IL MERCATINO DI LUCCA
I hadn't been to the Lucca antiques market in ages. Held the third weekend of every month it's a trove of everything from real treasures to absolute junk. And it's always interesting to see what people are trading. This collection of monogrammed ribbons baffled me—it's like a work of contemporary art that makes some kind of reference to unlikely things beyond its own realm. I found no PG among them, alas.
The market is held in a series of small piazze in the historic center of town. This is Piazza del Giglio, and that is the early 19th century opera house.
I've been in need of a staircase for my closet and I admired both of these, but both were a bit on the big side.
This small birdseye maple Biedermeier table is quite original, but my house is full.
A Biedermeier library or etagere. Things that could pass for 20th century were made in the Biedermeier era. Or is this in fact deco? Any guesses out there?
For the garden.
Children were little angels, long ago.
A reproduction Venetian style arm chair. They wanted €300.
There was a lot to shackle in the old days.
Doors from the 17th century.
I love Ginori.
I once wrote on an Olivetti. A bit newer than this one.
What a romance here!
He isn't quite sure he wants it.
I might have gone for this watercolor.
I was a bit perplexed by this. I quite liked it. Not bad.
That's the Duomo, San Martino.
A nice drawing.
This is a rather humble painting of Florence from the early 19th century. That staircase along the river no longer exists.
A wonderful model of a fantasy boat.