These extraordinary hand-forged iron gates and sections of gates are some of my favorite 18th century antiques to bring to @thecompound_roundtop and @theboneyardrt - there are so many decorative possibilities, and it’s a joy to add the high craftsmanship of hand-hammered and shaped metals to a home environment.
18th century, hand-forged iron. This is the top of a large gate from Provence, which would work beautifully as a dramatic headboard. It has a playful and romantic feel, made possible by the expert forging, which takes advantage of both the elasticity and strength of low carbon iron.
Before the Industrial Revolution ~1760 - 1840, most every town in France had a blacksmith. This image shows a section of the top of a rage, hand-forged 18th century iron gate I found in Provence this week. It’s supposed that most blacksmiths in the early 1700s didn’t understand the exact chemistry behind their craft, but their experience with forging techniques allowed them to form delicate designs that still had great strength.
Some of the bombs dropped in Europe in World War II weighed as much as 22,000 lbs and left craters as deep as 70 ft. The shockwaves from the “monster bombs” and the many smaller bombs exploded glass windows and objects in households throughout France. Through all the destruction, the French preserved their mirrors by painting flowers, birds, tree branches, and scenes over the broken areas. I enjoyed discovering the story behind these painted mirrors, and I’m delighted to be able to share one with you!
The bombings over Europe in World War II were sometimes the equivalent of 300 lightning strikes. The shockwaves threw people off their feet, blew doors off hinges, and cracked the mirrors in thousands of households in Europe. The French kept their mirrors and painted over the cracks. Today, you can sometimes find these beautiful pieces and reflect on the transformations they represent.
World War II bombings were so intense that they left their mark in space, according to researchers at the University of Reading UK. And they also left their mark on the mirrors of France. Unwilling to give up their beautiful mirrors, the French painted over the cracks, leaving a heritage of creative resourcefulness for us to appreciate and enjoy!
I promised you the videos showing the transformation of this 18th century table, and here’s the one showing the table starting as 6’4” long by 4’10” wide and ending as 4’10” long by 3’2” wide. I can’t wait until it arrives @thecompound_roundtop ... and you can see the construction of this beautiful table!!!
The craftsmanship in this 18th century dining table that converts from 6’4” by 4’10” to 4’10” by 3’2” with a simple turn of the surface ...is gorgeous. Be sure to watch my videos, in the posts before and after this one, which demonstrate both transformations. I’ve found so many wonderful things to bring to Round Top Texas!
As I promised yesterday, this is the video of a fabulous 18th century table being transformed from 3’2” wide by 4’10” long to 4’10” wide by 6’4” long with a few simple turns. I’m bringing it to @thecompound_roundtop for the Spring Show! In a few minutes, I’ll post the video of the table transforming from the large to the smaller size.
4’10” wide by 6’4” long by 30” tall (2’6”), and this elegant 18th century table reveals a stunning practicality when you swivel one leaf to create a table 3’2” wide by 4’10” long. I’ll upload demonstration videos, and I’ll be showing this table and more of my finds from this shopping trip @thecompound_roundtop Spring Show. I’ll be at the Winter Show too... both at The Compound and my French Stoneyard at The Boneyard - also in Round Top Texas
The perfect table - 18th century - with a mechanism for transformation so unique that I was stunned by its simplicity. 4’10” wide by 6’4” long by 30” tall (2’6”), and then 3’2” wide by 4’10” after turning the top. I’ll post the videos demonstrating the transformation within the next few days. The beauty and style of the joins adds tremendous character to the surface, and I can’t wait to show it at the Spring Show, @thecompound_roundtop
Wait until you see how this spectacular 18th century table transforms from its full size to half size with a few turns of the surface! 4’10” wide by 6’4” long by 30” tall (2’6”), and then 3’2” wide by 4’10” after turning the top. I’ll post the videos demonstrating the transformation within the next few days here, on Facebook, and at AlisanneWonderland.com.
Thank you so much to everyone who bought items this past week and over the weekend! It’s always so amazing to me that people choose to spend their hard earned money on items I’ve enjoyed collecting from all over. 💖