Friday, June 6, 2008

French antique garden ornaments

Bonjour and welcome to today's visit to l'Ecole du Bon Goût.  Today's subject is French antique garden ornaments.  “A rose called by any other name may smell as sweet,” but it will look a lot better in an antique vase Anduze than it will in an old washing machine tank!  The presentation an culture of plants in attractive containers has been an important subject in France since before the Renaissance.  During the Renaissance (1515 à 1559), many fanciful and elaborate vases were created in terra cotta, cast iron and lead.  Building on this heritage, Louїs XIV’s huge cast silver decorative vases for his prized orange trees etc, certainly reached the ultimate high point in plant containerization and presentation.  Sadly, Louїs had these magnificent vases and the rest of his silver furniture melted down in 1689 and we know them only form a few surveying preparatory sketches as well as illustrations in paintings and tapestries.

Well, your gallery may not call for cast silver vases for your orange trees, but you certainly can enhance almost any gallery, patio or courtyard with punctuating focal points of terra cotta, copper or carved stone.

Find below, a seven picture montage of garden items available at Au Vieux Paris Antiques as well as photographs of installations of antique items used in garden settings, 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, or visit our website at

Mes Amities,
Robert E. Smith

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