Thursday, May 27, 2010

My Favorite Treasure from the Brocante


Allow me to introduce you to Christopher Low


a most unique artist.


His quirky pieces caught my attention


and captivated my imagination.


They brought a smile to my face.


The owner of Chateau Sonoma bought this one for her lobbyist husband first thing in the morning.


I was completely smitten with this modern day folk artist!


I wanted to know more about the person who created these wonderful pieces!


He introduced himself and proceeded to tell me that he simply collected old toys and things and put them together.


They evolved out of his imagination.


I discovered that my favorite dealer, Coco is a fan and owns several of his pieces.


I knew I wouldn't be leaving without one...


... but which one?


Fortunately it wasn't a difficult choice.


This pair of French men stole my heart




and now reside in my kitchen where they make me smile day in and day out!






And in keeping with the French theme of the day...  I picked up this well worn set of Le Creuset and vintage mandolin at a thrift store on the way home!



25 comments:

Anna said...

LOVE the elephant..and the ducky...just gorgeous..what a talented man indeed!

A Perfect Gray said...

such fun art pieces. I love your little men. Folk art is the best, isn't it?

Hollywood forever, Kevin said...

Hurrah for folk art and the people who buy it! I am an artist myself so it's great to see other pieces as crazy as mine. Good choice. By the way, I really enjoy your blog. Keep up the good work.

Beach House Living said...

The little truck would have been fun to see in person. I'm not a large fan of folk art but I like the looks of some of the old toys.

MyFavoriteFrenchAntiques said...

French men are good at stealing hearts ;-)
I love it when we remember the joy of being a child...your artist does.

Kathysue said...

Aaah cute little French men in a box. So glad you got something to make you smile that is always the best, Kathysue

lisaroy said...

what fun pieces! I love your new treasure! : )

Kelly Green said...

These are great fun - the elephant is my pick! KG

Casa Bella said...

I LOVE that vintage mandolin! The elephant is fabulous as well. Great post, darling!

FrenchBlue said...

Love your French Men!!! They were your perfect choice:) You amaze me how many treasure hunts you find weekly! A day worth every step of hunting for sure:)
XO

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

How marvelous!
I love the fun and whimsy of these pieces, I can easily see myself owning several of these.

Have a wonderful holiday weekend!

XO,
Anne

The Zhush said...

Love those French Men...they would have been my pick too! Quirky cool!

Colleen said...

I think your mandolin is actually a "kraut cutter" that slices cabbage to make sauerkraut. My Mom had one. The mandolins I have seen have various changeable blades. Anyway, I hope you use it to cook with as well as display it. Love your blog.

ticklishfromadistance said...

Wonderful pieces. I love the men. Very cool!

Privet and Holly said...

As you have stolen our hearts, sweet Terese! I loved seeing the brocante through your eyes. I would love to come out and see it for myself, some year!!! You have such a warm way of showcasing other designers, artists and well...everybody who captures your lovely imagination! Have a wonderful and relaxing weekend, dear friend! xx P&H

La Dolfina said...

Thanks Colleen! That makes a lot of sense. Now I love it even more since my husband is the chef in our house and happens to be German!!
Thanks for your visit today :)

Naomi@ThirteenandSouth said...

What fun curiosities! I'm going to the Brooklyn Flea for the first time tomorrow, and now you have me extra excited :)

Thanks for stopping by. I'm a follower now too!

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Gorgeous! thank you so much for stopping by, enjoy your blog!
Kristin :)

Zaira said...

Hi Therese! So lovely to meet you, thank you for visiting me and your kind comment! I'm a new follower now.

Have a happy we xxx

Cristin said...

I love the elephant too!

xo,
cristin

pretty pink tulips said...

I'm so loving your Le Creuset - and vintage mandolin. You've got quite the eye!!

shari @ little blue deer said...

Oh, the Frenchmen are great! That's what I would have picked too!

Cashon&Co said...

tjhat looks AMAZING IN YOUR KITCHEN!!
of cvourse it does! (sorry again for spelling/bandaid's fault)

Bonito said...

Sonoma, mmm. Sounds great! I wold like to visit this incredible market.
Hugs
/ L.-

A Thousand Clapping Hands said...

I have a vintage mandolin exactly like that! Love your brocante posts.
Catherine