Whenever we’re out searching for antique treasure for our shop, I’m also keeping an eye out for pieces that would work for our home, so I wanted to show you my latest French finds!
Sometimes I’m lucky enough to find something that’s in my frugal budget, which is what happened a few weeks ago.
Last month, we were at my favorite monthly estate sale in Mobile, Alabama where I spied this beautiful antique Louis Philippe mirror hanging on the wall.
I have searched for one of these mirrors for quite a few years, but I’ve never found one at a price that I was comfortable paying.
This one was a decent price, but still several hundred dollars, so I was still a bit hesitant.
I kept going back to it a couple of times, and drooling over it, debating on whether I should buy it or not.
Hubby saw me looking at it, and asked me what was so special about it. I explained to him that a Louis Philippe mirror had been on my “bucket list” for several years, and that the price on this one wasn’t as high as I had seen in other places, but it was still hard for me to spend several hundred dollars on it.
Louis Philippe was the King of France in the mid 19th century, and this simple style was a reflection of the time in which it was developed. Louis Philippe mirrors typically have square corners at the base and characteristic rounded corners at the top, relying little on decoration.
After all, we were there buying for our shop, not for ourselves, and I hated to make a big purchase for myself.
We talked about it, and hubby encouraged me to get it, but I still hesitated.
I ended up walking away once again, telling hubby that I would think about it.
If someone else snatched it up while I was thinking about it, then it wasn’t meant to be mine.
I wandered around the large estate sale and eventually wound my way back around to where the mirror hung, and of course…..the tag had been pulled, and a sold tag was on it.
Oh well….he who hesitates……but still, I was disappointed, and mentally berating myself for not just grabbing it in the first place, and thinking to myself, “How long would it be before I ever found another one at a decent price?”
Little did I know, until we checked out, that my sweet hubby had gone back when I wasn’t looking and pulled the tag on the mirror.
He said, “When you find something on your bucket list, at a decent price, you shouldn’t hesitate. I want you to have it”.
He probably also knew that if I didn’t buy it, then that’s all he would hear about for days!
I’m so glad he took the initiative and bought it for me because I absolutely love it!
I hung it over the fireplace in the living room, and usually at some point during the day, I will take a little peek at it!
The living room is still in transition, as I move things around, take some pieces out, bring others in, trying to find what works…..but this treasured find has definitely found a home above the fireplace!
The week that we returned from Alabama, we visited a local antique market and found a Louis XV style plat desk.
It’s what I call a fauxtique, because it’s a reproduction, probably made in the late 1950’s – early 1960’s.
It’s not in great shape but it has the perfect frenchy look with lots of gilded ormolu.
I’ve been looking for a new desk for my office so I thought this might work with a little bit of a makeover, but for now, I placed it in the living room underneath the trumeau mirror, moving the white buffet that was there back into the dining room where it originally came from.
The old veneer is peeling in a few places and one of the drawers is completely warped, so I may actually end up painting it gray or white.
I love the way our little storied French chest turned out when I painted it, and it has similar lines, and the veneer was in much worse shape.
It will be a bit tedious to paint it because I will have to use a small artist’s brush to work in and around all that ormolu. Being a reproduction, most of it is glued on and won’t come off. Even the drawer pulls are glued on. Painting it would also tone down some of the “fancy”.
What do you think? Any suggestions?
Our last find may or may not be french, but you know how I love antique religious artifacts.
When I saw this salvaged piece of an old gothic church altar, I had to have it.
It’s been painted and has gilding on the fretwork, and tiny gold fleur de lis inside the quatrefoil…….love!
It’s old and chippy and of course the colors call my name!
I love all of the imperfections, and can only imagine where it came from and the stories it could tell…..if only it could talk!
I’m still not sure where it will end up, but for the time being, I’ve placed it on top of the little french chest in my office and I’m using the niche area to display a few of my antique french crowns, and crucifixes.
I’m sure it will get moved around until I find just the right spot, but it’s one of those pieces that I adore, and I couldn’t leave it behind!
Have you found any wonderful treasure lately?
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