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
James Carroll Beckwith Oil Painting of Female Nude in Clouds
Maurice Guiraud-Rivière Bronze Sculpture "Dancing Nymph & Satyr"
Alphonse Mucha Lithograph Poster "Monaco - Monte Carlo"
Art Nouveau Lantern Chandelier
Pair of Large Iron Deco-Style Outdoor Lampposts
After Alfred Seifert Art Nouveau Oil Pastel
Bronze Sculpture "Immortality" After a Model by Mathurin Moreau
Rafaello Battelli Marble Statue of Diana
Marcel André Bouraine "Penthesilea, Queen of the Amazons" Bronze Sculpture
Eight "Clyde's" Dinner Plates
1939 World's Fair Photo Print Set
Double Beverage Dispenser
Set of Silver Plated Bowls
Model of German Fokker Eindecker WWI-era Fighter Plane
Ten Restaurant Pedestal Tables With Cast Metal Bases
Emmanuel Villanis Art Nouveau Bronze Jardinière
Maurice Guiraud-Rivière Bronze Sculpture "Bacchante"
Stephen Haines Hall Wente Bros. "Fabulous" Poster
Repurposed English Style Phone Booth
Pair of Drum Chandeliers
Eight Scroll-Arm Wall Sconces with Ceramic Shades
1930s Midget Car Style Racecar
Pierre Le Faguays Art Deco Bronze Sculpture
Ten Clyde's Restaurant Promotional Posters
Set of Art Deco Double Doors
Nagy Bronze Sculpture "Young Dancer"
Alphonse Mucha Lithograph Poster "The Seasons"
Pair of Art Nouveau Brass Floor Lamps
Nine Silver Plated Ice Buckets
Vintage Ringling Bros Barnum & Bailey Leopard Circus Poster
Pair of Winged Lion Architectural Elements
Six Neoclassical Sconces with Ceramic Shades
Early 20th Century Wood Bowling Ball and Pins
Armand Lemo Bronze Sculpture "Chasseurs à Cheval"
Signed Rudy Vallée and Other Framed Sheet Music
Glass and Brass Wine List Display Case
Studio of A. Gambi Marble Sculpture of Young Lady Raising a Glass
Alphonse Mucha Lithograph Poster "Bruyère des Falaises"
40 Sets of Homer Laughlin Cups and Saucers
Darrel Millsap Limited Edition Print "A Georgetown Christmas"
Alphonse Mucha Lithograph Poster "Chardon de Grève"
Pair of Neoclassical Bronze Tone Sconces
Large Art Deco Chandelier with Transportation Crate
Set of Five Oak Bar Stools
Four Art Deco Impact Traffic Doors
20 Art Deco Style Domed Half Moon Wall Sconces
12 "Clyde's" Dinner Plates
Model of RAF Armstrong Whitworth FK8 WWI-era Fighter Plane
Poster Print After "Lunch atop a Skyscraper"
Art Deco Comments Station
New York City Landmark Photo Print Set
Maurice Delannoy "Folie de Printemps" Bronze Sculpture
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!