This rare printer's collection of 18th and 19th-century French and European wax seals was found at the Antiquites Brocante at Bastille, now underway at Place de la Bastille, Paris. The Medicis' family seal is at top left. On the bottom row, seals of Spain, as well as those of Florence and Sardinia are displayed. On the back of each card are descriptions of the colours mixed and decorative details such as crowns and chevrons required for each seal. For centuries, prominent families, noblemen and royalty had their own unique seals for all correspondence and official documents. I plan to have the cards of seals framed separately. Click photos to view detail.
Black millinery plumes were another fortunate find, alongside business documents from a company in Cognac, France.
These French cheques and a receipt are dated 1922, from the same company in Cognac, as above.
A petite 1940s gilt and beaded chandelier with aqua opaline glass matches a set of aqua opaline wall appliques I own from the same period. The brocante at Place de la Bastille continues daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. through November 18. But check public transport availability before setting out, as transit strikes are currently underway.