Monday, February 1, 2010

Vichy Water



My package arrived!
My little French basket carrier that Corey sent all the way from France arrived in the mail yesterday afternoon.



I held my breath as I unwrapped the package....I hoped the fragile antique basket wouldn't be crushed! I was worried that the little glass within might be broken!



No worries! Both are perfect!



Vichy water is a naturally effervescent mineral water from the famous springs at Vichy, France. It is thought to have healing powers and for centuries people have bathed in the thermal waters.
They would also go to the springs to drink the healing waters and would carry a little glass in a small protective basket.



Corey believes this unique and oh so charming drinking glass was made around 1880...
...with hand etched scale markings and the word Vichy in script, a delicate applied glass handle...
...this little gem truly is special!

She told me that she found it in Aix en Provence, at the Thursday market in the center of town.



For the few of you who may not be familiar with Corey Amaro 's blog Tongue in Cheek...the recent opening of her online shop has been a source of delight as each day I wait to see what she has found at the brocante or what treasure she has decided to give up and sell. You see, shopping at Corey's online shop is the closest thing to shopping at a brocante in France that I will see in a while....
I was there once, back in 1999 with Rob, my sister Lynn and brother in law Steve. We spent one lovely morning at the Marche aux Puces St. Quen de Clignancourt. I remember seeing several of these little baskets but was not able to buy one at the time. So, thank you Corey for sending this little treasure home to me!
:) Good night!

31 comments:

Lisa said...

Oh that is just awesome! I am so glad you have one finally!
ENJOY!
Hugs, Lisa

Rustique Gallery said...

Laura, this is the sweetest thing, especially with the story attached! What a find. I'm going over to Tongue in Cheek right now! Have a good night! Sherry

T's Daily Treasures said...

What a lovely little little basket with a lot of history attached. How sweet of Coreyto find a special one just for you. Enjoy! Blessings, Tammy

Linda said...

That is the cutest little basket!

Anonymous said...

I too bought a Vichy water cup with the carrying basket from Corey! I too am worried that it'll arrive safely, all in one piece! Thanks for the pictues. I hope mine gets here soon!................. Ana

Jaana said...

Oh, that is so charming! Cute little bag and all! Lovely! Have a great february, Jaana from "home at Kainuunkatu"

KarenB said...

That is so adorable! And what a great story to go along with it. It is a very special gift.

Karen

Floss said...

It's such a beautiful piece, yet practical. We went to the volcanic hills of the Massif Central and found our own little bubbling spring there (not far from Volvic) a few years ago. There were signs warning you not to drink it, though!

suzanne said...

Hi Laura, Thank you for your nice comments.
I always like quilt pictures!
This is such a sweet basket and the picture
with the books and apple is a beautiful stillife.Thanks for the link to Tongue in cheek
I like French style!
Have a nice day,Suzanne

Jacqueline said...

Oh, how lovely Laura. I can just see the owner, collecting his water in his glass and drinking it, although, if it's anything like the water at Bath, it doesn't taste very nice !!Tastes of suphur, but I don't think that the water at Vichy is like that, is it ?
I love the etched Vichy on the glass and that dear little wicker basket. XXXX

Theresa said...

Precious basket and the story behind it. Love it that it came from soooo far away! Have a blessed day dear friend!

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

Wonderful French treasures, Laura!

Susie~From My Home To Yours said...

Love the basket..so glad it arrived safe and secure..

And, the glass with the etching is awesome as well...you did good!

Enjoy your treasures,
Susie

*The Beautiful Life* said...

Oh wow! How did I not know she was doing an online store now??
Love your little treasure!! How fun to get something from so far away, huh? ;)

I shall have to check out her shop now!

Hope all is well, dear friend!

Ruth

Laurie at The Turner Farm said...

Just recently found your blog. Love your most recent treasure! Great pictures. Look forward to reading more of your posts!

Herself said...

I love this post! Just makes me happy to look at something simple, yet beautiful! Going shopping right now at Corey's!

Tish Jett said...

Well, I'm in love. I cannot believe I have not found your exquisite blog until today. What IS wrong with me.

Your pictures are beautiful. You have created one of those tranquil places of beauty and charm that is a rare find indeed.

I'm a fan. Thank you for sharing your refined, elegant taste.

Warm regards,
Tish

Julie@beingRUBY said...

HI Laura
How sweet it is!! and how wonderful it is they both made the trip home to you in one piece!! I read Corey's blog almost daily but haven't been to her online shop! I'll have to have a peek!!

Have a great week xx Julie

Beth Gales said...

I just love these treasures. Let us know if there are any healing powers left in that glass!

The French Bear said...

Laura, I love the basket and glass, how fabulous!! I love buying from Corey. I have the little wooden shoe needle case coming. Her packages make me so happy for days after. My husband shakes his head and laughs at me..... I think he secretly wishes he could order from her too! Your purchase is so perfect for you.
Hugs,
Margaret B

Linda said...

This really is a special set! I've not seen anything like it before- I can see why you wanted it!!

Heidi said...

Hey Laura,
Oh my - the things we didn't even know we had to have! LOL! I am on my way over to Tongue in Cheek post haste! Come on over for a little visit and enter my 200 post Anthro giveaway! I am thinking, should I be switching my summer trip from Spain to France?
:)Heidi

Shona Cole said...

I have added you to the collage-making directory! I am excited about making connections with folks that have similar interests. Thanks for being a part of it :)

Your blog is beautiful!

Shona
http://collage-making.blogspot.com/

Les Cotrions said...

Ciao Laura! What a nice gift you received! The glass and the basket are just lovely and full of history! They're also very unusual! These are the little pleasures which make a day!
Big hugs!
Vale

Uncanny Festoon said...

Beyond cute....turning green on this side of the keyboard!!!!!


Joy................Always

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

How adorable that French basket is. And the glass is great. I read Corey's blog every morning. I just love her. Have fun with your new treasures:)
~Debra
Blog: Capers of the vintage vixens

Ange said...

Oooh it's lovely. Right - I shall go and see what she has up for sale.
Pleased to see you have such an uplifting gift. It is sooo fitting for the moment ...

Tracey said...

Oh it is so special Laura!!! Lucky you!

I am finally going to Paris in April...all this talk of France has me all giddy now :) Any good recommendations on where to stay?

Have a great week ~

:) T

Sarah said...

Oh, what a fun package contents. I adore shopping at French markets. Enjoy your treasure!

Andrea - Faded Plains said...

I love this...and you know how I love baskets.

Lululiz said...

It is a gorgeous little piece. I have never come across one in the 7 years we have had the cottage in France.