Friday, May 23, 2008

Mirrors

Bonjour and welcome to today's visit to l'Ecole du Bon Goût.  Today's subject of interest
is mirrors.  “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the loveliest of them all?”  Well often, the
mirror itself can be the “loveliest” single contributor to a composition of an entire wall of
decorative and architectural features.  Mirrors, though they are framed like major works of
art which are static, have the ability to be ever changing as they reflect various other light
sources, or often a reflection of a beautiful view which changes as you change positions in
relationship to it.  Some old mirror plates, mainly those beyond 150 years of age have a
patination called in the trade, “diamond dust” which has taken place.  This effect gives the
impression of tiny sparkles of reflected light (think Tinkerbell) scattered across the reflected
image.  This effect is most pronounced when the mirror reflects candle light or direct
sunlight and can be quite magical.  In new homes which may not have many windows with
natural light and views, a large mirror, strategically placed opposing the extant windows can
function almost like an added window and therefore enhancing, balancing and even
“enlarging” the space.

Here at Au Vieux Paris Antiques we currently have a selection of about 45 mirrors in a wide
variety of sizes (10’’ to 10’ tall), ages (17th to 19th century) and enframing materials (bois doré,
painted wood or waxed woods).

Let the mirrors in your home be a reflection of your “bon goût.”

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, May 9, 2008

Period candlelit chandeliers and sconces

Bonjour and welcome to today's visit to l'Ecole du Bon Goût.  Today's subject is period candlelit chandeliers and sconces.  Today, in the average day we are usually subjected to lighting experiences which are of a totally new nature: i.e. florescent light, widescreen television images, computer screens images, and even strobe lights if you happen to be running a red light in your car.  Well, after a day in the 21st century jungle of “aggressive light abrasions,” I recommend coming home to candlelight for its therapeutic as well as aesthetic rewards.  However, if candle light is not for you every night of the week, most chandeliers can be wired so that you can have them offer electrical light (on a dimmer S.V.P.) and not negate the possibility of using real wax candles too (think Saturday night dinner party after a whole week of 21st century light abuse).

Here at Au Vieux Paris Antiques, as well as Patrick Dunne’s shops Lucullus Antiques in Breaux Bridge and New Orleans, one can find a wide selection of period chandeliers, sconces and candlesticks in various styles to choose from.  So light up your world and life with a period fixture and feel more relaxed and at ease enjoying le bon goût.

Below, see a photographic montage of six different fixtures of various styles now in stock at Au Vieux Paris Antiques.  Also, see a photo showing the impact the right period lighting fixtures can make even when they are not lit.

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