12.5 x 10.5 in.
Vera was born in Itajaí, Santa Catarina, Brazil, on February 16, 1921. She was the daughter of Ernesto Meyer and Rachel Liberato Meyer. In Itajaí she married José Luiz Pereira and had three children.
As a child she moved to Florianópolis, an island located in southern Brazil and known also as “Magic Island.”
At age 89, Vera currently lives in Curitiba, Brazil. She prides herself on preserving our family’s legacy and history by maintaining many collectibles and antique furnishings stretching far back into our family’s past; she uses family antique pieces and heirlooms to tell us stories that are connected to them, deliberately connecting us to our fammily's past.
She is fond of recalling a story for her three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren whcih had been passed down to her by her mother, Rachel, about one of the family’s furniture pieces in particular.
“My old étagère” I’ve always remembered this particular family piece since it was at my grandfather’s home and stored special treats for us kids. When my widowed grandmother died, my mom and Aunt Alice divided her belongings amongst themselves. Mom liked the étagère and it stayed with her.
In my most distant memories, I can visualize it in our dining room; I remember coming in tired of playing in our backyard and asking:
“Mommy, mommy, where is the pumpkin candy?”
Her sweet unforgettable voice would reply:
“It’s in the jar, on top of the étagère...”
Rachel Liberato Meyer (Vera’s Mother)
Born in Itajaí, May 17, 1895. Died in Florianópolis, March 24, 1959.
Luiz Ernesto Meyer Pereira