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.
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!