Tuesday, August 11
Treasure Hunting in Brussels - Jeu de Balle
I know that my 'treasures' will make a lot of you reel in horror, but we all like different things, right? It's what makes the world go 'round. Luckily for me my husband 'gets' the majority of the things I like. Call it a Madonna hangover, from my rebellious teen years, as I'm not religious, but I've long been a sucker for religious iconography, so when I saw a cluster of about fifteen Sacred Heart of Jesus statues at the market, I was instantly drawn to them. They were a decent size, averaging 40 cms tall (16 inches), and I figured they'd have a hefty price tag on them, even though some were in better condition than others, which is actually part of their charm. They look like they've been around for a long while, but I didn't have the time to ask the dealer anything other than the price as I had the kids with me and they were losing their patience!
I'm no expert, and I have no idea if such statues were/are mass produced, but I suspect so. They're plaster of paris (chalkware for my American readers), so a decent weight, but as they're hand-painted, even if a gazzilion and one were made from the same cast, each one is still unique in my book. They have no markings, and I've not had much luck finding out much about such statues online. But I do know one thing for sure, and that is that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and for some reason I find them totally mesmerising. The colours are fabulous too - the powdery blues and silvers contrasting with the bright coral, deep red and bright greens. Ugh, I die. These are going to look amazing in my new look living room. More on that very soon...
I was so surprised, no, gob-smacked at the price, that I even forgot to haggle. There was just no way of hiding the delight on my face when the dealer offered me one for €20, two for €30, or three for €35! Needless to say, three of them came home with me. The guy at the front, is in the best condition, the other two have both been beheaded (!!) at some point and had their heads glued back on. Regardless, for the price tag I just couldn't help myself.
My purchases did make the journey home slightly more interesting than I'd have liked, but as you can probably tell, I'm smitten with them. I love finding treasures when I'm travelling, that add to the story and evolution of our home. I wonder what I'll find in Formentera this year?!
Oh, and by the way, my blog has been nominated in the Amara Interior Blog awards. Yay! If you enjoy reading it, I'd really appreciate your vote. Click right here to do so, it's quick and easy, I promise!
Now excuse me while I go and have a little boogie to Like a Prayer in my living room...
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