Friday, July 29, 2016

A Mirror Celebration!

25% off all mirrors in stock!

Chers Amis de l'Ecole du Bon Gout!  


When it comes to antiques, mirrors might be the most decorative and at the same time most functional of all the categories. They can have frames which are major works of art and style in themselves. 

They multiply and reflect natural and artificial light, their patinated glass plates can be abstract works of art to enjoy, their reflections work to enlarge the spaces they are hung in, not to mention you can see yourself in them!!

In new homes which may not have many windows with natural light and views, a large mirror, strategically place opposing the extant windows can function almost like an added window and therefore enhancing, balancing and even “enlarging” the space.

See below 4 photos of room settings which illustrate mirrors in actionfollowed by photos of a selection of some of the 45 (+/-) mirrors now in stock.

From August 1st to August 8th all mirrors will be on sale for 25% off!

So reflect on this opportunity and treat yourself to a mirror or two 
to enhance your decor and reflect your good taste!!

Robert E. Smith

Au Vieux Paris Antiques

1040 Henri Penne Rd.
Breaux Bridge, La 70517

Large scale period Louis XV over door converted to a mirror

Classic Provençale Louis XVI model

One could say this is a BIG mirror! 
8' - 11" tall, 5' - 2" wide

Classic Provençale Louis XV model

17th century Louis XIV model 


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

A Lighting Celebration!!

25% off on all lighting for one week!  


Chers Amis de Bon Gout!

Summer is a time we like to entertain friends and almost nothing adds more magic to a festive supper than candlelight.

In Provence, the "formula" for summer entertaining is: Champagne to greet the guests, rosé with the meal, simple dishes prepared from fresh produce, fresh flowers and lots of candlelight on the table and around the room or garden setting!    

To make acquiring some new lighting fixtures for yourself an even more brilliant idea, from July 21st to July 28th, all lighting fixtures will be on sale for 25% off!!

See following two photos of candlelight working its magic, followed by a small selection of the numerous fixtures available.

Robert E. Smith

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

Amazing assembled set of seven high
style Louis XV candlesticks. 

Rare set of four all original candlesticks
retaining much silver plating.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

French Oak Celebration!!!

25% discount on all French oak antiques from July 14th - July 20th!!!

Bonjour and welcome to today's visit to L'Ecole du Bon Gout. How can French oak, which was loved by the kings of France, who could have had any wood they wanted, be so automatically disliked by many Americans?? This paradox is made even stranger when you realize the many virtuous qualities of oak (i.e. its strength, hardness, ability to be well carved and to take a polish, etc). 

I think this knee-jerk dislike for oak is because of its false association with the early 20th century American "golden oak" furniture which is so plentiful in second hand shops today and is of uninspired design as well as generally poor construction. 

Louis XIV chose oak for the splendid doors to his personal bedroom at his prized Chateau of Marly, These doors are today on view at the Metropolitan Museum  of Art in New York (see photograph below). The only known surviving original furniture from the grand Chateau of Vaux-le-Viconte is a splendid pair of large marble top center tables of carved oak. 

To make our French oak antiques even more lovable, their prices will be discounted 25% for one week July 14 till 20th.

You may view below a selection from the current stock. 

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or requests you might have by telephone (337) 332-2852, email, or visit our website at Au Vieux Paris Antiques 

For those with astrological interests: The full Oak moon on July 19th will be intensely powerful! 

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Mes Amities, 

Robert E. Smith 

1040 Henri Penne Rd 
Breaux Bridge, LA 70517

Carved oak doors from Louis XIV's bedroom at Marly.

To see more of Marly: click here

Classic Louis XV armoire from Burgundy

Henri IV c. 1615 table, all original including two drawers 

Petite commode, great for silverware or jewelry 

Regence tall case clock with excellent carved decor

Petite cabinet, a great fit for many places

Multi-purpose storage and display

Parquet de Versailles: fabulous but not part of this discount sale

Bow front chateau armoire 

 Small armoire from the Isle de France region

Display and storage combined

Transitional Louis XV - XVI commode with original hardware