Recently, we went to Rockport, MA to enjoy some lobster on one of the last summer weekends of the year. In addition to incredibly fresh seafood, Rockport has a couple of French-infused businesses. La Provence, 4 Main Street, has sun-soaked table linens, Roger & Gallet soaps, and French music CDs. I bought an ingenious pleated lampshade that slips over an existing plain shade to bring a little Provençal flair to our guest bedroom. Très chic!
The second shop was totally different. Découvert Fine Art, 73 Main Street, specializes in French and Italian drawings from the 16th to the 20th centuries. Un découvert (uhn day-koo-vert) means “a discovery” and this small shop is an absolute gem. The beautifully framed and meticulously researched drawings that adorn the walls would be completely at home in a château or museum. We noticed small illuminated capital letters like you would see in a medieval manuscript, but these weren’t antiques. The owners have a contact in Florence who restores rare manuscripts: she is currently working at the château de Chantilly. In her spare time she creates new illuminated letters using the original techniques and materials, such as real gold and ground lapis lazuli. We’ve ordered one for our daughter who has a deep interest in typography. I can’t wait to see how it turns out.