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Period candlelit chandeliers and sconces

Bonjour and welcome to today’s visit to l’Ecole du Bon Goût.  Today’s subject is period candlelit chandeliers and sconces.  Today, in the average day we are usually subjected to lighting experiences which are of a totally new nature: i.e. florescent light, widescreen television images, computer screens images, and even strobe lights if you happen to…

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lecojum “Snow Flakes” in bloom

Mes Amis,Bonjour and welcome to today’s visit to l’Ecole du Bon Goût.  With winter’s mantle lifting and the promise of spring in the air, today’s subject is focused on the plant world.  I invite you to visit the very beautifully illustrated “blog” visit to Au Vieux Paris Antiques by Chris Wiesinger (www.southernbulbs.com/blog/).  Chris is a…

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Dining tables

Mes Amis,Bonjour and welcome to today’s visit to l’Ecole du Bon Goût.  Today’s subject is dining tables.  With the holiday season in full tilt whirling all around us, it might be a relief to focus on a holiday tradition that really does go back farther than jingle bells do: Dining “à table” can be the…

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French domestic candlesticks

Mes Amis,Bonjour and welcome to today’s visit to l’Ecole du Bon Goût.  Today’s visit addresses the subject of French domestic candlesticks.  This subject is well covered in an article in the current Nov-Dec issue of Southern Accents Magazine, which is illustrated with photographs taken here at Au Vieux Paris Antiques and for which I was…

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Glassware

Bonjour and welcome to today’s visit to l’Ecole du Bon Goût.  Today’s subject is glassware.  The more we are bombarded with beverages and food served in plastic and styrofoam, throw away containers, the more we need to “imbibe” in the use of drinking vessels with visual, tactile, auditory and intellectual rewards.  In this fast paced,…

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The stylistic periods of Consulate (1799-1804), Empire (1804-1815), Resturation (1815-1824), Charles X (1824-1830), and Louis Philippe (1830-1848)

Bonjour and welcome to today’s visit to l’Ecole du Bon Goût.  Today’s subjects are the stylistic periods of Consulate (1799-1804), Empire (1804-1815), Resturation (1815-1824), Charles X (1824-1830),   and Louis Philippe (1830-1848).  This may seem at first to be too many stylistic periods to group together, but take note the span of time is only…

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The stylistic periods of Louis XVI (1774 – 1793) and Directiore (1795 – 1799)

Bonjour and welcome to today’s visit to l’Ecole du Bon Goût.  Today’s subjects are the stylistic periods of Louis XVI (1774 – 1793) and Directiore (1795 – 1799).  There is a period called “Revolutionaire” (1793 – 1795) which did have specific forms of expression in the arts; however, the pieces are quite rare and the…

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Stylistic Periods of Régence (1715 – 1723) and Louis XV (1723 – 1774)

Bonjour and welcome to today’s visit to l’Ecole du Bon Goût.  Today’s subjects are the stylistic periods of Régence (1715 – 1723) and Louis XV (1723 – 1774).  These periods, which transition seamlessly from one to the other, are characterized by their emphasis on curvaceous forms and movements as well as an appreciation for vegetable…

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Stylistic Periods of Louis XIII (1610 – 1643) and His Son, Louis XIV (1643 – 1715)

Chers Amis,Bonjour and welcome to today’s visit to l’Ecole du Bon Goût.  Today’s subjects are the stylistic periods of Louis XIII (1610 – 1643) and his son, Louis XIV (1643 – 1715), who was the hands down all time champion of material Bon Goût.  Both of these stylistic periods can be described similarly.  Their characteristics…

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L’ecole du Bon Gout Lesson I: How to Plant a Vase Anduze

Bonjour and welcome to L’ecole du Bon Gout!This week’s email offers a lesson in the proper planting of a vase Anduze which has, through age, lost its’ outer waterproof glaze. The method illustrated below ensures proper drainage and also includes the use of a heavy duty garbage bag to retain moisture that would otherwise be lost by expiration…

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