Monday, December 13, 2010

Visit au camellias, Avery's Island, La.

Chers Amis,  Yesterday, I was one of a few lucky guests for lunch at Mme. Lisa Osborne's soon to be complete home at Avery's Island.  Even though it was chilly, we wore our coats and ate in the sunshine on the 2nd story gallery over looking the surrounding forest with views of Vermillion Bay shimmering in the great distance.

After lunch we took a great walk around the island with the "mission" of studying the camellia collection assembled by E A. McIlhenny in the late 19th and early 20th century.  We started in "Jungle Gardens" which, though truly splendid with numerous acres of hundreds of multi century live oak trees and ponds is also home to a few thousand camellia bushes.

Next we ventured into the abandoned camellia nursery of Mr. E. A., where countless rows of thousands camellias have been basically unattended for over 50 years. The camellias didn't seem to mind very much being unattended and now sharing their "rows" with native trees and giant bamboo that had volunteered amongst them and which had grown to an over story of 75 feet tall.   The bushes were blooming and were in similar shape to those we saw in the Jungle Gardens.

All in all the day was a celebration of what is so really delicious about living in Louisiana and a great send off for me, as I leave for my other "French life" in Uzes on Saturday.

I trust you also have some splendid winter plans of your own to celebrate here on this ever abundant planet!!  Meanwhile, please enjoy these photos of yesterday's "mission". 

Mes Amities,
Robert












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Robert E. Smith   (337) 332-2852

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

A note from Mme. de Pompadour!!


Chers Amis ,  I had been wanting to write Mme. Wayne Wrightsman for several years to thank her for her "work" collecting high style French furniture, architectural interiors and fine art.  The Wrightsman Galleries at the Metropolitan Museum in NY contain the finest completely furnished 18th century French rooms in America.

Well, I finally did write her and let her know that her "work" at the high style level had had a "trickle down" effect in that it had been a great  inspiration to me in my "work" which was certainly not at a "high style" level.  I included photos of "the tower" and #3 Place du Duche which she seems to have much enjoyed.  At 91 years of age, she is the most knowledgeable authority on French furniture , interiors, and painting, living in America and like her near double, Mme de Pompadour has owned more beautiful objects in her life time than any living person.  I was very touched and extremely pleased to read her note.

JVETF
Robert


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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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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

More "New" arrivals of Bon Gout at Au Vieux Paris Antiques

Chers Amis,  Bonjour de Pont Breaux!!   Since last week's container arrival, many hands here have been cleaning , waxing ,etc.  I can surely say that in the 26 years that this shop has been in operation it has never had such quantity and quality of items to offer the public!!!  And also at great prices as one recent savvy client was kind enough to comment!!!

This week we hung two huge and very tasty mirrors. See detail of the second one showing the "diamond dust" effect in the glass which is so alluring.  There are numerous Louis XIII chairs which are large, strong and very comfortable not to mention quite stylish.( See photo of a chair dated 1660 with red velvet slip covers at the Louvre, S. V. P., for comparison.). There is a particularly rich selection of lighting devices : chandeliers, sconces, candelabra and candlesticks.

One "decorating idea" apropos for the holidays or anytime, is to have a collection of maybe 8 to 10 candlesticks on a console or commode near the foot of your inside stairs. In the 18th century, a host would always have such a stash ready for their house guests to ascend the steps and light their way to their bedrooms.  So maybe you could try the same idea at your chateau throwing in some fresh camellias to make it even more more festive!!!!

I will be available here at the shop until I leave for France the 18th of December. After that date the shop will be open by appointment with either Faye Cazayoux or Paula Antoine, so please call ahead and make an appointment at a time that works for you. 337 332 2852 .      


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, December 2, 2010

"My ship came in"!!

Chers Amis,  Bonjour d' Au Vieux Paris Antiques!!   Well "my ship came in" even with the French cousins up in arms about the change in their retirement age !!   My 2 month long summer shopping trip was productive like never before yielding items of beautiful classic style, great condition and great price!!  This is THE dream combination for any antiques dealer not to mention collector!!

The shipment spans  across the centuries from the early 17th to early 19th and across the board in categories of function. "New" items include : armoires, commodes, chandeliers, several huge, medium and small mirrors,  beds ,various small occasional tables, numerous pieces of seat furniture, as well as lots of "smalls" like silver flatware, candle sticks and candelabras, crystal stemware and porcelain. (Christmas shopping possibilities one and all!!!)  

Please call and let me know when you might like to come for a "look see" and I will be sure to be here to receive your visit .  Week end or "after hours" rendezvous are also possible.   I leave again for Uzes the 18th of Dec.

Mes Amities,
Robert 
337 332 2852












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