Antiques fresh from France

Chateau Sonoma received a special shipment of more than 500 French antiques Thursday, Dec. 5.

Owner Sarah Anderson regularly travels to France searching for antique goods to sell in her West Napa Street store. The pieces sold at the store date back to 18th-century France and up through the 1920s.

Anderson said she looks for unique pieces that are “showstoppers” to bring back. France, she notes, is unique in its attention to detail in all aspects of life. “I’m looking for something that is going to stand out in a living room, that will set a certain mood,” Anderson said.

Anderson works with Alisanne Frew, who moved from the U.S. to France and helps with buying antiques for the Sonoma store. Anderson spent the month of September in France with Frew, and the two traveled to 20 cities searching flea markets for notable antiques. They searched in markets in and around Paris and in the southern regions of France.

“I always look for things that are so unusual you have to stop and ask what they are,” Frew said, describing a foot warmer she brought back that was made to keep women’s feet warm while they were in church. So far, Frew has brought back 65 containers from France to Chateau Sonoma.

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