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Friday, January 27, 2012

French patisserie table with marble top now in store!

Look what we are proud to have in our store, a 19th century period French iron, brass and marble patisserie table! These are very, very rare. In fact, this is the first such patisserie table that we have ever had. It dates to around c.1860. Again, I kept this one a little bit of a secret, I didn't want to spoil all the surprises from our shipment.

Look at the age to the iron and brass work...and the marble top is original.

It is such a special piece, I am sure someone is going to fall in love with it (or a few people, maybe, myself included!).

Image by Suzanne Rheinstein via Pinterest
These tables look great as an island bench in a kitchen like this one. I can just imagine making croissants or rolling some pizza dough on the age worn marble. Sigh...

Image via Greige
Or using it as a decorative side table in a lounge room or entryway. I love the glass domes displayed on this piece.

And just as special is this marble topped patisserie counter. It too is French and dates to around c.1880. It has a painted pine base.

At the moment we have displayed a collection of French glass domes and white porcelain upon the marble top. Now all we need is a few little pastries under each dome!

Friday, January 20, 2012

French wine tables, French armoires and more

As you can see, the French armoire came together. The shop is coming together too, but there is much work to do, so I must get back to it. I have taken photos of some of the unusual pieces that are new into the store, enjoy!
19th century stools with shaped seats, a pair.
English 1 and 1/2 gallon milk cans.
A French marble topped patisserie counter with French glass domes.
I love these wire storage crates, with brass labels.
A French skittles set in a French picker's basket.
A French vendange table on a buffet, and French glass bottles. Monogrammed linen. A fabulous square leather and brass bound trunk. A massive French display cabinet in soft grey tones. Right, back to work for me, 10am opening tomorrow morning and I want to be ready.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

a gorgeous French armoire (and closed due to shipment arrival)

Our shipment has just arrived today, and I am squirming with excitment! I thought I would give you a little taste of what is due into our store with this magnificent bleached and limed walnut French armoire, above. It was one of my highlight finds on my lastest buying trip and finally it has reached our shores and our store! Look at the detail of the original 18th century hardware. And you should see the key, it is huge!

Image via Bonjour Paris

Due to the arrival of this shipment, we unfortunately have to close our doors to customers whilst we unpack, clean, sort and display our new goodies. We will be re-open at 10am on Saturday the 21st January.

I will post images of the chaos in our store over the next week so that you may hopefully see some of the treasures.

Friday, January 6, 2012

books, antique and French gifts

I was absolutely spoiled at Christmas! I was given many beautiful gifts by friends and family, such as these gorgeous little succulent shaped candles in tin pots and a set of slate garden markers.

I have admired this Spode cream ware bowl for a while now in our store. And I may have put out a little hint or two that I would very much like it for my kitchen. It is just so simple and lovely, do you agree?

And you may all know now my fetish for French glass jars. I received two such jars for Christmas. One can never have enough jars. The jar on the left is going to live in the kitchen and store flour and the jar on the right has a new home in the bathroom.

My cookbook collection grew with the addition of these books, above. I am about to start making my own bread, but first I must start a yeast in order to make nice sourdough bread. Wish me luck!

I could happily live on pasta and was excited to receive a book dedicated to the topic!

Time to catch up on some gardening, with none other than Mr Paul Bangay himself. This is his latest book and can't wait to read and learn.

And the perfect coffee table book for the self-confessed Francophile...Vintage French Interiors. Someone knows me very well indeed.

The book is filled with images of collections composed with that casual French flair. My feet are getting itchy just thinking about returning to Paris flea markets and little tucked away antiquaires.

And lastly, I received this exquisite Indian silver bangle which dates from the late 1800s. It is very intricately made and has mythological bird like creatures at the clasp.

I don't think I was exaggerating when I said I was spoiled at Christmas, what do you think?