Saturday, 16 July 2016

Rural remains in Bruges.

                                                               Colourful backdoor. Saint- Gilles, Bruges

Some parts of Bruges remained very rural until the second half of the 19th century. But the upcoming industry needed more and more labourers hence fields and meadows were replaced by rows of identical little houses. Old country roads and farmsteads remind us of a pastoral past.



Old farm buildings, Saint-Gilles

Bonne-Chière windmill, 1844.

St-Janshuis windmill, 1770

Old farmstead, Snaggaardstraat.



Tuesday, 5 July 2016

French ironstone transferware plates with railroad cartoons, set of three. 1890s railroadiana, H. Boulenger & Cie faïencerie.
60,- Eu
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Set of three 1890s French transferware ironstone plates, depicting railroad cartoons. Produced by the well known H. Boulenger company in Choisy-le-Roi, France. These plates were part of a set of twelve "assiettes parlantes" (or talking plates), as plates with illustrations and text were called.
Faïence de Choisy-le-Roi or Terre de Fer is a kind of fine ceramic, imitating porcelain.
HB & Cie is also known as the producer of the classic white/blue tiles in the Paris Metro.
"Assiettes parlantes" were very popular during the 19th century and are still very collectible.
Condition: very good but with chips at the back, see pictures.
Dimensions: 20cms/7.90inches diameter.
Actual plates are the numbers II, IV and XII

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Belgian Art Deco. Living in style.




Gorgeous silver plated set of two one cup dripolaters from the late thirties.

They come with a tray and cookie jar. Still fully functional. Set comes with instructions.
Produced by Wiskemann Brussels, glasses provided by Durobor (one spare glass included).
Condition: very good but used vintage condition. Normal signs of use. The cookie jar seems not an original part of the set, and has a bit of a dent on the lid.
Dimensions:

Dripolators: height: 20cms/8inches
diameter: 7cms/2.75inches
cookie jar: height: 5.5cms/2.15inches
diameter: 11cms/4.30inches
tray: lenght: 32.5cms/12.80inches
width: 23.5cms/9.25inches

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

STOP!!! Happy painter in Ferrol.

Very Spanish, very Galician and very vivid; Ferrol!!!
Street life in Ferrol (and the whole of Spain) is always very picturesque.

Fun and food: kookeet 2015

Lovely, happy people: the"Weinebrugge" staff.


Dominique Persoone and Fabienne ("The Chocolate Line") created a sweet hospital with chocolate treatments of the finest quality!

Kookeet 2015

Three Michelin stars restaurant "De Karmeliet" presented a heavenly dish of smoked ale and foie gras. (picture: Geert Van Hecke, De Karmeliet, and Louis Van Hecke, Bistro Refter.)