Saturday, June 5, 2010

European Flavor For Windows, CANTONNIERES

On my buying trips to France, I stay on the search for French and Italian window valances, "Cantonnieres" in France.
I like the simple elegance of the flowers ... 19th century French carved wood.

and the ornate flair of this pair of 19th century Italian

This pair of 18th century Venetian, with the original paint, could make a room.

Wine lovers?

Need Black Forest for a lake or mountain retreat?

I find the pieces, turn them over to the magic hands of decorators and designers....
Often imagine the rooms with these wonderful treasures.
Please share or email me....would love to see.


  1. Love, love, love ~ everything is better in France. xo

  2. Stop it!!!! You are killing me!!! Those gilded ones are fabulous but that Venetian pair make me weak in the knees......these are some of the best examples I have seen. ( I have a client that used one over the shower curtain in the bath!

  3. Theresa, I love sensual bathrooms, and that one had to be fab. And a perfect use for a single.

    I sold the Venetian pair at Marburger...headed off to Seattle area.

  4. These aer all just beautiful & I love your thoughts here. Thank you for stopping by RHS. I truly appreciate your kind words. Love your blog and I'll be back soon.

  5. Gwen, I loved your post on old souls....very creative pairing antiques with those we know.
    It was a great way to remember the soul of both.

  6. I had no idea what these were even called, but they're gorgeous! Thank you for sharing, your blog is so informative (and beautiful)!

  7. Thank you Shari...and I am still drooling over the mirrored pieces in your post today.

  8. i love the last one with the wolf head!!!!
    they remind me of these gorgeous clock shelves I saw at a flea market recently

  9. Robin, I just visited your site...such a creative eye and soul. I see why you liked the fox with your connection to nature and animals.

  10. Hi, My husband and I are renovating his family home in Scotland and I am trying to find two original window cornices(cantonnieres) for the drawing room above the curtains. I see from your blog of 2010 that you have great success in finding them. I would need 2 of about 2m each. I would be so grateful if you could help me in any way.

    Thanks so much and I look forward to hearing from you at oyur earliest convenience.



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