Parisian antique textiles

While we were in Paris last week we made a trip to the flea market at St Ouen. This was always on Ellie’s to do list and due to the Versailles Palace being unfortunately shut on the Monday we made it and it was a little piece of textile heaven!

It was a very interesting experience generally- it is a huge market with lots of modern stalls and a big second hand market with everything from very expensive antique furniture to people sitting by the road with what looks like piles of the most random junk.

The textiles are wonderful! There were lots of costume dealers and three or four who specialised in antique textiles which were amazing. The first stall had the most amazing collection of whitework and lace goods including loads of baby clothes obviously late Victorian and early 20th century.

The whitework stall
The whitework stall

She did have some pieces of cross stitch as you can see in the red pile of stitching near the middle of the pic but most was work like the two pics below.

A lace collar
A lace collar
Whitework on a baby's dress
Whitework on a baby's dress
There were a couple of other stalls which made me want to win the lottery immediately – this one below had literally stacks of goldwork and huge embroideries everywhere – lots of Ottoman garments and ecclesiastical vestments.
Stacks of lovely stuff!
Stacks of lovely stuff!
And more!
And more!
A priest's robe
A priest's robe
I really wanted to rescue all these poor things and give them a loving home but sadly did not have the funds!
These were some more pices outside one of the other stalls – just sitting there. The thing that makes me sad is that I know just how long it takes to make pieces like this and is is tragic to see them being unloved and unwanted. At least the people reading this will appreciate them!
Silk shading on a priest's robe
Silk shading on a priest's robe
A goldwork panel
A goldwork panel
An embroidered collar
An embroidered collar
If you ever want to go the nearest Metro stop is Porte de Clignancourt and there is a map at the Metro stop and signs once you get outside – look for Marche aux Puces.
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One thought on “Parisian antique textiles

  1. Thanks for sharing these pics. What lovely work. I know exactly what you mean about the sadness of these intricate products of hours of work sitting unloved in a heap. So much stuff was produced in the first half of the 20th c as well by busy bees at home and it’s so incredibly unfashionable that I’m sure tons has just been thrown out. At least the earlier stuff has the glamour of age and more will probably be rescued. Certainly hope so! (will be if I ever get to that market with a pile of money…)

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