Villa Pisani


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Villa Pisani Trouvais

A few quick photos for my patient readers! You might remember I did a post a few years ago called August Gardens (click to view) that referred to Villa Pisani, one of Italy’s most celebrated 18th c Palladian villas. Villa Pisani was built c. 1735-40 for the procurator of St. Marks in Venice, later purchased by Napoleon, who stayed in it only one night. The earlier post has a video attached that will show you an overview of the Villa, grounds and outer buildings. I dropped by the Villa last September after a few days in Venice. Here are some of my favorite photos.

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A bright sunny day with huge skies and just a trace of gossamer clouds…the statutes blanched by the brightness…
Villa Pisani TrouvaisA classically influenced sedan chair…on the second floor of the villa…neoclassical influence on furniture and wallpaper…
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And a bit of 18th c Rococo …

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More early wallpaper. Love the custom of displaying larger paintings over smaller, and the way they are inset into a cartouche.

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Indiennes print on a young ladies bed…

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It was fabulous…like someone had just packed their bags, called the carriages, and rushed out. Time standing still …for centuries…

Villa Pisani TrouvaisFor Napoleon lovers…I’ll add a few more photos in another post…including the bed he slept in…

Have a wonderful weekend!

French Attic Style~ Antique Textiles


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Trouvais 18th c textiles

I really love hearing from my “old” readers from time to time. About 18th c shoes that they collect, or whether eight men would be enough to move a concrete table that looks just like mine, or how to strip color out of a Bella Notte duvet. Karin of La Pouyette, an antique dealer for over 30 years and long time blogging friend, has been pushing me to start selling and to come back to blogging. So…thanks to Karin, I’m back to let you know that after years of collecting…I am slowly making the shift to selling. And not a moment too soon according to my husband…Early 18th c embroidery

As you know…I love 18th c and earlier textiles. By the mid 19th c chemicals where being used to add weight to silks (which, incidentally, were sold by weight) and the advent of the sewing machine made hand-stitched seams unnecessary and looms became wider and more mechanized. Early silks were untainted by the harsh efficiencies of the modern age, and in my mind, vastly more beautiful.

Trouvais Spitalfields

My collection of 18th century silks has been slowly gathered over years. Sometimes the most humble, earlier finds bring me the most joy. It is amazing how carefully they have  been protected over the centuries, and how much beauty remains in their spun threads. I am working on an online store ( that I hope will be a fun visit. A nice little “attic” space with treasures just waiting to be found. The French Country House

Photo above from Christiane de Nicolay-Mazery’s The French Country House.  The chapter on French attics has cupboard shelves straining under centuries of folded silks and costume and tissue wrapped shoes. Eighteenth century silk dresses hanging on an armoire in a French attic is just my style! There is nothing like antique textiles to add a bit of story and drama to your home. Trouvais 18th c skirt

My eye is caught by pieces that seem to whisper a story. Whether you are a collector yourself, or just enjoy a pretty picture, I will have some beautiful things to share.

Trouvais 18th c French brocade

I will be listing many pieces on Ebay here through the end of the month.

Also on Etsy…testing the waters…


I have to say…selling has been fun. I’ve sent waistcoats to Italy and beaded handbags to Russia. I love putting things in the hands of someone that will love them. So…just in case you’ve been wondering what I’ve been up to…I am slowly but surely shifting from buyer to seller. My shop website is in process here (also see on my side bar)~

Inside my own “attic” armoire…my very favorite pieces…

Trouvais Antique Silk