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….

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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…

Flowers and French Flea Markets


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Antique French Roses

A “best in show”  line up of my earliest roses…

A great weekend to garden and visit Flea Markets far and wide….

This weekend is Atelier de Campagne‘s container sale…

Earlier post here

I don’t know whether to ask for your luck in finding

something incredible, or to be able to leave without

having a terrifying tale to tell my husband…

Nevertheless…I will have my trusty camera

to share it all with you….