Wednesday, April 7, 2010

A letter to love....


Here is my latest coup de coeur. Blogging friend Mélanie, the young talented French antiquaire of Le petit cabinet de curiosités recently opened an online shop where she sells her delicate treasures. I was first looking for an old handwritten personal letter but as Mélanie had explained they are quite rare so I bought this beautiful XVIIIth century land contract handwritten on parchment.
And because Mélanie is very sweet she added a little surprise for me which she knew I would love : a letter written by a mother to her son who is in college dated back to may 1835. She gently scolds him as he has been deprived of a day out for misbehavior. The tone is very touching and the end of the letter intrigued me as she says her silk worms keep her very busy. Did she have them for mere pleasure or did she produce silk ? And I cried with delight when I saw the address : Collège Royal, Bouches-du-Rhône - in Marseille, the biggest city near my hometown Aix-en-Provence. I love it so much, I keep it on my desk just for the pleasure of touching it softly....Mille mercis Mélanie !

17 comments:

d i a n a m u s e said...

Oh! Such treasure. The whole post is an homage to friendship and love.

I'm swooning at the gorgeousness of the calligraphy and parchment.

Linda Sue said...

Oh my, that is a possession with much responsibility- do not light a candle nearby! Beautiful letters!

Spangle said...

What a beautiful find!

Simply Mel said...

I'm in complete adoration of the beautiful handwritten script lettering! Oh my goodness - such a treasure! And the paper it is upon! How I miss the art of letter writing ~ don't you think we should bring it back!?!

Christina said...

this is so very beautiful!
xo

A Thousand Clapping Hands said...

The perfect treasure for you! Don't you just love when these wonderful things find you? Beautiful.

Catherine

Don said...

Great find!

Mélanie said...

Merci Lala , pour ce joli post..Je sais qu'avec toi ces lettres seront entre de jolies mains ...

Kristin said...

Wow, what a treasure!!! So, so beautiful! Thanks for showing us!! Hope your day is lovely!!

xoxo's Kristin

Diana said...

so lovely!

Simply Colette said...

Lovely catching up with your blog! Your cards are so cheery! Have a great day! xoxo

Susana said...

That is a GORGEOUS treasure, Lala!

Noel Solomon said...

I love your blog and enjoy all of your photos!!

Happy we found each other~

best,
Noel

aguja said...

Wow! I feel prickly all over just looking at the parchment, the words, the ink guided by a hand so long ago. What treasure!

La Dolfina said...

A treasure for sure! So glad it found it's way to you:)
xo

Simonetta said...

lindo!

peephorn said...

Such beautiful handwriting. Imagine trying to even find a font online go graceful. Handwriting is really a lost art.

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