Monday, May 13, 2019

Shopping at Cote Jardin Antiques


It's been four months since I closed my antiques shop in Maryland, and I really do miss everyone! Some of you have emailed, called or texted me - many thanks for staying in touch.

A few of you have asked about sourcing antiques, and where to buy the kinds of pieces that I used to sell at Tone on Tone. I'm pleased to share a favorite source of mine.

From Gustavian painted furniture to garden accessories, Cote Jardin Antiques in Georgetown, DC has it all. I've been purchasing from them for years. Do you remember the giant clock face in the breakfast room of our first home? That came from CJA.
Cote Jardin specializes in fine garden antiques - think of carved stone urns, important bronze statuary, charming faux bois furniture, etc. They also have an impressive inventory of antique French, Italian, Swedish, English, and other Continental furniture and accessories. You can peruse their online stock by clicking here.

My friend Allyson Terry is the manager at CJA. If there is anything that catches your eye, please feel free to contact her.

Cell: 202-494-1313

And if you are searching for something specific, Allyson can find it for you.

Let's take a tour of this exquisite shop on a quaint side street in the heart of Georgetown....
Shopping at Cote Jardin is quite an experience - you enter through a charming courtyard to the sound of trickling water from a wall fountain. There are benches that invite you to sit and admire the many mossy pots and striking architectural elements....all for sale!

Above is a photo shared by @Erinpointandshoot on Instagram that shows the courtyard in bloom. Speaking of Instagram, you can follow CJA @cote_jardin_antiques for updates and new arrivals. 
I immediately noticed this French cast iron bench painted in blue. It looks like the one that I used to have in the conservatory at our former home (below). This would be fabulous outside in the garden or in the home (just like the way we had it) - a great way to bring the garden indoors.
Stepping inside, I was greeted by a pair of bronze deer statues with the most amazing verdigris patina. They would be magical in a shade garden surrounded by hostas. Above them is a beautiful crystal chandelier. 
The main room of the shop is anchored by this monumental French wallpaper panel - talk about a statement piece of artwork!
Here's a very rare piece comprised of an early painted base cabinet with marble sink top surmounted by a bronze fountain urn. 
This vignette features a wall sconce in the form of a shell, terracotta fruit and flower baskets, creamware tureen with stone fruit, and plaster models.
Look at this dining table with its thick marble top - what an incredible find! That sculptural base is stunning! It would also make a handsome desk.
Shown with the table is a set of 6 French dining chairs in old white painted finish. The chairs are upholstered in antique French linen with dressmaker's tacks. BTW, Allyson told me that there are additional chairs available for a larger set.   
Over the store's fireplace mantel is collection of toleware and other treasures.
Now a look at my most favorite item: a large stone rabbit with early painted surface. The patina, slightly crusty and weathered, is just fantastic. Actually, I think he is a hare? Anyhow, Mr. Bunny needs to come to my cottage.......I WANT, I WANT 💚!!
The hare is sitting on a round table with marble top and Greek key iron base. Use it as a center, breakfast or dining table. It measures 53.5" diam x 28" high.
Here's another marble and iron table. This Directoire Period French baker's table, originally used for making pastry, would make a dramatic kitchen island or a console table flanked by chairs. The lyre front is accented with bronze. It measures 35.5" wide x 23.75" deep x 31.5" high. 
Do you have a large sunroom? Put this zinc birdcage, in the form of a chateau, in there amongst your plants. I love one oversized item in each room! 
More curated finds! A bronze Chinoiserie style chandelier most likely made by Maison Jensen dates from the 1960s. Wouldn't it be chic in a foyer, powder room, etc?

The rare clock secretary is Swedish from the late 1700s. All of the paint is original. It measures 45.5" wide x 37.5" deep (with desk top down) x 84" high. I've only seen a handful of clock secretaries over the last 20 years, and this is definitely one of the best.  
Below is another Swedish piece. I'd put a marble top on this blue table and convert it into a sink vanity for a bathroom. For storage, a large wicker basket underneath would be perfect. 
On the table is a pair of zinc bull's heads from the 1800s - most likely trade signs from a butcher shop. I have never seen a pair before!
A few more vignettes from CJA.....
The shop always stocks a superb collection of French pottery. These green glazed pieces were found in Provence. I love to use objects in green as tributes to the garden.
It's quite difficult to find original, unique lighting. Cote Jardin is known for their fabulous chandeliers, lanterns, sconces, table and floor lamps ranging from Neoclassical to Midcentury Modern styles. Many of the fixtures have been repurposed from architectural elements. And all the lighting has been rewired. Here are some of my picks from their website:
It's been so fun sharing this divine shop! Be sure to visit in person at:

Cote Jardin Antiques
3218 O Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007
Shop: 202-333-3067
Cell: 202-494-1313

Or shop online at:
Cote Jardin Antiques



  1. Hello Loi, How do shops like Cote Jardin Antiques and before, Tone on Tone, manage to do it? I can go into a dozen shops and barely find anything I really want, and here you unearth treasure after treasure! I think I would have had to buy those bull heads, and I loved that green pottery--it seems a different shade of green than similar Chinese pieces--perhaps a little more grassy or yellow-y.

  2. Good Morning Loi,
    Love hearing from you . Cote Jardin Antiques has it all. Wonderful place.

  3. Oh, my "good lord!!!" My heart be still...palpitating...absolutely, DIVINE!!! franki

  4. I used to stop in there from time to time when we went to DC often. What a treasure! Going to miss that city!

  5. I'm with you , Loi, want Mr. Bunny! Do like CJA but miss Tone on Tone. Hope all is well with you and Tom.

  6. Loi,
    Thanks for letting me tag along on this shopping trip. Wrap up that marble top dining table with the sculptural base, send it to California! :-)
    This shop would be a great temptation, I loved everything you shared with us.

  7. What a gem of a shop, Loi! Thank you for taking us there with you. The bench...omg. And the stone rabbit. Thinking about an oversized piece in each room and need ideas for what to do with that enormous dough bowl with the mends I have. I have never really found a place for it since it is enormous and dwarfs everything. Ideas welcome! Always such a treat to hear from you and wishing you peace. xox

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  9. Oh my....Loi, what a stunner of a PLACE!!!!!!!! Do you miss your own shoppe? The garden theme here is something I need to think about to try to get by simply moving some things around. I love getting that nature theme going in my home with natural and muted tones. Well done!!

  10. Oh my goodness Loi!!! I think I will be accompanying my hubby on his next business trip to DC very soon!!! Can't wait to visit that amazing place!

  11. Olá,
    tudo lindo. Um sonho essas lindas decorações.
    Tenha uma ótima semana.

  12. Why wasn't that awesome shop, and of course Tone On Tone, there when I lived in Georgetown!!!! Too long ago and decorating with imports from Scandinavia and France wasn't even considered back then! How times change.
    Lovely of you to share this shop Loi - next time we visit DC I'll try to stop by.
    Hope all well with you and Tom. Just returned last night from England visiting family and friends in my Devon hometown. . . . . . .and Harrods and Selfridges our last day in London. Shop window displays, street fashion, designer fashion, whimsy, color. . . . . . . even warm and sunny!
    Happy Springtime.
    Love, Mary & Bob

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