Who wants to admire beautiful and strange old things? Keith was out of town last weekend, so I spent Friday and Saturday at the Nashville Antiques & Garden show. I wanted to buy everything, but it was all crazy expensive, so I only brought inspiration and photos home with me. Here's a shocker: I was drawn to neutral colors on dark backgrounds, tributes to English royalty, and items that would be at home in a cabinet of curiosities. Yeah, I'm predictable. *grin*
What did surprise me was that I was so deeply drawn to items from old French Catholic churches. I suppose my Catholic upbringing is catching up with me? Some old Catholic things, like the Infant of Prague, are a bit creepy... but I think that makes it look right at home with the taxidermy and dark colors!
|Sacred Heart Antiques, based in Tupelo, MS, had my favorite booth at the show.|
|A chair? No! That's an antique prayer kneeler. Seen at the Sacred Heart Antiques booth.|
|More French Catholic antiquities at the Sacred Heart Antiques booth.|
Here's the crazy part: When Keith returned home on Monday night, he brought me a vintage chalkware statue of the Virgin Mary that had belonged to his grandmother. Does he know me, or what?! She was made by Columbia Statuary, and she looks a lot like this lovely lady here, but she's four inches shorter and chipped all over. I'm considering painting her white to hide the chips and make her look nicer with our stuff, because that bright blue doesn't match anything we own. But I'm wondering if the vintage Gods would find that sacrilegious. Ha. What do you think?
|Mary Statue offered for sale by HerminasCottage on Etsy.|