Object of Desire: Hand-Embroidered Table Linens from Oeuvres Sensibles in Marseille

Spotted (and admired) on Instagram: hand-embroidered table linens from Oeuvres Sensibles in Marseille. Owner Sarah Espeute is a French artist-designer who uses “everyday imagery to tell familiar stories through functional yet aesthetically charming textiles,” as she says. Using traditional methods of embroidery, she creates personalized trompe-l’oeil table linens that “recall poetic and convivial scenes of shared meals.” Pieces are made to order and take a minimum of three weeks.

Here’s a look:

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Above: The Table de Potager features antique linen and cotton hand embroidered with black cotton thread; €590.

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Above: The design features “four plates, one cabbage, one baguette, one butterfly, one bottle of wine, and one snail.”

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Above: The Table de la Mere features “four Béarn plates with two oysters, two whelks, two mussels, two clams, one crab, one baguette, and one jug”; €650.

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Above: A detail of the Table de la Mere.

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Above: The Table du Potager, with cabbage and fennel fronds as decor.

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Above: The Table de Printemps includes dragonflies, butterflies, one fly, and dozens of spring blooms; €850 (includes four napkins).

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Above: The Chemin de Potager runner is €290.

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