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jeudi 23 avril 2015

Madame....I am undone.....

After a week of fawning over the sewing box of the Countess I have managed to force myself away from it to take some photographs....



I wonder what she sat and stitched by candlelight?





I am listing it tonight and keeping all the contents inside...who could bear to split them up? Not me!!







I have no idea what this is...have you? It operates like a pair of tweezers with the end clasps.




This little  silk brocade needle case is so charming...



And as for the needle case with the seed pearls and the gold wire embroidered crown........




In the words of Johnny Depp in the film  Chocolat....madame I am undone!


A la prochaine mes belles
xx

jeudi 16 avril 2015

Everything comes to those who wait.....



It must be over 3 years ago that I was called to a charming old house to value some items that were part of an estate. There was a large family of relatives and descendants and the house and contents were to be sold and shared between them. The elderly titled owner had been in a rest home in Paris and had not returned to the Summer residence for many years.

I valued what I could and I left a quote on some of the items I would like to buy. I never ever expected to hear anything and to be honest I had forgotten all about it.

Then I had a very surprising call from a local lawyer to meet him at the house and to see what, if anything, I wanted from the little that remained.

I expected to find just the total rubbish was left but instead I was delighted.

Oh my...you are going to adore these treasures mes belles!!

I shall say one thing .....the silk monogrammed and crown embellished stockings of a Countess...be still my beating heart!!!

I shall start listing today and below is a peep in some of the boxes.








And the sewing box of the Countess? Well that`s something I shall tell you as I photograph it!!

A la prochaine.....