We chose to drive this leg so we could have more flexibility with our schedule. The more we found, the longer we stayed. I always chuckle when we pass through Dog City. If you blink, it’s gone. But then there are the apple orchards which are so prevalent. They and the charming alleys of trees that line many driveways make the drive peaceful.
The fountain in the middle of Vire was especially alive with flowers on this September morning. Normandy definitely has it’s own character, which of course is reflected in it’s antiques.
Our first stop presented us with a piece that is certainly not Normand. That we should find ts magnificent antique Syrian chair at this place confirms in our minds that you simply never know what you might find in this antique business. That is why we are convinced that we must travel as far as possible to as many sources as possible to uncover the truly unconventional pieces. This piece is supposedly Syrian from about 1900, but is strikingly similar to the famous Italian designer, Carlo Bugatti, which would make it extremely valuable. More research needs to be done upon arrival.
In the attic of the dealer we were visiting was this 18th century beautifully carved oak mirror with the old mirror. It almost looks like Black Forest, but it is not from the area. Originally it was gilded, but that has long been taken off.
Many more typical pieces like tables, buffets and enfilades were purchased for their utility, their patinas, and of course the super prices we get in this region. One of the more interesting tables is this 19th century billiard table that has had it’s slate top removed. You can see the beautiful thick parquet that was revealed underneath. It would make a super dining table in it’s present form.