A corner of my Napoleon III coffret de curiosités, Paris. Every item - with the exception of the framed cross-stitch, a gift from an eight-year-old Palestinian girl at the Bequaa Refugee Camp in Jordan - was sourced at French brocantes, flea markets and antique shops.
If you're in Paris, the eagerly-anticipated 81st Foire Nationale aux Antiquites a la Brocante et aux Jambons - or popularly known as the brocante and ham fair - begins Friday, Sept. 24th at Chatou. It's my favourite of the Paris-based brocantes for beautiful, quality and unusual treasures at reasonable prices.
Be sure and visit my friends Blandine Bavoux at 72 Allee Nouvelle; Gunnar Pettersson at 1 Avenue Pele and Michel LeRuez at 24 Popincourt, for wonderful, diverse selections. Blandine has fun, colourful, retro kitchen collectibles. Gunnar specialises in beautiful objets d'art, photo frames and curiosities. Antique art from the Himalayas is Michel's focus. And dozens of other dealers from all over France offer unique antiques and collectibles for the most discerning buyers.
The brocante is open from 10 a.m to 7 p.m. daily through Sunday, October 3rd. From Paris, take the RER A 1 to Chatou Croissy, then follow the signs to the Ile des Impressionnistes, Chatou. Tickets are available at the gate.
I'll be at Chatou Thursday, taking photos during a special showing for press and antiques dealers. Check back on Friday for the first of a series of photos from the brocante.