The theme "by invitation only" for November :
Without any hesitation it's
Without any hesitation it's
Karin , my blog'sfriend of La Pouyette ,
who is guest on my blog.
Once upon a time.....
About 16 years ago I found in an Antique shop in
a beautiful piece of furniture, a Comptoir with its original paint work.
The shop was not only filled with antique furniture and decorative objects,
there were also the most wonderful collections of antique textiles.
But my eyes were on the Comptoir which I bought "tout-de-suite".
Last year - 15 years later - Marie Claude discovered my blog
and then I saw her one.
"Comment by comment" and mail by mail
we found out that we're living not all that far from each other,
I'm in the Périgord and Marie Claude in the nearby
We also discovered over the months that we both have a lot in common.
Not only the passion for linen, textiles and antiques,
also the love for the nature, gardening,
cooking with local grown and produced products...and...and...
We had to meet!
At her first visit to La Pouyette, after talking and talking....
I realized that it was Marie Claude's shop
where I've found that wonderful Comptoir ages ago!
Now, it was up to me to visit her.
Marie Claude lives nearby the lovely town Saint Yireix, not far from
In the extreme south of the Haute-Vienne department,
Saint-Yrieix is situated in the triangle formed by
Brive and Perigueux. Limoges
It marks the border of the Natural Regional
Arédius founded the town and established a cloistered community in the 6th century.
Thus, the religious origins of the town provide a specific and beautiful patrimony
such as the Collegial of Moustier (11th to 14th century)
or the Bible of Saint-Yrieix, handwritten and illuminated, which dates of the 12th century.
Porcelain - history and background. Limoges
"In 1765, a chemists wife discovered a white substance, in St. Yrieix near the town of
, which she hoped could be used as soap. On analysis the white substance was identified as the purest Kaolin, the essential ingredient of porcelain. This discovery has led to Limoges ' prominence in the production of porcelain. The first porcelain factory in Limoges was established 6 years later in 1771. Within a few years, the Limoges porcelain became a branch of the royal manufacture at Sevres, producing porcelain blanks for final decoration at Sevres. Limoges
Production costs and labor were lower in the provinces than in
and several porcelain factories relocated from to the provinces. Royalty, heads of
state and grand families chose to have their porcelain engraved with their
initials or coat of arms (this luxury is still available today" Paris
Back to Marie Claude and her lovely house...
...a kind of Maison de Maitre with the most wonderful garden.
A garden - designed and well looked after....
with heart and soul.
Let's go inside...
The house has been carefully restored by Marie Claude;
furnished with genuine antiques
it has the real, authentic French feel and atmosphere,
and every room reflects the passion for antique textiles.
Can't wait to see all....
This is heaven!
Bouties (Quilts), all kind of ticking...
18th and 19th century printed textiles,
antique Pasley shawls, 18th silk....
... and the most stunning collection
I'm in Textile-Paradise,
“hopping and dancing” around !
Two antique copper water cans in front of
an early 19th century painted panel
A few snap shots from the guest bed rooms,
all with antique beds and/or furniture - of course!
Directoire, ca. 1790
with antique textiles...
....with the love for details!
This was my first stip-visit to Marie Claude,
the beginning of a wonderful friendship.
Oh...nearly missed Oskar's French buddies...
Please visit Marscha's blog for
all the creation-posts of our Bio-group.