Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Les Tasses de Ch. Vaux le Vicomte

Cup from Vaux le Vicomte,I was inspired to paint this cartouche by the cup I bought 
Chateau Vaux le Vicomte during the chocolate event.
And now I'm kicking myself that I didn't buy this sweet cup at Versailles :( Why do you have to return home, before you wake up to certain missed oportunities?

The coulda, shoulda, wouldas of travel are often not evident till you hit terra firma, chez nous.

This Marie-Antoinette set was way out of my budget to say the least.

But this elegant mug from Chateau Chantilly would have done ever so nicely without breaking the bank.

Same goes for this cup and saucer from the Musee de la Toile de Jouy

I'm falling for the idea of mismatched cups and china hard.
 What was I thinking passing these by?

These stunning glasses were out of my range to be sure. Still lovely to look at from afar.

Not a cup and not for sale but definitely fun at the Musee de Toil and well worth dreaming about.
Bon Petit Dejeuner!


  1. Anonymous9:59 AM

    Love the idea of mix and match cups from palaces one has stopped in...
    A great momento!
    All the best,


  2. Coming home without buying something you loved is just another reason to go back!

  3. Wow, I love the frame around the painting.. the house/building. Very ornate - and you've done a wonderful job on it.

  4. Anonymous10:26 AM

    I would have left my clothes in Paris to buy the red toile teapot with the black cups.

  5. This post is just my cup of tea. Okay, I don't drink tea. But all the cups make me want to abandon my Chicago mug for something a little more delicate.

  6. Anonymous10:42 AM

    What a wonderful painting! Bravo!!!

  7. I don't know what it is about cups, but they intrigue me too. It would be fun to have a huge butler's pantry, walk in huge, to go into and pull anyone of these out of each morning.
    I would have no qualms about using them for paint either, I am afraid. Porcelain is just made to be used, n'est-ce pas?

    Gorgeous and delicious!

  8. Anonymous10:57 AM

    There's no end to things we can collect, hein?
    I bought the Marie Antoinette cup (gulp) -- it's in my china cabinet with my grandmother's Limoges chocolate cups (pink roses, lots of gilt). They are exquisite. I spotted them in my grandmother's breakfront when I was about 12 (I was the only one in the family who knew what they were) and went on a 20 year campaign to get them. But for some reason grandma split the set between my mother and one of her sisters, neither of whom had any particular attachment to them that I could tell. Eventually I talked my mother out of hers, and years later talked my Aunt Toula out of hers.

    Paul's cups have a very pleasing shape. You could always nab one next time. I am ashamed to admit I did that years ago with one of those green wine pitchers.

  9. Beautiful, Carol! I love the filigree surrounding this prize. I love mismatched cups, too--they're charming. So many beauties to choose from...ah, what a problem to have!

  10. Anonymous11:19 AM

    C'est très jolie -
    I can imagine a wine label with this piece, too. As good as everything you do.

  11. Your painting is beautiful and if we were not on a strict budget this holiday I would be getting more than a couple of paintings of yours versus the portable air compressor and work boots I need to get for our van and work at home. I ache for the cups your had to choose from.

  12. Anonymous12:02 PM

    I love china as well!! But-------my cabinets are full of Italian pottery. So-------I guess I need to enjoy the French pieces through your eyes or buy another cabinet! Merci merci pour les photos. maria

  13. First your painting is beautiful, next I always had and have mixed matched cups and plates... there are too many beautiful cups and dishes in the world to have to look at the same ones over and over. Years ago I started buying only four of every dish that I could afford it and second of all since I was always attracted to the same color pallet they all worked together and ever dinner was like eating at a new place...Cheers, Diane

  14. Anonymous2:10 PM

    I'll take all of them, plus the toile chest of drawers! A friend already presented me with the blue one with the royal coat of arms, though.

  15. It's so great to have a piece of history on a cup!

  16. Anonymous6:22 PM

    Fret not over the ones you left behind...you WILL return and then you can act on your better judgement! there wasn't a loser in the bunch!

  17. I also really hate it when either I have left something behind or I've neglected to buy something. Especially because even if you do go back you never know if it's going to be there.

    Like the time I lost my gorgeous boots in Rome. I got them back but it took a lot of money and effort and scheming to do it. But before I had them in my hands again, sigh, it was tough. The best souveniers!

    At least you have the lovely photo and paints to remind you :)

  18. Anonymous2:15 PM

    I love these cups!! Especially the toile inspired designs as well as the commode you show. Fabulous!!

  19. No wonder that painting of yours is SOLD it is amazing.


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