French Prayer Chair

PRAYER CHAIR or PRIE DIEU

Antique Prie Dieu with Needlepoint

A priedieu (French: literally, “pray [to] God”, plural priedieux) is a type of prayer desk primarily intended for private devotional use, but may also be found in churches. … The priedieu appears not to have received its present name until the early 17th century.  It is intended to be knelt on where one can place a book or their elbows for prayer.

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FRENCH WINE TABLES

  Wine and Cheese in France – It’s more than just eating and drinking….

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Cheese and wine are absolutely central elements of the French diet and French food. In France, traditionally, people eat a warm meal in the middle of the day and then a lighter (often cold) meal in the evening. This food tradition coincides with the French philosophy of shutting everything down in the middle of the day for a well-deserved break. Children go home from school and adults go home to eat lunch together. This is gradually changing, but in general you will find this to be true when you visit France.

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FRENCH Commodes Vs. ITALIAN Commodes

 

French Commodes and Italian Commodes – a short comparison.

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Italian classic and French classic, have distinct and unique features that set the designs apart.

 

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Petrins and Panetieres

Petrins and Panetieres go Hand in Hand!
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The French knew plenty about cooking with style even in the old days. At the heart of any kitchen in Provence stood a petrin and over it hung a panetiere. Bread dough was placed in the petrin for rising, then removed and kneaded on top. The bread baked in the fireplace, then was stored in the panetiere — a very fancy breadbox. The panetiere hung on the wall to keep rodents and other furry creatures away from its tasty contents. Today, you can use the petrin and the panetiere alone or together wherever you need decorative storage.

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The French Bouillotte Table

Bouillotte:  Game, Table, and Lamp

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Some home furnishings were historically made for one particular purpose.  Such is the case of the French game, bouillotte (“BOO yaht”), inspiring both a table and a lamp.  Although neither the specific table nor the particular lamp type are required to play the game, both were developed to meet the needs of the card game.

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