Parisian Street Markets

 

 

Art Deco jardinière Michelaud Limoges 1926

Art Deco jardinière Michelaud Limoges 1926

When I travel to different cities I usually prefer to wander around without much planning ahead or bothering with maps. It’s amazing what you can stumble upon when you allow your intuition to lead you. One of the best live music concerts I ever saw was a free performance of Indian classical music, discovered by chance while roaming around Madras. I also encountered several brilliant antique street markets in Paris by chance. I was continually astounded by the quality and diversity of the art and ceramics that were presented. The Paris flea markets originated in the 18th-century when chiffoniers or rag-and-bone men resold goods and clothing found in aristocrats’ rubbish bins, setting up just outside the gates of Paris to avoid fees and taxes incurred within city walls. Consequently, the main flea markets sit on the rim of the city close to the Boulevard Peripherique (ring road).

Paris - Saint Quen Flea Market

 Saint Quen Flea Market – Paris

 

A street market I didn’t discover by chance but hold in high regard and recommend is the Porte de Vanves in the south of Paris. This 300 stall market is accessible using the Metro Line 13 and is open from 7am to around 1.30pm. It caters for both amateur and professional sellers and is only open on weekends. This busy street market has anything from Art Deco pieces, Retro kitchen wares,vintage jewellery, antique pottery to Art Nouveau ceramics. Most vendors take cash only, so if you intend to splurge on some antiques, be wary of pickpockets and be prepared to bargain (dealers generally drop their prices by 15 – 20 % ). Nowadays I make the occasional foray to the markets but usually wander the online antique markets which is also a journey of intuitive desicions and below are some pieces I came across for French antique pottery.

Porte de Vanves street market

Porte de Vanves street market

Vanves Market stall

 Philippe Deshoulieres - French Lady and the Unicorn Plate

 Lady and the Unicorn Plate – Philippe Deshoulieres

Limoges cake box - France

Handpainted porcelian cake box

Limoges – France

French Art Deco twin handled vase

French Art Deco twin handled vase

Paris flea market

Paris Marche aux Puces

Quimper French Faience with decorative giraffe

Quimper French Faience  13 inch tall

Pierirefonds six sided urn vase

Pierirefonds six sided urn vase

Antique Sarreguemines plate

Antique Sarreguemines French plate

Longwy salt and pepper shakers

Longwy salt and pepper shakers

Meynes confit pot with a mustard glaze and unglazed 'Terre cuite"

Confit pot with a mustard glaze and unglazed ‘Terre cuite’

Meynes France

French Chinoiserie Vase

French Chinoiserie Vase

French Majolica Fruit Tall Cake Stand

Old Sarreguemines French Majolica Fruit Tall Cake Stand

French Art pottey vase c.1890

French Art pottery floral decorative vase   c.1890

 Majolica oyster plate, France

French Majolica oyster plate

French Aladin porcelain figurine

Aladin porcelain figurine

Majolica Water fountain and Jardiniere

French Antique Majolica Water fountain and Jardiniere

    Art Deco Vessel

Art Deco Vessel

Antique French Barbotine Art Plaque

Antique French Barbotine Art – seaside landscape ceramic tile.

19th century ceramic drip glaze basket.

French 19th century drip glaze basket.

Floral Turqouise Longwy bowl

Turqoise Longwy bowl

French Mustache cup & saucer

Mustache cup & saucer of Madame De Récamier 1800’s Scandalous Story

French-pottery bowl by Pastis-&-Co

Pastis & Co French pottery bowl and plate

Large Montigny sur Loing DX Pottery Poppy Charger

 Montigny sur Loing DX Pottery Poppy Charger handpainted by Charles Virion

Pâte-de-Verre Vase by Argy-Rousseau

French Art Deco Pâte-de-Verre Vase by Argy-Rousseau

( macklowe gallery )

Marche aux Puces de la Porte de Vanves

Marche aux Puces de la Porte de Vanves

Art Deco vase - Alpho

Art Deco vase – Alpho

Henri GANDAI French Faience vase

French Faience vase – Henri Gandai

Joseph Mougin Nancy French Art Nouveau bottle

Mougin Nancy French Art Nouveau vase

Long necked mustard cloisonne vase

Vintage long necked mustard cloisonne vase with traditional orchid motif.

Floor Vase Signed C F France

Large Antique Drip Glaze Art Pottery Floor Vase Signed C F France

Art Deco majolica cup and saucer

Art Deco majolica cup and saucer

 

 

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2 Comments

  1. Mark
    Posted February 7, 2013 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    I love French slip painted pottery. I am a collector 2 items that you have on your site caught my eye.
    Charles Virion Montigny sur Loing DX Pottery Poppy Charger and Antique French Barbotine Art – seaside landscape ceramic tile.
    Would you consider to sell them?
    Kind regards
    Mark

  2. Mark
    Posted February 7, 2013 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

    Do you know the maker of the tile?

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