You guys gotta see this.
Martin is an amateur photographer who also loves copper — or is he a copper lover who is also an amateur photographer? — and he has contributed posts about his pieces as well as some advice on how to capture copper with a camera. I think he was inspired by my first Cooking post to capture his own batterie de cuisine, and the results are, not surprisingly, spectacular.
Martin says, “I live in the attic of a renovated, landmarked (listed) barn that is older than my oldest pans. Cuddly with great views. I love it when my pans dangle from the wooden beams (wood truss) or on the walls. Firstly, because I can see them all the time, secondly, because this is extremely practical.”
“Since most things are used a lot, nothing gets dusty. A rarely used pan is quickly cleaned before use. All pans and lids are clearly lined up and immediately accessible. Even the most frequently used kitchen gadgets are close at hand. Just like in a professional kitchen — although it is not at all! Everything arose from necessity and experience.”
“I spontaneously photographed it as it was, mostly in the used, unpolished state as I like it in all its shades and colors.”
“I love them all, whether stamped with big names or nameless copies/exemplars.”
“On the wall of a bay window hangs a heavy couvercle emboîtant (32cm, 3.7kg), which is however used as a gratin pan or as a kind of skillet.”
“Additional sauce pans and skillets are placed on other walls or beams. The results would be too monotonous if I photographed them all.” (Martin, I beg to differ.)
(Here is Martin’s gorgeous Smith & Matthews pot that needs a guest showcase post.)
“This is my vintage ice ax, which retired earlier than myself. Compared to some pans, it is as light as a feather. Below that is a postcard that shows a caricature of two Swiss mountains that I’ve climbed many times. The left summit is the Altmann (approx. 2400m) and was therefore represented as an old man. With a little imagination you can see a certain resemblance to me.”
Martin, thank you so much for these wonderful photos and the tour of your kitchen. There is something marvelous about old copper, wood beams, and warm bright light. I can see how storing your copper pans out in the open makes it more convenient for you to reach for them and encourages you to cook with them more often. I love how you have made your kitchen both beautiful and practical — your approach to your collection is pragmatic as well as aesthetically satisfying, and it inspires me to appreciate mine!
I wonder if any of you would like to share your batterie de cuisine? I’d be delighted to help. Please reach out — VFC at vintagefrenchcopper dot com.