July 12, 2007

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Let the Wine Flow!



The Burgundy roofs are unique to this part of France.





And the winemaker’s thoughts speak to the uniqueness of each vintage as well.





To quote our new friend, Francois Brugère, “To make wine, you must love wine, and no two wines are alike. Wine is like women…each has its own delights.” Spoken as a true Frenchman!
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July 10, 2007

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Bonjour Bourgogne!


We’ve arrived in Bourgogne and the vineyards are everywhere!



That can only mean, the wine will follow!


A big shopping day today! First, a beautiful oak enfilade, c. 1820. 



A nineteenth century walnut buffet with symmetrical Louis XIV doors.


A nineteenth century hand carved chapel. 



A stunning nineteenth century crystal and bronze chandelier with six lights.


And a hand forged candelabra that stood...
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July 09, 2007

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Goodbye Provence!


Our last day in the south of France was spent visiting the Pont du Gard, the Roman aqueduct near Nimes.




A last longing look at the Provencal olives…



A fabulous find of a hand forged iron welcome sign…



And we were packed to the rafters and ready to head back north. 

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July 05, 2007

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A Day in Spain

Today was all vacation—not a single stop for “antiquités.” We drove over the Spanish border to visit the Salvador Dali museum in Figueras, a fabulous art museum created by the artist himself before his death. The rest of the day we spent exploring the Costa Brava where dramatic views of the mountains and the Mediterranean Sea recharged our batteries for getting back to work tomorrow.






 
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July 05, 2007

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The city of Toulouse-Lautrec

We took the day off to go to Albi, the home city of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, the painter who created the posters for the Moulin Rouge in Paris. The Toulouse-Lautrec museum was a feast for the eyes inside and out.







A day off didn’t stop us from finding a few small treasures to bring home with us.




A large bronze repousse cachepot, c. 1860.



A whimsical plate from the nineteenth century



A St. Louis...
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July 02, 2007

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Running like a bull...after one-of-a-kind antiques!

The past two days in Provence have been non-stop shopping, up at 5:00 a.m., awake until 1:00 a.m., and running after antiques in between. And they say this is all glamour! It has been worth the effort though. We have been finding beautiful nineteenth century artwork and wonderful, unique small items.


A nineteenth century still life. Oil on wood in its original gold frame.

 
A very rare find—a...
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July 01, 2007

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Antiques de Provence

We have reached the sunny south of France—warm days, cool nights, and muted colors of the earth. The musical Provençal accent charms us. Is that really French they are speaking?!

The quintessential Provençal piece is the panetière, an ornately carved piece which was either hung on the wall or was set on top of a pétrin, or dough table. The panetière was originally used to store bread. This one is...
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June 30, 2007

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Another day in Normandy

Another wonderful day in this lovely part of Normandy that reminds of the Ozark Mountains in Arkansas. The weather is brrrrrrrrrrr! Not the usual sunny June we are used to on our summer trips to France.




 A late nineteenth century decorative column from Alsace.




A 30” X 30” iron fire back boasting the heraldry of the French monarchy — a crown surrounded by fleur de lys.


A Napoleon III gold leafed...
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June 28, 2007

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Wandering through Normandy

We are in a small sub-region of Normandy and curiously enough have found some exceptional pieces from Provence. Antiques travel the modern world these days just like we do! Our favorite find so far…



A hand carved oak confiturier (jam cabinet) with its original matching verrier (cabinet for glassware). It’s rare to find these two pieces from Provence still together, and they are in pristine...
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June 27, 2007

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Chartres, the Beautiful City

We spent today around the beautiful city of Chartres, famous for its Gothic cathedral with its breathtaking stained glass windows. Here are our favorite finds today:


A one hundred year old camera made of walnut and brass with the original brass label of the camera maker in Paris.



A hand carved oak Provençal pétrin full of symbolic carvings for the family who owned it.



A Louis XIV style walnut...
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