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Antique French Silverplate "Les Crêpes" Perpetual Calendar

Antique French Silverplate "Les Crêpes" Perpetual Calendar

$495.00

From a quaint flea market outside Paris, we are delighted to have found this exquisite Antique Perpetual Calendar. With a turn-of-the-century art nouveau allure and certain French fashion, this ever-so-diligent find is sure to help keep your lundis clear from your mardis (or your Mondays from your Tuesdays!) for all of time.

A combination of cast metal work and engraving adorns the enchanting surface.  Framed within a magnificent upper vignette, angelic musical cherubs are depicted above a set of upper dials that rotate to reveal the numerical date. A grandly detailed festoon and garland cleverly emanates from below the date windows back up to the dials, incorporating the knobs themselves into the design. Two lower knobs advance the day of the week and the month of the year – en français!  Symbols of music and literature lie between the upper and lower portions, appearing to emerge from a charming floral pattern etched into the background, while a series of lovely border designs articulate and announce each unique section of the design.

A lively central scene depicts a jovial group awaiting les crêpes in front of the fire as they emerge hot and sizzling from the pan. A beloved culinary tradition originating from 13th century Brittany, the crêpe is rumored to have made its first appearance when a canny housewife, loathe to waste, scooped up and ate a bit of thin porridge that had spilled onto her hot cooktop. Délicieux!

Adorned with a seashell representing the wild seas of Brittany as well as a sweetly abundant swag of flowers, LES CRÊPES is presented as a title in the manner of classic art plaques mounted on paintings and other framed works of the time period. With a classic reed and ribbon border framing the entire piece, the calendar is mounted on solid wood with an attached easel for standing and a metal ring for wall display.

Rich with French style and antique charms, this stunning calendar makes a most darling and efficient secretary, sure to stylishly assist you in becoming more prompt and punctual with each passing day.


Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. 8.25"H x 5.5"W. In very good antique condition.

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