Saturday, October 8, 2011

Bargain brocante ...

The brocante markets of Paris are renowned for their endless supply of bargain priced vintage bric-a-brac, and the Marche aux Puces de Porte de Vanves does not disappoint!

For years, I've read glowing recommendations about the Vanves open-air flea market on the southern fringe of Paris. So, while in Paris last week, hubby and I hopped on the Metro and headed for Avenue Marc Sangnier where dozens upon dozens of sellers lined the street with collections of goods for sale.

I'm sure I could have spent half a day (or more) at the Vanves market, but we unfortunately arrived just as the vendors were closing up shop. So, with only a half hour on Sunday morning, I did my best speed shopping with an eye directed toward art.

Next visit, I'll arrive as the market opens! But, I'm sure hubby was offering up prayers of thanks for the brevity of our visit this time. In a very short period, I found two irresistible pieces to purchase.

I purchased a fantastic verre églomisé framed painting (below)! It's an art process that refers to cold painting and gold gilding on the back of glass - reverse painting. The technique has been widely used for sacral paintings since the Middle Ages.

Verre églomisé art purchased at Vanves in Paris.

I truly have no clue as to its heritage, but I would estimate mid 19th century French. The frame and back are both encased in painted plaster.

My other great Vanves find adds to my little collection of Egyptian textiles. It is a lovely applique on canvas wall hanging circa 1920s. FYI - appliqué is a French word, which was brought to Egypt when Napoleon conquered Egypt in the 18th century.

Egyptian applique purchased at Vanves in Paris.

Of course, no visit to Paris is complete without bringing home books and chocolates! This time, I also added honey to my market purchases. Yum.

My next visit to Paris will definitely include an entire day a Vanves. I can see where this could be a separate shipment home!

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