Friday, June 19, 2015

The fireplace, still interesting without a fire!

Chers Amis de L’Ecole du Bon Goût, Bonjour!! The fireplace hearth may not be where your eyes are naturally drawn in the middle of the summer, but even a fireless hearth can be a focal point of decorative interest given the right accessories.

Every fireplace hearth previous to the twentieth century's use of 
fire bricks” came equipped with a cast “pig iron” fireback which both protected the soft bricks of the rear wall and also functioned to radiate the heat from the fire into the room.

The French craftsmen who made them could not resist making them decorative works of art. Using a “sand casting” method, the decorative possibilities were endless but most often used mythological and architectural motifs, or the name of the commissioner of the “plaque de cheminée”, the year it was created, or Christian and secret Cathar symbols.

On my spring buying trip in Provence, I was fortunate to collect 7 very interesting firebacks as well as three pairs of the best and largest hand wrought iron 17th c andirons I have ever had come my way. These “pyrotechnic accoutrements”, added to the current stock here, makes possible choices for your fireplace giving it as much interest in the summer as in the winter season.


The new container of antiques is at sea today but will be arriving in July, so please plan a visit to the shop in person or visit our website at www.auvieuxparisantiques.com

Mes Amitiés,
Robert E. Smith













Visit the Au Vieux Paris Antiques homepage (click here)
Browse a sampling of the merchandise available (click here)

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

http://www.auvieuxparisantiques.com

Friday, June 5, 2015

BEAUTY REALLY MATTERS!! AFTER 8 YEARS!

Chers Amis de L’Ecole du Bon Goût,

This week marks the 8 year anniversarie of L’Ecole du Bon Goût!

What this “blog” is really about is valuing “beauty” and how to create it in our lives. I firmly believe “beauty” does in fact matter very much. I feel it needs to be an important aspect of our food, our interior environments at home and at work, our exterior architecture, our landscape settings, our acoustical environment, and on and on....!!

Today I feel it would be best to make choices 24/7 to avoid non nourishing “beauty-less” experiences, ( Think: traffic jams at 5:00 pm in a commercial zone! ) and choose nurturing experiences where “beauty” is a key element. ( Think: a great movie, music concert, or hopefully your own home and garden.)

Louise Haye said long ago: “Beauty has a healing power all its own!” and she is someone who knows about health and healing!

One can often see how Mother Nature uses “beauty” in the “survival of the fittest” game, which in many cases looks more like the “survival of the most beautiful”. (Think about peacocks, butterflies, roseate spoonbills, and orchids! Here the very intensity of visual “beauty” promotes the survival of that species.)

So to commemorate the past 8 years of the valuing and the creating of “beauty” in the various L’Ecole du Bon Goût blogs, see following, some photographs of “beauty” in various modes. If this inspires you to add some antique “beauty” into your world, please visit the shop here in Breaux Bridge or visit the web site at www.auvieuxparisantiques.com and see the many opportunities to beautify!


Mes Amitiés,
Robert E. Smith


























Visit the Au Vieux Paris Antiques homepage (click here)
Browse a sampling of the merchandise available (click here)

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

http://www.auvieuxparisantiques.com