Saturday, 18 June 2011

My new French Antiques.....huzzah!

I have had a terribly busy week at work, and thought I wouldn't make it to the French Antiques Auction I had been looking forward to for the last couple of months.  Fortunately, I managed to get ahead with some deadlines and got to the auction in time for the viewing.  I was delighted to get a set of 4 Louis XV style chairs, in good shape and with upholstery that I liked and which is in good enough condition to suffice as it is for some time to come.  Much later in the evening, when the crowds had subsided and bidders were getting weary, I bagged a small table at bargain price, which I can use to finally replace the Ikea dining set I've been stuck with for years.  I had been planning to get a smaller table for ages, and had it stuck in my mind that a round pedestal table was precisely what I wanted.   But, as you can see, I ended up with something completely different.  I am absolutely delighted with my purchases, even if I didn't get to bed until 1:00 am as a result of all the "to-ing and fro-ing".   Marvellously, I managed to take the 4 chairs home on one run, and got the table in the trunk of my little mazda on the second run (I had feared needing to tie it to the roof, as Bobby has done with his purchases on prior occasions).  The peonies have opened up in my front garden and look lovely, although I've been cutting them and giving them to friends, and haven't left too many to photograph out in the garden!
Here are my new chairs and table

I got the cabinet in the background at a previous auction.

I love the little finial on the stretcher! 


  1. How the hell did you get your dining room to look so fricken HUGE?

  2. I'm thinking of changing my blog's name to My Mimico Mansion! I guess this is what they do on real estate listings....clever camera angles to make everything look more spacious than it really is!

  3. Palazzo Mimico! Beautiful home outside and in!