I had been meaning to write about my love of 19th century de la Hubaudiere decors and my collection of plates and platters, that are displayed throughout the house, a little later in the month.
However, something happened at the weekend that has prompted me to blog a little bit about them now.
I was very lucky recently to buy a pair of plates on the internet. They both appeared to be early HB, although only one of the plates bore the HB mark, decorated in what I believe is referred to as “naive” style.
They feature a man standing between two green bushes with his right hand tucked inside his yellow waistcoat and a woman seated and holding a distaff for spinning flax. A border decor of colourful floral sprays and four blue dots complements the scene.
They arrived very promptly a few days later so imagine my despair when I opened the box to discover this.
The buyer reimbursed my payment immediately but oh! quelle dommage for those beautiful plates to have met such a terrible fate. They truly would have been a wonderful addition to my collection.
Have you had a similar experience with an internet purchase? Did you decide to have the piece restored?
On another note Gay S has sent me this link to http://www.armel-gallery.com/ which is hosting an exhibition of the work of Olivier Lapicque from 04 until 22 août 2009. In the December 2003 QCI Journal Corinne Muyard wrote an excellent article entitled “Olivier Lapicque an unusual artist” and it is well worth a second read.