Among the brocante collectibles that came home with me from Chatou is this huge dough bowl. It weighs 20 pounds! Something about its bright yellow interior and country origins appeals to me. It makes me happy to look at it! Thankfully, my friend Julie took pity on me traveling home by train and later brought it in her car.
This Madonna and child prayer ornament is from Spain. I've photographed it on top of the book Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T.E. Lawrence. According to the April issue of BBC Homes and Antiques, this book - with its bookjacket - is worth £495 (about $1,000). While I don't have the book jacket, I do have the first trade edition, referenced in the article. It was published by Jonathan Cape in 1935. The book was originally printed in 1926 and distributed privately. I shall contact a rare book expert in London to inquire about my book's value. I wouldn't like to part with it, as it was a gift from my husband. But $1,000 would help pay my daughter's college tuition!
I'm not sure what this is, as inside it's marked like a measuring cup, but has a spout to allow water to flow directly through it. Perhaps it's to water plants? In any event, I'll hang it on the balcony. I like the hand-painted birds, nest and flowers.
This decorative tin's cover scene reminds me of the movie Ever After, starring Drew Barrymore and Dougray Scott. It's reminiscent of Amboise in the Loire Valley, the artist Leonardo da Vinci's home prior to his death. I also purchased two other tin boxes, one with an art nouveau design.