Monday, July 27, 2015

The Party Pix !!

Chers Amis de L’Ecole du Bon Goût, Bonjour !!

The Anniversaire Fête and “new” French antiques showing was a big success with many people braving the 97°F HEAT to visit!

The guests were rewarded by cool refreshments as well as a well cooled interior of the shop which many visitors said looked more splendid than ever before!

There were guests that arrived from Houston, Lafayette, New Iberia, New Roads, Leesville, Simmesport as well as many from Baton Rouge.

See here some photos taken before the guests arrived as well as a last photo which documents the door prize drawing and one very happy winner!!!!

Mes Amitiés,
Robert E. Smith










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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

www.auvieuxparisantiques.com

Monday, July 20, 2015

Party Invitation SVP!!

Sunday July 26 from 10 am to 4 pm.

Chers Amis de L’Ecole du Bon Goût, BRAVO times 2 !!! We are celebrating for TWO reasons!


  • 1) A new container load of very bon goût French antiques has newly arrived for your viewing (and adopting!) pleasure!!

  • 2) This year marks the 40th year anniversaire of the arrival of the Henri Penne House to this site. It was originally built circa 1820 on the banks of the Bayou Teche, 38 miles away in Jeanerette, and it was moved to this site and restored first as my residence but now it is the shop location! 

Besides many sweet and savory refreshments, there will be three grand door prizes, items with extra special discounted prices, and many fun surprises to be experienced!!!

Samir Elhelou will have a splendid display of antique rugs and tapestries for sale on the gallery of the “Petite Maison” here on the grounds of Au Vieux Paris!

Make a day of it by eating in Breaux Bridge at


Please plan to come help us celebrate and invite your friends to join you, svp.

Mes Amitiés,
Robert E. Smith

Au Vieux Paris Antiques
1040 Henri Penne Rd
Breaux Bridge, Louisiane 70517




























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

www.auvieuxparisantiques.com

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Framing: An Evolution in Styles!

Chers Amis de L’Ecole du Bon Goût, The framing of works of art had its beginnings with the contiguous raised moldings at the edges of Gothic paintings on wood panels and continued an evolution in the centuries to come, following the tenants of the styles of the day.

Sometimes the frame became almost as important as the artwork contained within it! See here photos tracing the evolution of bois dore frames from the late 17th century to the early 19th century in France. You will see that just like the furniture styles oscillated back and forth from tailored to complex and back again, the styles of frames followed this oscillation.

Today in my atelier in Uzés, I have about 100 empty frames ranging in age from the early 17th century all the way through to the beginning of the 20th century because when I have an art work to frame I want it to be in a frame of its period. One exception to this is modern photographs and portraits which I like to see in antique frames that work to harmonize with the image and its future location. Portraits of family members framed in antique frames will harmonize beautifully with traditional interior decors.

Besides the photos here tracing the framing evolution, see a selection of just some of the frames arriving in the July shipment of French antiques.


Remember to save the date of Sunday July 26 and time of 10 am to 4 pm for a reception here at Au Vieux Paris Antiques. We have much to celebrate!

Mes Amitiés,
Robert E. Smith


Please visit the website at www.auvieuxparisantiques.com













See following a selection of just some of the frames arriving in the July shipment here at Au Vieux Paris





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

www.auvieuxparisantiques.com

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Containers : Functional ??? or Decorative Creations ???

Bonjour chers amis de L’Ecole du Bon Goût! In our lives today, as well as those of our ancestors, all the way back to the cave, we have utilized “containers” of a wide array of forms, functions and materials.

Some containers at their creation were intended to be works of decorative art in themselves while others were considered at the time of their making by their creators to just be a “functional” item for daily use. However two hundred years later this latter category of “just functional” containers definitely becomes quite decoratively interesting to the eyes of our now distant time zone! Because our modern world is bereft of hand made items of natural materials, a simple terre cuite pitcher or a very “imperfect” blown glass bocal from this other time and taste zone has great eye appeal for us today.

See following a selection of just some of the many “containers” coming in the July shipment which are both functional and decorative even if the original creator didn’t think so!


Please save the date of Sunday, the 26th of July, to attend a reception here at Au Vieux Paris which will celebrate not only the arrival of this new shipment of French antiques but also the 40th year anniversarie of the arrival at this site of the Henri Penne House, c.1820, in which the shop is housed!

Mes Amitiés,
Robert E. Smith


If you can not visit in person, please visit the website at www.auvieuxparisantiques.com













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