La Maison Antiques & Design


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Three panel Art Nouveau Dressing Screen Some of my favorite finds are the ones that just…drop into my lap! A reader contacted me about some of the Carolyn Quartermaine fabric I was selling, and in an aside via email exchanges, mentioned that she was the lady that bought one of my most obsessed about items several years ago. Wendy Lewis’s 18th century indigo striped and tasseled ciel de lit. I posted about it here and here. Ceil de lit 11Textile Trunk Trouvais Here the polonaise curtains drop from their ciel de lit in Wendy’s barn in the original listing. Wendy places this at anywhere between 18th and early 19th century…the passementarie added later…most likely Napoleon III…late 19th. And my new best friend Anne Sorrells of La Maison Antiques and Design in North Carolina was willing to sell this piece of my textile dreams to me!¬†ceil-de-lit-9-textile-trunk-trouvaisThe ¬†upholstered “tete” might still be available. I just purchased the polonaise drapes since I have several options from which to hang these already! I asked Anne to send me photos of several other items she is selling through her antique store and added a slide show below, with a bit of information. 8th Century French or Italian linen door covering hand painted with vegetable dyes. Over 15 feet long. Fair condition. Could be repurposed. 18th Century French or Italian linen door covering… hand painted with vegetable dyes. Over 15 feet long. Fair condition. An invitation to repurpose! La Maison Antiques & Design French statues have a plaque that reads “Progress” on them…and sit in front of a large hand painted reproduction of 18th century French artist Jean Marc Nattier.

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Anne Sorrells

If any items pique your curiosity, you can email Anne for further details and photos.

Anne Sorrells of La Maison Antiques & Design

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Trouvais antique textiles

Antique Textiles

Happy Sunday everyone! A few favorite finds I bought some time ago from Shirley at Simply Chateau here. Shirley had stumbled over a box of antique ballet costumes from the Paris Opera at the Paris Flea Market. This aqua c. 1920’s silk velvet was only a bodice, but it had Mademoiselle D’Arcy’s name scrawled in it. I think I tracked her history down to a ballerina touring with Pavlova to Australia. Then I cleaned her up a bit and fashioned a skirt out of tulle. Her companion from the same flea market box was from the ballet Les Sylphides…

Video of the Ballet Russe performing Les Sylphides in 1928…

Trouvais antique ballet costume

Though I love my bolts of linen and carefully folded toiles and silk, costume is the fun way to enjoy the colors, textures, and shapes of an earlier time. Perfect for a dressing room, hanging from an armoir door, the back of a chair, over or in a frame.
French ballet c1900

At this point I am only buying for myself, and am leery of attaining “hoarder” status…so I do have to turn a blind eye to all the pretty things that pass me by! There are some great pieces for sale at Sallie Ead’s Ruby Lane Lucia’s Collectables shop here. Beautiful eau de nil Paris ballet silk costume jacket c. 1900. Even though the Ruby Lane Red Tag Sale is over, Sallie has marked down alot of her items for this next week. This is one of my favorite items…just love this color…

Pink duchesses silk

And another great item…a piece of pink duchess satin with silk velvet from the Worth fashion house c 1880. Read more about it hereTrouvais antique textiles

My own little early 20th century silk cabochon roses nestled next to a hand dyed sachet. Luckily…antique fabrics take up very little room. My excuse whenever I try to fit one more tiny little piece in!

Off to garden…hope you’re having a lovely day!Trouvais roses