One of my favorite guilty pleasures is commandeering the TV for the night, pouring a glass of wine, and watching Antiques Roadshow on PBS. The thrill of the antique hunt, interesting backstories, experts giving brief history lessons, random Americans inevitably shocked or disappointed by the value of their wares — I’m totally serious when I say that this is compelling TV.
Sometimes when I’m watching I’m so charmed by whatever the item they’re talking about, that I make a note of it to either see if there’s actually an affordable version, or just to learn more about the item’s history. Above are three such items: the lorgnette, the epergne, and the cellarette (miracle of miracles, they all ended up with French names). I saw a pair of 1910 diamond and ruby lorgnettes appraised recently (if you want to see ’em, they’re here — and gorgeous), along with this absolutely stunning 1765 silver epergne (view the appraisal here). With the epergne especially, the appraisal seems right on target (you won’t believe how expensive these things can be). I also saw a cellarette appraised recently, and all but decided we need one of these in our dining room some day. These things are so cool! The original wine fridge.
Anyhoo, I always love putting these history type posts together for you guys, and while the focus is often on historical fashion, I thought all these antiques were too interesting not to share. PS, if you’re interested in looking at lorgnettes, epergnes, and cellarettes currently floating around on the market, I always like window shopping at 1st Dibs (you can click on any of those links to see what’s currently being sold).