Sunday, January 25, 2015
Have become fascinated by La Samaritaine, 19th-century Art Nouveau department store on the Rue de Rivoli. Currently closed, while megabillionaire Japanese owners, who recently purchased the huge complex--complete with thermal baths-- try to figure out what to do with it. This beautifully green-colored advertisement, with haughty child and lady (mother?) gently holding gloved hand of other lady, captures the antique glamor of the place.
Posted by Terry Castle at 12:55 PM
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Found in little antiques shop in the Marais this week: a photograph attached to a piece of wood then handpainted. I've not seen this particular handling of the photo before, and all one can say is the colorist knew what he/she was doing. The comparison with "hand-tinted" tintypes and cartes de visite one comes across in the US hardly favors the latter.
Posted by Terry Castle at 1:05 PM