To collect or not to
It’s the random, quirky details that inspire me most chez Astier de Villatte: the hidden detail on the bottom of a mug, a giant ceramic foot, an eye on a tea pot. Each piece is a unique little work of art. Every time I pop in, it’s a surprising experience of discovery but I am never quite sure what to buy. I have bought some candles, but since my last visit, I was so inspired, I am considering starting a collection of their ceramics. I have started many pottery type collections before and I end up having twos and threes of random things. With ceramic or pottery collections, I think once you commit and buy into it, there has to be a follow through to collect a set, or several pieces from the collection. I have my ‘eye’ on the coffee mug and tea pot, but I am also in love with their collection of plates and vases. The vases could be quite a good investment, as a one off collector’s item. The plates could be used as dashing salad bowls or I love the idea of hanging them on the wall as a collection of art. Who needs a Picasso when you can have this great frog on your wall? I wonder if you kissed him, would he turn into a charming prince? Either way, it’s all so charming and enchanting here…
How about you, have you started an Astier de Villatte collection? What are your favourite pieces?
Astier de Villatte, 173 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris