Why pottery lovers can’t resist La Puisaye
We visit a Burgundy town famous for a 500-year-old stoneware tradition – and for sparking off a 20th French ceramics revival… Continue reading
Pierre d’Avesn – designs on Art Deco
From Lalique to Daum, from Verlys to Vannes-le-Châtel, Pierre d’Avesn helped forge Art Deco style in glass… Continue reading
How Verceram went from has-been to hip
For decades, Verceram pottery languished in attics or was consigned to the trash. Now the vintage French pottery is back, as a new generation of design hounds fall for its quirky charm… Continue reading
Jean Pointu, Léon Pointu : let the glaze do the talking
A trio of pots by a duo of potters…. Revelling in refined shapes and oh-so-perfect glazes, Jean Pointu and Léon Pointu occupy a special place in early 20th century French pottery… Continue reading
At home with Pierre-Adrien Dalpayrat
This month’s focus is on Pierre-Adrien Dalpayrat, whose brief but brilliant foray into glazed stoneware influenced a generation of European ceramists. The house he lived in outside Paris is now a showcase to his art … Continue reading
Limoges gets the Loewy look
The year is 1967, and in Limoges a small revolution is afoot, led by Pierre Bernardaud, director of Bernardaud porcelain, and Raymond Loewy, the father of industrial design… Continue reading
Twinkle, twinkle, Pierrefonds pottery
I do love crystalline stoneware, so it’s a treat to feature this exceptional Art Deco Pierrefonds pottery vase. The rotund shape gives it Art Deco gravitas, and the crystalline glaze is so deep and scintillating, you could get lost in it. It’s a bit of a star turn, even by Pierrefonds standards.
Few people use the manufacturer’s full name these days – la Faiencerie Héraldique Artistique de Pierrefonds is a mouthful! It’s also misleading, since the factory didn’t make much faience Continue reading
Louis and Gilbert Meténier, a family affair
Metenier – or Métenier – is an important name in pre-war French stoneware pottery. Once popular with well-to-do homemakers of the 1920s and 1930s, today Metenier pottery is prized by collectors.
Louis Metenier (1844-1922) founded the first factory in 1916 in an old tile works in Gannat, not far from Vichy. His designs allied strong shapes with dappled crystalline glazes and coined a name for a shade of blue, bleu de Gannat Read more
French vintage designer scarves – new in!
Summer’s finally here, so I’ve been combining something I love – French vintage silk scarves – with something I loathe – ironing.
I’ve been busy adding new stock from some of my favourite French designers, such as Jacques Fath, Jacques Heim, Balmain, Lanvin and Dior. Look out for Hermès scarves and rarities, too…. Read more
A Bitossi Piume Multicolore vase by Aldo Londi
Tall, sleek and elegant,decorated with stylised feathers, this Italian vase would cut a dash anywhere. Fans of vintage Italian ceramics will immediately recognise it as part of the Bitossi Piume Multicolore series…. Read more
AN OBJECT, A STORY. Beautiful objects with a story to tell. Pull up a chair.
Loys Lucha, flowers for every season
This delicious Art Deco light first adorned a room in a fashionable Parisian home. It was made by Loys Lucha, a luxury light manufacturer with an atelier in…Read more
Legras glass is one of the great names of French antique glass. We’re pleased to offer some gorgeous examples in our shop, and we regularly add more.
A good deal is known about this formidable glassmaker, but that still leaves room for plenty of myths and misunderstandings! Here’s a primer. Read More.
Few items sum up French mid-century optimism better than these beautiful hand-thrown pottery vases by Accolay. In the 1950s and 60s, a stop-off at the Accolay pottery studio was a ritual for Parisians driving down south to spend summer on the south coast of France. Read more
Charles Greber – Nuts about Art Nouveau
I had to wrest this Charles Greber Art Nouveau jardinière from the “homme de ma vie” He thought it would make a good receptacle for storing his hazelnuts. Well, it has been a bumper year for hazelnuts this year, but even so… Read more
Who could resist the this dapper fox, with his paw on his breast, as he prepares to charm the cheese from the crow’s beak?
This French Art Deco cocktail stick set perfectly captures the humour of one of my favourite fables by La Fontaine – The Crow and the Fox… Continue reading.
Georges de Feure, designs on Art Nouveau
An intriguing signature on the base of this lovely old vase… It’s crisply moulded, very heavy and obviously special. But who was Georges De Feure? A factory? A studio? An artist? An artist, it turns out – and not just any old artist. Georges de Feure (1868-1943) was at the heart of Art Nouveau in Paris. Read more.
Leune, and a brace of exotic birds
This flamboyant Art Deco vase is a perfect example of the taste for enamelled glass in France in the 1920s. It was made by Leune, a Paris glass factory that was in business from around 1900 to 1930. Read more.
Charles Schneider glass – modern luxury for the 20th century
French Schneider glass is some of the most dazzling French glass of the 20th century. Up there with the great French glassmakers, Schneider was a byword for luxury and modernity.
Charles Schneider and his brother, Ernest founded Verreries Schneider in 1913 in Épinay-sur-Seine. Both men already had impressive careers under their belts. Charles, who studied at the Beaux Arts, Nancy, was noted as a talented engraver and designer at Daum glass… Continue reading.
This Johnston et Vieillard porcelain dinnerware comes to us from the time when ladies wore crinolines, and dinner tables groaned under the weight of china, crystal, silverware and delicacies.
It’s from the ‘Tonkin’ service, and was made in the 1850s, during the Second Empire… Read more.
We went, we saw, we were inspired.
A visit to a Paris plumassier
It’s fascinating to watch master craftsmen at work. So when a top Paris plumassier held an open day in his atelier recently, of course, I couldn’t resist. Read more
Caillebotte, the “other” Impressionist
Time for a cultural interlude, with some bucolic charm thrown in. Last weekend, I visited the country home of Impressionist painter, Gustave Caillebotte – and it’s a jewel. Read more
Four Paris exhibitions for fashion history fans
Heading to Paris? Fancy yourself a costume buff? You’re in luck. There’s a swathe of exhibitions on fashion history from now through to summer. Read more.
DESIGN IN PERSPECTIVE
Sometimes it’s good to take a step back and discover the backstory.
A century of style on France’s great ocean liners
You’re never too young or too old to be fascinated by France’s transatlantic ocean liners. The luxury, the glamour, the style, the spirit of adventure or the technical prowess… there’s something to seduce everyone.Read more.
How the SAM shaped 20thC French design
The SAM, as it was known, was France’s own “Ideal Homes” Exhibition.From 1926 to 1983, with a gap during WWII, it influenced popular French home design and aspirations like no other event.Read more.
News and musings on the antiques trade in France
Where do French antique dealers buy their objects?
“Where do you find your stuff?” It’s a question I get asked quite often. Even seasoned chineurs* can’t resist asking. So here’s a peek inside the French antiques circuit. Read more.
Paris: The Bastille Antiques Fair – without the Bastille
The Bastille antiques fair is a Paris institution – not least for its remarkable location. Held in May and November, the antiques fair straddles the Port de l’Arsenal, a delectable… Read more.