|Box construction - 19 x 12 x 5 - 1988|
Found postcard of restaurant 'Laperouse' in Paris. Postcard is dated: August 14th, 1927
Dear Four: - You really must treat yourselves to the above place. I went there to lunch on Friday - select, elegant, and solitary! Knowing it was the sort of place where, if you ordered anything like lamb chops, the waiters were apt to weep, I studied the menu and chose (thanks to Thackeray) a bouillabaisse: but this was "bouillabaisse du quai", so I know I was all right! Try it! I had a delicious melon before and cheese after. Have been having a wonderful time; I was caught in six showers today and changed my programme somewhat. The Beaux Arts is closed on Sunday; but I went instead to the Luxembourg Musee, the Pantheon, and St. Etienne du Mont, and was so glad not to have missed any of these places. Such a lot of wandering in old streets, peering into courtyards, sitting in the "squares", and watching the people, and poking into little shops! Heaps of love to you all. Helen
|Hidden drawer holds 4 antique cocktail forks with repousse designs of seaweed, a starfish, and on the back, a crab.|
The print of Poussin's 'The Kingdom of Flora' is reflected in the aged mirrors on the sides.
|Back of box - Click to Enlarge to read poem.|
The poem was in my copy of 'The Oxford Book of English Verse'.
To: Miss Lilian A. Walter
Pension Les Hortensias
Box has a faux tortoise-shell finish. Drape and drawer fabric are from a sample piece of my grandmother's drapes from the 30's. Along the front of the box are three stanzas from the poem.
*reference - Thackeray by John Carey, Faber & Faber 1977
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