Announcement I imagined a shop that I would love to stumble into myself...with rare 18th c costume and textiles...every piece weaving a story.
I imagined a shop that I would love to stumble into myself...with rare 18th c costume and textiles...every piece weaving a story.
Debbie on Jan 9, 20215 out of 5 stars
Absolutely gorgeous, just stunning! I am thrilled with the purchase!!! Thank you so much, Trish, and and many thanks also for the lovely vintage fabric samples!!! I will be scanning your new listings as you post them and am very much looking forward to my next purchase! In the meantime, I am hoping to frame the embroidered silk sleeves. I am sure they will be an amazing addition to the 18th century paintings, prints, porcelains, and other period pieces on my walls. Thanks so much again!
Andrea on Apr 11, 20195 out of 5 stars
These 1830 shoes are beautiful. They were in excellent condition. I am so pleased to have found them.
judybemard on Mar 12, 20195 out of 5 stars
A lovely experience dealing with this shop. This tapestry painting was even prettier than pictured (if possible!) and arrived promptly and packaged with great care.
Cynthia on Dec 18, 20185 out of 5 stars
Trish offers treasures and herself is a treasure -- thank you so much for this lovely piece. Will always be a return customer!
rosamundi650 on Nov 28, 20185 out of 5 stars
This pelmet is simply gorgeous. What beautiful items this seller has!
AtelierXVIII on Jun 11, 20185 out of 5 stars
"This, Mesdames, is Trouvais." After having received my purchases I felt like making une grande révérence for this Etsyseller. Who is she? A reincarnation of Marie-Antoinette, Rose Bertin or maybe one of those "belles émigrées"? No, just meet Trish, a generous and wonderful lady with a sublime and incredibly tasteful collection and delivering a sensational service. Merci infiniment!
Elisa on Apr 11, 20185 out of 5 stars
What a gorgeous textile! Thank you for the details about its history, as well! Your selection is stunning and I look forward to acquiring more lovely pieces from you down the line.
A Dose of Alchemy on Dec 29, 20175 out of 5 stars
Trés, trés, Trés Magnifiqué!!! I was completely STUNNED by the beauty of the INCREDIBLE 18th Century textile that I purchased from this AMAZING SHOP/Seller, but even MORE GOBSMACKED by the EXQUISITE gilded carved bird! It literally took my breath away to open it from the careful packaging, and see it in person! Every detail of the transaction from this lovely seller is PERFECTION! I could RAVE for DAYS! Of course I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this seller! Highest quality goods from a truly HIGH CALIBER SELLER*****
Trouvais..in search of one of a kind treasures..
I started my design blog, Trouvais, in the Spring of 2009. Exploring color and texture and the rare find that imbues a sense of story and history naturally led me down the garden path to the world of precious and inimitable antique textiles.
After all the basics...it's "the find" that adds character to a home. Over time I have ventured future and further to find those special pieces that are a piece of art, a piece of history...that simply cannot be mass copied or produced any more. Stumbling one piece at a time into a world where subtle differences matter. Falling in love with antique textiles. Learning through research, touch, attention to detail.
I work many one of a kind textiles into my home design. An 18th century piece of age-rubbed velvet, heavy with silver Ottoman embroidery, that evokes the Turquerie of a Liotard painting. A damaged robin's egg blue quilted skirt reworked into plump bedroom pillow. A favorite silk wall hanging with blue cornflowers and gold lilies cast across Pompadour pink field. Silk and satin waistcoats hang inside armoires...just so I can catch a glimpse of them when I open the doors.
Before the mid 19th century advent of sewing machines and mechanized looms and chemical salts used to add weight to textiles, silks floated and glowed and hand loomed brocades were intricate and complex. Fabrics were laborious to produce, expensive to own...and thus were treasured, handed down in families, donated to the church for nuns to reverentially form into ceremonial garb. Not a throw away culture. A gown was unpicked and reformed into a later style. Piecing was meticulous and careful patching extended the wear. An 18th century minor hobby industry sprang up using special tools to pick metallic threads from worn textiles.
Lastly, of course, my love of gardening draws me so often to florals...and thrills me to that common link over centuries. Old roses, violas, pinks, pansies and peonies..they are all there. I love the sense that humanity has always delighted to simple flowers and swooping birds and dancing children. One travels in time when one holds a piece of hand worked cloth. Like reading tea leaves...a textile lover connects to old stories. So...I invite you to my fantasy shop of found treasures. I buy what I love, and try to discipline myself to trade pieces out. I hope you find something interesting from my collection to add to yours.
Trish Lyon Allen
Creator of Trouvais, a blog about French interiors, rough luxe and flea market finds. I live in Northern California. Mother of two grown children, ardent gardener of old roses, and lavender. Earnest collector of 18th c and earlier textiles.
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The duration for payment is four months long. Payments are due monthly. The minimum down payment will be 25% of the total purchase price, due within 5 days of completing the purchase order. The other three payments will be due every thirty days. Once a layaway plan is agreed upon, payments should be on time and for the exact amount. There will be no refunds or credits on cancelled orders once the down payment has been accepted. The first payment is non-refundable, in the event the item is returned.