Friday, October 7, 2011

Small tables of taste and function

Chers Amis du l'Ecole du Bon Gout! The very best experiences of my trip to Provence were spent visiting with good friends. Much of this time, we were seated around a dining room table or in a salon in comfortable chairs next to "occasional" tables. Today, I will address the subject of these small to medium sized tables which are so important to the comfort of both the guests and the host as well to the d├ęcor of a place of social interaction.

If you are visiting with friends "chez vous", there will probably be refreshments served before the main meal. It is therefore helpful to both the hosts and guests to have enough table top space easily available for the guests. This can best be accomplished by some smallish tables located at arms reach. These tables can also assist everyone by having drawers for napkins, cork screws, coaters, etc all close at hand.

Some tables are especially composed to assist in serving beverages as in a "rafraischoire" table ( See the last two photos attached here.) A smallish table can serve well for a special dinner when you want the intimacy of dining "a deux" and not lost with your special guest at your banquet table for 16!!!

Other tables are occasions of thematic display. For instance, a small writing desk can add a very decorative and animated "lived in" look to a bedroom or living room.

Find here three photos of finished installations, followed by photos of small tables available now or soon at Au Vieux Paris Antiques. Shop phone # 337 332 2852

Mes Amities,
Robert E. Smith














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

http://www.auvieuxparisantiques.com

Friday, September 30, 2011

"Professor" Smith returns from Provence

Chers Amis du l'Ecole du Bon Gout, Bonjour encore de la Louisiane!! I have just returned from 2 months of the magical life so readily available in Provence. There were lots of opportunities there to experience and learn from various versions of serious "Bon Gout". These venues included many wonderful lunch or supper parties with friends, either "chez moi" or at various friend's homes with delicious fresh summer dishes being served. There were garden visits which usually included a "gouter" of some yummy desert and champagne, as well as French period movie screenings accompanied by a light supper or simple "gouter".

Oh and by the way, I was also very successful collecting many equally delicious antiques which will arrive here in a shipment about the end of November.

Find here a few photos that give a taste of both my visit in Provence and just a few of the many "Bon Gout "antique pieces coming in the shipment. I took very good photos of all the pieces of this shipment, so if you just can't wait till the end of November, I would be happy to show you these photos and discuss your current needs. Phone # 337 332 2852. Also you may visit the web site to see some of the ample current stock 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

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Professor Smith takes a trip!

Chers students of "l'Ecole Du Bon Gout", Bonjour ! I leave for Uzes, France this 27 July to return to Louisiane, 22 September. During this trip I will of course be shopping for "new" items of "bon gout" for Au Vieux Paris Antiques, but I will also be enjoying and assimilating "bon gout" in many categories, so easily available in Provence. I plan to "share" many of these experiences with you by e mails so that you may be inspired to create a little more "bon gout" in your daily lives!

Today, there is a the prevalent misconception that we have "less or no time" to create or enjoy beauty or beautiful experiences in our daily lives. I trust that the photos attached here from my Spring trip to Uzes, as well as those I will send as the next trip evolves, will give you sufficient inspiration to devote "time and energy" to some "bon gout" experiences in your own summer.

The shop here in Breaux Bridge will be open by chance on week day afternoons and any time, weekends and evenings included by prior appointment. Shop # 337 332 2852 I am easy to reach in Uzes by e mail at robertesmith@centurytel.net

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, July 15, 2011

A companion for life??

Bonjour students of L'Ecole du Bon Gout!!! "A thing of beauty is a joy forever!!" Can an armchair be a comforting companion for life??? At your favorite window, your desk, your dinner table or your favorite spot to read, your armchair and you have a special relationship that could be for life!!

French armchairs do come in every shape, size, and form so they can be an expression of your style and your chosen degree of formality or informality.

Find following photos of 8 of the many armchairs now available at Au Vieux Paris Antiques, that trace the evolution of armchairs, from the 16th century until the beginning of the 19th century. (Note upholstery fabrics seen here are those of previous 20th century owners and not necessarily great choices.) The photos are arranged in descending order, starting with the oldest chair first. The stylistic periods of these follow roughly the political periods which are: Louis XIII: 1610-1643, Louis XIV: 1661-1715, Regence: 1715-1723, Louis XV: 1723-1774, Louis XVI: 1774-1791, Directoire: 1795 -1799( I show two Directoire examples to better illustrate the transition. ), and Consulat: 1799-1804.

Note that the design detailing of the exposed wood elements begins with lathe work turnings and then transitions into jig saw cut curves and chisel carving by Regence, then transitions back to turnings in Louis XVI and then back to the jig saw cut curves in Directoire. As with most features of style, the pendulum swings back and forth.

I do have pairs as well as single armchairs in stock, not to mention side chairs, so if you would like to have a comfortable, not to mention stylish, companion to enhance your daily life, come for a visit and "meet" some of these armchairs! Shop #337 332-2852 or visit the 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, July 8, 2011

Tables without legs???

Chers Amis, Bonjour students of the "Ecole du Bon Gout"! Tables without legs??? Many console tables were designed without any legs at all or they had 1,2,3,4 or more legs!! Consoles had their greatest "hay day" in the Louis XV period but enjoyed continued popularity through the years, taking on the changing details and tastes of the various periods that followed.

Consoles usually relate strongly to the chairs of the same period because they were created by the same designers and cabinet makers. Their size was completely varying, from the huge ones made for the Chateau de Versailles during Louis XIV's period, all the way down in size to just a wall bracket big enough to hold one candle stick.

No matter the size, most often they are installed in a central position of importance in a room's layout and also often act as an important "visual support" and central focal point for other elements of a wall's composition.

Find following 5 photos of finished installations of consoles, followed by 6 photos of the consoles available now here at Au Vieux Paris Antiques. I welcome your visit here to see these consoles. Shop # 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