an early autumn loot shoot

by Sharon Santoni

dog sitting in front of brocante purchases

It’s been a long time since I posted a loot shoot, but this has been a lovely lazy weekend, when I could escape alone to a country antique fair and then to fair-in-a-field, and I was happy to bring home a little loot.

chateau condé sur iton, normandy

The antique fair was held in a whimsical chateau with towers and moats and hunting lodges.   All slightly chaotic, as many dogs as vendors, if not more, so luckily I hadn’t brought Gibson or Ghetto along for the ride.

detail pink soup tureen

The pieces that caught my fancy this week were a couple of soup tureens in very pretty designs.  I am particularly fond of the pink one, with its bird and flowers.

details blue tureen and plates

I spotted the blue tureen at the fair early this morning, the one in the field ( and for those of you with good memories that would be the same field where I lost my keys earlier this year).  I love its oval shape, echoed in the oval serving dish and two oval side servers.  All very elegant.

detail copper saucpans

There seemed to be a lot of copper this morning, and after picking up many pieces, I chose this saucepan and three lids.  Not in good enough condition to be used for cooking, but just wonderful for hanging on a kitchen wall and giving an immediate French country touch.

antique fair in chateau

The fair at the chateau was held inside and out, with vendors hanging their wares from the sides of 18th century fireplaces … whatever ….  the mere fact of being able to wander around the chateau as we bought, seemed to add some extra fun, especially when it meant finding some huge linen sheets like these – love them!


I was also very happy this morning to find a big ironstone oval dish that is perfect for flowers, although I am not sure it was made with flowers in mind.      I immediately picked a few hydrangeas and zinnias to see how well it worked.

autumn flowers

Voila!   A little snippet from my weekend, all of the above will be appearing shortly in my brocante store, so let me know if there is anything of interest.

details soup tureen


Mise September 6, 2015 - 8:47 pm

What a fine haul, Sharon, and the pink tureen is utterly charming. Roses would display beautifully in it

Rita C at Panoply September 6, 2015 - 8:56 pm

Beautiful finds, beautiful venue, beautiful photos!

Karen Cahill September 6, 2015 - 9:02 pm

Want the tureen!

Colleen Taylor September 6, 2015 - 9:03 pm

My goodness is that ever a gorgeous whimsical chateau, the towers, moats and hunting lodges! It must be a photographers dream to shoot! Beautiful loot!

Sharon Mynier September 6, 2015 - 9:03 pm

The linen wit initials SM is that a sheet & size price. That’s my initials Sharon

sharon martin September 8, 2015 - 9:33 pm

My initials too…feelin special !!

sue September 6, 2015 - 9:14 pm

oh my, I love the linens and the porcelain, absolutely beautiful pieces. well done!!! sue

Vicky from Athens September 6, 2015 - 9:21 pm

Love it all! Give a shout out once you’ve priced and put it all for sale in your shop, please. Thanks!

Wilma Austin September 6, 2015 - 9:26 pm

Love sales/auctions in the U.S. Totally unlike the display you went to. What an experience. Love linens and the ones you bought. A long time ago I bought a wonderful all antique , very large square white shame at one of the street markets in Provence. It finally went to shreds, even with my careful laundering. Loved that piece of France .

Linda September 6, 2015 - 9:30 pm

Oh my, Sharon,

What fabulous “loot” you found today! I love all of it! The soup tureens and the ironstone dish immediately caught my eye. Your flower arrangement is gorgeous in that big bowl. Also so happy that Ghetto made his way into one of the photos.


Sheila in SF September 6, 2015 - 9:31 pm

Gee, what a great venue to do treasure hunting. Lovely purchases.

Rosemary Green September 6, 2015 - 9:33 pm

So many lovely finds. I love the copper too. Actually, I love it all. Your blog is wonderful!!! ♥

psharpe September 6, 2015 - 10:19 pm

I love this post. Yes, as others have said…lovely purchases, but I, too, am particularly fond of the pink tureen. So many uses.

Joie Lynn in Carmel September 6, 2015 - 11:18 pm

Let’s see, I would like the copper pieces, the linen, the wine bung?, and whatever those copper circular things are….oh, you can keep your dog, though he is very cute. In Isle-sur-la-Sorgue about 15 years ago my sister and I brought back 10 wooden antique shoe inserts in all sizes(some with lots of little insect holes in them) and the pottery cheese rounds with the holes in them. And some silverware. Oh, to come back and find the smaller places like you do…..

Madonna/aka/Ms. Lemon September 6, 2015 - 11:23 pm

Terrific loot! I don’t know how you part with all these treasures. I would be in so much trouble if I had your job. 🙂

suzanna September 7, 2015 - 2:08 am

Wow Sharon, you scored…..I would love to grab some of these linens….beautiful finds…

Josephine Patti September 7, 2015 - 2:14 am

Please notify me on the price of Pink Soup tureen and also the price and size of the Monogram sheets.
I’m EXTREMELY Interested in Both.
Thank you
Josephine Patti

Marilyn September 7, 2015 - 2:37 am

Gorgeous! Needing some new linen sheets soon. A soup tureen in on my agenda too. How fun for you to find them.

Roxane September 7, 2015 - 4:44 am

Swooning over the pink transferware tureen and those tables of linen!

Leslie in Oregon September 7, 2015 - 8:08 am

Beautiful soup tureens and linens…fabulous Ghetto (hello to Gibson too!)…and your flowers are gorgeous (particularly the zinnias)!! Thank you for the Sunday treat!

Jen September 7, 2015 - 8:52 am

What a nice selection of fair finds! I have missed your loot shoots!!! Love it all. Glad you had a lovely weekend! xo

Penny September 7, 2015 - 9:26 pm

Want the dog.
Ha! Just kidding!

Marilyn September 7, 2015 - 11:20 pm

Love the blue and white tureen and oval plates. Lucky lady.

Linda September 8, 2015 - 2:01 am

So beautiful and heartwarming!

Bea Becker September 8, 2015 - 11:32 am

what amazing photos Love the linen Wish I could be there Bea


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