One of my most cherished treasures is this collection of delicious shabby tole hearts. Dating from the 1930s, each heart opens to reveal a small heart-shaped notelet which, when opened out, reveals a tear-jerking prayer, handwritten in faded sepia ink.
A few years ago I sat having a chocolat chaud with my brocante addict American friend, "Tartelette", who was visiting. As we waited for her Paris train we flicked through a glossy interiors magazine that featured some of the unique treasures to be found around the Parisian brocantes. These delicious hearts caught both our eyes - and we agreed that we would simply die to own them! The next time I saw her she was clutching the hearts as a gift for me! She had managed to turn Paris inside out until she finally tracked them down! The shop owner didn`t want to part with them as they had been featured in the magazine, so heaven knows what 'Tartelette' did to persuade her to sell. I am SO glad that she did - and I know that, on her next visit, she will try to reposses them! Must hide them away soon!!!!