The Palm Beach Daily News – The Shiny Sheet
An antiques shop with a royal touch
by Carleton Varney
The next time you are lunching at Belle & Maxwell’s on Antiques Row, enjoying a touch of yesterday along with super salads, here’s a tip when you depart: Stop by 3608 S. Dixie Highway to visit what I would describe as a classic and happy antique shop, Patricia’s Gallery.
Countess Patricia Pingree-Clouet is the French-born proprietor and she has the same style and charm as one of her past employers. For five years, she worked in Paris for the fashion house of Coco Chanel under the late Karl Lagerfeld. She also enjoyed a stint with Nina Ricci…
I first encountered Patricia prior to the recent opening of her shop, for I love antique Hermes scarves and purchased one or two from her.Read More..
The countess, who told me to simply call her Patricia, is delightful and down to earth. She once did faux finishes on furniture and walls prior to landing in America. From Huntington Beach, Calif., Patricia and her husband moved to Jupiter Island.
Her son also has become a Floridian and operates an event-planning business, so you can say all the family is creative. Patricia’s shop, which opened a little over five weeks ago, houses some fabulous treasures, including stunning lamps, most created by Patricia.
On my visit, a pair of all-white porcelain pagodas atop black lacquer bases caught my eye. So did a pair of crystal lamps with golden rope ties, which would be perfect jewels for any room with a classical or contemporary influence.
Patricia finds items for her collection all over the world, buying from estates and private homes. Other items come from places she discovers while traveling. There’s a certain lustrous glow in Patricia’s shop, thanks to the gleaming and plentiful silver, shiny brass and vermeil. You’ll find top-quality vases and cachepots, perfect for spring flower arrangements.
The ambiance is also exotic, with accessories that look as if they came from a safari in Kenya, including porcelain elephant-figure brackets and zebra-stripe pillows.
And don’t miss the ostrich-egg candlesticks, which Patricia designs herself. I think you’ll appreciate her charm and talent; and when you visit, tell her I sent you!
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What’s your go-to antique store route in West Palm Beach?
I start on South Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach. I’m always sure to stop at Faustina Pace Antiques and Patricia’s Gallery. I’ll then venture off South Dixie to Georgia Avenue to explore Devonshire Home & Garden Antiques. No shopping trip is complete without a stop up to the Northwood area.
Garden & Gun
Antiques Road Show
Designer Celerie Kemble shares her favorite haunts along West Palm Beach’s South Dixie Highway
by Logan Ward
« Marking her second winter season, owner Patricia Pingree-Clouet is « known for my smalls » she says, « the kind of objects you put in a library » —many of which she scoops up locally, tapping into the area’s extensive estate sale and consignments markets. « One reason South Dixie is so rich in treasures is its location near Palm Beach, Miami, Boca Raton, and Vero Beach and all their beautifully decorated houses… » Kemble says. Look for pairs of lamps, Murano glass, chandeliers, and other antiques from France, England, and Spain. The shop also carries bamboo chairs and side tables, blue-and-white china, and other pieces with an island vibe. patriciasgallerywpb.com“
The New Palm Beach
A panel of local experts dish the scoop on the shopping, cultural, social and dining scenes—and share the many reasons we love the gilt-edged resort town now more than ever.
by Mario Lopes-Cordero
A treasure trove with brilliant accessories like vintage Italian midcentury silver ice buckets shaped like animals or fruit, and bamboo furniture galore
by Jennifer Ash Rudick