My Mazamet

Life at № 42

Many days are irritating, this wasn’t one of them.

Sorry, the pictures are awful; but what you see resting on the desk is a wonderful Belle Epoque mirror frame we found earlier today (I put another mirror behind it for some of the pictures to get the effect.) We went to a charity shop called Emmaus which is here on the edge of town – not a very nice experience, a warehouse sort of affair. Not a terribly select clientele either. Anyway, in a far corner I noticed a piece of boiserie sticking out, a good many horrendous things in front of it. On close inspection I noticed the decoration on it wasn’t plaster. All of the flowers were individually carved in wood and nailed to the (also wood) base. Quite exceptional work. Mike negotiated what was an already embarrassingly low price (what one might pay for a cheap lunch at a bistro) and we brought it home. Thank goodness for the giant Nissan, the frame is massive. 

Once already here at home and in the hallway I noticed the back was marked!!! Baudson et Cie, Paris & Charleville. I’d seen the name before but couldn’t place it. Of course that doesn’t really matter in times of Google… And so:  Emile Baudson’s work is seen in Paris by a family member of Alexander II of Russia in the 1860’s who then puts him in charge of the restoration work of Mariinski Palace in Kiev. On the back of this work he opens his own ateliers in Charleville (then Paris) and goes on to decorate a number of great houses in Europe and the Americas. Just thrilling to find something so spectacular just sitting abandoned in a warehouse. And so that was my Saturday.

I’ll take some good pictures in sunlight tomorrow.

 

49 comments on “Many days are irritating, this wasn’t one of them.

  1. Hariod Brawn
    January 6, 2018

    A charity shop, and you haggled. Have you no shame man! 😉

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  2. Anony Mole
    January 6, 2018

    Is this a hobby or part of your everyday entrepreneurial efforts? Will you restore,mirror and then sell it? I’m the last person to burrow through old warehouses for stuff — a mat on the ground, a blanket, a bottle of whiskey and a laptop and I’m set.

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  3. jim-
    January 6, 2018

    Meaningless bad behavior. I like that.

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    • The Pink Agendist
      January 6, 2018

      visit Hariod, you’ll understand: https://contentedness.net/2016/11/

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      • jim-
        January 6, 2018

        Thanks. Will do

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      • jim-
        January 6, 2018

        I do not regret to inform you that I do not lack the unnecessary understanding of the aforementioned excerpt. Although following Hariod prior to my my unmentioned departure from Central America, there was a time of absence regarding said authors presence in the annulus archives of my file in the actual time the writing occurred. My year of absence, though not unintentional, was an oversight of magnanimous proportions not foreseen had the aforementioned post been called to my attention.

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      • Hariod Brawn
        January 6, 2018

        Bastard! Send Jim to my most . . . most . . . most oblique post ever, why don’t you!

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      • jim-
        January 6, 2018

        Oblique? Possibly but not near as unobtuse as it possibly might not have been.

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      • The Pink Agendist
        January 6, 2018

        It’s one of my favourites of all time.

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      • Hariod Brawn
        January 6, 2018

        There’s not nuffink wrong wiv a double negative.

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  4. Diana MacPherson
    January 6, 2018

    Lovely looking piece. A bumpkin like me would buy it and only figure out what I had later.

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    • The Pink Agendist
      January 6, 2018

      Thanks! I usually don’t go for Belle Epoque, but there was something special about this one.

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  5. clubschadenfreude
    January 6, 2018

    it’s always so great to find that hidden treasure

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  6. Helen Devries
    January 6, 2018

    We used to haunt Emmaus…before they started sorting out the gold from the dross and selling it on before the hoi polloi had a chance at it, but did no have such luck as this!
    We did buy a similar mirror…but without a name….flowers carved individually then attached, in a junk shop near Angers. Some bright spark had painted the flowers
    in ghastly pastel shades which took a great deal of removal, but it was stunning at the back of the entrance hall. We sold it to a local notaire when we moved…nice to see one of them shelling out rather than raking it in…

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    • The Pink Agendist
      January 6, 2018

      Apparently that’s the case everywhere now. They have dealers go in first for an initial sorting. This was so dusty, I imagine it just sat there, hidden for many years.

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  7. coteetcampagne
    January 6, 2018

    What a find.

    Well done.

    Emmaus is an interesting chain, I find it smelly and full of odd people but, yes, treasures are still out there to be found.

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    • The Pink Agendist
      January 6, 2018

      We were thoroughly pleased. We’ve visited a number of times and never found anything worth bringing home. As Helen says, the dealers take most of the good stuff before anyone else has a chance…

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  8. Tish Farrell
    January 6, 2018

    Nothing like the acquisition of unexpected treasure at a bargain price. What a splendid find.

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  9. Carmen
    January 6, 2018

    Sounds like a humdinger of a day! 🙂

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  10. karenjane
    January 6, 2018

    A very attractive find. But how could you barter the low price down? I never have the confidence, & always pay the marked price. My sister, on the other hand, has no shame & consequently she buys many bargains. Are you keeping this? It looks good where it is.

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    • The Pink Agendist
      January 6, 2018

      Not me! Mike is the negotiator. He got very good at it in the days when he was buying the house in Morocco.
      And YES!!! We’re keeping it. I love it where it is, and so does Mike. As we don’t always agree, when we do, we have to take advantage of it 😀

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  11. john zande
    January 6, 2018

    Thank you, Jesus.

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  12. acflory
    January 6, 2018

    Bloody hell, PInky…that’s the find of the century! You are so LUCKY! And it fits that spot perfectly. It’s as if that wall has been waiting for you to the right frame. 😀

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    • The Pink Agendist
      January 6, 2018

      Seneca — ‘Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.’ 😀
      We spent the evening having this precise discussion. While I was making dinner Mike came downstairs having been looking at the mirror to say it was an “extraordinary pattern” finding things like this. Five minutes later he came back into the kitchen to say, “no, it isn’t!”
      With a reasonable amount of knowledge, pattern recognition becomes almost automatic. Think of it as the difference between touching silk versus polyester, but applied to objects 🙂

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      • acflory
        January 7, 2018

        Hmm…that is so interesting. Not just in terms of art but in terms of life in general. When good [or bad] things happen for no apparent reason, I often catch myself doing the ‘it’s fate thing’, but maybe it’s simply mindset meeting opportunity. Maybe opportunities happen all the time but we only ‘see’ them when our mindset is ‘in sync’ with whatever is presented…
        Philosophically it would be a non-deterministic middle path, wouldn’t it?

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      • The Pink Agendist
        January 7, 2018

        Could (prior) knowledge not be figured into the deterministic narrative?

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      • acflory
        January 8, 2018

        No, because it’s kind of ‘passive’ and there is no guarantee that at the moment where opportunity meets decision, some other variable won’t pop up to ruin everything – like a sudden itch, or a minor domestic crisis. Until the moment you make that decision, anything is possible.

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  13. Dr Martina Feyzrakhmanova
    January 7, 2018

    Magpie! Delighted for you all the same 🙂

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  14. foolsmusings
    January 7, 2018

    Tell me you haven’t already asked it who the fairest of them all is? Be honest

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  15. Steve Ruis
    January 7, 2018

    Re “We went to a charity shop called Emmaus which is here on the edge of town – not a very nice experience, a warehouse sort of affair. Not a terribly select clientèle either.”

    Imagine! A great find while slumming! Did you expect a better shopping experience trying to find special pieces a shop owner was ignorant of? If the clientèle were more select that frame would have been long gone, along with all of the other quality items.

    Tsk, tsk. Our petticoats are showing!

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    • The Pink Agendist
      January 7, 2018

      I wasn’t complaining, I was describing 😛
      And that logic doesn’t quite pan out, because it’s only good piece I’ve ever seen there.

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  16. coteetcampagne
    January 7, 2018

    This true though, that these gems only survive to be spotted because the hoi polloi don’t recognise their value ( aesthetic and otherwise)

    Miaow!

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  17. midihideaways
    January 8, 2018

    Great find – well done for spotting it!! I didn’t realise that you had an Emmaus in Mazamet. I’ve not found anything decent in Narbonne and the one near Pezenas in ages, but friends dragged home the most amazing buffet a few years ago – and arts and crafts piece, rounded bevel cut glass in the upper doors, probably prohibitively expensive to replace if it ever got broken.

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    • The Pink Agendist
      January 8, 2018

      It’s down in Aussillon, near the déchèterie. Only open twice a week, and only dependably on the Saturday.
      I’ve always been afraid of verre bombé. With boisterous dogs in the house I try to stick to the most solid possible options 😀

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      • midihideaways
        January 9, 2018

        That’s great – I’ll try and check it out if I get there on a Saturday!!

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  18. poshbirdy
    January 8, 2018

    Wonderful piece and what a find. Can’t say more than that because raw envy is eating me alive

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    • The Pink Agendist
      January 8, 2018

      As you’re an art-deco fan, the Liquidarium here often has some interesting pieces. We saw some nice deco mirrors there last month (in the style of the one below) for between 60 and 100.

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  19. Bela Johnson
    January 9, 2018

    Perfect! Wonderful find! I love this sort of thing. And I suspect the item found you as well. I often think these treasures are not inanimate – wood has a sort of sacredness if not a soul. It needed another go-round. Yay.

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    • The Pink Agendist
      January 9, 2018

      I do love the idea it’s been saved, liked Cinderella. And now she’ll go on to have a very glamorous life 😀

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  20. You really have to have high ceilings for a piece like that. Which may be the reason it was there so long and dusty. How many people have the required ceiling height AND shop at a place like that?

    It must have been a pain to hang though.

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    • The Pink Agendist
      January 12, 2018

      That’s definitely true. It’s a Goodwill sort of place, so mostly people looking for things in just decent usable condition, rather than anything pretty.

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