It’s hhhhhere! The new shipment has been unloaded, dusted and cataloged. Gleaned from Belgium, England, France and Sweden, there are many classics as well as a few surprises. If you are thinking of updating your home for spring and summer, might I suggest an antique to add that one-off but familiar charm? Nothing warms up a room more effortlessly and beautifully than something old, imperfect and unexpected. Here is a preview. Please come visit if you are in the area!
A room setting featuring a 1750s Swedish Baroque cupboard, pair (only one shown) of French painted bergeres with new blue-gray linen upholstery, French mirror with ripple frame and Swedish painted tables. The Baroque cupboard is perfect for housing a TV – quite roomy inside.
Here is a Swedish painted sideboard with gracious stepback, curved sides. The large collection of antique white china is from Paris – come check out the rest!BTW, look at the size of my topiaries! Now is the time to repot, fertilize, spray for bugs, etc.
More French treasures. The 19th century zinc horse head, with traces of gilt, has superb patina and the best form. It’s 100% genuine and intact. It would have once graced a stable or a butcher’s shop as a trade sign. The Neoclassical open armchair and mahogany table are from the early 1900s.
Here are a few of my favorites. First up is this trumeau mirror with its mercury glass framed in reeded giltwood over a painted back. I love its textured patina juxtaposed over the walnut sideboard’s rich patina. And the fine Impressionist oil on canvas doesn’t look overly serious in the mirror’s company.
A closer look at this signed and dated important work from late Impressionism. The Montparnasse carved wood frame is exquisite.
Lunch is ready! Meals served on this generous fruitwood farm table with painted caneback chairs would, I imagine, be utterly irresistible. Notice the cutlery drawer and a long extension on the other end (not shown here). English 19th century creamware asparagus plates are by Minton.
A charming French early painted tub chair reupholstered in vintage linen and finished with tacks. I found it this way 🙂
This vignette features a French 1770-90s trumeau mirror, early 1900s large sunburst mirror and late 1890s Directoire style armchairs (one shown here). The buffet is Swedish from the last quarter of the 1700s.
What’s on top of the Swedish buffet? A hedgehog taking a bath, of course! Clearly, he’s not doing such a fine job from the look of all that moss and lichen. Good thing because I love him just like that.
BELOW: A Jack Russell Terrier garden companion.
Both the hedgehog and Jack Russell are English from the 20th century.
Such a classic Provencal painting with its sun drenched hues and rich texture. Again, this one is dated and signed by a listed artist. The pine Montparnasse frame is a marriage, but boldly paired.
A Louis XVI (Ca 1770-90s) mirror, crested with garden accoutrements, hangs over an antique Swedish painted chest with modern spirit. Notice the chest’s strong angles and crisp lines.
The early painted boiserie panel and serpentine chest are both French, and they are flanked by English side chairs.
A 20th century composition footed urn with semi-lobed bowl and guilloche frieze.
This Napoleon III Chinoiserie gilded faux bamboo stool has that coveted, faded elegance.
Two more faux bamboo pieces, but from the 20th century. TOP: A very fine Maison Bagues nickel over bronze or steel magazine caddy with smoked glass panes. BELOW: A chic aluminum version.
Something a bit different for the shop: A fabulous Moroccan style octagonal coffee table with trompe l’oeil marble painted top.
Speaking of Morocco, I absolutely love this Mashrabiya chalky plaster window from a riyad. It was designed for the homeowners, especially ladies, to see and hear the outside world while protecting their privacy.
Last we have a French Directoire style fruitwood enfilade with subtle boxwood stringing. The gilded mirror with reeded frame and mercury glass is also French.Thanks for your visit!!
if we don’t chat again, have a wonderful and safe Memorial weekend. Let
us all remember and honor those who have given their lives in service to our country.