La Bella Luce’s First Ever
October 12th from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Have you ever wondered why La Bella Luce is never empty? As soon as a piece of furniture sales a new piece is there to replace it.
I have been traveling through Europe for the past 12 years looking for treasures to bring to you.
You are now invited for the first time in the five years La Bella Luce has been in Clifton to come and shop from our beloved Carriage House
12801 Chestnut St.
Due to the high pedestrian traffic during Clifton Day we will be using our Land Rover to shuttle you up and down the hill every 15 minutes. Strip maps will also be available at La Bella Luce.
The word demijohn was taken from the French, Dame Jeanne, meaning Lady Jane. According to the legend, in 1347 Queen Jane fled Naples and went to her countship of Provence. On the way between Grasse and Draguignan they were surprised by a storm, and they took refuge in a small castle of the village of Saint Paul la Galline Grasse, whose lord also practiced glass making. Having spent the night in the castle, the Queen wanted to see the lord of the house at work. As she unexpectedly entered the workshop, the lord, assisted by some servants, was engaged in glass-blowing. Surprised by the arrival of the Queen, he blew too strongly in the tube, thus producing an enormous glass of about ten liters in capacity, greatly acclaimed by those standing around. The lord immediately decided that he would produce more of this type, and wanted to call it “reine-Jeanne” after the Queen. However, the modest sovereign proposed him to call it only “dame-Jeanne.” This is where Italian damigiana also came from.
Demijohns covered with leather were discovered in ancient underground catacombs in the Tuscany region of Italy and throughout Europe, demijohns have been described as “being around as long as we have.” Designed originally to transport wine, these bottles were used to carry almost any liquid. They were made in a vast variety of sizes.
Older demijohns were all hand-blown, and without the benefit of a mold. you can distinguish an antique Demijohn (1800′s or earlier) from a more recent one by the lack of seam and the roughness of the neck. Older Demijohns have a glass ring on the neck that was added after it was blown in order for the pincher pliers to be able to hold them up while the demijohn was hacked away from the blower making each demijohn unique.
The globular ovoid shape is an important identifying characteristic for European demijohns.
Today the average Italian still uses colorful vessels to transport their wine home from the wineries to be bottled at home at a lesser cost or to be use as a sort of a wine keg for larger gatherings.
While waiting for the next party you can display your colorful Demijohns around your home in a variety of ways.
They can be made into light fixtures.
…or just sprinkle them around your home and garden for a touch of whimsical and a bit of History!
Their dining room…
And the office today…
Small places need a big statement. I turned this little powder room into an art gallery. It added an element of surprise and it makes for a topic of conversation.
And after …
Before and After
la bella luce7137 Main St
Clifton, VA 20124