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French Oak Celebration!!!

25% discount on all French oak antiques from July 14th – July 20th!!!


Bonjour and welcome to today’s visit to L’Ecole du Bon Gout. How can French oak, which was loved by the kings of France, who could have had any wood they wanted, be so automatically disliked by many Americans?? This paradox is made even stranger when you realize the many virtuous qualities of oak (i.e. its strength, hardness, ability to be well carved and to take a polish, etc). 

I think this knee-jerk dislike for oak is because of its false association with the early 20th century American “golden oak” furniture which is so plentiful in second hand shops today and is of uninspired design as well as generally poor construction. 

Louis XIV chose oak for the splendid doors to his personal bedroom at his prized Chateau of Marly, These doors are today on view at the Metropolitan Museum  of Art in New York (see photograph below). The only known surviving original furniture from the grand Chateau of Vaux-le-Viconte is a splendid pair of large marble top center tables of carved oak. 

To make our French oak antiques even more lovable, their prices will be discounted 25% for one week July 14 till 20th.

You may view below a selection from the current stock. 


Please feel free to contact us with any questions or requests you might have by telephone (337) 332-2852, email robertesmith@centurytel.net, or visit our website at Au Vieux Paris Antiques 


For those with astrological interests: The full Oak moon on July 19th will be intensely powerful! 

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Mes Amities, 

Robert E. Smith 

1040 Henri Penne Rd 
Breaux Bridge, LA 70517




Carved oak doors from Louis XIV’s bedroom at Marly.

To see more of Marly: click here


Classic Louis XV armoire from Burgundy






Henri IV c. 1615 table, all original including two drawers 






Petite commode, great for silverware or jewelry 





Regence tall case clock with excellent carved decor




Petite cabinet, a great fit for many places





Multi-purpose storage and display


Parquet de Versailles: fabulous but not part of this discount sale



Bow front chateau armoire 







 Small armoire from the Isle de France region





Display and storage combined









Transitional Louis XV – XVI commode with original hardware


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