My passion, after my family of course, is Treasure Hunting. The simple beauty of things from by-gone eras have always spoken to me. Whether these treasures are found at a flea market, fine antique store, estate sale, thrift shop, or in the family attic, surprises abound.
As an interior designer, I believe it is vital to balance your decor by including found and family treasures. Surrounding yourself with things you love should always be the goal, from there you will find your true style.
As I shop, I may have a client in mind or I may want to resell at our french flea market or in my shop. I am lucky to have several outlets for my treasures including my own home! I plan to share my searching, hunting, travels, and treasures with you and encourage you to enjoy adding your treasures to your home.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

A Lovely Painted Lady Treasure

I have always been thrilled when I find an antique treasure when I am not even looking. Today, while running errands in my hometown of Hermosa Beach, I happened upon this charming antique painting at a tiny charity resale shop. The painted lady is so lovely and just perfect with Valentine's Day right around the corner.
She is dressed in a soft lace gown. A sun bonnet tied with a ribbon rests upon her shoulder.  As she gazes off, daydreaming of her suitor, she holds a love letter that is for his eyes only.
My fair lady leans on a large tree and soft pink climbing roses surround it's base. In the background the trees, grasses, wood fence and pond add a peaceful surrounding for her romantic thoughts.
This painting probably dates from the first decade of the 1900's, in my estimate. With no signature or reference on the reverse I must attribute this painting to an unknown artist. Although she is in less than perfect condition, after a light cleaning she will be a lovely addition to any decor. I will save her for the Le Potager "April in Paris Flea Market", which is just a few months away. Happy hunting everyone!

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