the whole is more than the sum of its parts-aristotle

allo dear friends, how are you? i hope you’re into the fall weather and are getting your autumn on! we’re still running around and no matter where we turn paris is still ful of surprises. the day started with a rainy marche but it warmed up when we got to le square trousseau to meet friends/fellow bloggers, vicki, author of  french essence and haleigh, blogger extraordinaire from making magique. both of these girls know how to live and they record it all with the most gorgeous photography! if you’re ever in need of eye candy or to drift off into neverland, just click your heels on over to their blogs. we shared ideas, tips and just had a great leisurely long lunch which i doubt any of us get to do very often! below is a glimpse into haleigh’s world in paris:

and vicki’s in provence

of course we couldn’t leave without lusting after the desserts…

we thought the day couldn’t get any better when on the way home claudia and i took a shortcut. we came across one of the last men working in his studio on the dying art of handmade engravings. when our friend ellen was here she was telling me all about the copperplates, hammering them backward with tiny pins to create the detail we see in so many familiar works of art.

olaf was diligently working but stopped to chat. he happened to have one of my favorite plates, le souper fin (below) which he purchased from a workshop that had recently closed. if you look you’ll see it was all done in reverse. the detail is incomprehensible and so is the idea that this is how so many important events were recorded! it takes black tar, ink, acid and god knows what else to produce a perfect engraving and it’s all done on handmade paper.

souper fin, Jean-Michel Moreau. he did admit he’s one of that last to do this painstaking craft…

not sure what this one was about but his work was stunning. i couldn’t resist getting a couple to bring back!

the day is now coming to a close and we’re nestled snug in our pied a terre, happily fed and another unforgettable day under our belts, but also aware it’s quickly coming to an end.  when i get home lots of goodies will be waiting there.  in the meantime, it was nice to know we got a little press in the states today! miles redd recommended one of tpa’s mirrored pieces in an article for the home section!

thanks, miles!

someone here asked me if mirrored furniture was ‘over ‘and i had to think for a minute. it will never be over, it’s a style that’s been around way too long to become passé now!i found this shot from the market last week and it re-confirmed my opinion that mirror is and always will be tres chic. it’s been worked on furniture since the 2os with details we can’t even produce now. how they manipulated mirror is yet another mystery the french started!

ok well this was a bunch of non sequiturs but isn’t that what a journal/diary/blog is for, to remember the details of life big and small? well, it’s time for bed, officially midnight yet again. have a great night!

September 13, 2012. Blogroll, Clignancourt Flea Market, Clignancourt Market Paris, Costes, Engraving, flea markets, Fleamarkets, Friends, Miles Redd, New York, NY Times.

11 Comments

  1. Nikon replied:

    Great photos – I love the engravings.
    Glad that you had a chance to meet with friends!

  2. Mom replied:

    Loved the blog today.

  3. peggy braswell replied:

    ! will trott over to look at the other blog you mentioned. hope the engraver,olaf doesn’t give up-he is the only one doing this! Congratulations on the MRedd mention-love his style & yours. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

  4. Teresa@ Splendid Sass replied:

    So much gorgeousness in one place. I am so happy that you are have a great time in Paris.
    Happy Thursday.
    Teresa
    xoxo

  5. Shelly Gregory replied:

    I have missed out on so much!!! I’ve been away and have missed your exquisite and lovely Paris adventures–drooling over every detail. The engravings are so gorgeous! And, love, forever, mirrored furniture, as well as gorgeous mirrors! Congratulations on your well-deserved recognition!

  6. Vicki Archer replied:

    It was the best day ever! xxv

  7. Carina replied:

    I adore Haleigh’s blog. She truly does make magique.

  8. Heidi replied:

    wow it was amazing and then the last photo came along and made my heart skip a beat! Happy weekend!

  9. Joy Marie Jones replied:

    Be still my heart! Beautiful photos and lots of information. My first trip to Paris is coming up in 3 weeks and I am beyond excited about this long held dream adventure. I’ll be shopping the fleas and markets for antique jewelry pieces for my business and your blog is full of insights and tips that I know I’ll use…Merci! Have a beautiful weekend. ~ Joy

  10. Claire from French Furniture replied:

    Just beautiful! I love the old engravings too. I have a house full of them.
    Thank you for all your beautiful inspiring photos xx

  11. curiousclare replied:

    3 wonderful bloggers all together!

    Olaf’s work is phenomenal! I too adore le souper fin.

    ~ Clare x

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