An early 19th-century marble statue representing La France is flanked by parts of zinc weathervanes and alphabet letters at the 76th Foire Nationale aux Antiquites, a la Brocante et aux Jambons at Ile de Chatou. These photos were taken last Friday, opening day. This morning my Canadian friend Meg and I braved gale force winds, heavy rain and three trains to visit the brocante - only to find it closed, due to gale force winds and heavy rain! Weather allowing, the brocante continues daily through Sunday, March 16th.
A handpainted puppet theatre, with handmade marionettes.
A large marble garden urn surrounded by 19th-century French furniture with modern reupholstery.
An ornate giltwood mirror is accented by handpainted gilt pillars. An 18th-century wooden Baby Jesus figure from a French church is placed on a pedestal on the marble table.
A cane sofa, lace cloth, oval giltwood frame and wooden kitchen utensils at the brocante at Chatou.
This early 19th-century cane sofa has seen better days, but could be easily repaired by a skilled artisan. Check back daily for more brocante photos.