Monday, November 25, 2013

An abundance of "new" Bon Gout has arrived at Au Vieux Paris!


Mes Amis, Bonjour! I had a great Provençale summer based in Uzes, with many hope filled expeditions to go “fishing” for antique treasures! I even had acquired special light weight “fishing” pants, shirts and hat, at a sports store here before I left, to be sure I would be ready for the intense Provençale sunshine and heat! After all, the summer “fishing” was very good and my shipment has arrived, ready to be seen and enjoyed here in Breaux Bridge! Attached here is a sampling of just some of the diverse selection available!

Free creative gift wrapping is always available here if you are thinking of a gift for that special someone!!!
Call me if you have any special needs at 337 332 2852, or plan a visit here in person, or visit the web site at www.auvieuxparisantiques.com ( Now with movies svp!)

Merci Cordialement,
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 14, 2013

Fine art is part of fine living!!

Chers Amis de L’Ecole du Bon Gout, Bonjour! Today I would like to address the many values of living with fine art.

When furnishing your interiors, the focal points of your walls becomes very important. A great art work, placed center stage on a wall, can set off a chain reaction. It can dictate the level of sophistication, influence the color scheme as well as the mood developed for the rest of the décor of the room.

Landscape paintings or tapestries have a specialized capacity in that they give you another “window view to look out on”, which becomes more important at night in any room or even by day if the room is lacking in pleasing exterior views.

Still life paintings of eatable subjects are great for enlivening and animating the dining room or the kitchen.

A portrait with a riveting glance can command your attention from all corners of a room!!
The framing of art works is a subject I pay a lot of attention to because the frame not only can enhance your enjoyment of the art work within it, but it can be a work of art in itself. Recently the Musee Arts Decorative wing of the Musee Louvre is taking picture frames seriously and not only exhibits empty frames as works of art in themselves, but has begun including information regarding the frames themselves on labeling of various paintings!

Here at Au Vieux Paris Antiques there is a diverse selection of 18th c and 19th c two dimensional art works : oil paintings and tapestries of various sizes as well as framed and unframed engravings and original drawings.

See here two views of a new “ antique art gallery” section installed here, as well as photographs of some of the many works on view. The last photograph is of some empty Louis XV frames, exhibited as works of art at the Musee Arts Decorative wing of the Musee Louvre.

Please call if you have questions (337 332 2852) , or plan a visit to enjoy these works in person, or visit the web site 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, November 1, 2013

Modern innovations in furniture, circa 1500

Chers Amis de L’Ecole du Bon Gout,  Bonjour!    Today, I want to look at those two fairly “modern” inventions in furniture evolution: the buffet and the “commode” (chest of drawers)!

     In the early years of the Middle ages( 1200 to 1490), most all storage took place in “coffres” (chests), which in some cases had the multiple functions of being used as a seat or a table top!  In the early Middle ages, a “coffre’s” main point of visual interest was the extensive forged iron hardware and reinforcing straps binding the pieces.    By the Gothic period, the “coffres” could be very decorative with much elaborate and detailed carving.

     Starting in Gothic times and even more so by the time of the Premiere Renaissance (1490 to 1530), though “coffres” were still much in use, some “modern” households had complex two or three level buffets which were called “dressoirs” . These had a lower and/or an upper section of open shelves to display silver or pewter “plate”.  The buffet section, which had lockable doors figured into that period’s rampant paranoia regarding poisoning!!  A rich property owner was often worried about his future heirs “speeding up” his succession!  Poisons then were secretly administered in many ways: candles , bed sheets, clothing, books, lipstick, perfume,... but the easiest dispersal method was in food!  So the rich property owner would have the food brought by the trusted chef and put directly into the locked “dressior”, from which it was later served, first to the property owner, and then after to his guests!!

     Buffets became increasingly popular because access to their contents made life easier!   Then in the early Louis XIV period ( 1643 to 1715) , the “modern marvel of easy living and convenience”, the commode, appeared on the scene, remaining a great success for the next 300+ years.  This was because accessing its contents was truly easy, compared to that of a “coffre”!   Marvelous functionality and convenience, yes; however the Bon Gout importance of these pieces is also just as great!

     Buffets and commodes, though they have visual beauty to enjoy on their own, can also easily “anchor” the composition of an entire wall, becoming the foundation for a collection of objects arranged on their tops, as well as a mirror or a painting above, and all this, further supporting a pair of sconces to each side!

     See here a photo of a Gothic room at the Louvre with a “coffre”, which could easily be used as a bench or table top.  Next is a photo of a Renaissance “coffre de mariage” in a home setting of that period.      Following these are 11 photographs of commodes and buffets available for sale at Au Vieux Paris Antiques.

     Beauty, craftsmanship, functional storage, and the effortless anchoring of an entire wall composition; this is true Bon Gout at its best!!   Call me with your questions:( 337 332 2852), or plan a visit here in person, or visit our web site at   wwww.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