Friday, May 17, 2019

Au revoir, Antique Shop



BY: Grand-mère Charlotte Crozat.
FROM: The Cajun Country Mysteries
AUTHOR: Ellen Byron

Hello and bonjour from Crozat Plantation Bed and Breakfast. I’m Magnolia Crozat’s beloved grand-mère, Charlotte Crozat. I’ll be honest, I’m in a bit of a funk today because I recently learned that my favorite shop in the French Quarter, Lucullus Antiques, has closed up shop on Chartres Street. They’re relocating to another part of town and changing their focus, which has always been on culinary antiques. I always looked forward to seeing the magnificent displays in their windows. Here are a few photos I took with my smart phone. (Yes, I’m in my early eighties and have a smart phone. I’m also a wiz on the computer, if I do say so myself.





I’ve heard from those who know these things that Millennials simply aren’t interested in the finer accoutrements of life like crystal, silver, and good china. Even here in Louisiana, where we’re so proud of our history and traditions. I do understand that times change. It’s hard to imagine my own granddaughter setting the kind of grand table that was once de rigeur for a certain class of household. Still, I do so hope that the beautiful treasures at Lucullus found happy homes.

What do you think, readers? Do you think epicurean elegance is a thing of the past? Is there one item you’d like to see live on forever? (For me, that would be crystal stemware. Oh, that beautiful sound when two champagne glasses clink together.)

5 comments:

  1. There was an article the my daughter's friend found and gave her mother, who was cleaning out granma's apartment. It was called "Your Kids Don't Want Your Shit!" I think that said it all. My wife and I have been paring down our place for a while and my children have been given explicit instructions to contact "The Strand" bookstore to evaluate my library for a possible cash infusion to our estate. LOL

    I currently have well over 2000 books and will keep adding to it till the day I'm called from wherever.

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    1. Nora, I replied to this but somehow it ended below. But I feel your pain, lol!

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  2. I share your sadness and nostalgia, Grand-Mère and love your smart phone photos of the beautiful table settings.

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    1. Merci, Celia. I have so many photos from that store. It inspired a setting for a potential new series. I was in NOLA a week ago, and it was sad to walk by and not see their gorgeous displays.

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  3. I know that article! And I love the Strand. Long may it stay in business - and buy your collection!

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