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The beauty of curators & collections

The French Muse experience antique brocante

To walk through the antiquaries boutiques in Isle sur la Sorgue is to be surrounded by beauty. There are certain boutiques whose owners just have that very special something, a gut instinct for enchantment, often pulling together unexpected items to form magnetic spellbinding vignettes.

Their eye and unique touch picks out objects – the ones you’ve walked past a thousand times and never thought to touch – and elevates them to greatness. I am in awe  of their alchemy!

The French Muse experience antique brocante

Odile of La Petite Curieuse is one such magician. Her space is always changing and yet still remains very personal, feminine, playful and is take-your-breath away beautiful. She is an artist who creates scenes of wonder with all that is pre-loved, from simple beaded flowers to 18th century Trumeaus, slices of hand printed wallpaper to silk ribbon samples, her expert touch is transformational and humbling.

The French Muse experience antique brocante

The French Muse experience antique brocante

A set of four doors with an incredible patina – sold to a very lucky antiques dealer for her home in Texas.

The French Muse experience antique brocante

Oh to have brought this pair home, ‘Mouche’ and his buddy ‘Trick’.

The French Muse experience antique brocante

Colour and texture are king, broken rules make for the prettiest tablescapes at Isle sur la Sorgue

The French Muse experience antique brocante

Two frames of antique hand carved cameo moulds, with gold leaf surrounds.

The French Muse experience antique brocante

Always open every box and look under lids as often treasure lies within!

The French Muse experience antique brocante

The French Muse experience antique brocante

Chanvre and linen and fabrics galore at one of our Antique textile havens….each of these boxes is filled with gems, just utter the magic words and Laurence will make your textile dreams come true!

The French Muse experience antique brocante

The French Muse experience antique brocante

Two more vignettes from Odiles boutique. I love her use of indigo and ochre to accentuate displays in her space.

The French Muse experience antique brocante

Who can resist a stack of old photographs? I sure can’t!

The French Muse experience antique brocante

These aren’t just shops in the traditional sense, they are carefully crafted magical universes contained within 20 m².

The French Muse experience antique brocante

The French Muse experience antique brocante

The French Muse experience antique brocante

Collections of antique truffle jars, deep dark sensual green on wood. Pure bliss.

The French Muse experience antique brocante

The French Muse experience antique brocante

The French Muse experience antique brocante

A very civilised way to shop antiques – accompanied by a glass of crisp fresh rosé.

If you wish to book a private antique & vintage buying tour please just drop us a line with your dates; the size of your group and your key interests and we will work our magic!

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  • Deb Barrett September 28, 2015, 6:20 pm

    Hi Ruth,
    Love following your Provence design adventures with Corey. I am coveting the cameo mold in the frame? Would you mind telling me where you saw it. In Provence for another week… we hope to be able to do a mini muse next time.
    Deb

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