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Foire de Chatou 2017: antiques and ham

The poster of the fair in french literally said: Grand national fair of antique AND ham. Nice concept. I look forwards to Weapons & Cheeses market in the future, if that exists.

The fair is from 10th to 19th Mar this spring, (and once more from 22nd Sep to 10 Oct), so you still have this weekend to explore it. It’s rather far from Paris’ center, so if you want to take a look at its catalogue before going, here you are.

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At first the fair didn’t look as big as I’d expected. But then, the endless antique stalls will overwhelm you. They did cram lots of things into a small area. From ancient and elaborated furniture…

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different kinds of chairs…

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… to zillion of ceramic objects, both luxury and casual wares,

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(Can you guess how much these 2 gorgeous jars cost? The price tag is tiny in the pic: 1700e/each!)

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from chandeliers…

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… to some Asian pottery,

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no wonder this duck looked familiar, it came from La Tour d’Argent:

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from little trinkets, glassware and silverware…

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to weird-looking decorative pieces…

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and an eager dog:

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Prices are often high with valuable objects here, but if you look hard enough you can find real bargains. I went into the fair without intention of buying anything, but I ended up getting some cheap utensils. My friend bought a whole set of diner service (~50 pieces of French ceramic bowls and dishes) for 40 euros. There’s something I searched for but I didn’t find: a snail plate. I guess the House of Bourbon didn’t eat snail.

Avoid the foods there if you can, it’s typically fair-ish food: overpriced and without much taste. I tried their cochon de lait and it’s a mellow pile of brown. The kouign-amann, my favorite sweets, oh please never eat a kouign-amann if you’re not sure it’s made by a real Breton chef, otherwise you’ll get a lump of raw sugar and butter. The cheeses and hams were okay but you can find 2x cheaper in any shop.

The fair is located on ย Ile des Impressionnistes (Island of the Impressionists). Despite the name and the link of the place with painters, it doesn’t look like an Impressionism landscape, at least in the winter and with all the industrial sites going around it. Still, I can imagine it’ll look lovely during autumn.

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2 thoughts on “Foire de Chatou 2017: antiques and ham

  1. FuryFluffy – much enjoyed your post and glad you liked the market! This is candj83 from Fodors. We’ve decided to make it to the market this fall and I am very excited to return ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Hi Julie, thank you for your comment^^
      I’m glad to hear back from you, and it’s great for you to go to the market this fall ๐Ÿ™‚
      I’ll also be there if I don’t travel by that date.

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