Thursday, June 30, 2011

Deauville - A Distinguished Design

Deauville is in the Calvados department in the Basse-Normandie region in northwestern France. With its racecourse, harbor, international film festival, marinas, conference center, villas, Grand Casino and sumptuous hotels, Deauville is regarded as the "queen of the Norman beaches" and one of the most prestigious seaside resorts in all of France. It is the closest seaside when coming from Paris, the city and the nearby region of the Côte Fleurie has long been home to French high society's seaside houses and is often referred to as the Parisian riviera. Since the 19th century, the town of Deauville has been a fashionable holiday resort for the international upper class.
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Deauville silver plate flatware by Oneida Community
This set for 12 of Deauville came from eBay and cost a lot less than an ordinary set of flatware from a retailer.  The original ads for this pattern are from Ladies Home Journal October 1929.


Deauville, France:
F. Scott Fitzgerald mentions Deauville in "The Great Gatsby" as a place Tom Buchanan and Daisy visit on their honeymoon.

Deauville was probably the location inspiration for the fictional casino in Ian Fleming's Casino Royale. The first of the James Bond series largely takes part in a Casino - Fleming had played at Deauville as a young man, and sets his tale of Bond versus Soviet agents in a fictional French gambling resort, drawing parallels with an actual WW2 visit he had made to a Portuguese casino whilst working for the British secret service.

The screen adaption of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Links was set in Deauville.

The Deauville casino is the setting for the heist in Bob le flambeur, directed by Jean-Pierre Melville. It is also held-up in the 2008 movie Mesrine: L'ennemi public № 1.

Deauville was the setting for part of A Man and a Woman.

Deauville, together with Cabourg and Trouville, provides the basis for the Norman coastal resort of Balbec in Marcel Proust's A La Recherche du Temps Perdu (Remembrance of Things Past). 

Deauville was a popular vacation spot for Coco Chanel during her affair with Boy Capel. The two opened her second shop there, which was the first place Chanel took the step from hat making to clothing. Deauville was the birth place of Chanel's clothing career.

Thanks for stopping by, hope to see you again soon!

I'm joining:

Originally published October 2010 for:
Jenny Matlock for Alphabe-Thursday for the letter "D" - "D" is for Deauville

35 comments:

  1. Hi I really enjoyed my visit thank you for taking time to share . Feel free to pop over to my place

    http://edenhouse7.blogspot.com/

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  2. Lovely design. Thank you for the education and pictorial! I enjoyed my walk through your place and like your taste in music as well.

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  3. Lovely flatware, love the magazine ads~

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  4. Oh, I love, love, love silverware -- silver plate, or sterling. I recently saw several of this pattern at our local Goodwill, but successfully resisted the temptation to bring them home!

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  5. Not only are your photos stunning, but what a collection of flatware and advertising art. Great for the Letter D...Deauville!

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  6. Candy, thanks for this profile of our beloved Deauville pattern. Your set looks so shimmery in that bowl, and I love the ads!

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  7. Lovely flatware. I really enjoyed stopping by. This post was unique and fun. Thanks Anne

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  8. It is all soooo elegant! Deauville is a great D word!!

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  9. I love the design on the handles. They would look wonderful on any table.

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  10. Lovely to look at AND I learned something!!

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  11. Beautiful flatware and love the vintage magazine!

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  12. How fun that you have these vintage ads! I love this style of flatware -- that was a great period in design.

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  13. I also love vintage ads ... what beautiful flatware!

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  14. I love ebay. I have made some amazing finds on there.

    =)

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  15. I always enjoy the crispness of your shots. Happy Alphabe Thursday!

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  16. Hey! I bought this set at a garage sale. It was a service for 12 including cool serving pieces and came in a wooden box. I paid five bucks for it AND it, too, had all the original advertisements and papers and the little polish cloth, too.

    I gave it to one of our kids who needed silverware.

    This was an interesting stop. I'll have to forward this to the kid that got the silverware...or perhaps they sold it to you on e-bay!

    Thanks for the great link to Alphabe-Thursday.

    A+

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  17. I always learn something new when I come over and I love your tunes.

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  18. What a beautiful Art Deco flatware set. How fun that you have the original ads on it. Quite a piece of history there. Thanks for sharing. (Wonder what vintage tablecloth you will pair with these?)

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  19. D is for Deauville!

    Yes, I do love this flatware and lots of my fellow Fiesta collectors also use it with their Fiesta.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, still working on something for next week's "E" ......

    Jane - it will show up again soon I'm sure! If you click on the keyword "Deauville" at the bottom of the post, a whole list of posts featuring Deauville should come up. I just had to go peek and see how many ..... as of today there are 27 posts that include Deauville!!

    See you next week!

    Candy

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  20. Pretty flatware. Visitng your blog makes me want to do something with my home!
    Best wishes,
    Anna
    Anna's D-word Alphabe-Thurs

    Please visit my cat Sara's post for ABC-Wednesday:
    Sara Cat's abcWED-round-7-M

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  21. Thanks for stopping by Anna, hope to see you again soon.

    Candy

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  22. What a neat post! I love your Deauville set...it is lovely! What a great pattern. I love this post because it is so educational. I did not know all of these facts about Deauville. Thanks for an awesome post, Candy!

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  23. I love visiting your blog. Always something interesting to read and the pictures are such a treat to the eyes!

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  24. Oh wow! I just sent someone a link to your blog and this is what came up! Magnificent!

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  25. So loverly! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

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  26. Your photos are delicious and the post too, but I think there must be mistake because this week it was the letter "K", ;) but that doesn't matter !

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  27. What a lovely set of flatware, and some great tidbits about Deauville. A lovely and interesting post. You have a fabulous blog. I'm visiting over from French Inspiration.
    Happy fourth of July

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

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  28. What an awesome find on ebay! It's amazing the the treasures you can find there, especially when you know what you're looking at!

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  29. Thanks so much for visiting! Hope to see you all again very soon.

    Candy

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  30. Always a treat to see your Deauville, Candy!

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  31. I like the pattern very much. And the artful way you created the post is worthy of an A+++!

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  32. I've been collecting and selling this spectacular pattern for the past couple of years, having expanded my love affair with Art Deco tableware beyond Salem China's Tricorne & Streamline patterns...Deauville, in my mind, is the most elegant, the most deluxe, of any Art Deco dinnerware design I've seen yet, so it was a thrill to see your lovely paean to its flatware ~ excellent job!
    ~Susabella

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