Grenier de La Cote
La Grange du Leman
Antique Dealers share premises on the grounds of a former foundry
1400 square meters of antiques in a single neighborhood!
700 meters from the center of Morges on the lake road, Lausanne
side of town
Address: 43 rue de Lausanne.
to Friday, 14:00 to 18:30, Saturday, 10 to 17.
Grenier de La Cote
(6 dealers: 1000 square meters)
of the great pleasures is to find an neglected piece of furniture
and to see it reborn under the hands of one of our restorers!"
Manager Monique Karlen
is no typical path into the antique business, and like many others,
Monique Karlen and her husband Jean-Jacques, a retired school director,
found their way into the field somewhat by chance -- and with a
little help from their two sons.
the boys were attending college, Monique encouraged them to make
a small business of selling second-hand objects, at first books,
records and small knickknacks, in the flea market on the place de
la Rippone in Lausanne. As we talk, Monique glances into a side
room where one of her sons is lending a hand unloading books. Nodding
in his direction, she says proudly "He's a medical doctor now."
extra cash from the flea market gave their sons spending money in
school. But before long the entire family was caught up in the enterprise.
the focus of the Karlen's shop is on furniture: country tables,
armoires, chairs. "It seems that people are looking for practical
things, things to furnish their homes," says Monique Karlen.
"One of the greatest pleasures of this business is to find
a neglected piece of furniture and see it come back to life after
a visit to the ebeniste."
years ago, the Karlens seized the opportunity to set up the cooperative
at Grenier de La Cote when an old foundry on the rue de Lausanne
outside of Morges became available. The Karlen's and a group of
other dealers were about to lose similar premises in another old
factory which was slated to be demolished. The Karlens rented the
building, stripped, painted and refurbished the interior.
the old foundry is divided into six sections of different sizes
spanning 1000 square meters. The largest section belongs to the
Karlens, which is immediately to the left as you enter the building.
To the right is the stand of Victor Fissé, who is one of the principal
organizers of the excellent autumn antique fair held in a tent outside
is Ali Baba's cave," says Monique Karlen. And indeed, it is
hard to walk out the door without a treasure in hand!
Karlen in the shop
Among the objects which can be seen in the photo are:
painting of a nude in a style reminiscent of Swiss painter Gustave-Francois-Jules
Barraud. View close up of painting.
style armoire in pine, probably late 19th or early 20th Century.
the table are cake molds and a variety of antique tools and lanterns.
The second object behind the table resembling a watering can with
a funnel on top is an "Echaudeur" in copper, used
by winemakers to treat their crops. Similar pieces can be seen in
the Musée Vaudois de La Vigne et du Vin in the Chateau of Aigle.
Grange du Leman
400 Square Meters)
To your left
as you exit Le Grenier is another large building housing the fascinating
collections of three women dealers. La Grange du Leman's focus is
on curious objects and furniture from the 19th Century to the 1950s.
On a recent visit I particularly noticed a variety of reasonably
priced art nouveau frames, a beautiful set of amber
toned seltzer bottles, a wide selection of old prints, and a
very unusual antique bird cage with hand painted details. (See photo
below) There is also a broad selection of furniture in all styles
for all budgets.
La Grange du Leman. Floor to ceiling, a jumble of tempting objects.
Of particular interest in La Grange du Leman are the unique restorations
by Annie Wettstein, who uses zinc treatments and chalk-toned distemper
paints to give new life to old country style furniture.
Fleur du Lac
500 meters further on the opposite side of the Rue du Lausanne.
There is an expensive but excellent restaurant over looking the
lake, and a small modestly appointed cafe which offers high quality
but reasonably priced menus on weekdays and Saturdays. Vegetarian
du Mont Blanc
Excellent food and a diverse menu at this popular establishment
in the center of Morges. In the summer, sit on the nice outdoor
terrace overlooking the lake.
old furniture a contemporary face lift
A unique display case restored by Annie Wettstein, La Grange du