My friend Gabrielle Turlan is pictured on opening day Friday at the 73rd Foire Nationale D'Automne a la Brocante et aux Jambons in Chatou, near Paris. The twice-yearly event draws antiques enthusiasts from around the world. The brocante is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through Sunday, Oct. 1.
Among the beautiful items displayed at Gabrielle Turlan's stand at Chatou are a 19th-century Spanish marquetry chest and a Napoleon III silk dressmaker's form on a carved wooden stand.
A fall floral arrangement enhances this beautifully-styled stand at Chatou.
A gilded-cane French sofa's cushion is wrapped with a 19th-century paisley cashmere cloth, echoed by a second cashmere topping a dining table. A 1940s crystal chandelier is also pictured.
A 19th-century Spanish marquetry chest has a green velvet section for placing and selecting jewelry. The chest's top panel closes and locks, with its elegant marquetry design seamlessly intertwined in a repeating pattern.
A mid-19th-century miniature furniture model or doll's chest is topped with a white marble slab.
A tableau of an oval gilt-framed painting, crystal, candlelabras and hortensia frame an ornate hanging decorative chest. A backdrop of heavy tapestry drapes completes the look.