Monday, July 23, 2007

Shiny Things...

Hotel Meurice Chocolate pots While Paris has lots of grey skys and grey Baron Hausmann buildings and people wearing neutral-colored clothing. Paris also has lots of glitz - really I mean shine, shiny things

And I'm not just talking about all the high glossy tartes - the L'abricotage. But tons and tons of silvery, reflective tableware that make French tabletops so delightful. Here, the window of L'Argenterie at 19, rue de Turenne, 75004 in the Marais
 Alexi Worth commented in the NYTimes on my favorite book, Jonathan Miller's book, ON REFLECTION:
Reflective surfaces, from puddles to pewter to mirrored glass,
have always been catnip to artists. What makes these images so especially puzzling and delicious?
I certainly can't keep away from shiny things.

cut in half watercolor
T he Vaissellerie shop in Paris has lots of silver bargains...
I found a terrific
silver-plated chocolatiere for a song. Teapots are a delight and an ongoing challenge

Last but not least a silver water flask for the watercolor artist. Surely something you can't do without. For more silver, visit the Musée de l'Argenterie 109-113,avenue Daumesnil. From the French book of silver marks, Poincons d'Or et de Platine :

"Silverware will always be the most beautiful ornament of the table" And they're a real challenge to paint.I've painted this lone original silvery teapot at the Petrossian Boutique over and over.


  1. HELL! I mispelled SHINY and Blogger will not let me fix it!
    Blogger is acting up this morning..

  2. Oh! I want the chocolatière! How pretty! I have been kind of "on the lookout" for an old one, but I think I need to start active looking.

  3. So very lovely indeed as is everything you post.
    Much love

  4. Shining star that you are.

  5. I love all the color you get into the reflections! Lovely!!

  6. I love how you've captured the shiny-ness!

  7. You're so good at capturing "shiny" in your watercolors - I can almost see my reflection:)

  8. Foodwalker6:43 AM

    I love to cover my party tabletops with silvery objects!

  9. OK so you found a bargain silver plated chocolatier. I have been looking for one for ages and still haven't found one. I am off to Paris end September and NEED a chocolatier - where do I go, I am desperate.
    From a deprived Brit

  10. loveitaly8:23 AM

    I will have to get out my Christofle french silver and take a photo of it for you, Carol--it shows the pattern on both sides of the utensils, since the French serve theirs upside down on the table. It's really pretty. Beautiful images, as always!

  11. Hello,

    This is blog is nice, keep on writing!!
    Foreigner in Paris

  12. Anonymous1:55 PM

    Just fabulous teapots' pictures!

  13. absolutely stunning! you are incedibly talented!


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