly from France and
England, and none of the 18th century American antiques that are hot
back East. A typical selection ranges from Louis XV-style carved gilt
wood armchairs circa 1880; continental Biedermerier burl elm and
ebonized tea caddy circa 1940; George II style mahogany gilt wood
mirror circa 1890-1910; 19th century George II bureau; Louis XVI
continental carved chest of drawers, circa 1800; continental
biedermier birch secretaire abattant, circa 1840 with restorations;
and Charles X Birdseye maple and ebonized round table. Nicholson’s
generally takes things back on consignment from customers who tire of
their antiques. The shop is at 362 N. Coast Highway. Information:
(949) 494-4820 or www.nicholsonantiques.com.
Time for a little redecorating
Be careful. Once you stop by Charles Kelly at Home you might
suddenly feel like getting rid of everything you have at home and
starting over. Owner, Charles Shrout chooses some of the best in
antique reproduction furniture, pillows, garden ornaments, frames,
bar accessories, wine boxes, antique kitchen accessories and handmade
soaps. Shrout is the only one in town who carries 350-to 530-thread
count Egyptian cotton Peacock Alley bedding. In the back of the store
there’s even a selection of Dean & Deluca gourmet coffees and oils
from New York. Charles Kelly is at 492 S. Coast Highway. It’s open
from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday. Information: (949) 494-8431.
A Playhouse of fun
The nationally-acclaimed theater, Laguna Playhouse is currently
showing “Always ... Patsy Cline” with Sally Struthers and Christa
Jackson through Aug. 25. The musical is a story about the life and
music of country artist Patsy Cline, and her friendship with Louise
Seger, a Texas housewife. The musical also features hit songs
performed by Christa Jackson including “Crazy,” “I Fall to Pieces,”
“Sweet Dreams,” “Back in Baby’s Arms” and “Your Cheatin’ Heart.” The
Laguna Playhouse is at 606 Laguna Canyon Road. Information: (949)
497-ARTS, or www.lagunaplayhouse.com.
All about the image
Silver Images is a camera and film-processing store. It
specializes in used cameras, camera accessories, film and batteries.
It also offers camera repairs, custom photo restoration, photo
finishing, passport pictures, digital media for digital cameras,
digital film readers and other digital print services. There’s also a
nice selection of historical pictures of Laguna Beach. Silver Images
shares the same location as Latitude 33, a wonderful bookstore. It’s
at 311 Ocean Ave. in Laguna Beach. Information: (949) 494-3005.
* BEST BUYS appears Thursdays and Saturdays. Send information to
Greer Wylder at email@example.com or P.O. Box 248 Laguna Beach,
CA 92652, or via fax at 494-8979.