March 2010 Issue No. 14
The Red Vault
March Design Newsletter


With the arrival of Spring, it seems like everyone has been ready for the change of seasons. With this change come new and exciting developments. Here at The Red Vault, we are pleased to announce the re-design of our website. It has been modified to become more user-friendly and easier to navigate. This alteration has allowed us to accommodate the rapidly expanding site due to addition of numerous dealers, designers, and design resources. We hope you like it and if you have any comments, please don't hesitate in contacting us. 

Marilyn Barfoot of The Antique Co. (  3100 Alabama Court, Houston, Texas 77027, ph. # (713)463-9773) sent us this wonderful handled vase she purchased from an estate in Normandy. She brought back 15 amazing pieces, some quite large, and now features them in her shop. The colors and detail are stunning! Here is a brief description of the vase shown:


Handled Vase - Bayeux & William the Conqueror
Louis Desmant 1844-1902

Brilliant iridescent with predominant red - signed: Desmant - Subles - Normandie.  13.25" high
Professor Louis-Etienne Desmant, French ceramicist, was born at Choisy le Roi in 1844 and died in 1902. He worked in the towns of Subles, Calvados, and Montières. His work is quite rare. They worked independent of the Arts & Crafts movement, but their forms and fabulous glazes fit into the period.

According to Skinner Auction House, a piece by him, made in 1902 was sold by Tiffany & Co. His son, Lucien-Adolphe (?), worked with him and may have continued the style for the next decade. Much both their work draws its inspiration from the famous tapestries. His mark is recorded in Marks and Monograms of the Modern Movement. Both are listed in The Arts & Crafts Home at

I have not seen such an interesting collection like this in a long time. Her shop is filled with many unusual item, accessories, and furniture. If you have not been by, you must. This hidden secret is a gem. 

The members of the staff at Vieux (3701 West Alabama #160, Houston, Texas 77027 ph. # (713) 868-5844) have been settling in at their new location. They have been busy placing and arranging inventory in their beautiful showroom. Pieces arrive daily and a shipment of lamps and accessories will be arriving in the next week or so.   Check out their items at  or

I stopped by the Brownstone Antique Center (2736 Virginia Street, Houston, Texas, 77098 ph. # (713)533-1452) earlier this week. Several of the dealers have brought in new shipments from Europe and the showroom has a wonderful Spring look to it, thanks to manager James Craig and staff! They constantly keep the showroom looking its best, which highlights the fantastic mix of inventory. I always enjoy shopping here because there is so much to see and there is always some great find to be had.

Joy Jenkins (ph # (940)230-0529) has been busy creating a new collection of shell art that she will be showcasing at Marburger Farm Antique Show- Tent 10- beginning March 30th. Her chandeliers and mirrors have an almost surreal feel to them, but in the correct setting, they will be the center of attention! These custom pieces must be seen in person to realize how much attention she puts into everything she creates. Stop by her booth and let her know that the team at The Red Vault sent you.

We are expanding our territory here at The Red Vault and are eexcited at the addition of Twenty Three 07 (2307 Lake Austin Blvd. Austin, Texas, 78703 ph. # (512) 477-2307 Owner Suzie Page has created a gorgeous home furnishings shop inside a quant 1930's cottage .The collection  includes everything from custom interior and exterior furniture, one-of-a-kind accent pieces and accessories, even intimate apparel and jewelry. You are certain to find something special for yourself and your home here.

Don't forget to mark your calendar for the Designer's Stroll at the Houston Design Center (7026 Old Katy Road, Houston, Texas  77024 ph. # (713) 864-4735). Open house and design tour on March 23, from 4-7 p.m. View flyer here.

Thank you for your continued support. If you have any ideas, questions, or comments, please contact me at I look forward to hearing from you.

Have a great weekend and enjoy this beautiful weather!


Have comments or suggestions for us, call Ginger Wheless 713-661-6300. 

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