Samstag, 21. Januar 2017

Found One

Seek Long and Finally Find

Creative effort for the past few days, besides designing a house plan for someone, was choosing upholstery fabrics and finding a cabinet for the living room.
When the Grandmama goes to her Eternal Reward, the offspring disperse her effects, so we noticed some interesting pieces being offered in an estate sale, and went to look. The family home was no longer occupied, but it had some fine features, including this carved arch on the stair case landing. The piece was from a castle in Tessin. No one knows what will become of it.

Detail of the arch carvings

This piece was painted by the heirs' old aunt who took up Bauernmalerie in her advanced years. It is for sale if you want it.

And THIS is the piece we selected for our house. It was from Lausanne, we hear. "Pewter wares included." 

Detail of the door carvings

Detail of the middle carvings

Historic cabinets had these Dolphin water reservoirs and shell basins.  Often they disappear over time and transfers. This one happens to have its pair still. 

Fortunately the cabinet comes apart into sections for moving. As soon as the snow is gone on our road.....

The man who showed us the pieces gave me these, too: pieces by the old aunt, of real Bauernmalerie.

up close, to see the brush work....

And another


  1. Very beautiful piece. Has great presence for your new home that itself features great detail.

    So Bauermmalerie is here called tole painting and was very popular during the folk revival days of the 1980s.

  2. Sarah, what a gorgeous piece. Perfect for your home! Congratulations on the find! You have a lot of windows in that room. Where is it to be? More photos when you get it home!

  3. Oooooh, what a gorgeous cabinet. With greenmen and dolphins! Great find. I call dibs on it when it needs to be inherited!

  4. I am glad you all like it. I do too. We won't get it for awhile; have to wait for road to be accessible.

  5. Aww, such pretty stuff! Glad you got that charming cabinet!

  6. Woo! What a great find! I love it.