|Bobbine side table with two shelves, tramp-work border, made with linen bobbins and endive market boxes.|
I always bought these handy little accessories, often painted in blue-greys and greens and they sold almost immediately for bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens and I used them myself for displaying pretty bits of china, books and bathroom impedimenta.
The example I show here is the one of two items of bobbine furniture I have now - first my phone office - it is painted a most lovely faded shade of greeny-blue, has some tramp-work edging to the shelves and the shelves themselves are made from crates used for storing chicory - the name is just visible where the paint has worn a bit - It holds telephone, diary, printer, directories and other vital equipment - always admired by Francophiles! A perfect bit of French re-cycling. The other example is much more elaborate with different sizes of bobbins, now hung in my new spare room bathroom. Some have been turned into slimmer shapes - are they spools? From a distance it looks quite like the bamboo that was so popular in early 20C.
I will describe the special French china on the shelves in another Blog - AH MON AMOUR! it's very collectable!
I was much amused on one occasion at a London Fair when the 'vetters' there to check the authenticity of goods offered, decided to ban the bobbine items because they said there were so many at the fair, they must be repro. copies and therefore should not be on sale! I don't suppose they knew that such bobbines for linen thread were not to be found anywhere since before the first world war.! Tant pis!