Monday, November 15, 2010

Par Ne Pas Oublier

Porcelain crosses and wreaths can be found on many graves all over Paris.  I think they are more beautiful as they weather.  The bright green moss, even in janvier, is in striking contrast.

20 comments:

alice said...

I didn't know this meaning of "weather", thank you Virginia.

Ginnie said...

Porcelain! That's really breath-taking, Virginia. My deceased mother would love this.

Shell Sherree said...

The moss makes it even more exquisite, doesn't it. Such a beautiful idea, the porcelain.

Half-heard in the Stillness said...

That's such a nice idea and they look much more lovely as their colours fade.

M said...

How could something this beautiful be forgotten? Nature provided the perfect background for you ... the moss, the leaves, the little twigs ... aaaahhhh!

Jean Spitzer said...

The porcelain looks like it belongs.

Virginia said...

Alice,
Weathering means that due to the elements, the object changes in some way. Usually it becomes smoother from the wind/rain. Rust might even be a form of weathering. I'm not quite certain that it applies here but I couldn't come up with another word! I've seen these wreaths and crosses in shops when they were new and the colors are more vivid. I prefer them with a patina that softens the color. I"m afraid I haven't helped you much.
V

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Oh my, this is just exquisite and the weathering of the scene is dramatic with the soft colors of the porcelain flowers. I have seen so many of these displays that have been broken. Yours is perfect!

Chuck Pefley said...

Paris cemeteries have a very special quality, and your photo is a wonderful example. Lovely!

Peter said...

I agree with you; I don't like them new, but after some ten years... !

TheChieftess said...

How beautiful!!! And what an interesting way to memorialize your loved ones...

Paris Paul said...

I think it's great how the porcelain flowers kind of blend but kind of not with the natural leaves.

Daryl said...

My first reaction was 'I know I would trip and fall and make a fool of myself' and then I went OOOOOOOOH because it so lovely and the leaves and moss add to it beauty

Harriet said...

Beautiful! Can one purchase anything like this in the US?

Starman said...

Apparently, this person has been forgotten by his/her survivors/

TheChieftess said...

I was thinking just the opposite Starman...the porcelain flowers represent an enduring reminder that they were loved...whereas real flowers wither and die, time and time again...

Owen said...

Beautiful Virginia, these ceramic memorial decorations are often surprisingly eye-catching, especially when they are well weathered... I have photographed quite a few over the years, as you can see in a couple of previous posts, especially this one :

http://magiclanternshowen.blogspot.com/2009/01/haunting-cemeteries_20.html

And one in this one :

http://magiclanternshowen.blogspot.com/2009/02/i-was-backsliding-again-today.html

And yet I often find myself looking at them again, and again... often very colorful.

Virginia said...

Owen,
Your link was wonderful. You have such an eye for the lovely things in the Paris cemeteries. In janvier, Mary and I hope to follow you to a special one if you're free.

Peter,
Yes, we agree that those that have been exposed to the elements have such a lovely patina. The moss adds such a nice touch as well.

Harriet,
I've not seen any here. I looked at one to bring home for my mother's grave. I think she would have approved. The tacky artificial flowers here are awful. I can't figure out how to get one home!

Alexa said...

i do love the real thing, and the attention that must be paid to them. But a lot of thought probably went into this too—and it is lovely.

James said...

Wow it looks amazing. I kept seeing Owen taking pictures of porcelain crosses and wreaths at Pere Lachaise and now I wish that I would have too. I just got back from Paris but I'd go back tomorrow this weekend if I had the chance. :)