Oui – the season has arrived, and naturally I gravitate to French gifts. Here, I ‘dust off” my thoughts on a delightful selection of gifts for any age, gender or interest.
One of my favorite wedding gifts came from my Matron of Honor. Understanding our profound love of France and in keeping with our French-themed wedding, she presented us with an incredibly delicate Bernardaud Votivelight candle themed with scenes of the Seine in Paris.
The Bernardaud mystique extends back to the birth of French porcelain in 1768. A villager from Saint-Yrieix La Perche near Limoges discovered a soft, white clay that later would be identified as kaolin. This magnificent substance is critical to fine china for its resiliency, durability and flawless iridescent translucency. Voila! Her discovery gave birth to the French – particularly Limoges – porcelain.
Toward the end of the 19th century, a workshop apprentice, Léonard Bernardaud, so distinguished himself among fellow porcelain workers, that he would become a partner in the company, as would his sons. Today we owe the exceptional beauty and craftsmanship of their products to the tenacious resolve and creativity of the Bernardauds.
Our beautiful votivelight is but one of an appealing collection produced by Bernardaud and available in fine department stores and Bernardaud boutiques.
So there you have a delightful idea for gift-giving this season. Head for Neiman-Marcus or Bloomingdale’s or take a look on line to discover where you might purchase that special gift for a friend or family member.
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