Bright Notes from the Antiques Sale


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Antique French zinc dormer windows

A few more photos from the Atelier de Campagne container sale…

Antique zinc oeil-de-boeuf, plucked from a French mansard roof line…

Bright signage and antique wrought iron grill work….

Click photos twice to enlarge…

Container sale European antiques

Besides the soft tones and gentle patinas

there were some fun brights….

Antique British Fire buckets

My sister bought these vintage fire station buckets…

Sourced from England…perfect for her two young boys…

Behind, a metal baker’s shelving system just waiting

for glass or marble shelves…bottom photo of my last post

also shows her curvy wood ciel de lit, wire baskets,

assorted concrete architectural pieces…

Flea market finds


My 80 year old mother spryly secured a few cast iron planters

and an antique, chippy, painted, wrought iron panel..

She’s thinking of using it as a front panel to a side table….

She even managed to score a few succulents in her wire basket…

Belgian linen pillows with type

I was very temperate…but did splurge on this “Haute Provence” linen

bolster pillow at the front, a cement filial, and a few worn paperbacks…

French antique container sale

Left behind were drifts of antique mirrors, architectural salvage, antique blue shutters..

Atelier regularly makes the trek up to Antiques by the Bay (next one Sunday)

so be sure to inquire if you’d like them to put something on their truck for you…

More items shown on earlier Atelier de Campagne post here

Johan from Atelier de Campagne


My sister with Johan…


Atelier de Campagne


French flea market shutters

It was a lovely April interlude…

a bit of France, Belgium, England hand selected

and carefully unveiled in a California backyard…

Thank you Johan and Trinidad

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Belgian and French Antiques


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Container sale


The tantalizing view while queuing up outside the Atelier de Campagne container sale

this weekend (that basket was just enormous!).  After driving an hour south, I met my

sister and mother at 7 and we continued south to Santa Cruz county and the tiny town

of Corralitas. Blooming apple orchards and neat rows of strawberry and artichokes

teased us further along. Nearly a half hour early, a wee bit of fog settled in damply

about us as we waited nearly first in line to be greeted by Johan.  And then Tristan

arrived, laden with coffee, handing out pens, tape, and sold tags to arm ourselves

with against what seemed to be very amiable competitors…

Belgian fleamarket tables


A stack of Belgian bricklayers tables…

available as top only as well, ever present succulents,

a wide, gracious, cast stone urn…

antique French grape buckets

Colorful grape picker’s hods…backed by a quantity of

vintage wire baskets and wooden spools…

and furthest back..stacked shallow wood boxes…

French and Belgian Flea market finds

Around back of the same tree…

a European primitive console and

chorus line of earthenware jugs…

Antique French Garden urns

And more classical grouping of garden urns…

Vintage French furniture

A large collection of pretty painted vintage furniture…

diminutive leather footstool at top…

French flea market treasure

A wide curvy dining room sideboard

and iced nightstand…

Antique French chairs

A rack of Gustavian gray chairs

alongside a tall church candlestick


painted vintage French furniture

A pert painted nightstand…


French flea market finds

Sold items started gathering…

beautiful regrets….


French flea market finds


And happy finds…

To be continued….

Floral Perspective

Antique French Aubusson painting

Close up detail of large 19th century French Aubusson cartoon

Oil on canvas…don’t mind the cracks…love the signs of age…

Antique French Aubusson cartoon

I recently bought this on Ebay and am considering an uber, simple

frame like this French print at Summerhouse here ( bleached wood)

or unframed, perhaps board backed. I’m testing a bit of water based

paint on the border to change to a blue/silver tone. It would also

look incredible as the top part of a huge trumeau…

Its almost five feet wide, two feet tall…

You’ll notice the antique roses and white anemone

in the swagged garland border that are so similar

to the Bourbon roses in my garden here

My earlier Aubusson find here

antique Aubusson under glass

Here’s a top view of an incredible 18th century

Aubusson tapestry panel placed under glass atop

a cocktail table. The cartoons were the basis

for the finished tapestries that were so labor

intensive to create…Kentshire Galleries

Istdibs here

Antique French Aubusson cartoons

A collection of Aubusson cartoons

from Janet Wiebe Antiques in Houston, Texas

Love the teal border…hmmm…

What is your favorite border color?

A French dealer of Aubusson cartoons here

N. Villaret floral here

There are some affordable Boutis shams on One Kings Lane

see here,  by Bruno Lamy of Coeur Nature Paris

Check out the back of the pillows, too…

Claudia at The Paris Apartment had this on her blog

eons ago…love exploring her archives

These are some antique French textiles

she discovered in the Paris Flea markets….

18th century French silk bodice

More 18th century French at the Costume Institute here

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Antique French chintz pelmet c 1849…

Wendy Lewis of The Textile Trunk and as Loodylay on Ebay here

Can imagine this over a bed set into an alcove…

Obviously my design perspective is very floral centered…

When we bought our home 18 years ago, our first efforts were

outside…gating and fencing to keep out the lovely but hungry

deer in our neighborhood, terracing the near acre of up slope…

It was the most economical start…with the most lasting

benefits…though like all of you I love pretty “stuff”, I’m

still grounded by the simple pleasures underfoot outside…

Will post Atelier de Campagne photos tomorrow…