Sunday, July 22, 2012

One Cloche here, One Cloche there


Traditional. Glass. Bell-shaped. In vogue.

The glass cloche has been used in several different ways through the years. Cloches have become highly sought after accessories in home decor today.


A little history: “The French developed the glass cloche, or bell jar, formed of a solid piece of glass shaped like a dome. The purpose was to protect an early garden plant from bleak cold and frost. This would hasten their crops to maturity. The Dutch and English expanded the idea with handlights, lantern style, faceted pyramidal covers made from glass panes and frames of cast iron. Today French cloches', Dutch and English handlights styles are much on the garden scene. As well as functional, they make a wonderful garden accent. Accent your garden table, or use as a food cover for your next gathering.” source: English Creek Gardens

My collection of glass cloches are kept together atop the dry bar in the breakfast room. They are easily accessible for a wide variety of uses.


One of my favorite cloches is in my master bedroom and holds a framed baby picture of mine with my very own copper dipped baby shoes. I am so happy my mom had saved this memento.


Another cloche is in the guest band atop a vintage stand holding various robin’s egg soaps.


A third can be found on a parlor end table surrounding a piece of white coral laying atop a chunky candle stick.


A fourth surrounds a silver dish filled with shells on a wooden base.


Lastly, one covers the array of sweets always kept on display in the kitchen.


Do you use cloches? If so, how?

Join me at:

Stroll Thru Life’s

Tabletop Tuesday Cloche Party


Cloches, y’all!


  1. What an amazing collection you have Ron. And thanks for the little bit of history lesson too :-)

    Jocelyn @

  2. Dear Ron,

    Um. Uh. That last pic did it best, be right over to try those amazing looking desserts! YUMMMMM!

    (Love your whole post, esp your baby shoes and that adorable pic of you. How sweet, truly.)

  3. Such wonderful cloches you've displayed for us Ron, each one is beautiful, but I love, love the one with your photo and copper shoes, which by the way, are gorgeous and so sweet of your mom...such a real treasure! Come on over to my house for some pastries too, or should I go to yours first?..such yummy cookies you have in the last one too!! Happy Cloche Party!

  4. I think I have more cloches than I have shoes sugar. I love your baby image and bronzed shoes under glass. That is a charming idea.

  5. Oh my word, you have so many wonderful cloches and I love all of your displays. I really like the whole collection empty on the cabinet too. Now that is super clever and so pretty. Thanks for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

  6. Your cloches look great. I especially like the one with the bronze baby shoes and the acorn.

  7. A lovely collection! I really like how you have the spares on hand. That was a very clever idea. I personally really like using them for entertaining. I think any dessert looks better under glass. :)


  8. oh how beautiful are all of your displays! even the empty ones on the shelves. very well done sir!

  9. Isn't cloche french for bell?


  10. Love what you have done with the cloches--especially the one with your baby pic and bronzed baby shoes. What a clever idea! Of course, all of your ideas are clever, and your decorating skills are so chic! Enjoyed the post today, as usual! :)

  11. I love cloches. I have some that I'm not using at the moment, but I never part with them since they are so versatile. I never know when I may need one! I like how you've used yours. I love the various sizes and shapes you have too.

  12. What a great collection of cloches that you have. Love that they hold precious items and protect them. Thank you for sharing...


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