|A Pair of 19th c. Napoleon III vitrines|
Yesterday, I had one of our top interior design clients stop in and ask, "Buzz, where are the vitrines?" Pronounced "vuh-TREENS."
But she looked a bit disheveled. Plus I'm getting a bit hard of hearing-so I honestly thought she asked "where are the latrines." Pronounced "luh-TREENS." So I said, "Second door on your left sweetie…and after you've freshened up, let's look at some antiques!" She seemed a bit confused but headed for the restroom.
|A Pair of 19th c. Biedermeier Vitrines, these filled with antique tortoiseshell boxes|
Unfortunately (for me and her) a latrine isn't exactly a vitrine. A latrine is an outhouse, especially a communal one, like this one:
|This piece is not available at C. Mariani so please don't contact me about it.|
You can see that a latrine is quite different from a vitrine, which is a glass or partial glass display case or cabinet. Like the vitrines shown earlier in this post, here's another vitrine we have in stock:
|A Stately 18th C. Parcel Gilt and Polychrome Italian Louis XVI Vitrine|
And so are these:
|A Pair of 19th c. English mahogany, brass and glass vitrines|
Anyhow, my client returned from the restroom and said she couldn't find a single vitrine in there! But her lipstick and hair now looked great. So I just said, "Really? Oh yeah, I forgot, that vitrine sold. But let me show you some others! :)
So off we went and she wound up purchasing a lovely Louis XV vitrine very similar to this one: