Saturday 26 January 2013

Winter Impressions

La Pouyette - December 2009

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, 
that it kisses them so gently? 
And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; 
 and perhaps it says 
"Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”  
 Lewis Caroll - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

La Pouyette - 2009


The Beauty and Magic of Hoar Frost

by Starstream 


by Andreas Trepte




by Dan Jurak


Devon, UK - source unknown


Wales, UK, source unknown


Mecklenburg, Germany, source unknown


City park, Germany, by aniabeta

"Exquisite Scotland"



with thanks to


Black Forest, South-Germany

by Karl Herrling 


by Dieter Biskamp


by Catherine Faust 


“My old grandmother always used to say, 
Summer friends will melt away like summer snows, 
but winter friends are friends forever.”
George R.R. Martin


Winter in the Périgord


 see also:   A snowy day of Romance


Château de Montaigne, near St. Emilion

Château Pitray, near St. Emilion





more info about this beautiful wine Château


At last but not least....

A beautifully snow-covered French country garden in the Limousin

by Marie Claude from the wonderful blog
L'almanach désuet


La Pouyette 2009


La Pouyette - February 2012

“Snowflakes swirl down gently in the deep blue haze beyond the window...


...The outside world is a dream.

Inside, the fireplace is brightly lit....

 and the Yule log crackles with orange and crimson sparks.
...There’s a steaming mug in your hands, warming your fingers.

There’s a friend seated across from you in the cozy chair, 

warming your heart.

There is mystery unfolding.”

Vera Nazarian, The Perputual Calendar of Inspiration

Stay cozy and warm and - keep warm!

La Pouyette - February 2012

Bon Weekend!

Monday 21 January 2013

A winterly "cat intermezzo"... Oskar

Not all that amused to be out in the cold....

...just about willing to pose for a few snap shots



But -
enough is enough, enough!

 Back to the warmth of the house,

and back to comfort...
by occupying our large sofa and my favorite old English blanket...

....of which he has to be chased-off 
due to my own comfort


Then... moving around...

from here...



...he found the right spot, comfortable enough to snuggle-up
without further 'disturbance'.

The right place for...

Snoring - Purring

Dreaming and having in his ear the music of

Mozart's concerto 20 in d, K. 466 - 2. Romance

performed by Friedrich Gulda,
Oskar's - and my - favorite musician for Mozart's piano sonatas and concerts.

about the time when he was little...

...just 2-3 weeks old....(mother had disappeared)
 and still together with his two sisters and a brother.
6 years ago...

The time....

 when I've "calmed" them down with
piano music by Friedrich Gulda and Mozart

Oskar (on the right) with his sister Ottilie


 By the time I'm writing this post,
we are both listening to the music, remembering the "old days",
 "His Highness" is just soooo....


"unhappy" as ever!

purr - purr - purr....


by the way:
Winter - Oh winter...

snow at La Pouyette yesterday....
...this is how it looks today!

Grey with rainy and stormy "intermezzi"...

Thursday 17 January 2013

The Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair

WINTER: 22 - 27 January 2013

London’s most popular event for decorators 
seeking unusual antiques and statement pieces for interior design.
Held in Battersea Park, close to Sloane Square and Chelsea.

Decorative Antiques Textile Fair
Image: by French Country Living Antiques

The Decorative Fair is a thrice-yearly specialist event for the discerning decorator 
looking to source unusual English and European antiques, 
original 20th century designs and works of art from all periods to the present day. 
From opulent show-stoppers to useful furniture, around 140 exhibitors offer 
a broad range of both fine quality and affordable pieces for inspired interiors, 
in the relaxed surroundings of leafy Battersea Park 
– just over the River Thames from Sloane Square and Knightsbridge.

Main entrance to the Fair is by crossing Chelsea Bridge.

 Chelsea Bridge in 1852

For all of you who cannot visit the Fair
I'm taking you on a 'virtual' Antiques Tour.

The Antiques and pieces you'll see here
are what I've selected that I find interesting and like

A "small" selection... 
which I've made from only a few of my best dealer friends 
and good colleagues who exhibit at the fair.

 I start with my dear friends

Toby Lorford and Lesley Ferguson


Lorfords brings together a fabulous and inspiring collection
of decorative European antiques from the 18th century through to 20th century design
- and is a must for antique dealers, interior designers and discerning private buyers.

 English mahogany bookcase
A very handsome English mahogany bookcase reconstructed from mid-18th century elements

 Glazed white confit pots
 19th century Albi confit pots

18th century Bavarian cupboard

Magnificent late 18th century Austrian cupboard in later paint
Dimensions: H: 209cm (82.3")   W: 201cm (79.1")   D: 72cm (28.3")


18th century Italian reliquary frame converted to mirror
Dimensions: H: 136cm (53.5")   W: 103cm (40.6")  
 18th century Italian reliquary frame - mirrored
 Painted Swedish pedestal table
19th century painted Swedish pedestal table

 Swedish longcase clock
Late Gustavian clock scraped to traces of early paint.

19th century Swedish bench
19th century Swedish bench.

Pair painted candlesticks
Pair carved wood and painted Louis XIV candlesticks
Dimensions: H: 143cm (56.3") 

1930s Buttoned pouffe
A large country house buttoned stool in original fabric c.1930
Dimensions: H: 51cm (20.1")   W: 81cm (31.9")   D: 81cm (31.9")

Italian sofa
A late 19th Century painted and gilded Italian rococo style sofa - recovered in vintage linen

Steel and leather daybed
A 1950s American gilt steel neo-classical daybed with original leather cushions

Spanish gilt brass and glass chandelier
A stunning Bagues style Spanish 6-branch chandelier c.1960
Dimensions: H: 86cm (33.9")   W: 66cm (26.0")   D: 66cm (26.0")

French armchair c.1880
French armchair c.1880 covered in c.1800 French indigo quilted fabric

4 early 19th century Swedish chairs
Matched set of 4 early 19th century Swedish chairs - Lindome.

Pair of mid 18th century Florentine mirrors predominantly with original glass - 
some breakages and some missing carving
Dimensions: H: 310cm (122.0")   W: 90cm (35.4")   D: 5cm (2.0")

Mid 18th century florentine mirrors

Pair late 19th century ebonised armchairs
Pair late 19th century French ebonised armchairs, recovered.

A rare 18th century Piedmontese mirror

Early 19th C Swedish elbow chair
Early 19th century rococo style Swedish elbow chair in later paint

Iron chandelier c.1900
Swedish iron chandelier c.1900

Early 20th C Howard & Sons bergere
A rare English 1920`s mahogany Bergere
in a French style by Howard & Sons

A gorgeously worn 1950s English rocking horse

Set of 8 English dining chairs
A charming set of 8 late 19th Century English oak dining chairs


19th century Italian wine bottles 
Dimensions: H: 66cm (26.0")   (heights vary)


18th century provincial Swedish stool
Late 18th century provincial stool with lift-up lift, recovered in antique French hemp

Pair copper lanterns
Pair 20th century copper lanterns

Swedish marriage chest
Mid 19th century iron bound Swedish marriage chest in original paint

Pair of Bagues wall lights
Pair of gilt metal and glass Bagues wall lights - with cream sleeves
Dimensions: H: 48cm (18.9")   W: 32cm (12.6")   D: 15cm (5.9")

Late 18th century Gustavian corner cupboard in original paint.

Pair of gilt metal and glass Bagues wall lights - with black sleeves

A 1960s French copper nail decorated mirror
Dimensions: H: 42cm (16.5")   W: 42cm (16.5") 

 French walnut buffet with original fossil marble top, circa 1800

Pair of very stylish English 1970's hardwood cube lamps

Art deco mirrored cabinet on rosewood base with gilt metal mounts circa.1930
- signed on back legs.

Georgian fanlight frame in original blue paint
- to be re-glazed or mirrored

19th century Swedish bureau with original painted interior


French indigo flamme cushion
Early 19th century French indigo flamme linen/cotton cushion

Delft plates c.1780
Pair of delft blue and white plates c.1780

Toile de Abbeville cushion
C.1720 French Toile de Abbeville cushion

Pair stone flambeaux lamped
Pair beautifully weathered 19th century stone flambeaux finials - lamped

18th century French block printed cotton/linen cushion


Swedish bucket dated 1746 - with old repair

Wooden sledges
Selection of 20th century wooden sledges

Soon winter will be over 
and the time comes for garden designs....

French iron arbour


Circular iron garden border
A rare 19th century English painted iron planting border

Composition stone birdbath
A mid 20th Century faux-bois concrete bird bath


Pair fire buckets
Pair early 20th century fire buckets


Pair of French `rummers`
Pair of 19th century French `rummers`


Selection of creil montreau creamware


19th century carved candlestick
Dimensions: H: 118cm (46.5") 

 - and more - 
available at Lorfords Antiques

Tel: +44 (0)1666 505 111
Lorfords Antiques
30 Long Street
UK - GL8 8AQ

 see also post about Lorfords Antiques and the Fair


The Fair is fun, fashionable and particularly well-known 
as an excellent source of painted furniture, 
Gustavian & Swedish design...

 Late 18th century Swedish cupboard in original paint -my own- (sold 2009)

...20th century design, 

one of a pair of French 1940's wall lights (sold in in 2008) - my own - 

...accessories and named-design furniture, 
and excellent mirrors.

Swedish mirror, ca. 1800, my own (sold in 2000)

The Fair's worldwide reputation, established over 25 years, 
entices international trade and retail buyers, interior designers, 
and private customers seeking unique and unusual furnishings 
and quirky accessories for decorating schemes.


A Louis XIV Limestone Urn with Gadrooned Body
and Shell-Carved Frieze, circa 1700.

Rebecca, June and Doug
French Country Living

French Country Living 
has been established for over twenty years. 

French zinc lion's head
with the original decoration, ca. 1880

Specialized in Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Period Furniture from Italy,
France and Sweden - with the original painted Decoration, 
and fruitwood Pieces of exceptional Colour.

Pair of Italian 18th century carved wooden doors with original painted decoration,
from the region of the Marche, ca. 1880

Wonderful Toiles Peintes and Screens  from the Interiors of Palazzos and Chateaux 
reflect the changing array of stock,
as well as Crystal Chandeliers, Wall Sconces and Mirrors.

 Based in Provence for the past 15 years and have developed a Passion for the Garden 
and relevant Eighteenth Century Architectural Pieces and Statuary.

 Home 1 - click here to view a bigger image

French Country Living
 exhibits at International Antique Shows across the Globe 
including three Fairs in the United States:
The Palm Beach Show,  the Los Angeles International Show 
and the Dallas International Show

The Summer Fine Art and Antique Fair, London Olympia.

and of course

The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair, London

 A French 19th century sculpture of  'Amazon on Horseback'
by Pierre Jules Mene, ca. 1860

18th century carved and gilded wooden mirror

Italian 18th century table with original paint decoration, ca. 1795

French 17th century carved wooden cherub
with remnants of the original paint

19th century French wooden ladder, ca. 1880
from the studio of the sculptor Theodore Riviere

An Italian early 19th century fer forge metal corona
with the original gilding, around 1800

American Settee with the original paint, circa 1800

18th century Italian tole and crystal chandelier


French Country Living has been featured 
in numerous international magazines
such as i.E. 

Contact 1 - click here to view a bigger image
Detail of an Italian 18th century Grisaille Painting (shown above in full)
depicting Cena Dinner from The Decorative Cycle of The Sala Di Festa,
Palazzo Di Magnano Di San Lio, Sicily, ca. 1795

French Country Living
  has undertaken a wide variety of Interior Design Projects 
both in Europe and the States.

  Sourcing Antique Architectural Elements such as Fireplaces, 
Floors and Doors both for Modern and Historical Settings.

  Reputed International Antique Finders,
both for Interior Designers and Private Clients.
all info here:

Italian, 18th century


Dean Antiques

 dean antiques

established for over 20 years, is located at Core One,
in the Kings Road area of Chelsea, London.


Dean Gipson specialises in an extensive range of period mirrors and lighting,
and an eclectic mix of decorative objects and 18th, 19th and 20th century furniture.

 Pair of Late 19th Century Louis XV Style Chairs
 Pair of Late 19th Century Louis XIV style Chairs 
French, with needlepoint

A Wrought Iron Star Burst Mirror
20th century, diameter: 43,25"

 Set of Six 18th Century Gilt Wood Prickets

20th Century Verdigris Copper Lantern

 A Pair of 19th Century Wrought Iron Lanterns
A Pair of 19th Century Wrought Iron Lanterns

19th Century Large Pine Bookcase
19th Century Large Pine Bookcase

 An Italian Ornate Wrought Iron Lantern with Dome Top, ca 1860


A Bronze and Gilt Empire Chandelier
 A Bronze and Gilt Empire Chandelier, ca 1820

 A Large French Bronze Model of The Albani Vase
19th century

A Pair of 19th Century English Copper Lanterns
 A Pair of 19th Century English Copper Lanterns


The showroom is always fresh and vibrant,
certainly a favorite destination for interior decorators, 
designers and private customers.

all and more 


  Moira Spooner
 Puckhaber Decorative Antiques

Puckhaber is located on the Lillie Road in London and in New Romney, Kent.
 Also exhibit at the Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair three times a year.

Fantastic antique carved Angel wings, French, early 19th century.
Dimensions: height 39cm, width 26cm and depth 3cm individually.

French antique pigeon, circa 1900, on a metal stand for display.
Dimensions: height 36cm, width 22cm and depth 10cm.

Attractive French 1930s Bagues style chandelier that resembles a Christmas Tree.
Dimensions: height 87cm and width 50cm.

Two French chairs, circa 1820, hand scraped back to the original paint

Early 20th century French artist's mannequins

Antique balustrade table lamps, circa 1900, original patina

Great collection of French mid 20th century planters.
Dimensions: height 25cm, width 50cm and depth 50cm.

Pair of faux bamboo Regency armchairs, early 19th century,
with original cane work and original paint.

Pair of Italian Terracotta Lions, circa 1770,
regal and impressive.

Set of enormous studded French skittles from the end of the 19th Century.
Old paint, with four balls of complimentary style and age.


Collection of carved and gilt finials, French and early 19th century.
Dimensions: height ranges from 15-21cm.

Collection of French arts and crafts flowers in metal, very decorative, circa 1900, old paint.

Late 19th century charming French antique toy horse
Dimensions: height 45cm, width 42cm and depth 8cm.

Very decorative metal wings with original red paint, French, circa 1890,
mounted onto metal stands for display.
Dimensions: height 36cm, width 23cm and depth 4cm.

all and plenty more 
available here:


Art Nouveau, wrought iron, ca. 1900 - my own

I'm sure you will enjoy this "little" Antiques tour I've taken you on!
Enjoying it like I have while creating this post!

German large mirror, ca. 1820 - my own

Having exhibited for 10 years at the Fair (1999-2009)
I must say that I really do miss it.
An event full of excitement and inspiration! 

19th French 'Back-drop', 19th French butcher's table with original marble top,
Pair of 1930's re-constituted stone vases made into lamps
An image of my stand in 2003


 Info about the Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair

see also my earlier posts about the fair
here  and  here


Please notice:
All images in this post are copyright of each individual dealer.
Do not use any of these images on  Pinterest  etc. without permission!
You can email me for further questions about this   here

Thanks for your understanding.

- my own -

A bientôt...