My friend Gabrielle and I spent much of the day at the Antiquities Brocante at Place de la Bastille. The treasures I brought home include this framed certificate awarded to Monsieur Naudel for his service to the 13e regiment de infanterie.
Alas, the photograph doesn't do the paper justice. Dated 1783, the document's heading - beautifully handwritten in faded brown ink - is the French motto "Liberte, Egalite et Fraternite." The red wax seal features the Republique de Francaise symbol. And the document's authenticity has been verified by French authorities.
This huge 12 x 24-inch woodblock print for fabric is from the late 19th-century. Any ideas with what to do with it, other than lean it against a wall?
This iron and bronze armillary sphere dates from the late 19th-century. I photographed it on the balcony, but don't know if that's where it will remain.
In my bid to create more space in our small apartment by selling some large pieces, this week an antiquaire took my 19th-century iron and wood child's sleigh - which I had piled high with books - to display in her holiday sale. I saw it in her shop Thursday, filled with antique toys. It looked so adorable, I wished I had never agreed to sell it. Perhaps it won't sell and I'll get it back. But then I'll be faced with the same dilemma - not enough room!