Provence: Antiques and Provençal Crafts

  • L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Provence, France

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    L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Provence, France

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  • Antiques, Provence, France

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    Antiques, Provence, France

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Provence: Antiques and Provençal Crafts l'isle-sur-la-sorgue fr

Antiques

The town of L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue has become the capital of antiques in recent years, with many antique dealer groupings as well as galleries and shops and a large flea market every Sunday. But the stars of the show for antique hunters are the biannual fairs, one held over the Easter weekend and the other in August. Over 200 exhibitors set up stalls throughout town selling Provençal quilts, age-old earthenware jars, chests, ancient tableware, furniture and a wealth of rare objects. The fairs began in 1966 with just 14 stands before growing to today’s proportions.

Don’t miss the inaugural “Antiques Art and You” on 15 August this year. Hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of visitors are expected in L’Île-sur-la-Sorgue for a giant market on the banks of the river, with a friendly, multi-cultural atmosphere and the chance to attend concerts and conferences as well as browse the bric-a-brac. Hunt through trinkets, leaf through books and get design and decoration inspiration!

Antique boutiques also join forces during the fairs, clustered into 10 villages and centres in the area and throwing open their doors to shoppers for the occasion. It’s a great treasure hunt…

Provençal crafts

Pottery is a major craft in Provence, particularly in the aptly-named Saint-Quentin-la-Poterie in Gard, where it’s intricately woven into the village heritage. A dedicated museum, teaching centre, gallery and bookshop are open to the public, as well as several workshops and boutiques including Poterie Danouska. The European festival of ceramic arts, ‘Terralha’, takes place here from 14-16 July 2017.
In Hyères-les-Palmiers you can also visit the Poterie de la Presqu’île, the ceramics workshop of Myriam Belajh and Amélie Sernis, who produce a series of beautifully turned and painted items (both functional and decorative) – and Moustiers-Sainte-Marie is a must-see village for faience, with a dedicated earthenware museum that illustrates its 300-year history.

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