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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

A Very Special Cup From Provence

I re-discovered a very special silver-plated cup that I found in Provence last year.


I was at the market in St. Remy when I spotted this unique vintage piece having tons of Provençal charm.


It’s nicely hallmarked on the bottom and dates to the 1930s.  You can see the Art Deco influence by the pattern on the band at the top.  It had a gold wash on the interior at one time.


What makes it so interesting is the 3 dimensional cicada on the front.  Locally in Provence they’re known as “cigales” and you can hear plenty of them in high summer.


The “cigale” is a symbol of the culture and is featured prominently on Provençal fabrics – les indiennes- and pottery pieces which are said to attract luck and happiness.  I got the equestrian-style tray at Ballard Designs.  It reminds me of a horse bridle and bit and it’s a perfect piece being in KY.


I enjoy owning things with a story or history and I love to research antique/vintage objects.


You can see Murphy’s head sticking up from the sofa on the lower left.  This is his favorite spot in the whole house!  He almost blends in with the sofa color.

I hope you like exploring French Country charm as much as I do.  I’ll be back on Thursday with some more French Country décor nuggets.


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Michele said...

I have never ever seen anything like that! What a great treasured find!

Cat @ Sunday Brocantes, France said...

Love it! So excited to see you soon in PERSON in the South! Starting the countdown! xx Cat

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

I love that cup, Kim...especially the cigale! What a nice souvenir! Hugs...Debbie

Anonymous said...

I love the way the tulips compliment your silver cup! Very pretty! Lovely Photos! ;) LuAnn

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