CAJUN ACCORDION DISCUSSION GROUP
Good site. Those who hate that style call it "style nouilles" (noodles style).
No I don't know him personally. Here is his website :
Bonnes fêtes de fin d'année à toi aussi.
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Salut mon vieux,
As you know, I'm originally from France, Paris to be exact!!!, and I was thinking, were I had seen these decorations before, no wonder .
I also could have added , in my post that Architecture was one of the many other avenues were this type of banners(?), or guirlandes(?) were used.
I also took the liberty of adding another link.
Merci for the link, et joyeux Noel.
BTW, are you in touch with Gerard Dole at all?.
I agree, they are historical -- art nouveau, just like you say -- and probably date back to times before any Cajuns knew what an accordion was!
I also agree that they are not 'pinstripes.'
If you look at ca. 1900 accordions, you see a lot of variations, and some that are much "finer" looking. Marcel Messervier Jr. has done a fine job in making his version of these finer decorations -- complete with naked nymphs!
No, I don't have a picture of the Nymphs! Messervier Jr. was doing various designs, using a computer and making black decals that contrast with the light wood of the faceplates. The nymphs -- well, I don't know that they are really nymphs, it just fits the art nouveau theme, they might as well be called "naked ladies" -- were on a box that he made around 2002.
I've got some pics of Messervier boxes, but none that are close-up enough to see the patterns clearly. Anyone who wants to see one, BTW, can send me an email off-list.
Hey Andy, here is a nymph for Claude :
...leave it to a bunch of accordion players to start a discussion of horses and end up talking about camels...
Thanks, Mike for stopping these two scoundrels .
Just a reminder, here was your question:
"Does this pattern signify something? Historical? Traditional?"