|Fine cotton with cherries|
|Dainty Indienne pattern|
These little treasures, short lengths of very fine cotton, were raked out of a mixed-up stall in France recently and are so typically French - cherries were grown there in huge quantities and the sight of a cherry orchard is very delightful - they hang neatly in pairs and decorate so much of French kitchen ware. They are embroidered on the linen pelmets for windows, shelves and mantelpiece, appear on aprons, tea towels and even sheets (often worked into the initials of the owner) a'plenty on china and enamelware and the combination of green and red is a well known stimulator for your appetite -I hardly need it when enjoying my French meals! The other little cotton piece is another type of design which I like very much, much more boudoir than kitchen, and the chain of medallions with little roses is an adaptation of the Indienne patterns so popular at the turn of the century (1900s). This would have been used for discreet little shelves and cupboards, work baskets, cushions and 'necessaires' known as cartonnage which the inventive sewing ladies were so good at. They covered blotters, booklets, letter racks, glove and fan boxes with great skill and were just so neat!