Thursday, December 2, 2010

Louis 15th has Arrived!


These little cupcakes we had to celebrate the arrival of my beautiful Louis 15th style sofa circa 1910 from Karina in New Orleans.  This is quite remarkable .... New Orleans to Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia!
This beautiful lady and her ladies in waiting arrived in timber framed boxes and as the photos show .... we peeled back the layers to reveal the beauty within that had travelled so far to come home to me.  Karina and I have been talking at length about this and I now am the "Keeper of History" of these beautiful pieces and I so cherish that honour.  I do not undertake this lightly .... for me antiques and history are the footprint of life and we need to cherish and nurture that what has come before us.  Karina always knows this and she has entrusted to me these beautiful pieces.  I remember saying to Karina "It is a long journey down under but I believe our beautiful lady will be happy with me because I will look after her and cherish her!"
Please enjoy these pictures and just think for one moment .... this Louis sofa is 100 years old .... who has sat on her before, what secrets has she heard and what style and grace she carries forth!





 Unwrapping the gauze .....  and a special present which lies within .........


Karina sent to me wrapped in the folds of the gorgeous salon chairs a beautiful gift which I will cherish forever...... I know now that we will be eating our Christmas Plum Pudding with these gorgeous silver spoons ..... I will definitely feel like Marie Antoinette!  Thank-you Karina for such a beautiful gift!


Coming out of the Box .....



My beautiful Louis sofa at home finally.....
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26 comments:

Julienne said...

How exciting!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

YOU DO NOT EVEN KNOW THE JOY IN MY HEART, THE SMILE ON MY FACE and the sense of KINSHIP I FEEL RIGHT NOW!!! YOU LOOK STUNNING and you must be so excited. Oh, I can see mine from my computer and I am lovin' this white settee of yours, and the CHAIR TOO!!!! VERY WONDERFUL MY SWEET!!! Have a wonderful day sitting, laying on it and dreaming! BISES, Anita

Jenny said...

It looks so gorgeous and puffy and comfortable. Just perfect and I know you will enjoy it and be staring at it for the next few months! Have fun. ;-)

Hamptontoes said...

Christmas has come early for you my dear friend! What a sofa and what a story...super lovely!

Paris Pastry said...

How beautiful! What a find! I adore the lavender cushions. And the cupcakes of course! Worth a celebration in my opinion!

High Heeled Life said...

What a wonderful journey and story your beautiful sofa and chairs will carry forth with them as they weave themselves through through the tapestry of your life and that of generations to come in your family. I'm so happy for you... xo HHL

BonjourRomance said...

Both pieces are gorgeous - and so at home! You look lovely sitiing on your new sofa.
Enjoy,
Mimi

Karina Gentinetta said...

Frances, it's as if they always belonged there. I am so thrilled that these pieces have joined us together. It's like Divine Sisterhood of the Travelling Antiques!

Hugs and kisses,

Karina

Tonya said...

GORGEOUS, GORGEOUS, GORGEOUS............Just beautiful Franny - like You!!!

And I LOVE, Love, Love the Lilac cushions you have had made for ME? Hahahahahaha.......I know, I know, I'm not getting my hands on them, am I! But how magnificent they would look beside my CQ White Script! :)

Once again You have done magnificent work here Franny - and I am happy to come and just sit and stare at it anytime with You - we could pass a few hours very nicely, doing just that!!!

ENJOY!!! You so deserve this!!!
XX

red ticking said...

i know i tell you this often... well today especially... you are beautiful inside and out... your comment was precious...xx

vicki archer said...

Such a beautiful delivery...your sofa and chair are totally gorgeous and I can understand your excitement at their arrival. Enjoy.....they are wonderful...xv

*Chic Provence* said...

Frances your sofa from Karina is simply stunning, you are both gorgeous! and the pillow are in a favorite color!

Enjoy!

Kit

Dreamlife/Classic Style said...

OMG I LOOOOVE your sofa and your style,, I wish we where neighbours..hugs to you my frined ;)/Marie

M.A.the2nd said...

Thsnk-you do much for all your lovely comments. I am very lucky indeed to be the keeper of this special treasure! I wish you were all my neighbours and I love Karina's "The Sisterhood of the Travelling Antiques" Fabulous and so true......

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

GOOD MORNING GORGEOUS! Oh, it is so good to see your visit! How is the new settee doing and your chair???? I am enjoying mine. Aren't they so comfortable? THANK YOU FOR VISITING ME! Oh, life is so busy; we do need to email each other to hear theh latest!

I must run off to work now, but I so enjoy seeing your visits!! BISOUS, Anita

Julie-Ann said...

Your furniture is so beautiful. I agree the fact that the sofa is an antique makes it even more special. It looks perfect in your home:)

Karena said...

Frances how very exciting!! An early holiday present indeed!! These pieces are "you"!

Be sure to come and enter my giveaway from Fifi Flowers Value $200!

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

annechovie said...

What stunning pieces, Frances! Love them. xo

Mademoiselle Poirot said...

Bonjour Frances, that sofa is beautiful, absolutely gorgeous. A real treasure and you look very happy and relaxed on it. Perfect. Wishing you a lovely weekend, Love from London xo

VictoriaArt said...

Madame, I congratulate you! This must be the most beautiful X-mas gift! It is absolutely gorgeous!!! And you are absolutely fittingly beautiful!
I guess I just repeat what everybody has been saying before me....
But it's true!
I had a glimpse already a few days ago, but There was so much going on over here, I had no quiet moment 'til today to say how wonderful your new sofa and chairs are. And those spoons! Lovely!
Perhaps one day I come over for a State visit...

Yours truly...Victoria

Mélanie A. said...

Your new sofa looks gorgeous

Tonya said...

Happy Birthday for today beautiful Franny!

Hope they treat You like a Queen!!

See You later,
Love Ton! xox

Kristin said...

Hi! Your sofa and chair are just STUNNING! So beautiful! Congratulations! And have a wonderful Christmas time!

Hugs, Kristin

Kellie Collis said...

Those are just gorgeous! They truly are home! Have a lovely time, Kellie xx

chateaudelille said...

Oh my, they are just so beautiful. Im curious if the furniture would sweat inside the wrapping. Did the box have extra stuffing around the couch? Love your cushions on the couch. You looked so at peace on the couch. Much love, Fiona

Millie said...

Now that's one seriously gorgeous sofa Frances! MOTH would have to sit on it wrapped head to toe in heavy duty plastic.
Millie x

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