Monday, 14 June 2010

VINTAGE FINDS from France and Belgium PART 2

I hope that your weekend turned out well. It's been a lovely weekend for us, really warm. It seems strange to think that on the other side of the world it is autumn.

We did a boot fair yesterday and managed to get rid of quite a few things. We need to do a few more boot fairs this year and then the loft will be a lot clearer.

In part 2 of "Vintage finds from France and Belgium", there is a mix of Vintage religious items, books and some Limoges.
I like vintage religious statues, pictures, rosaries, benitiers etc.. but they are harder to find over here in the England. So when in France or Belgium, I buy buy buy when I see something that I like!
Mixed in are also some items which my parents found for me.

Given to someone for their first communion in late 1800s

These books are not that old, they date from the late 70's to very early 80s. I love the book covers and confess that I bought them for that reason alone! I bought 12 books in all. I think that they are romance stories, I might read one and see if they are any good. I might be surprised.
(I have just spotted a visitor on the red & pink paisley book above... can you see it?)

I found a set of 6 pale blue Limoges teacups and saucers, really pretty

This is a special gift from my Father, a bisque Virgin Mary and a missal. Something for me to treasure.

The missal is in such good condition and the detail is wonderful to look at. It dates from the very early 1900s.

I had a lovely stay with my family and appreciate the fact that I was able to bring back so many wonderful vintage treasures.

A bientôt!

Isabelle X


Jane said...

I love all your finds, especially those books, they look a bit like a Liberty print! Divine. xoxo

cowparsley said...

What lovely finds, I love the cups, they look so fragile.


The Cloth Shed said...

Hi Isabelle,
Thank you for your comment on my blog.... I can now see why you liked my Virgin Mary statue.
What wonderful finds from France and Belgium....well done Mum and Dad!

Bayside Moments said...

Hello Isabelle, Love your finds, they are espsecially amazing. Thanks for sharing them with us.

jen said...

I just found you and I have to follow! Ah this blog is like a vacation to wonderland! I can hardly wait to see it all! Such great finds and the books will make a great display!

luvs and glitter

ted and bunny said...

Hello Isabelle,
I too love religious items and always buy them when I'm in France; I have a stunning enamel embellished crucifix on shabby red velvet hanging in the upstairs hall (as one does!).
Your finds are beautiful- a French, Belgian or English spider?!

KC'sCourt! said...

What really lovely interesting items. I have never seen so many in one place. Those books are really unusual!
Julie xxxxxxxx

Noche de verano said...

Oh, love all these lovely patterns on your book covers!!!
This is my first visit here,I also love vintage fashion, and finding little treasures!!
I follow you!!

Have a wonderful week!!!

Flaviana said...

Bonjour Isabelle!
I dreaded seeing these posts because I just knew they'd make me sooo jealous
You bought tons of lovely things!
Love the books, the pots and "bassins" of your previous post, the sheets, the cups..well, I love everything!
xxx Flaviana

BusyLizzie said...

Beautiful finds, I am always drawn to the plaster religious statues that I see in France.. and the carved wood crucifix... Have a good week. Lizzie xxx

Florence and Mary said...

Another great selection of goodies.

Victoria xx

Heloise said...

So many lovely finds. The teacup is so delicate, great covers on the books and the statue your Father gave you looks very serene.

My Grannies Attic said...

What lovely finds. The book covers are gorgeous and the Limoges China is beautiful. xxxx

Pink Feather Paradise said...

Loving the books and your little friend... did you have to have a pet passport for the little critter? lol

The blue cups are so delicate... don't you just love the bone china so thin that you can see the sunlight through it when you hold it up...?

x Alex

The sewing room said...

Oh l love blogland some words there l have not heard before but l know what they are now my first lesson this morning. Your finds are amazing and so many you are very lucky not too keen on your little visitor though have a great week hugs Pat

Josephine Tale Peddler said...

Dear Isabelle, I love religious art and statues. Mary is my favourite and she is all through my house. Your Mary from your father is wonderful. Glorious treasures. It is now Winter in Sydney but still too warm for me! I hope you are enjoying your weekend. xx

Kath said...

Hello Isabelle, I have just enjoyed browsing through your Blog. I am moving down to Somerset soon and I shall be visiting the vintage market at Frome in October, I will come over and say hello!
Kath at Railway cottage

It's me said...

Wowwwww a lot of beautiful stuff !! Isabelle.........what are you doing with it?? have you a shop??.....happy week..............hugs from me Ria....

Fågel Blå said...

Oh so many beautiful things you buy!
So very nice!
Hope your day be nice!

Nostalgia at the Stone House said...

Hi Isabelle,
Please can you take me with you next time?!! ;-))
You are so lucky to have your parents living in France with local knowledge and access to the wonderful fairs there. Our last trip to France wasn't very successful for buying...Everything was VERY expensive and thin on the ground...
I'll be very interested to see what treasures you are able to part with at the Frome Fair...that's always the tricky bit, I find! ;-))

Enjoy the ones that you decide to keep!
Niki x

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Hi Isabelle,
You did, indeed find many treasures! I simply cannot say what I like the best but that soft blue on those tea cups is drawing me in! I often buy books for their covers and can see why you picked those cheery ones out! I hope that you have a good week and thank you for sharing all your wonderful finds with us!
Take care, Laura

The French Bear said...

Gorgeous finds! Love the blue tea cups, oh my they are so beautiful!!
Margaret B

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

They are all beautiful treasures, Isabelle. I especially love the pieces from your father, the Missel looks like it is in amazing condition & the bisque piece is beautifully delicate.

a mermaids purse said...

beautiful treasures and it must have been a lovely time staying with family- best wishes xxxx

Madelief said...

Hi Isabelle,

I am glad your carboot sale was a success!

You find some lovely things in Belgium and France. Those Limoge teacups look great and so does the statue of the Virgin Mary.

Lieve groet, madelief

Marie-Ange said...

J'aime la douceur de ton blog, ce qu'il montre est d'un romantisme, d'une tendresse incroyables.
Je suis véritablement sous le charme.
Merci de me faire si bien rêver.

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

Isabelle, I really love everything that you brought back with you. How sweet of your parents to pick things up for you too!

Fleurette said...

Hello my dear Isabelle, superbe photos!!!
All Madonna are very beautiful!!!
Nice evening and very nice week:)

harmony and rosie said...

I can't believe I've missed out on your last few posts, I think I must have been asleep. Your goodies are all beautiful but my favourites are without doubt the buttons .... a find indeed!

Kate x

LiLi M. said...

I love pastel colours and therefor I tend to choose the cups and saucers and the bisquit Virgin Mary as my favorites!

VintageVicki said...

I have a longing now for a holiday in France - I fancy a good rummage in a flea market or sale - not sure I'd like the french spiders anymore than the english ones though ;)

Ghislaine said...

Love your nice things from France and Belge. Especially that Madonna from Lourdes. So lovely!

Lori said...

my goodness really came home with some wonderful treasures...i read your last post that corset...and the beautiful virgin mary from your dad is my favorite from this post...she really is so pretty...

Passionedeco...perchè le case hanno un'anima said...

My dear,
I love every single find! The religious, the enemels and the haberdashery's ones!
Lucky you, it should be summer here but we have rain and cold (14°C).
Hugs from Italy,

Tidsmästarinnan said...

Hi Isabelle,
thanks for leaving a comment on my blog, I am so happy to have found yours! Congratulations on all your lovely vintage treasures!
I'll be back soon again to visit :-)
Best wishes!

Helena said...

You certainly have brought home treasures! I love the books...

We are preparing for a car boot sale, and I hope to get rid of a big pile of things to experience that lovely "cleansing" feeling... before I fill up with other things... ;-D

Wishing you a lovely summer!
Helena, The Swenglish Home

Anonymous said...

Dear Isabelle I enjoyed all these beautiful items that are bought, wow!
Greetings and a kiss
Sandra, Zondra Art

rosenresli said...

Oh Isabelle,

your finds are so gorgeous. I love your virgin Mary because I have a bisque porcelain virgin Mary too! You can see her in my sidebar.
If I go to a fleamarket I look after old religious thi´ngs too but they are very seldom.
Enjoy your great finds,


SWEET MARY said...

More great finds and the book covers are very pretty.

koralee said...

Your treasures are amazing!!!! I spy a few things I so want for my home too. xoxoxo

gewoon gezellig said...

Love the books!! Nice colours!
I see a little spider on the book... ;-0 (i don't like spiders!!)

Hugs from Holland!

sarah-jane down the lane said...

Oh wow those books are gorgeous, who cares if the stories aren't too crash hot when they look that good! tee hee!

Thanks Isabelle for your kind birthday wishes to Daddy Lane, he will be chuffed,

Love Sarah x

Les Cotrions said...

Thanks Suzy
for your suggestion!
You found fantastic treasures in France and Belgium! I also adore religious items...more common in Italy I think, but also a bit expensive!!!
Warm greetings and take care!

Jennifer said...

Gasp!! Your religious items are so beautiful. Hard to find such nice things like this in the US, though I do have several items from my family and the occasional treasure I pick up here and there at flea markets. Do you sell any of your finds?