Friday, June 11, 2010

My French Quarter Apt

I lived in this small French Quarter apt for about two and a half years. from 2003 until Hurricane Katrina put a end to my stay in Aug of 2005. I had sold my house a 2500. square feet shot gun double out side of the French Quarter and needed a place to move into quick! I had lived in two different apt in the same 1834 Greek Revival townhouse on Esplanade Ave in the French Quarter before buying my home. After my house sold I contacted my old landlord and the only thing he had available was a small 400 square feet apt in the Slave quarters of the Greek Revival mansion. I tuck it. Most of my things had to go into storage I squeezed the rest into my jam packed petit pad. I remember moving in the last week of November and going to Paris for two weeks in celebration of the sale of my home the first week of December. Here are photo's of my Creole pied-à-terre as my friend called it. I loved this place but the downside was I could only entertain 2-3 people at a time no big party's in this place.

Pair of Portraits of Husband & wife in there original Rococo Revival frames with a French holy water font I bought at a Antiques market in the South of France.

 First photo: Rosewood New Orleans made sofa stuffed with it's original Spanish moss circa 1860. Over the sofa Oval portrait of a boy oil on canvas under glass in it's original gold leaf frame.In front of the sofa a cherry table I had made after a 18th century Louisiana Creole table. On the table from left to right Napoleon lll silver vase and opaline glass & ormlu pineapple shaped lighter. Empire Old Paris cabinet cup and saucer. Napoleon lll Chantilly bisque porcelain clock circa 1860. In front of the clock a pair of Charles X restoration period Old Paris porcelain cups painted to look like parrot tulips my favorite flower. Between the cups a Paris porcelain saucer from the The Maison A L'Escalier de Cristal or The Crystal Staircase was established in 1802 in the Palais-Royal. French blue opaline vase with gilt stars. Late 18th century English Georgian cut glass decanter.

Fruit filled 1850's Old Paris porcelain basket next to 18th century English Georgian cut glass decanter

             18th century French pastel of a Aristocrat with a 1830's late Georgian portrait of a gentleman below. Old Paris porcelain figures on the Creole mantel along with a ormolu Empire French clock and pair of 1840's Chinoiseries paper mache makeup shields to keep lady's wax face makeup from melting. 
1830's Louis Philippe rosewood grain slipper chair with a 1850's years subscription French art magazine with 1840's French fashion doll on top. Balloon back chair. 1830's Boston table with collection of Paris porcelain on top. On the wall 18th century petitpoint of Madonna and child in it's original frame.

I painted the trim in the apt steel blue with off white walls. Creole wraparound mantel with 19th century Sèvres porcelain plate hung on the side along with a Pre-Raphaelite profile of a young man.

Creole 1840's portrait of a Louisiana woman next to a 1840's oval portrait of a young gentleman attributed to Boston Artist Samuel Worcester Rowse.

1820's Louisiana made Creole armoire made of walnut and cypress on turned legs.

1851 singed portrait of a woman in mourning in it's original Rococo Revival frame. Large 1850's Paris porcelain clock of Diana the Huntress killing a lion.

1850's oil painting in original frame from Rosalie Mansion in Natchez, MS attributed to Fannie McMurtry.

Mid 19th century wax Shrine doll of Jesus I bought in the South of France

My dogs Belle & Lebeau on there mid 19th century Rosewood New Orleans sofa.

1830's Alabama made late classical sideboard I bought but could not enjoy because it would not fit into my apt. It went to a friends home and I sold it. It was made of cherry, poplar and yellow pine. Wish I still had it.

This was a great place full of wonderful memory's!



  1. You truly are surrounded by beauty - each item with a fascinating story. How lucky you were to be able to save them from the hurricane. Lovely dogs!

  2. Thanks Ann for you comment. I stayed during the hurricane. Good thing I was there to move stuff around as water came in. I did latter lose some items from storing them in a storage that had water dripping into it. I do live beauty!

  3. Hello Andrew,
    Who made your Cherry Table?
    Please email me:

  4. Hi JKS Thanks for your comment. I don't remember the cabinetmakers name but he was Irish American and had a shop on Magazine street the the late 1990's when I had my antique shop. I know I have one of his old cards somewhere and if I come across it I will let you know. But I don't think he is still around as I have not heard anything about him in 14 plus years.