Friday, September 11, 2015

The surface you live on!

Chers Amis de L’Ecole du Bon Goût, I have always counseled my clients to choose carefully their flooring material because not only do you look at it, like you do the walls and the ceiling, but it is also the only surface of any room that you are in constant physical contact with!!

Here in Provence there is seemingly never a boring floor to walk on indoors or out! Even public streets and sidewalks are often of very interesting materials and sometimes of centuries old installation. Natural materials like stone, marble, “terre cuite”, and various hardwoods have been the preferred choice for flooring since man moved out from his cave dwelling. In their presentation these natural materials can run the gamut from quite rustic to the "plus ultimate" in refinement depending on their format and final finish achieved by the craftsmen involved in their creation.

I have “almost always” used recycled antique flooring in my personal projects. I say “almost” because in the last project I did here in France for myself, I used a newly quarried but then hand “aged” stone flooring which I find successfully reproduces the look of antique stone flooring without the difficultly of installation and expense the truly old stone flooring demands.

See following photographs of some finished flooring installations, followed by samples of similar flooring materials available for purchase today on order from Au Vieux Paris Antiques.

Tres Cordialement, Robert




















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

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

300 yr Anniversaire of the Death of Louis XIV

Chers Amis de L'Ecole du Bon Goût,

1st of September 2015 marks the 300 yr anniversarie of the death of Louis XIV.

To my judgement he was the greatest king of France ever and he reigned for 52 years! Many malign him for what they see as “his self aggrandizements”: the wonders of the Château de Versailles, Marly, the Louvre, etc., but if you look deeper into this big and complex picture, like Joan DeJean did in her splendid book, “How Paris Became PARIS: The Invention of the Modern City,” you will see that Louis was purposefully using architecture and all the arts to further the development of France at all levels. Among the many sweeping innovations, he made Paris the first city in the world with night lighting, a bus system and an intercity postal system. These innovations had ripple effects stimulating progress in daily life at many levels for the centuries to follow.

Though we don’t have Louis XIV on the throne of France today, there are many material souvenirs of his period that remain. Looking around the Au Vieux Paris inventory, I put together a selection of items in stock which are 300 years old or older which would have been created in Louis’s lifetime or before for your amusement.

Tres Cordialement, Robert d'Uzés


















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