The Venice of Provence:
Antiques Markets of France

Charming villages abound in the foothills of France’s Luberon region, each with its own history and personality. One such town has distinguished itself in a way that makes it irresistible to antiques enthusiasts.

Moss-covered waterwheels and flower-box-lined pedestrian bridges cross the canals that give this lovely burg its nickname, “Venice of Provence.” Grand mansions, once belonging to wealthy merchants, remind visitors of its past, but these days, there is a different draw, one that turns the town into a carnival every Sunday of the year.
 


Brocante wares run the gamut from antique mirrors and stone statuary to chipped-paint shutters and vintage passementerie.  Above, an antique trumeau mirror leans against the wall, surrounded by a collection of pretty Provence-sourced items. A carved picture frame illustrates the intricate designs the French favor.

Among the many market finds are wooden folding chairs, old letters, hand-decorated lamp shades, and gilt-trimmed teapots. Bibliophiles will enjoy poring over the many volumes on display among the vendors, while those who favor the needle arts will discover fine examples of cloth-covered boxes, spindles of colorful thread, and yards of material just waiting to be stitched into quilts.


Merchandise spools out in a mesmerizing array from the town center each weekend. After making their purchases, buyers can wander through the town’s winding streets, where outdoor cafés offer ideal spots to refresh and reflect on the day’s acquisitions.

Photography Georgianna Lane 
Produced by Corey Amaro 

To learn more about French antiques markets, read “The Venice of Provence” on page 25 of the January/February 2017 issue of Victoria

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