Friday, June 24, 2011

Buy the real thing and save $250,000

Chers Amis,  Bonjour de Au Vieux Paris Antiques!!!      I have just read the most splendid "catalog" for the Getty Museum's current exhibition entitled "Paris: Life and Luxury" which is at the Getty now but will be shown in Houston's Museum of Fine Arts Sept 18 to Dec 10.  I strongly recommend both the catalog as well as a Museum visit to students of "Bon Gout".  They are both top connoisseur level and about as delicious as the Paris of the eighteenth century gets. To purchase the book call the Getty book shop at : 310 440 7059.  Both the exhibition and book feature great 18th c paintings of Louis XV interiors, juxtaposed with actual items very similar to those seen in the paintings.

Well, find here photos using the same format but with items that are for sale here in the shop. So you see you could buy real 18th century wine glasses, green glass preserve jars, a silver plated bronze "rechaud", a bois dore stool or a game table here and have the real thing instead of paying $250,00 to $350,000 for a Chardin painting of one of these items.  What a savings!!!!

I look forward to your visit.    

Mes Amities,
Robert E. Smith












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Browse a sampling of the merchandise available (click here)

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

http://www.auvieuxparisantiques.com

Friday, June 17, 2011

Gift giving made fun and easy!!!

Chers Amis,  Bonjour de Pont Breaux la Louisiane!!  Since I returned from France two weeks ago, I have been having a streak of supplying various clients with special anniversary, birthday and believe it or not, I know it is HOT outside, but for one client a major gift for next Christmas.    Because I usually know the recipients, I take special pleasure in these sorts of projects and particularly have fun with the wrapping which is always, well, "creative".  Once I packed a complete set of wine glasses, only in scented fresh rose petals!!!   So if you have a gifting occasion big or small on the horizon, I will be happy to help you.

Find attached here photos of a few "new" pieces just in here at the shop, to get you to thinking.      

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, June 10, 2011

Dining VS Eating in France

Chers Amis,  Bonjour!!!   I have just returned from 7 delicious weeks in Provence and upon my return a friend commented that it looked like I had lost a little weight on this trip. Knowing that the average U S traveler to France, who stays only maybe 2 weeks, often comes back with some unwanted extra baggage around their waist lines, I thought about this and have this idea to propose.  Most tourists, who don’t have French residences and native friends entertaining them, gain weight because they eat only in restaurants.  In most restaurants, even many 4 star restaurants, the table settings, the room decor, and the audio experience is seldom really fabulous even though the food is.  So what do people do??? They partake of the one best things, the food, and end up over eating.

On my stay of 7 weeks, I only ate 3 restaurant meals, but did go to 22 wonderful dinners or luncheons at friend's homes and I gave an additional 10 dinners or luncheons at my home.  These occasions were not just about delicious food but were really about a more total experience of "Bon Gout dining".  This meant meals set in visually delicious (and intellectually stimulating) rooms or gardens, antique dining furniture as well as table settings of 18th or 19th century silver, china and glassware, fresh flowers, candle light, and delightful audio, whether it was the chirping of birds in an almost totally silent garden terrace setting or period music softly coloring an interior environment.

Please find following photos from my trip, which may inspire you to consider enhancing the total aesthetic experience of dinning in your life as well as some photos of some "dining equipment" available here at Au Vieux Paris, in case you need a little help with the setting. 

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