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Seller Story: Clyde's Restaurant, Tysons Corner, VA


“I’ve spent my whole career building fun places to eat. We always say Clyde’s restaurants are like dining saloons: bars with great dining rooms. Though the food isn’t an afterthought for us! It’s very good, and has been kind of revolutionary, especially in the 80s. We were doing farm-to-table in 1984, sourcing from local farms in the summer, and we’ve been changing our menus daily since then, too.

I started out as a chef—I knew the owners and founders, Stuart Davidson and John Laytham, and they enjoyed some food of mine they’d eaten at Nantucket in 1982. They asked me to come down and show the chefs how to prepare certain dishes. I loved the city of Washington so much I’ve been here ever since. We had three restaurants then, and now we have 14 in what I call the DMV area—D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

When you have a company that’s been around for as long as we have—since the early 60s—you collect a lot of amazing pieces. There are just so many beautiful smaller things in the sale: like a miniature race car and a handmade airplane model that we bought that we didn’t have space for.

Our spaces are unique, and so is our clientele. Being in Washington, we’ve always had politicians in and out. George Bush Sr. came in fairly often. It doesn’t matter your politics; it’s always thrilling to meet the president." -Tom Meyer, President of Clyde’s

Seller Story: Clyde's Restaurant, Tysons Corner, VA
Seller Story: Clyde's Restaurant, Tysons Corner, VA
Maurice Guiraud-Rivière Bronze Sculpture "Bacchante"

Maurice Guiraud-Rivière Bronze Sculpture "Bacchante"

Final Bid:
$4,550
Stephen Haines Hall Wente Bros. "Fabulous" Poster

Stephen Haines Hall Wente Bros. "Fabulous" Poster

Final Bid:
$300
Repurposed English Style Phone Booth

Repurposed English Style Phone Booth

Final Bid:
$410
Pair of Drum Chandeliers

Pair of Drum Chandeliers

Final Bid:
$1,826
Eight Scroll-Arm Wall Sconces with Ceramic Shades

Eight Scroll-Arm Wall Sconces with Ceramic Shades

Final Bid:
$1,375
1930s Midget Car Style Racecar

1930s Midget Car Style Racecar

Final Bid:
$3,201
Pierre Le Faguays Art Deco Bronze Sculpture

Pierre Le Faguays Art Deco Bronze Sculpture

Final Bid:
$20,500
Ten Clyde's Restaurant Promotional Posters

Ten Clyde's Restaurant Promotional Posters

Final Bid:
$265
Set of Art Deco Double Doors

Set of Art Deco Double Doors

Final Bid:
$305
Nagy Bronze Sculpture "Young Dancer"

Nagy Bronze Sculpture "Young Dancer"

Final Bid:
$3,800
Alphonse Mucha Lithograph Poster "The Seasons"

Alphonse Mucha Lithograph Poster "The Seasons"

Final Bid:
$10,000
Pair of Art Nouveau Brass Floor Lamps

Pair of Art Nouveau Brass Floor Lamps

Final Bid:
$1,750
Nine Silver Plated Ice Buckets

Nine Silver Plated Ice Buckets

Final Bid:
$170
Vintage Ringling Bros Barnum & Bailey Leopard Circus Poster

Vintage Ringling Bros Barnum & Bailey Leopard Circus Poster

Final Bid:
$460
Pair of Winged Lion Architectural Elements

Pair of Winged Lion Architectural Elements

Final Bid:
$2,450
Six Neoclassical Sconces with Ceramic Shades

Six Neoclassical Sconces with Ceramic Shades

Final Bid:
$1,351
Early 20th Century Wood Bowling Ball and Pins

Early 20th Century Wood Bowling Ball and Pins

Final Bid:
$261
Armand Lemo Bronze Sculpture "Chasseurs à Cheval"

Armand Lemo Bronze Sculpture "Chasseurs à Cheval"

Final Bid:
$3,250
Signed Rudy Vallée and Other Framed Sheet Music

Signed Rudy Vallée and Other Framed Sheet Music

Final Bid:
$100
Glass and Brass Wine List Display Case

Glass and Brass Wine List Display Case

Final Bid:
$775
Studio of A. Gambi Marble Sculpture of Young Lady Raising a Glass

Studio of A. Gambi Marble Sculpture of Young Lady Raising a Glass

Final Bid:
$5,000
Alphonse Mucha Lithograph Poster "Bruyère des Falaises"

Alphonse Mucha Lithograph Poster "Bruyère des Falaises"

Final Bid:
$1,101
40 Sets of Homer Laughlin Cups and Saucers

40 Sets of Homer Laughlin Cups and Saucers

Final Bid:
$116
Darrel Millsap Limited Edition Print "A Georgetown Christmas"

Darrel Millsap Limited Edition Print "A Georgetown Christmas"

Final Bid:
$600
Alphonse Mucha Lithograph Poster "Chardon de Grève"

Alphonse Mucha Lithograph Poster "Chardon de Grève"

Final Bid:
$1,101
Pair of Neoclassical Bronze Tone Sconces

Pair of Neoclassical Bronze Tone Sconces

Final Bid:
$485
Large Art Deco Chandelier with Transportation Crate

Large Art Deco Chandelier with Transportation Crate

Final Bid:
$703
Set of Five Oak Bar Stools

Set of Five Oak Bar Stools

Final Bid:
$1,300
Four Art Deco Impact Traffic Doors

Four Art Deco Impact Traffic Doors

Final Bid:
$166
20 Art Deco Style Domed Half Moon Wall Sconces

20 Art Deco Style Domed Half Moon Wall Sconces

Final Bid:
$110
12 "Clyde's" Dinner Plates

12 "Clyde's" Dinner Plates

Final Bid:
$340
Model of RAF Armstrong Whitworth FK8 WWI-era Fighter Plane

Model of RAF Armstrong Whitworth FK8 WWI-era Fighter Plane

Final Bid:
$776
Poster Print After "Lunch atop a Skyscraper"

Poster Print After "Lunch atop a Skyscraper"

Final Bid:
$123
Art Deco Comments Station

Art Deco Comments Station

Final Bid:
$1,700
New York City Landmark Photo Print Set

New York City Landmark Photo Print Set

Final Bid:
$379
Maurice Delannoy "Folie de Printemps" Bronze Sculpture

Maurice Delannoy "Folie de Printemps" Bronze Sculpture

Final Bid:
$3,350
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Seller Story: Clyde's Restaurant, Tysons Corner, VA

What was the collecting philosophy behind these pieces?

One of the greatest things I’ve ever done was go on antiques scouting with John and Stuart. They were real patrons of the arts; they have great taste, and they were willing to spend money to get the good stuff. They bought beautiful art wherever they could find it, but also, a lot of the art and the woodwork is stuff they commissioned. They had a real vision.

What other D.C. heavy hitters have come by Clyde’s restaurants?

I remember when Bill Clinton first became president. It was before they built a track at the White House, so he would just run around D.C. in the mornings, followed by the Secret Service, generally pretty early, around 8:00 am. And one morning I’m working at Old Ebbitt Grill and Bill Clinton runs in! It was pretty funny—he was wearing shorts and bad running shoes. He wanted a glass of orange juice. He very graciously walked up one aisle, shook everyone’s hand, walked up the other aisle, shook their hands, and then he was out the door again.

What’s the story behind the Mucha prints?

Stuart acquired those, I believe. They’re strike prints, almost museum quality, of these art nouveau images from one of the top guys working at the time. It’s a Four Seasons set—they’re so incredible. Such a rare, special set of pieces. Very iconic!

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