BCN Antique&Vintage exhibition in Barcelona (Gracia Festival)

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It has been a long time since my last post…but here I come again! And this time I have a very good excuse for blogging: the first http://www.bcn-antiqueandvintage.com exhibition!

Yes! if you are in Barcelona, please visit Gracia neighborhood and in Plaza Virreina, in a wonderful coffee called LA CAFETERA (http://www.yelp.es/map/la-cafetera-barcelona), you will find a complete exhibition of some of my pieces. I hope you will enjoy them!

Anyway, if you are visiting Barcelona, I would recommend you to spend a day in Gracia neighborhood, since during this week you will enjoy the Gracia Festival!… more info in my next post 😉

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Deep Blue

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Being honest, I have not seen this film… but I consider this a good description of this antique opaline vase, probably from French companies Vallerysthal or Portieux.

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Are you collection opaline pieces? I adore them… I collect antique pieces from s.XIX and modern ones from the 60s, blue, white, green… specially like the one above, delicate and beauty.

How to say “no” to an opaline piece? 😉

Susanna

Chinese Inspiration

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I had a Chinese inspiration some months ago, when I decided to convert a Chinese antique, silk embroidered tablecloth, into a piece of art, just using an antique frame.

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I completely adore this piece, hand embroidered, full of details of good taste… I really consider this piece the work of an artist. Just take a look to a detail of the piece and confess, isn’t this really beatifull?

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And, since the conservation of the piece was not good, I wanted to give it a new opportunity to survive and, for theis reason, I used an antique restored frame (early s. XIX) to keep the silk far from the dust and other dangers. I obviously keep the picture of the previous owner, I am not able to destroy it and, more important, I do not want any spirit angry with me!!!

Well, I hope you will enjoy my Chinese inspiration!

CASABLANCA

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For some it is considered one of the best film ever made… or at least could be included in the top ten of cinema masterpieces and one of the great love stories in times of war.

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I was almost crying of happiness when I found this antique publicity card from the premier of the film in Barcelona, in the 40s.

Have you seen it? Some of the best dialogues in cinema were created for this film:

-Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.

-Louie, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

-We’ll always have Paris. We didn’t have it before…we’d…we’d lost it until you came to Casablanca. We got it back last night.

-Play it, Sam. Play As Time Goes By.

…and many, many others… but, what makes Casablanca so great? I would say, the combination of many factors:Humphrey Bogart and  Ingrid Bergman at their best, as the most romantic but sacrificed lovers, the clever contribution of Claude Rains, incarnation of French character and Paul Henreid as the idealist who, at the end, wins the battle and the girl…  the fact that Michael Curtiz was an extraordinary director and that the writers were in a state of glory and obviously, the music: As Time Goes By…and many, many other reasons (if you like vintage fashion, please take some time to study Ingrid Bergman dresses!!!).

What else to say about Casablanca? only one more thing: Play it again, Sam!

…and more about mirrors…

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This antique frame, late s. XIX, was not originally a mirror but a picture frame. When I found it, some months ago, I decided to change the picture of its old owner and to replace it by a mirror. I would say that now is much more acceptable as a piece of decoration.

Of course, I keep the antique picture, I do not want the previous owner spirtir angry with me!

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I have received some nice comments about my recent post about mirrors… so I think that this is probably a popular issue…Thanks!

Susanna

Magic mirror in my hand, who is the fairest in the land?

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Do you like fairy tales?

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Pair of antique hand mirrors (left-Art Nouveau hand mirror / right-S.XIX hand mirror).

Why do I love traditional fairy tales? I really don’t know… maybe for the same reason that I love everything related to Antiques!

Being honest, if you sometimes feel that you need to listen that you are the fairest in the land… take one these mirrors and you will feel like a queen! 😉

and the mirror always replies: “My Queen, you are the fairest in the land.”

Susanna

Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend

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Marilyn was right, and my friend Michael too…there is no doubt: Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend…

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Being honest, this very antique brooche is captivating… but there are no real diamonds on it… However, I love the work of the little details. Even the back of the piece is stunning. Romantic and undulating lines for an antique piece full of charming, that happens to be one of my favourite pieces. I hope you will enjoy it!

As usual, some music will help me to say goodbay:

A kiss may be grand but it won’t pay the rental
On your humble flat, or help you at the automat
Men grow cold as girls grow old
And we all lose our charms in the end
But square-cut or pear-shaped
These rocks don’t lose their shape
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend

 

Waterloo Bridge

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Old movies lovers… have you seen this picture?

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Publicity card from the premier of the film in Barcelona, in 40s.

So romantic and sad film about a British Officer (Robert Taylor) his tragic love story with a young ballerina (Vivien Leigh) during the First World War…great movie!

9th Art Nouveau Fair in Barcelona

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Hello again, Art Nouveau lovers!

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Art Nouveau Hand Mirror (the piece of the left). Early s. XX. Antique hand mirror decorated with floral and undulating motives, following Art Nouveau’s lines.

Last week I have been talking about the Art Nouveau fair in Barcelona, celebrated from last Friday until today… now it’s over so is time to see some pictures. I hope you will enjoy them!

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See you next year in Barcelona, Art Nouveau lovers!!

INGRID BERGMAN

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I promised to dedicate a post to one of my favourite actress… so here it is!

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Original publicity card from the premier in Barcelona of film “Adam Had four Sons”, from 1941.

To write about Ingrid Bergman implies to mention some of the best films ever made. She acted in  Casablanda, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Gaslight, Spellbound, Joan of Arc, Stromboli and many others… but, although she was an amazing actress, I prefer to take the opportunity to talk about her as a woman.

Original from Sweden, she was a recognized actress full working in US during the 40s, until she met Roberto Rossellini, the Italian film director of one of the best films I have ever seen: Roma, Open City. In fact, she was the one who contacte the film director after having seen this film, asking him a role… and they started working together in the film Stromboli.

 

Both were married… so, when she left US to follow him to Europe that was a real scandal and Bergman was forced to leave US fore more than 10 years. Until then, she was seen as a sweet and smart beauty… the ideal of womanhood… so her fans were not ready to accept that the Bergman was able to leave everything just for leaving a real life. And this is the Ingrid that I love, the brave one that takes the option of living. She said about herself: “People saw me in Joan of Arc and declared me a saint. I’m not. I’m just a woman, another human being”

 

There is something else that I consider really important in Ingrid Bergman’s life: she died from breast cancer still too young. This is the real life, not the one of the amazing protagonist of so many mythic films… just a woman victim of one of the most terrible illness: cancer.

 

This is has been my personal tribute to Ingrid Bergman, and to women who had suffered cancer.As always, some music to finish the post:

You must remember this

A kiss is just a kiss, a sigh is just a sigh.
The fundamental things apply
As time goes by.