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French Wrought Ironwork

I love the twirl and loop of French wrought ironwork. It makes me feel I’ve sucked in sherbert the wrong way.

Swirl and loop in Dinard

[*swoon* *clunk*]

So it’s a good job that France is my home so I can get a fix on a daily basis. It is inheritant to French style.

Nowhere but France

[Wisteria, schmisteria...have you seen that swirly topknot on those gates?]

I love it so much that when moving in a herd with my boys they know not only to look at where they put their feet – an absolute must when living in France – but also to look up.

balconies in Dinan 22100

[have you looked where you're standing first?]

And ‘ouf’ as they spy a balcony or windowguard, knowing that I will have to pause and take a photo of  it.

Ornate window guard in Dinard

[This registered a 9 on the ouf-o-meter]

If we were gazelles, I would have been picked off by a passing lion long ago.  I am definitely the weak member of the herd. And swirly chipped iron is my weakness; an artform with intemporal beauty, regardless of condition.

detailing on arched window

 And which will withstand generations.

Dinan 22100

To bring it into this generation and work the industrial luxe feel, try incorporating old ironwork found in brocantes quietly into the home.  French style is made up a lot of  the have-something-will-use-it way of creating.

Oh the thinks you can think up

Recently I spent some time wandering around the French Quarter of New Orleans and  realised that putting the French into the Quarter was partly due the ornate ironwork balconies linking buildings, defining boundaries.

Nowhere but French Quarter, NOLA

It had a beautiful familiarity to. The real difference being between the two, was that I could definitely look up whilst walking.  Without a care in the world of where my feet wandered.

Balconies in French Quarter, NOLA

How very unFrench indeed.

Author bio

In Brittany, France, Claire Chalkley and her faithful small dog Derek run a most curious and gorgeous flower shop. This butterfly-brained duo seek out French and English fabulous finds and poke their noses joyfully and fearlessly into the unnoticed corners of French style on the blog Les Couronnes Sauvages Read more posts by .

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Comments (4)

  1. so nice to be in the herd as you traveled along showing us the beautiful iron work~bonus was I never had to look down!

  2. I love the wrought iron depicted in your photos. It has elegance and beauty whilst also being robust and slightly rustic. The same sort of style in the UK can be seen in Georgian wrought iron designs.

  3. What a very interesting and attractive article. Having just been to New Orleans myself, it is great to hear about the similarities in the use of ironwork. I cannot wait for the next post!

  4. what a lovely walk through the railings or as we call them rejas! a popular art form in Southern Spain too. I loved what you have written …. tell me more ……………..

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