From Saturday 18th June 2022 until October 2022 we will be in France restocking. Our shop in Whangarei Northland, and online purchases will be closed while we are away. Make sure you contact us, by email, if there is anything in particular you are looking for. Follow us on instagram and facebook to see what we are up to!

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Villeroy and Boch- Made in France

The famous German brand 'Villeroy and Boch' needs no introduction to porcelain and pottery lovers of the world, but why does this Villeroy and Boch makers mark bear the words ' Made in France' In 1809 Jean-François Boch, son of Francois Boch, buys the former Benedictine abbey in Mettlach on the River Saar. In the baroque building he sets up a highly-modern, extensively mechanised system of tableware production. He designs many of the production machines himself. His inventions smooth the way for manual ceramic manufacture to be replaced by industrial production. Today, the baroque building is the corporate headquarters of Villeroy & Boch. Mettlach is a municipality in the German state Saarland, bordering France.  Saarland was established in 1920 after...

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Café Culture France

The village bar/café is a typically French institution. Our nostalgic vision of French rural life places the café at the heart of the village along with the church, the school, the mairie, the boulangerie and epicerie. 

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Why all the Dolphins?

The stylised dolphin motif appears in many forms on furniture, tapestries, sculptures and paintings throughout the Renaissance and later Renaissance Revival periods of French creative arts.

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