Monday, August 22, 2011

COCOCOZY PARIS FLEA MARKET FINDS: THREE CHAIRS! (PART 1)

All photos in this post by Coco of COCOCOZY
Coco's Paris flea market find: a set of four grey painted trellis pattern on a white cane back armchairs

Still in Paris!  So phenomenal!  Really. It is!

Went to the Marches aux Puces at the Porte de Clignancourt yesterday - an unbelievable Paris flea market filled with antique and vintage furniture finds. I love Los Angeles but I must say this flea market puts our flea markets to shame. Here there are so many fantastic treasures to find - amazing antiques and collectible pieces! Amazing.

So we were going to try to be adventuresome and take the metro but opted for a nice air conditioned cab instead. The Marches aux Puces is not at all in the center of Paris...it is on the outskirts so it is a bit of ride...and of course we had no idea how we'd get back to the center of town for our 4pm people watching at the famed cafe Les Deux Magots...but we ventured out anyway.

I had my camera out and ready to take photos but when we first arrived, a vintage dress vendor looked at me and waved her finger and then said "Pop, pop, pop"...which was her very French way of saying no photos.  I was then a little timid as I walked through the marches snapping photos...but of course my design determination got me over any shyness and I just asked if I could take photos and most vendors said yes.

Anyhoooooo...saw so many great things...these chairs below are just a few.  Please review and let me know...do you think these are flea market finds or flea market flops?

CHAIR 1
One of the four of four grey painted trellis pattern on a white cane back armchairs

I found this first set of chairs buried behind mounds of furniture in a little shop when we first arrived.  Loved these caned back Louis style chairs in grey and white with a criss cross trellis pattern painted on the caning on the chair back and seat.  The shop owner was not there but his neighbor called him and he quoted us a price of $2300 for the four chairs.  Trops cher (too expensive for me) but I loved them none the less.  Cute idea though...paint caning on a chair and then add a pattern detail on top of that....hmmm...note to self...

Close up of the grey painted trellis pattern on a white cane back armchairs

narrow pathways throughout the Paris flea market
The narrow but intriguing pathways throughout this endless Paris flea market! (above)

CHAIR 2
17th century antique petite barrel side chairs upholstered in a mustard yellow leather like material with a wood side table at the Paris Flea Market

This second pair of chairs was more affordable - around $650 for the pair -  and quite stylish (add about $1100 for shipping of these two chairs and the table).  They were these petite barrel side chairs upholstered in a mustard yellow leather like material.  I contemplated these chairs for quite a bit.  They don't really go with anything I have...but I loved them.  The owner of this shop said that they were 17th century antique chairs.  Oh dear...should I go back?  They are cute.  Oh no.  Help.

Close up of 17th century antique petite barrel side chairs upholstered in a mustard yellow leather like material

Close up of the back and side of one of the the 17th century antique petite barrel side chairs upholstered in a mustard yellow leather like material

CHAIR 3
A set of 8 painted blue grey cane dining chairs with carved details on the legs

Lastly, a set of 8 cane seat French dining chairs with carved details on the legs.  I liked the blue grey paint on these chairs.  Didn't find out the price but thought they were quite lovely.

Close up of the cane detailing

So the question is...would you have shipped any of these chairs home?  Do you see potential in any of them?  If so, where might you use them in your home?  Would be very curious to know.

More flea market finds coming up tomorrow...including an amazing bombay chest!

Happy Monday!

xo
Coco

P.S. Thank you all for watching my quick video DESIGN GUIDE from yesterday.  I'll try to do a few more of these video posts while here!

All photos in this post by Coco of COCOCOZY

10 comments:

  1. Coco I love the patterned cane chairs, not the price though!!

    xoxo
    Karena

    Art by Karena

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  2. Oh and I do like the barrel chairs ...I wonder how much it would be to ship them back home. Do you think they were 17th Century?

    xoxo
    Karena

    Art by Karena

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  3. I spent one of the best days of my life wandering this flea market. I have several small finds (things I could carry) scattered around my home. Hope to return soon.

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  4. Loving the pink velvet upholstered chair and all of the caned chairs. You can't find pieces like that anymore, it's a lost art!

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  5. Oh to shop at Paris flea markets...my idea of heaven on earth...ADORE the last set!!

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  6. Coco, really like the barrel chairs - great color and elegant lines. Not to sure I believe they're 17th century, tho. Would I ship them? yep.

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  7. I am with Julie! They are beautiful no matter what era they were made... :)

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  8. I vote for chair #2! I love that shape and style of that pair of chairs!

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  9. Go for it! I would reupholster them with an off white fabric and a trow pillow with one of your motif patterns and voila!!!! the wood color is gourgeous!!!

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  10. If you did end up sending one or both of those yellow barrel chairs home - Id love to buy it off you! great style - hard to find locally without building it yourself.

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