Post Series: White Collar’s Neal Caffrey’s Apartment – Dining area

Meeting taking in Neal's dining area, White Collar @bijoukaleidoscope

Speaking of that beautifully crafted antique two door cupboard. It first appeared on what looks like its own slim-lined base in the second episode, first season.

Just after moving in, dining area at Neal Caffrey's apartment @bijoukaleidoscope

Just after moving in, dining area at Neal Caffrey’s apartment @bijoukaleidoscope

But as he grows into the space, the little cupboard finds a larger base that works better to fill that space and adds a lived-in feel.

Yellow cubist-like painting

Le Bonnet du Bain replaced a yellow painting that finds its forever home on the other side of the fireplace.

I liked that splash of yellow. It warms the space.

I had to stare at it for a few minutes before I got the subject. At first glance, I thought it was a reindeer. But it is an heraldic angel blowing his trumpet! How unusually portrayed!

Matt Bomer as Neal Caffrey with three artworks behind in in White Collar @bijoukaleidoscope

Matt Bomer as Neal Caffrey with three artworks behind in in White Collar @bijoukaleidoscope

After hours of Googling, I finally have to admit… I don’t know it. Is it cubist? Modernist? Surrealist? I’m thinking it is a custom, for-the-show job.

Right of fireplace

From the start of the show, The Reverend Robert Walker Skating on Duddingston Loch, or The Skating Minister enjoyed being the only painting to the right of the fireplace. Virtually unknown and not signed, there have been controversies as to who painted The Skating Minister. Experts are divided; some say Sir Henry Raeburn and recently, some say French artist Henri-Pierre Danloux. Fitting to be in the lodgings of an art forger!

The Reverend Robert Walker Skating on Duddingston Loch, better known by its shorter title The Skating Minister, is an oil painting allegedly by Sir Henry Raeburn in the National Gallery of Scotland in Edinburgh.

The Skating Minister, allegedly by Sir Henry Raeburn in the National Gallery of Scotland in Edinburgh.

Looking down the living room at the start of the White Collar series @bijoukaleidoscope

Looking down the living room at the start of the White Collar series @bijoukaleidoscope

At the start of Season 2, to accommodate the mirror, paintings get rearranged and I think the walls are painted a warmer shade of white. At night, the paint seems to take on a warm colour. confirmed via here: Production designer Stephen Beatrice states that the wall of the room was originally white in the first season, then repainted in an off-white.

Mozzie coming out of the dressing area in Neal's apartment @bijoukaleidoscope

Mozzie coming out of the dressing area in Neal’s apartment @bijoukaleidoscope

Floral painting

There’s a rather beautifully soft floral painting in Neal’s apartment. It finds its forever home above The Skating Minister. It’s rather hard to see detail, but I think they are red roses and white anemones… in a brass/silver vase on a teal tablecloth.

Alex and Neal in a heated discussion near fireplace, White Collar @bijoukaleidoscope

Alex and Neal in a heated discussion near fireplace, White Collar @bijoukaleidoscope

Framed in a sumptous gold frame and under the art-light, it glows.

Meeting taking in Neal's dining area, White Collar @bijoukaleidoscope

Meeting taking in Neal’s dining area, White Collar @bijoukaleidoscope

Artist unknown.

Chinoiserie cabinet

Under The Skating Minister and floral painting sits a rather gorgeous yellow chinoserie cabinet. It was put up for auction when the series ended. So we have a really good photo of the cabinet. Bamboo frame with the typical birds and flowers in a Chinese-style.

Chinoiserie cabinet used in White Collar

via here

Dining room furniture

The dining table is a study in simplicity, no adornment.

It is the LessLess table, designed by Jean Nouvel for Molteni&C.

Neal Caffrey's dining area, White Collar @bijoukaleidoscope

Neal Caffrey’s dining area, White Collar @bijoukaleidoscope

I was surprised that it is actually only a six seater, look so much longer than that. But this photo below shows that is not as long as the camera sometimes makes it out to be.

Distinctly mid century too. The pendant light over the dining table is also a mid century classic, the Saucer Lamp by George Nelson.

Against that are oak chairs with spindle backs and rush seats. Quite beautiful, actually, the honey colours.

Mozzie and Neal confering at dining table, White Collar @bijoukaleidoscope

Mozzie and Neal confering at dining table, White Collar @bijoukaleidoscope

On the pillar between the dining and living area hangs a picture of a sailboat. Ship and boat paintings are ever popular and they are recently gaining popularity. I really wanted to identify this one.

Sara Ellis in Neal's apartment, White Collar @bijoukaleidoscope

Sara Ellis in Neal’s apartment, White Collar @bijoukaleidoscope

A closeup of the ship painting in Nea's apartment, White Collar

The painting, close up, via here

I have spent hours and hours looking for the painter. I have learnt two things from this exhaustive exercise: 1. there are hundreds of beautiful ship AND boat paintings out there; and 2. I was not able to find the painter. But I tried.

These are more photos of the painting:

Ship painting on the White Collar set; Neal's apartment

Ship painting on the White Collar set; Neal’s apartment

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I think that about rounds up the dining area for me. Hope this was helpful! :)

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