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C’est la Vie is not your typical antique store. Set in a renovated auto body warehouse, this beautiful world of European treasures transforms you to Les Puces de-Saint-Ouen in Paris. Sara Wardrip, the owner has built a trusted and impeccable source for beautiful design for the home and garden. Originally from Vancouver, Canada., Sara moved to San Diego in 1981. She learned to love antiques while working in a French antique store while attending university. Sara took her first buying trip to Europe in 1998 and returned with a 40 ft container full of English and French antiques, and her dream was born. After outgrowing several locations, she settled into a large warehouse in an industrial area in the North County of San Diego. This is where C’est la Vie showcases her eclectic collection of imports from France and Sweden. Sara travels on regular trips to Europe and has new pieces arriving through out the year.
18th Century Spanish Polychromed Niche
18th Century Spanish Polychromed Niche
Antique 18th Century Spanish Religious Items
18th century Spanish polychromed Niche. Original painted ornamental design with scalloped dome in hints of red and gold.
French Walnut Clock
French Walnut Clock
Antique 18th Century and Earlier French Rococo Wall Clocks
Wood, Glass
Very tall 18th century French Horloge from Provence. Original hardware and weights. Lovely enameled dial with original arms. Stepped up rounded cornice with glass paneled doors and s...
18th Century Walnut Buffet a Deux Corps
18th Century Walnut Buffet a Deux Corps
Antique 18th Century and Earlier French Louis XVI Buffets
Glass, Walnut
Lovely carved 18th century Provençal walnut buffet a deux corps. Original glass and hardware. Beautiful French green/blue painted interior.
Swedish Partner's Desk
Swedish Partner's Desk
Antique Late 18th Century Swedish Desks
Pine
Very unique 18th century Swedish partner's desk with cross stretcher legs. Original scraped down color. Two sides that open to storage below. Desk height 29". Lower desk height 23".
18th Century Swedish Trag Sofa
18th Century Swedish Trag Sofa
Antique 1780s Swedish Rococo Sofas
18th century Swedish period Tragsoffa, scraped down to original lovely cream or white color. Beautiful carved apron over reeded tapered legs. Upholstered in antique Swedish Hemp. Gre...
Original 19th Century Italian Painted Wood Panel
Original 19th Century Italian Painted Wood Panel
Antique 19th Century Italian Paintings
Wood
19th century original painted wood panel from Parma, Italy. Lovely Italian landscape painted in beautiful soft blue, green and vibrant red colors.
French 19th Century Marble-Top Bedside Table
French 19th Century Marble-Top Bedside Table
Antique 19th Century French Side Tables
Marble
French 19th century marble-top table with lovely arbalete top and front. Original carved 19th century marble.
French Regency Gilded Mirror Facette
French Regency Gilded Mirror Facette
Antique 19th Century French Regency Mantel Mirrors and Fireplace Mirrors
Beautiful carved and parcel-gilt mirror facette from Paris, France. Original glass. Lovely two-tiered molding with hand-carved birds, florals and foliates.
Louis XVI Period French Walnut Canapé
Louis XVI Period French Walnut Canapé
Antique 18th Century French Louis XVI Canapes
Walnut
Louis XVI carved walnut canapé. Wonderful aged walnut patina with carved apron and back. Lovely scrolled arms and tapered legs. Newly upholstered in French Linen.
17th Century Carved Renaissance Portuguese Coffer
Antique 17th Century Portuguese Renaissance Blanket Chests
Chestnut
17th century carved chestnut Portuguese coffer.
17th Century Spanish Chestnut Cupboard
Antique 17th Century Spanish Renaissance Cupboards
Chestnut
17th century Spanish chestnut Armoria, Madrid, Spain. Lovely raised paneled doors and drawers with original iron hardware and locks.
Early 19th Century French Empire Walnut Case Clock
Paturel Cadet
Antique Early 1800s French Empire Grandfather Clocks and Longcase Clocks
Walnut
Beautiful tall French Empire horloge from the Loire region of France. Made by the French master Paturel Cadet a Rives de Gier. Enameled face and figural brass surround. Original bras...
17th Century Portuguese Walnut Table
Antique 17th Century Spanish Console Tables
Walnut
17th Century Portuguese walnut table iron base. Beautiful aged walnut top that is one piece of solid wood. All original.
19th Century Grand Scale Trumeau
Antique Mid-19th Century French Floor Mirrors and Full-Length Mirrors
19th century large Trumeau from a beautiful apartment in Paris. Lovely French green/blue color with gilded accents. All original with mercury split glass mirror. Separate three-panel...
18th Century French Walnut Sofa
Antique Late 18th Century French Louis XVI Sofas
Walnut
Beautiful Louis XIII style 18th century walnut canape. Lovely aged walnut patina with turned legs with center stretcher. Newly upholstered in cream Belgian linen.
19th Century French Trumeau
Antique 19th Century French Trumeau Mirrors
Pine
Large 19th century French painted trumeau. Neoclassical reeded columns flank the paneled mirror and frame. Original glass. Lovely cream or white color.
18th Century Swedish Demi lune Clock Cupboard
Antique Late 18th Century Swedish Gustavian Cupboards
Beautiful 18th Century Swedish Demi lune Clock Cupboard. Four raised paneled cupboard doors open to lovely storage on the sides. Dental carving on the cornice apron with elegant pane...
Early 19th Century French Provencal Mirror
Antique Early 19th Century French Wall Mirrors
Beautifully carved Louis XVI style French Provençal mirror. All fully restored, retaining the wonderful aged patina. Original mercury glass.
18th Century Swedish Coffee Table
Antique Late 18th Century Swedish Coffee and Cocktail Tables
18th century Swedish pine farm table cut down to make a lovely coffee table. One large carved paneled drawer on front side. Beautiful thick single plank top. Great aged patina.
Early 19th Century, Swedish, Drop-Leaf Farm Table
Antique 19th Century Swedish Dining Room Tables
Early 19th century, Swedish drop-leaf table with original worn paint patina. The top is a lovely aged pine and the base is a pale Swedish green/blue. Closed the table measures 18".
Early 19th Century Painted French Bergere
Antique Early 19th Century French Bergere Chairs
Beautiful 19th century painted French Bergere newly upholstered in blue and white stripe. Lovely carved arms and tapered legs. Great aged patina. Very comfortable with down filled cu...
Pair of 18th Century Italian Repousse Wood Cand...
Antique Late 18th Century Italian Table Lamps
Beautiful pair of 18th century Repousse brass over wood church candlesticks made into elegant lamps. Wonderful aged patina. Measures: 30" to top of socket, 37" to top of shade. Shade...
Pair of Antique French Iron Floor Lamps
Vintage 1910s Floor Lamps
Very nice pair of Antique French iron torchiere floor lamps. Great aged patina with small hints of color and gilt. Beautiful scrolled base with acanthus leaf socket holders. Silk sha...
19th Century French Walnut Oval Dining Table
Antique Early 19th Century French Dining Room Tables
Walnut
Beautiful early 19th century French walnut oval dining table. Great aged walnut patina with lovely hand turned legs. Terrific size for kitchen or small area dining. Apron height 24.5"
Early 19th Century French Trumeau, Paris, France
Antique Early 19th Century French Trumeau Mirrors
Beautiful large early 19th century French trumeau from a Paris apartment. Lovely original painted scene of the "affair of the diamond necklace". Queen Marie Antoinette stands in the ...
Pair of Early 19th Century French Fauteuil
Antique 19th Century French Louis XVI Chairs
Pair of early 19th century Louis XIV style French fauteuil. Very nice old patina.
Vintage French Garden Faux Bois Table
21st Century and Contemporary French Patio and Garden Furniture
Cement
Large vintage French faux bois dining table. Great aged patina. Perfect for the garden dining!
19th Century French Faux Bamboo Bedside Table
Antique 19th Century French End Tables
Faux Bamboo
19th century French marble top bedside table. Lovely golden patina, Paris, France.
19th Century French Painted Rustic Farm Table
Antique 19th Century French Dining Room Tables
19th century French blue painted pine farm table. Could be a great writing table or would make a great coffee table, as well. Lovely French blue or green color.
18th Century Period Swedish Gustavian Sofa
Antique 18th Century Swedish Gustavian Chaise Longues
Beautiful 18th century Swedish period sofa scraped down to the original white color. Lovely carved sides, back and apron. Newly upholstered in crisp blue and white Brunschwig & Fils ...
19th Century Italian Wood and Crystal Chandelier
Antique 19th Century Italian Chandeliers and Pendants
Elegant 19th century Italian gilded wood and crystal chandelier. Beautiful aged patina on the wood. All newly restored and wired. Height of 31" is to the top of the chandelier. Very ...
Set of Ten French Os de Mouton Dining Chairs
21st Century and Contemporary French Dining Room Chairs
Very nice set of ten Os de Mouton dining chairs from Normandy, France. Sturdy and very comfortable.
19th Century French Louis Philippe Mirror
Antique 19th Century Louis Philippe Wall Mirrors
Beautiful 19th century French Louis Philippe mirror fully restored with new glass, Paris, France.
Swedish Rococo Cupboard
Antique 1760s Swedish Cupboards
Lovely period Rococo Swedish cupboard scraped down to the original soft blue color. Upper interior storage includes three drawers for cutlery, shelves for plates and platters and a d...
Italian Crystal Chandelier, 19th Century
Antique 19th Century Italian Chandeliers and Pendants
Crystal
Beautiful 19th century Italian eight-light bronze and crystal chandelier. All newly wired and restored.
Swedish Corner Cabinet
Antique Late 18th Century Swedish Rococo Corner Cupboards
Lovely 18th century Swedish corner cabinet scrapped down to the original cream/white color. Original glass in paneled doors.
Pair of 19th Century Swedish Gustavian Painted ...
Antique 19th Century Gustavian Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Pair of antique Swedish Gustavian painted chests in lovely blue paint with carved border around beautiful faux grey marbled top. Classic square tapered legs, brass hardware and raise...
18th Century Dutch Delft Vase
Antique 1750s Danish Vases
18th century delft Dutch vase. Beautiful variations of blue in a floral design. Lovely curved shape over octagonal foot. Nice large size.
Large Vintage English Wooden Birdhouse
21st Century and Contemporary English Garden Ornaments
Lovely large wooden vintage birdhouse from England. Shingled wood roof with scalloped front and sides. Great aged grey patina..... Great for inside or out....
Pair of 19th Century French Pine Doors
Antique 19th Century French Doors and Gates
Pine
Pair of 19th century French pine doors stripped down to their natural pine color. Three pairs available. We can assist with French hardware.
Early 19th Century Walnut French Commode
Antique Early 19th Century French Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Walnut
French 19th century French walnut commode beautifully carved with olives and olive branches. Provence, France.
Pair of 19th Century French Bergère Chairs
Antique Mid-19th Century French Bergere Chairs
A pair of 19th century French bergère chairs stripped down to lovely aged pine patina. Upholstered in French antique hemp. Sturdy and comfortable.  
19th Century French Glazed Water Pitcher
Antique 19th Century Pitchers
19th century French double handled water pitcher from Provence. Beautiful French golden glazed yellow patina. Classic piece of French handmade pottery. No distinguishable cracks or m...
18th Century Swedish Mora Clock
Antique 18th Century Swedish Grandfather Clocks and Longcase Clocks
18th century Swedish Mora clock hand scrapped down to the original lovely blue green color. Parts have been serviced and is in working order.
18th Century Swedish Mora Clock
Antique 18th Century and Earlier Swedish Clocks
Wood
Beautiful example of a Original Swedish Clock from Mora County. It is all original with original scrubbed blue paint. Some of the lovely painted detail can still be seen on the the ...
Signed Pair of Swedish Period Gustavian Stools
Antique 18th Century Swedish Gustavian Stools
Beautiful pair of period Gustavian stools signed and stamped by Stockholm master craftsman. Lovely ornamental carving on base over reeded tapered legs. Stockholm, Sweden.
Set of Six Swedish Rococo Style Chairs
Antique Late 19th Century Swedish Rococo Dining Room Chairs
Pine
Set of six 19th century Swedish Rococo style chairs. Lovely carved apron and back, cabriole legs and ball and claw foot. Soft cream color. Newly upholstered in antique hemp.
19th Century French Biot Jarre
Antique Late 19th Century French Garden Ornaments
Beautiful 19th century French Biot jar. Initials CF on one side. Great aged patina with lovely French soft cream yellow color. Solid with no cracks or distinguishing chips.
19th Century Swedish Console Table
Antique 19th Century Swedish Console Tables
19th century Swedish console table with lovely carved apron over tapered fluted legs. Soft cream or white color. Carving extends all the way around the table making it an excellent c...
Set of Eight Period Swedish Gustavian Dining Ch...
Antique 18th Century Swedish Gustavian Dining Room Chairs
Swedish set of eight period Gustavian dining chairs scraped down to the original Swedish grey/blue finish. Lovely open work geometrical backs with simple tapered legs. Covered in Swe...
19th Century Swedish Sideboard
Antique Early 19th Century Swedish Gustavian Cupboards
19th century Swedish sideboard with lovely carved paneled doors. Scraped down to original ochre color with hints of white. Interesting handles on each side.
Early 19th Century Swedish Wooden Horse
Antique 19th Century Swedish Animal Sculptures
Pine
Fabulous wooden horse from Stockholm, Sweden. Beautiful face and stance. Scalped down to original white washed color.
Pair of Italian Porte Luna Wooden Table Lamps
20th Century Italian Table Lamps
Wood
Pair of Italian wood Porte Luna candlesticks, wired into lamps, Rome, Italy.
19th Century Swedish Carved Console Table
Antique 19th Century Swedish Gustavian Console Tables
19th century Swedish console table with lovely carved apron and tapered fluted legs. The beautiful carving extends all around the table in a soft Swedish cream or white color.
Pair of 19th Century Swedish Pedestal Tables
Antique 19th Century Swedish Pedestals
19th century pair of Swedish pedestal tables in soft cream white color. Lovely carved faux bamboo leg design.
18th Century Venetian Rococo Mirror
Antique 18th Century Italian Rococo Wall Mirrors
Lovely 18th century Venetian gilded Rococo mirror. Great aged patina. Original mercury glass.
French Iron Torchiere Floor Lamp
Vintage 1920s Floor Lamps
Great smaller French iron torchiere floor lamp with old aged iron patina. Simple scroll work design on stem and candle top. Measures: 47" to the top of outlet, 57" to the top of shad...
19th Century French Biot Jarre
Antique 19th Century Planters and Jardinieres
Lovely 19th century small Biot Jarre from Biot, France. Great small size. No cracks or distinguishing chips.
18th Century Swedish Rococo Cabinet
Antique 18th Century Swedish Rococo Cupboards
Beautiful large Swedish 18th century Rococo cabinet with arched pediment cornice and lovely carved apron. Wonderful commanding size for excellent storage. Varmland, Sweden.
Pair of Rock Crystal Lamps
21st Century and Contemporary American Table Lamps
Rock Crystal
Beautiful pair of quality Rock Crystal Lamps with clear Lucite base. Lovely silver finished adjustable height base. Height to the top of the crystal base is 16".
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