Withington and Company Antiques

Last Friday, while I was off from work, I drove up to York, Maine for the Museums of Old York Show House at Twin Cottage and to meet with Frank Hodge of F.D. Hodge Interiors and see the gorgeous living room he designed for the house (more about that in my next post). The show house is open for a few more days until August 14th (go to for details) and features many beautiful rooms. The house is a must see if you are in the York, Maine/New Hampshire Seacoast area.

After I finished the house tour (and after going back to look at Frank's room a second time!) I could not wait to stop in a few antique stores along Route 1 in York. One of my favorites was Withington and Company Antiques. The store is very large and has antiques from four different dealers in addition to those of Bob and Debbie Withington. The store is not arranged with separate areas for each dealer, but is instead a mix of all the dealers' items pieces arranged mostly in settings, which is great because it gives you a sense of the scale of the pieces and how they might fit into your own home. There are antiques from the mid to eighteenth century and Withington ships to clients all across the country. There is so much I wanted to take home with me, but did not. Although, I did buy a really nice white ironstone fluted compote filled with silver and gold mercury glass Christmas ornaments, which will be great for holiday decorating.

Please excuse my camera flash in the mirror! Patsy who works at Withington was so kind and let me wander around the store and take some photos to share with you. Patsy is so friendly we had fun chatting about the store, antique shops and other places to visit in York. Thank you, Patsy!

I have a soft spot for gilt mirrors and candlesticks these days!

This settee has be recovered in a pretty green toile fabric. The lamps look to be made from wood architectural elements.

There are plenty of urns and the most unique lamps I've seen anywhere, all with great shades.

Unfortunately, my photo does not do this setting justice. The floral fabric is amazing in person. The lamps are alabaster or marble with linen shades
. I have a pair of lamps like this at home, but these shades really enhance the lamps more so than the average shade.

This neoclassical mirror with candle holders caught my eye.

Here's a close up. It's one of a pair of mirrors flanking a doorway.

I love this creamy white alabaster column lamp with pleated linen or burlap shade, which looks custom made. This is also one of a pair.

Black iron urns with shells. I've recently gone through a shell display phase so will definitely keep this idea mind. I like the contrast between the pale shells and black painted iron.
These antique dealers all have great taste and an eye for beautiful things.

Withington does not have a website, but their email address is and the phone number is (207)-363-1155. The store is open year round Monday through Saturday from 10:00 to 5:00 and Sundays from 11:00 to 4:00. They're located on Route 1 North in York, Maine and the other dealers at Withington are Michael Winslow Antiques, Schwarz-Smiith Antiques, and Kate Alex and Co. Acquisitions.


  1. What beautiful furnishings! They nod to good taste, traditional styling and a love of the past. These are true treasures. I could take any of it home with me!
    So nice to stop by!

  2. I heard you saw giant clam shells in York (on another blog)... where? I was quizzing Frank Hodge about them today at the show house (he had one in his fireplace) and he recommended BDC or ebay but my client is in York and I could send her looking. Let me know!

  3. oh, how do I love Withington's... let me count the ways! It is always a must-stop when we go to Maine!
    Not long after we moved here I purchased some vintage concrete birds from them. I didn't have any checks, forgetting to replenish them, and they don't take cards. Bob sent the birds home with us telling us to mail him a check! He had never seen us before in his life.... I knew then and there I loved Maine forever!!


  4. Looks like a very interesting shop to peruse at a leisurely pace! :-)

  5. hi deborah,

    the mirrors, my God the mirrors. the one in the 3rd photo is beautiful. also, love joans story.


  6. Yvonne (Design Vignettes) - You must be referring to my comment on Willow Decor's blog. Try The York Antiques Gallery, LLC. I think that is where I saw a few very large clam shells, but not as large as the one in Frank's fireplace at the show house. I was in and out of the shops on Route 1, so not exactly sure where I saw them. The best prices I've seen for giant clam shells are for those on ebay.

  7. Joan - Such a nice story about Bob Withington. I can't imagine that happening around Boston. By the way, I did not get to Cranberry Hill Lighting last week, but will be up that way again this weekend and plan to stop in. I'll let you know how it goes.


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