Friday, 30 September 2011

Last Day of September at La Pouyette

A glorious morning....










A moment of melancholy...

....when our lovely guests from Ohio, US were ready
to head-off further South of France and Spain,
but not without leaving a wonderful present for us...

....a beautiful Orchid, carefully chosen with love!

Au revoir - Annie and Pieter, it was great to meet you!
Bon voyage!



 Hot afternoon.... our little town Riberac...

...and at La Pouyette, 28 degrees in shade!



 Yes - Oskar, who else!

 Whenever and wherever he sees an old chair or basket or anything old...

 he thinks that it is just arranged for him!



Late afternoon...


Early evening...

and a lovely sunset...


A beautiful  "Altweibersommer" !

Bon Weekend!

Please see also Ann's posts about the Normandy with wonderful images:

Monday, 26 September 2011

The Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair - Part 2 - Lorfords Antiques

Toby Lorford and Lesley Ferguson
A lovely couple of passionately dedicated antique dealers

Tetbury, Gloucestershire, UK

17th to 20th Century decorative antiques & accessories
from England, France, Sweden and Italy and....and....

Gustavian pull-out bench/bed from Forsa in Helsinland, Sweden, ca. 1780
with the original paint work

French 'Buffet a deux corps' in light oak, late 18th century

A pair of outrageous,  stunning and statement-filled high-back sofas, English, 1920's
recovered in hessian

Two rare 19th Century child's mannequins, by Stockman of Paris

Pair of late 19th Century French painted iron and brass folding chairs

Early 19th Century French 'buffet a deux corps'


French faux bamboo 'semainiare' in pine, French, circa 1850

Pair of Italian consoles with stone tops, mid-20th Century
and a pair of French silvered mirrors, 19th Century

"sail away....."
   A 19th Century model yacht, the 'Etoile', dated 1868

An early 20th Century artist's travelling easel, complete with the original umbrella

Pair of early 19th Century English cast iron urns in old pinkish paint

Spanish terracotta water jar, early 20th Century

'court yard - snap-shot'

Glazed terracotta olive jars, Spain, 1900-1920

An early George III period dresser and rack retaining the original historic paint work,
English, circa 1770

Large late 19th Century Spanish terracotta olive pot

Set of 12 19th Century Swedish chairs, scraped to traces of the original pale blue paint, ca. 1830
Seats recovered in coarse vintage linen

Rare 19th Century Swedish walnut chair - made from a single trunk

Early 19th Century Swedish bench in original paint

A wonderful late 19th Century Arras garden table of great scale and fabulous color, French

Late 19th Century French 'waisted' and buttoned easy chair

Collection of 19th Century French wine bottles

Early 20th Century French iron cafe table with its original paint

A fine 19th Century English sofa

French Louis XVI. period console table, circa 1780

A superb early 19th Century French terracotta lemon tree planter from Anduze
Although it has lost nearly all of its original green glaze - I love it even more, just as it is!

A stunning French iron and zinc florist's table, ca. 1940's

Pair of  Napoleon III. armchairs, French, circa 1860

Early 19th Century English freestanding bookcase with the original paint work

Early 19th Century farm house trestle table in pine, Sweden

Late 19th Century English black and gilt bookcase, ca. 1880-1890

Early 19th Century Swedish bench in the original paint

A late 19th Century Spanish stool
in glamorously old shabby silk covering

An original hand-painted Bianchini Ferier scarf design, framed, French mid-20th Century

Early 19th Century Estate office cupboard, scraped to the original paint, English

A set of late 19th Century table and benches with early paint to both

Another original hand-painted Bianchini Ferier scarf design

A rare Empire period 'Bureau a gradin' in fruit wood and exceptional condition, French, ca. 1820

A beautiful 18th Century Venetian 'Violin' mirror, 88 cm high x 55 cm wide

Exceptional English Housekeeper's cupboard, early 19th Century,
scraped to the original paint, and retaining its original gilt brass handles, locks and keys

19th Century French mannequin with wire skirt, ca. 1860

Louis XVI. period console table with its original marble top, ca. 1785

A large early 20th Century English log basket with canvas liner

Set of 4 iron garden chairs, 1940's, reputedly from the 'Jardin du Luxembourg' Paris

Set of very interesting and decorative Italian dining chairs, mid-20th Century
rather quirky!

Pair of English armchairs, covered in the original 'carpet-style' fabric, 1930's

Charming Swedish wall cupboard with the original paint, ca. 1760


Southern provençal atmosphere in Lorfords court yard....

French Louis XV. period commode with a stunning yellow/amber marble top, ca. 1760

A late 18th Century Italian carved wood pricket stick with remains of old blue paint....

As so often....less is more

Collection of old water jars and olive pots, Spain

Don't miss!

Lesley and Toby are also exhibiting at the fair
Stand 95

"At the Decorative Fair we like to think we transcend fashion.
Our exhibitors source objects with inspire trends, rather than follow them.
"New" products on the high street have their origins in the art and style of the past;
to anyone who says contemporary interiors have nothing to do with history,
we say "we have to disagree"!
Antiques and vintage stock offer so many benefits: each item is unique, one-off,
has been loved, cherished and survived so well that it deserves to be passed on
to another who appreciate it innate sense of style, its purpose and its craftsmanship.
An antique is the ultimate in ecologically-friendly interior design, as well as in heirloom."
Patricia Harvey, Founder and Organiser of the Fair


I must say that I really do miss these fairs, all my customers, all good dealer friends, the excitement.....
....and London

see also my post about the Fair from January  here


I'm looking so much forward to Toby's and Lesley's next visit in November here again at La Pouyette.
Still remember when Toby on the last visit loaded quietly on his own, just over night, 
an enormously heavy and large stone garden bench from our porch into his van.
When we saw next morning what he done we were 'flabbergasted' that anybody could manage that alone!
 As I said - highly passionate with body and soul!


 I hope that you all enjoy this two posts about the Fair,
the introduction of my friends Jim Jackson, Lesley and Toby, and their antiques.

Bonne Semaine et a bientôt !