Monday, 19 March 2012

Glorious contents of a French château


Couldn't resist showing this: there's a public auction later this week of the contents of the eighteenth century Château de Digoine in southern Burgundy. A look at the catalogue gives a glimpse inside this place - a treasure trove of wonderful pieces of furniture and pictures, but also old uniforms, kitchenalia and pieces of brocante. If only...

A click on this link will give you the auction catalogue: Open sesame!
To turn the pages, flick from the bottom right.

9 comments:

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Deborah:
How splendid that you have been able to provide a link to the catalogue. There is certainly much there that we should very much like and readily be able to place somewhere. Absolutely fascinating. Will you go, we wonder?

Libby Rodriguez said...

It seems sad they are selling it all off...on the other hand(!) here is my shopping list (1) the whole page of toys and games with which to decorate the family room, (2)the board of keys on pg 36 that would look GREAT in my entryway, and (3) the portfolio on page 76, so that everyone would be jealous of my new laptop case!

Julie Farrar said...

Thanks for providing the catalogue. It's a sad thing when all of a house's treasures get dispersed. What will become of the chateau? Is it owned by a family and they'll simply reside in a small corner of it?

Yvonne Osborne said...

A little different from your average farm auction.:)

Deborah Lawrenson said...

Does seem sad, though perhaps that's just our imagination and nostalgia. According to a Burgundian news website I found, the chateau has been sold unfurnished (perfectly normal, for any other house!) and so the vendor is having to make other arrangements. Imagine downsizing from this!

bookspersonally said...

Drooling over the catalogue itself, much less the gorgeous items (copper pots, antique bathtub) from the sale. Stunning.

Connie Keller said...

Oh my goodness. Now my antique lust knows no bounds. Gorgeous!

aguja said...

What I would give to be at that auction ... although I would not be a purchaser. This post reminds me of a beautiful chair that an aunt of mine bought at a similar type of auction .... and her story that accompanies it. I do not have the chair, but am the only one with those memories. Thank you for evoking them with your post, Deborah.

Vanessa said...

The French certainly knew how to build their chateaux. But imagine the upkeep it must involve. Thanks for providing the catalogue - what a lot of interesting stuff! I daren't be let loose at an auction. My hands would have to be tied down.

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