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Before Chelsea left for Bangladesh, we celebrated Easter early. We gathered together in Cassis because French Husband had a surprise to share with us. We knew the surprise, but didn't really believe it, could it really be as good as he was telling us. Not that he embellishes stories, or distorts the truth, far from it. Simply put, French Husband's surprise seemed way to good to be true. Mr. Espresso gifted Chelsea with a new camera, a smaller one than her SLR, to take with her to Bangladesh. While we were in Cassis she tried out her new camera on us. All the photos are from Chelsea. Chelsea set her camera on a timer, as she wanted us to jump. But, we were either too soon, or too late, and could never get our groove on the right beat. Personally, when they jumped high, I went bent down. I am a terrible jumper. And that was just fine. I thought it would add contrast. In the end we were in the middle. French Husband's family is from Bretagne. Sailing is French Husband first love. Unfortunately, I do not do any of the sports he does, but I might have to learn about sailing. One of the first things we did when we bought the fisherman's house in Cassis, was sign up at the sailing club. Instantly, French Husband met some wonderful people. Long amazing story made short French Husband met a man, who knew a man, who bought a brand new boat, and wanted to give his old boat away. When French Husband told me about this, he literally was bouncing off the walls, that he was given a boat. I remember thinking, "it must be a junker, or an inflatable raft..." So as we were together celebrating Easter, French Husband wanted to show us the boat. There are two ports in Cassis one is in the center of the town, and the other is nearby in Port Miou. One of the things Port Miou is famous for... Cassis Stone "...Quarries along the calanques have provided a dense white limestone for centuries. One of the first "modern" ones was the Cacau quarry in 1720. Cassis stone has been used around the world, for things as divers as the base of the Statue of Liberty, the Suez canal and the quays of Alexandria. Its durability makes it excellent for lighthouses, and... Continue reading
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It never fails when I am at the brocante that I will be digging in some dusty old box, rummaging for books, the older the better. Criteria: 1700s, worn loved cover, paper or leather, engravings are a plus and then the topic. This little gem had it all. Musette. The little book is from the 1700s and it is a collection of songs: Tender songs, gallant songs, bacchanal songs, round table, mixed songs of tenderness and bacchic, comic and grotesque songs, critical and satirical songs, dialogues and round dances, duo and trio. Over 300 pages. Inside cover marbleize paper: "Paper marbling is a method of aqueous surface design, which can produce patterns similar to smooth marble or other kinds of stone. The patterns are the result of color floated on either plain water or a viscous solution known as size, and then carefully transferred to an absorbent surface, such as paper or fabric. Through several centuries, people have applied marbled materials to a variety of surfaces. It is often employed as a writing surface for calligraphy, and especially book covers and endpapers in bookbinding. Part of its appeal is that each print is a unique monotype." via Wiki The title reads: ‎Nouveau Recueil de Chansons Choisies = New Collection of Selected Songs Of course I did a happy dance finding this little bit of sweetness. I will be listing in my brocante online. XXX Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Tongue in Cheek
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Brocante in pink. I am not a pink girl. Rarely, when Chelsea was a wee one, did I dress her in pink. Though, spring with the many pink trees in bloom is just too beautiful not to give pink a salut. A turn of the century, pink transferware aperitif dish. Two pink birds give bluebirds a run for happiness. Our neighbor has a massive Judea tree in their garden, that spills into our courtyard, there are so many pink petals on the ground it is like spring snow. Photo and artwork by Maria Bertran. This depicts very well what it looks like in Provence at the moment. Two darling miniatures came home with me, the pink sweetness seduced me. A pair of antique majolica dessert plates. Oiseaux is birds in French. Bordeaux is a faience company of Jules Viellard. Pink shutters Rose toile tray. Faded red is pink Toile de Jouy. Pink paper back books stuffed in a Moustiers dish. Sweet kisses xxx Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Tongue in Cheek
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Last weekend, at the brocante fair, at the old station in Carpentras, a brocante dealer unloaded his van that was stuffed with these baskets. As I watched him unloaded his van, I was curious thinking that I had never seen demi-john covers made out of wooden strips, as they are usually made of metal, let alone have such interesting tops. So I asked him if they were demi-john covers and he said no they are not. I was stumped, and thrilled as I took out my phone to take a photo for the French Antique Guessing Game. The large baskets were 25 Euros for one, and of course a better price for a group of them. I thought of all the ways they could be used decoratively in a home, but since I did not have room to store a van full of baskets, I passed them by. Without a doubt they vanished all over the world before the end of the brocante fair. To think that these were made a very long time ago, used often, stacked and cared for, until laws came in saying that plastic was more hygienic for consumer's health then wooden crates. It doesn't matter that lack of beauty is an eye sore. It doesn't matter that introducing plastic has put wooden boxes, baskets, hemp sacks and these lettuce carrying baskets aside. Then one day someone comes along and gets rid of the stash of history that is in the corner of a barn, or attic. Hopefully, they are sold and passed on and not thrown away. POOF gone, part of French history and culture spreading joy throughout the world. Certainly, some of these will become lanterns for a chic restaurant, and those dining underneath them will think they are hip cool, probably assuming they were massed produced in China. So even though many of you thought they had something to do with fishing, shellfish, wine, or fowl... It was Sally at Dovetail Antiques who guessed correctly, "Lettuce Baskets." Thank you Sally. The creative winners are Nancy O. who said they were, "Cupcake holders". and Joan who wrote: "This is the form used when making a wig for a giantess. Giantesses do not like to sit still for very long so the wig-makers had to come up with a substitute for the giantess's heads. They had these shapes woven and they are used to hold... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Tongue in Cheek
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Every now and then I come across an antique at the brocante that I do not know what it is. Do you know what it is, what it was used for? If so write it in the comment section, or if you do not know what it was used for, make up a response in the comment section. The first one to guess correctly will receive a gift as well as the most creative response. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Tongue in Cheek
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Hi Sharon, If the lot doesn't sell, I will let you know about the monogram piece.
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Set of three beautiful shell boxes trimmed in gold metal. 1800s French. Perfect condition, can be worn. Used to hold one's rosary. Click on photo to enlarge. Four inches the largest one, and two inches the smaller ones 68 Euros... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Tongue in Cheek Antiques
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1900s French strawberry collecting basket, SOLD Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Tongue in Cheek Antiques
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1800s Provencal yellow glazed Confit Pot Hard to find size Seven inches 125 Euros ($133) includes postage and tax. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Tongue in Cheek Antiques
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Set of 13 pieces of 1800 to 1900s French antique jewelry SOLD Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Tongue in Cheek Antiques
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Set of three various size wooden and metal crosses. French 1800s 10 inches and smaller as seen in photo. 65 Euros the three $69 includes postage and tax. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Tongue in Cheek Antiques
Yes it is Cheri.
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After the brocante in Beausset today, which is always plentiful, we stuffed the car silly with all our finds. I had to remind French Husband that I needed a place to sit in the car too. We came home and had lunch. Easter Monday lunch, yes in France Easter Monday is a big day. Baby zucchini, or courgettes in French, in their barely green coats. Our lunch was in the late afternoon. The iron cutting tool I found recently at a brocante, easy to find as they are plentiful, but this one was special with its decorative narrow blade. It is showing off in this photo, as I did not use it to cut the courgettes. Cheeky photographer. Black currants from Sicily, as Sacha wasn't here today, they went into the lunch divine. Sacha dislikes currants and spinach, I cannot grasp why? Anchovies I can understand the dislike, oysters too, but sweet little currants? Presto, a spoon full of goodness came for lunch. In the background Provencal water jugs stand by, longing to be useful... I had to remind them that their charm is my delight, beauty is useful. Five baby courgettes in barely there green coats, Sauteed lightly with green onions, powdered here and there with curry and salt, with drops of olive oil. Coconut milk, Almond butter (thanks to Wanda who brought it from the States for me), and currants. When the sauce is silky smooth it is ready to serve. French Husband makes the best rice, even though my Dad was a rice farmer. I cannot deny that he is better at it than me. He has his classic method which I cannot exactly figure out. Because a pan, boiling water and rice does not always equal perfectly cooked rice, but that is his secret. Garbanzo beans would have been good, but after a full morning brocanting, I forgot to add them. Happy Easter Monday lunch after the brocante. A nap followed under the glorious late afternoon sun. Continue reading
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1800s French Pencil Drawings SOLD Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2017 at Tongue in Cheek Antiques
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Provencal chocolat pot 1800s Yellow glazed, sought after color Seven inches high Usually these chocolate pots are blacken as they sat next to the chimney fire. Old repair adds to the patina 75 Euros ($79) includes postage and tax. Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2017 at Tongue in Cheek Antiques
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Leather case French calendar. Week day, date and month rotate to keep up to date. Approx seven inches. 38 Euros ($40) includes postage and tax. Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2017 at Tongue in Cheek Antiques
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Primitive wooden butter mould SOLD Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2017 at Tongue in Cheek Antiques
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Vintage French Cigale made in Provence. 1930s-50s Five inches approx. Usually hangs on the wall, can be used as a vase. I have a pair, sold separately. 35 Euros each, ($36) includes postage and tax. Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2017 at Tongue in Cheek Antiques
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Instead of "X" marks the spot, these chairs are doing the job. It struck me funny, it looked like some sort of game board at the brocante. How does that one truck empty out to fill all that space? Certainly, he has other stuff coming? Carpentras brocante a la gare, happens three times a year: During Easter week, again mid August, and the first Sunday in December. XXX Wherever your are mark your spot with joy. Joy! Joy! Joy! Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2017 at Tongue in Cheek
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Provencal Water Pitcher Painting SOLD Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2017 at Tongue in Cheek Antiques
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Silver Relic Holder Fragment SOLD Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2017 at Tongue in Cheek Antiques
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A large squatty bath sink pitcher. Blue transferware on cream. Darling. 1900s French. 75 Euros $79 includes postage and tax. Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2017 at Tongue in Cheek Antiques