Friday, November 28, 2008

Chairs


Bonjour and welcome to l’Ecole du Bon Gout.  Today’s subject of interest is"the chair".  Not only are chairs one of the most basic, personal and useful forms of furniture,unlike many case pieces, they possess distinctive stylistic and sculptural detail that makes them easily identified and relatable usually to one specific period.  Each chair represents of the way of life, the social structure, and the related customs of the period in which it was created.   They are like self contained time capsules of human life and style at a point in history.

French antique chairs often get the “knee jerk” criticisms of being “too small”, “not strong” or “not comfortable”.  Though these conditions are sometimes the case, they are certainly not always so.  I have personally stood on most of the chairs in the shop to hang pictures!!!! Many of the arm chairs here are very large, ergonomically portioned and very comfortable even for long periods of sitting by modern  Americans.  Find following two photos of chairs seen in home settings, all sourced from Au Vieux Paris, followed by a selection of chairs now in stock.

Seat yourself in an antique chair that will be your style companion and tell your own story of Bon Gout for years to come!

Feel free to call me at 337-332-2852 or email at Robertesmith@centurytel.net or visit the Au Vieux Paris website  www.auvieuxparisantiques.com                                                                                       
We are going to have a HOLIDAY CLASS PARTY!!!!!!!! here at Au Vieux Paris Antiques, 1040 Henri Penne Rd.   Sunday Dec. 7th , 1:00pm to 5:00 pm for all students of l'Ecole du Bon Gout and their guests. There will be holiday refreshments, new items in the shop(think special gift giving and why exclude yourself), as well as a lecture at 3:00 pm on lighting devices by Proffesor Smith!

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

Thursday, November 13, 2008

A Day of Flowering


Bonjour and welcome to l’Ecole du Bon Gout!  The Mayan calendar created about 550 b.c. described the past year, November 19, 2007 to November 12, 2008 as a “dark night of destruction (the end of manufactured lack)”.  The good news is the year starting November 13, 2008 to November 8, 2009 is labeled “a day of flowering” (consciousness surpasses technology).

To celebrate this promising new year, today’s subject is flowers.  Flowers are one of the joys in life that will invariably lift your spirits or that of a friend receiving them.  I have noticed even in the raunchiest bar in a small town in France, there will often be a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers on the bar!

An ordinary bouquet can be transformed into a major celebration of “Bon Gout” by utilizing a wonderful antique container of by presenting the finished bouquet upon a pedestal or wall bracket.

When giving a gift of flowers for a special occasion, consider giving it in a choice container so that the gift will “keep on giving”, being remembered throughout the years long after the original flowers have faded.

Here at Au Vieux Paris Antiques we always have vases, “cache pots” or other more utilitarian containers which can customize and individualize your arrangements.  The photos attached below are of home setting arrangements enhanced by antiques all sourced from Au Vieux Paris and of items which are presently available.

Please fell fee to contact us with any questions or request you may 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

Monday, November 3, 2008

Fireplace

With the welcoming of cool fall days and the anticipation of cold winter nights ahead, today's subject is the fireplace.  Even if you have central heating, the fireplace of any room is that room's focal point and the place that first catches the eye when you walk in.  It also usually sets the tone, scale and style of the room.  The mantle itself is usually the most important element; however, this is usually supported visually and functionally by andirons, a cast iron fire back, fire tools, wood box, etc.  The mantle itself can be a veritable "altar" of Bon Gout!  Candlesticks, books, vases of flowers, a clock or small personal items all can find there way into a delightful composition.  Over the mantle is always an important place, usually calling for a large mirror, an oil painting or even a large scale engraving like an Audubon bird print.   

Antique fireplaces can be handsome additions to existing rooms even if they don't burn real wood and have a chimney.  There are gas, as well as ethanol units which look completely real when burning.  Here at Au Vieux Paris, we have in stock three wooden, three limestone, and four marble mantles.  Find following pictures of three of the mantles in stock, followed by photographs of antiques mantles installed in new situations all sourced from Au Vieux Paris.

Warm up your home and life for winter, and throughout the years to come, in the fireplace arena. A Bon Gout opportunity awaits!!!

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