Friday, October 19, 2007

Glassware

Bonjour and welcome to today's visit to l'Ecole du Bon Goût.  Today's subject is glassware.  The more we are bombarded with beverages and food served in plastic and styrofoam, throw away containers, the more we need to “imbibe” in the use of drinking vessels with visual, tactile, auditory and intellectual rewards.  In this fast paced, email laden, cell phone driven, traffic jam frustrated daily life, at the end of the day, we need some treats that are truly nourishing.  Whether it is a glass of Perrier or Dom Pérignon, it is definitely a more fulfilling experience if presented, and consumed in a hand blown, hand wheel faceted antique French glass.  Here at Au Vieux Paris Antiques, not to mention Patrick Dunne’s shop Lucullus Antiques in Breaux Bridge and New Orleans, one can find a huge selection of glassware in various styles, ages, levels of refinement, as well as sizes and shapes designed for partaking of different types of beverages. 

Below, see a photograph montage of 5 different styles of glassware ranging from the late 18th century to the 3rd quarter of the 19th century, followed by pictures of stemware seen in a residence surrounded by objects of the same periods as the glassware presented. 

See Southern Accents Magazine November-December 2004 for a substantive article on domestic, hand blown French glass which utilizes photographs taken here at Au Vieux Paris Antiques.

Raise your glass and celebrate le bon gout.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or requests you might have by telephone (337) 332-2852, e-mail robertesmith@centurytel.net, or visit our website at www.auvieuxparisantiques.com.

Mes Amities,
Robert E. Smith





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Browse a sampling of the merchandise available (click here)

Mes Amities,
Robert E. Smith   (337) 332-2852

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Friday, October 12, 2007

The stylistic periods of Consulate (1799-1804), Empire (1804-1815), Resturation (1815-1824), Charles X (1824-1830), and Louis Philippe (1830-1848)

Bonjour and welcome to today's visit to l'Ecole du Bon Goût.  Today's subjects are the stylistic periods of Consulate (1799-1804), Empire (1804-1815), Resturation (1815-1824), Charles X (1824-1830),   and Louis Philippe (1830-1848).  This may seem at first to be too many stylistic periods to group together, but take note the span of time is only 49 years which is less than the time elapsed during the reigns of Louis XIV (72 years) or Louis XV (51 years).

From Consulate through Louis Philippe, there is a continued dominance of inspirations from “antique” sources.  With Napoleon’s Egyptian “campaign” (think conquer and loot), “new” antique source material was available, digested, and re-invented in various new designs in fine art, moveable decoration, as well as the fixed décor of the architecture itself.  Some artisans, intoxicated by this romantic taste for helicon “days of long ago,” also rediscovered gothic as a source book for their new creations.  Characteristics which could be used to describe these periods would be: rich materials, gravity, nobility and architectural structuring.

In regard to furniture, whether it was the brilliantly flame grained dark mahogany of Empire or the paler woods of the Charles X period,  the use of dramatically grained, extra fine quality woods were the norm, not the exception.  Much of the expanded colonization of Louisiana took place during the time span of these periods so naturally these styles turn out to have been popular here in the period and therefore automatically
appealing and appropriate in size, scale, and taste for restorations and reuses of 19th century Louisiana homes today.

Find below a nine picture montage of items available at Au Vieux Paris Antiques as well as photographs of installations in a residence finished in a mix of these styles, all sourced from Au Vieux Paris Antiques.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or requests you might have by telephone (337) 332-2852, e-mail robertesmith@centurytel.net, or visit our website at www.auvieuxparisantiques.com.

Mes Amities,
Robert E. Smith






Visit the Au Vieux Paris Antiques homepage (click here)
Browse a sampling of the merchandise available (click here)

Mes Amities,
Robert E. Smith   (337) 332-2852

http://www.auvieuxparisantiques.com


Friday, October 5, 2007

The stylistic periods of Louis XVI (1774 - 1793) and Directiore (1795 - 1799)

Bonjour and welcome to today's visit to l'Ecole du Bon Goût.  Today's subjects are the stylistic periods of Louis XVI (1774 - 1793) and Directiore (1795 - 1799).  There is a period called "Revolutionaire" (1793 - 1795) which did have specific forms of expression in the arts; however, the pieces are quite rare and the political period was so bloody, cataclysmic, and destructive to the arts, architecture, and human refinements in general that we just will not go there now.

Both the Louis XVI and Directiore periods can be described as returns to symmetry, straight lines, and classically inspired forms derived from "antique" sources, ancient Greece and Rome for example.  The excavations at Pompeii and Herculaneum provided many "new" inspirations for designers at this time.  Scholarly research had surmised that Classical antiquity had a far broader repertoire of architectural and decorative precedents to offer than had previously been dreamed of.  In fixed decoration, as well as movable, the Louis XVI style was not less elegant or graceful than the Louis XV mode that preceded it.  The difference lay in a more restrained and ordered form of expression which was in no way diminished in terms of luxury and attention to comfort.  The entire second floor of Au Vieux Paris Antiques is devoted to these two periods.  The clean lines, classic proportions, and rich materials utilized for their execution remain appealing to collectors and decorators today. 

Below, today’s photos begin with a nine picture montage of some of the Louis XVI and Directiore items available for purchase presently at Au Vieux Paris Antiques, followed by three photographs of a residence furnished in a mélange of the same two styles.  Photos by Mme Tina Freeman and courtesy of Southern Accents Magazine.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or requests you might have by telephone (337) 332-2852, e-mail robertesmith@centurytel.net, or visit our website at www.auvieuxparisantiques.com.

Mes Amities,
Robert E. Smith







Visit the Au Vieux Paris Antiques homepage (click here)
Browse a sampling of the merchandise available (click here)

Mes Amities,
Robert E. Smith   (337) 332-2852

http://www.auvieuxparisantiques.com