How to Collect Purchases From Multiple Antique Dealers: International Shipping Questions
On an Antiques Diva Buying Tour, you will most likely make purchases from multiple antique dealers. Based on your shipping requirements, our turnkey international antique shipping services can handle all your antiques buying, sourcing and shipping needs. While every client has unique requirements and specifications, AD&CO Logistic’s 50 years of expertise in international shipping provides superior levels of customer service. Your shipping concierge will personally manage all facets of your shipment including collecting your goods from the dealers, tracking your inventory and payments, cross-referencing your tags, packing, complete all export/import paperwork and monitor your shipment’s progress from the time we receive your goods until they are delivered to you; and keep you advised of the status of your shipment.
Your shipping concierge will personally manage all facets of your shipment including collecting your goods from the dealers, tracking your inventory and payments, cross-referencing your tags, packing, complete all export/import paperwork and monitor your shipment’s progress from the time we receive your goods until they are delivered to you; and keep you advised of the status of your shipment.
Collecting Purchases From Multiple Antique Dealers
1. How do you know where my purchases are?
You will be assigned a personal AD&CO Logistics shipping concierge, who collects all PO (Purchase Order) books and photographs related to your purchases (if booked on an Antiques Diva Tour we receive this information from the Diva Guides managing your tours, regardless of the number of vendors or the number of countries). Then, we pick up your purchases directly from your vendors. We’ll take your purchases from 5 or 10 different sources – often in different countries – and help you coordinate ONE shipping. We’ll sticker your purchases, fill out your shipping purchase orders, even take Tylenol on your behalf as we handle headaches to get everything across the pond to you!
2. If I make purchases at multiple vendors, how do I pay them?
At the time of purchase, buyers typically negotiate a down payment on their purchases. Once your buying trip is over, your goods need to be collected and brought to our warehouse for packing. Normally the client makes one wire transfer to the shipping company (AD&CO Logistics) that covers 100% of the purchases, regardless of the number of vendors. Then AD&CO Logistics pays each of the vendors. This not only reduces the administrative burden on the client but also saves you money as wire transfers made within Europe are free of charge. Obviously, the vendors will not release their inventory to us until they have been paid.
Once all vendors are paid, we collect your items and consolidate them back at our warehouse in Amsterdam. If required by your destination port, we fumigate your inventory.
3. How do I handle my shipment’s paperwork?
Your shipping concierge prepares all the various customs paperwork and files it on your behalf so that your goods can leave Europe. We create a detailed packing list using the international coding system so that it can be reviewed by the customs broker at the destination port.
4. Who packs my inventory?
All your goods are safely packed at our warehouse, which may be Our shippers have 50 years international shipping expertise and know the best ways to pack and protect your goods. If you are shipping your purchases by sea, your packed inventory is then loaded into a container and taken to the port to be placed on a vessel from one of the global shipping lines. If you have chosen an air shipment, we will transport your crates to the airport for delivery to your destination.
I’d love to discuss your international antiques shipping needs: contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Toma – The Antiques Diva®
Custom Couture For A Curvy Diva
I have a bit of a reputation… in addition to drinking entirely too much champagne, I’ve got a penchant for high heels and fabulous dresses. In fact one of my most frequently asked questions when I speak is and when I meet clients and brand followers in real life.… “Where do you get your dress?” And while I’m a fan of both high end and low end – from DVF to Laundry – I look for items that flatter the figure. I’m a curvy girl and what curvy girls everywhere know is you can look fat… or you can look curvy. I choose the latter.
I’m going to let you in on one of my biggest fashion secrets… This January we hosted our annual Paris Champagne Brunch at Paul Bert Serpette in the Paris Flea Market – I wore a sensational cape-sleeved knee-length red jacket with a simple strapless tube dress underneath. The design was a one-a-kind design by Cambodian Designer Romyda Keth.
I first visited Romyda’s shop this summer while laying the groundwork for our Phenom Penh Design Inspiration tours. One of the things I love about our Asian Antiques Diva Tours is #ItsNotJustAntiques – from helping you find a furniture factory to custom-make your designs, to art studio and gallery tours to giving you access our favorite local craftsmen whether that’s hardware for your furniture and doors or lantern and lighting makers or simply a fabulous tailor…. A stop in Romyda’s shop is fabulous for retail therapy for fashion hunters, but even if you’re not looking for clothing it is worthwhile for the design inspiration. (Plus she has a maison store next door).
For years – even before we started working together and were just friends – I’ve admired my colleague Angela Somwaiya’s wardrobe. Angela now heads up our Asia Antiques Diva Tours. She is statuesque, standing a good head above me. She’s gorgeous, very sultry and has a mysterious look and wears the most amazing dresses of anyone I know. Curvy, Vivacious and Va Va Va Voom.
I was thrilled when as we were heading to Phenom Penh as part of our groundwork for setting up our Antiques Diva Asia Tours Angela asked… “Toma, is it possible we can make time to shop at my favorite dress store?”
In South East Asia when you attend a social event the well-heeled who’s who will all be wearing Keth’s designs. But the amazing thing… not one of the women will be dressed the same. Keth only makes 1 dress in each size for every design. Created in her onsite factory, the designs are done in a gorgeous Khmer silk in a harmony of colors cut specifically to emphasize on women what differentiates them from men. From now on a trip to Asia is not complete without at least a 36-hour stopover to stock up on my fashion needs for the next season.
Romyda is Cambodian-born, was raised in Paris and studied at the Paris School of Fine Arts and at top fashion design school Esmod. She is one of the few Asian designers to have established a worldwide following; after the first Atelier Ambre opened in Cambodia in 1999, the brand has since expanded to Middle East, Africa, Australia and the rest of Asia. Her designs are all about COLOR and CURVES. Those are the key words that describe my fashion sense. Each item is custom tailored on site, fitted by Romyda. And for a luxury brand creating nearly one of a kind designs the prices are reasonable. I think my custom fitted dress and jacket combined were around $300. The dresses I purchased ran between $75 and 150 USD. For more information visit Romyda Keth.
Kheunh anak chab,
Toma Clark Haines, The Antiques Diva®
Choosing Antique Textiles For Your Diva Bed
Here at The Antiques Diva® & Co, we work with a wide variety of clients from all over the globe. In helping clients source antiques, we come across requests for many different styles. Whether we’re assisting a private client with finding artwork to fit their taste and complete their home or working with a trade client to stock their store with 18th-century French pieces, understanding each individual’s style is crucial to getting the job done correctly. Asking clients questions and looking over inspiration photos is a great way to discover their style, but some things require a bit more of a… let’s say, hands on approach! When sourcing antique textiles, for example, you really have to consider not just the appearance… but how do the textiles feel?
As Brand Ambassador for Pandora de Balthazár, I’ve learned about identifying a person’s tactile personality – and I’m learning how this relates as I’m creating my own monogrammed bed line for Pandora. While aesthetics are certainly important, the process of building your own Diva Bed begins with touch… as I demonstrated to Derrick Ricketts, VP Dallas Market Center, above!
Consider covering your eyes and running your fingers along a variety of fabrics – this will instantly show you what your preferences are:
- Do you sigh in relief at the soft touch of cotton or do you appreciate slightly stiffer linens?
- Do you long for the feel of smooth silks or do warm velvets satisfy you?
Answering these types of questions allows you to take note of what textiles you gravitate toward.
Creating a bed that reflects your tactile personality involves bringing together visually enticing textiles that will also increase your comfort. Before purchasing linens for your bedroom it’s wise to understand the look and feel you are going for. At Pandora de Balthazár, there are over two million one-of-a-kind linens of the finest quality. These pieces include everything from antique French heirloom linens and primitive Austro-Hungarian Empire textiles to Art Deco and Bohemian specimens. The process of identifying a client’s tactile personality includes touching several different fabrics as well as selecting pieces that are visually appealing. As examples are pulled, a theme begins to emerge. It’s similar to tearing out magazine clipping of rooms you love or creating a Pinterest board to help pull your inspiration together before decorating a space.
Once there is a significant “yes” pile of textiles, the process of elimination is used. Maintenance, budget, color, and aesthetics are all taken into account. Everything from bedding and decorative pillows to curtains and table linens are selected to complete a cohesive look. Whether you select museum-quality pieces or vintage textiles, the end result should be a well thought out room that is luxurious based on your own definition of luxury.
As with any design project, creating a bedroom based on your tactile personality does not have do be done in one fell swoop. After you identify your tactile personality, it’s perfectly fine to allow the textiles to come together over time. In fact, Pandora de Balthazár keeps a database which holds client’s preferences so ordering can be accomplished with ease, even if clients live far away.
If you’re the type of thoughtful person who enjoys creating a home that is truly individual, discovering your tactile personality and building a bedroom around it will be a fun and enlightening experience.
TO ORDER CUSTOM COUTURE BEDDING
The Antiques Diva Couture Bedding by Pandora de Balathazár is available made-to-order to your specific requirements and preferences. Pandora’s design team will work with you to design luxurious custom couture bedding for your décor and lifestyle.
Contact: Pandora de Balthazár Lifestyle
For more information on Pandora de Balthazár’s collection of fine linens, check out their website or email us at email@example.com.
Toma Clark Haines, The Antiques Diva®
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Hamptons Antiques & Design Tour
Just outside of the Big Apple, the infamous “Hamptons” are towns that were settled as early as the 1600s, and dotting the eastern coast of Long Island while boasting a cornucopia of beautiful, Dutch-inspired architecture, farmland and gorgeous beaches. Today, the Hamptons remains a popular weekend retreat for the rich and famous chock-filled with art, design and cultural hot spots. This is not your average sleepy beach destination, instead the Hamptons offers daily gallery openings, museum visits, concerts, educational and industry leader speaking events, theater productions, art cooperatives and many antique shows and festivals, shops and estate sales. The Hamptons has been associated with the lifestyles of the wealthiest families in the United States, and the area draws cutting edge artists and designers from around the world… And thus local inventory to has to cater to their needs. This combination has encouraged the production of beautiful art and design. Sometimes the best-kept secrets are where you least expect them… There are many hidden sources in the Hamptons. The antique trade has cropped up throughout all the major towns with some of the finest small boutiques, barn sales and estate auctions available.
2-Day Antiques Diva Hampton Antiques, Design, History and Lifestyle Group Tour
Thursday, July 20: 11-5 pm; Followed by Dinner in Private Home of Style Maker Tamara Matthews Stephenson
Friday, July 21: 11 am-6 pm; Followed by VIP Champagne Gala at East Hampton Antique Show with House Beautiful Magazine
East Hampton, Southampton, Sag Harbor, Montauk, Bridgehampton
Join me – Toma Clark Haines, The Antiques Diva, and Style Maker Tamara Matthews Stephenson on this exclusive opportunity to tour the Hamptons… with Diva Style. This is perfect for the out of town designer, art aficionado or history and culture buff who yearns to inundate themselves with an insider’s view of the design, lifestyle and sources in the Hamptons. Coinciding with the Traditional Home Hampton Designer Showhouse and the East Hampton Mulford Farm Antique Show in July, your Antiques Diva locally based Tour Guide, interior designer Tamara Stephenson will take you behind the scenes to both these summer favorite events for private buying time at the antique show (on the oldest farms in the East Hampton, complete with an original 16th-century Dutch windmill), as well as sneak peeks of the country’s finest design talents as they create their spaces for the opening gala at the Showhouse. Over the two days you will visit Jackson Pollocks’ famous home where he created his drip paintings, renowned insider gardens and homes, local farmer’s markets, and some of the most important antique shops in the area, as well as other off the beaten path finds.
Interior designer Tamara Stephenson has lived in the Hamptons part-time with her family after building their beach cottage in East Hampton over twenty years ago, and she has designed many homes in the East End as well. Additionally, for five years she wrote the East End Nest column for local iconic magazine Dan’s Papers where she covered design in the Hamptons. Much of her content on her well-renowned blog, Nest by Tamara covers the design happenings in her summer column, Under The Pergola. Tamara will lead these tours armed with her plethora of eastern Long Island history and an array of great sources and connections in the industry, as well as with her talent as a working interior designer.
See you in the Hamptons!
Toma Clark Haines, The Antiques Diva®
Join Toma Clark Haines The Antiques Diva on a 2-Day Hampton Antiques, Design, History and Lifestyle Group Tour
2-Day Antiques Diva® Hampton Antiques, Design, History and Lifestyle Group Tour
• Thursday, July 20: 11-5 pm; Followed by Dinner in Private Home of Style Maker Tamara Mathews Stephenson
• Friday, July 21 11 am-6 pm; Followed by VIP Champagne Gala at East Hampton Antique Show with House Beautiful Magazine
East Hampton, Southampton, Sag Harbor, Montauk, Bridgehampton
Join The Antiques Diva herself Toma Clark Haines and Style Maker Tamara Mathews Stephenson on this exclusive opportunity to tour the Hamptons… with Diva Style. This is perfect for the out of town designer, art aficionado or history and culture buff who yearns to inundate themselves with an insider’s view of the design, lifestyle and sources in the Hamptons. Coinciding with the Traditional Home Hampton Designer Showhouse and the East Hampton Mulford Farm Antique Show in July, your Antiques Diva locally based Tour Guide, interior designer Tamara Stephenson will take you behind the scenes to both these summer favorite events for private buying time at the antique show (on the oldest farms in the East Hampton, complete with an original 16th-century Dutch windmill), as well as sneak peeks of the country’s finest design talents as they create their spaces for the opening gala at the Showhouse. Over the two days you will visit Jackson Pollocks’ famous home where he created his drip paintings, renowned insider gardens and homes, local farmer’s markets, and some of the most important antique shops in the area, as well as other off the beaten path finds.
Please wear your most comfortable (but stylish… it’s the Hamptons after all) shoes because it will be a wonderful whirlwind, shopping extravaganza while taking in the Hamptons in the throes of a busy summer. We promise to taste the wines from the local vineyard and foods from the local Farm-to-Table fare, introduce you to our sources, and you will leave satiated and equipped with a newfound love for this little slice of Luxe American Apple Pie, as well as gorgeous antiques and sources to take home. Thursday night ends with dinner under the pergola in Tamara’s East Hampton cottage with The Antiques Diva Toma Clark Haines and a few design friends. Meanwhile, Friday night is super chi-chi with a special invite to the early buying event at the East Hampton Antique Show for champagne, live music, champagne, shopping, champagne and rubbing shoulders with design celebrities! (a $200 value) While on the tour, Tamara will also direct you to the area’s most pertinent spots, offering a handout with map and key places to visit beyond these three towns, sending you on your way for more adventures if you choose or for your next visit to the Hamptons.
When you’re too busy to travel internationally, or if you want to learn first-hand from antiques and design experts, our Antiques Diva® Hampton Antiques, Design, History and Lifestyle Group Tour is ideal for:
- out of town designers
- art aficionado
- history and culture buffs
who yearn to inundate themselves with an insider’s view of the design, lifestyle and sources in the Hamptons.
Contact Toma Clark Haines today at firstname.lastname@example.org to answer questions about our Hamptons antiques and design group tour!
St Augustine said,
The world is a book… and those who do not travel only read one page.
But travel doesn’t necessarily mean far away lands. Sometimes treasures are found in your own backyard. I travel the world seeking beautiful things for my job as CEO of The Antiques Diva® & Co. My mission at AD&CO is to provide Global Sourcing and Shipping… and I realized recently I was missing the trick by not helping clients source antiques closer to home. My team of Diva Guides are STYLE HUNTERS – we help clients find treasures wherever the treasures are… and the US is a treasure hunter’s paradise!
I am excited to announce that on July 4th weekend
we’re officially launching #AntiquesDivaUSA #NoPassportRequired Tours,
making the USA the 3rd continent in our roster of one-on-one custom antique buying tours
offered in 15 countries!
Antiques Diva US private and group antique tours will launch in the NYC metro area in July but will rapidly expand to California, Florida and Texas… and more #ComingSoon!
Shop Where US Interior Designers Shop
So many of our fabulous antique dealer clients are selling at shops in America… and many of our clients really want to travel to Europe or Asia to buy antiques, but simply don’t have the time to go abroad. The Antiques Diva & Co is launching America Antiques Tours: the best antiques sources (warehouses, private by appointment stores, antique shops and boulevards and antique fairs) in the United States – No Passport Required! The Antiques Diva & Co offers custom antiques buying tours for tourists and trade professionals. Whether you’re looking to buy one specific piece or fill an entire store, our personal shopping antique buying guides share their vast knowledge of secret sources to take you to all the right places.
LAUNCHING JULY 4:
NY metro area private, custom antiques tours:
- Where the New York Designers Buy Antiques Warehouse Tours
- Hamptons Whirlwind Antique Tour: 2-Day Tour with Interior Designer & Style Maker, Tamara Stephenson
April – October
- Brooklyn Hipster Antique Tour
- New Jersey Antique Secrets
- How to Handle the Auction Antiques Tour
- Mid-Century Madness NYC
Hudson NY Art and Antiques Tour2-Day Tour
- Newport Antiquing
2-Day Tour April – October
Now as a company we typically ONLY do one-on-one customized tours – but for America we’ve decided it would be fun to do some group antiques tours as well!
- Hamptons, New York
(COMING SOON!!!! July 21 and 22, 2017 during the Hamptons Showhouse and the East Hampton Antiques Show)
#WatchThisSpace for our next blog post telling ALL ABOUT THIS INCREDIBLE opportunity!
People often ask me… “How do you do it all? Have you cloned yourself? It seems you are everywhere at once!” The fact is it takes a village and I am incredibly fortunate to be surrounded by a team of Diva Guides. Diva Guides are better than clones – because they are experts in their own rights who bring their local expertise to the table leading our local tours!
I am thrilled to announce my team of NYC metro area US Antiques Diva Guides:
Doni Belau, founder of Girls’ Guide to Paris is a recognized and published French travel expert and author of the book Paris Cocktails. She began importing French antiques from her discoveries around her home in the Southwest of France and beyond. Doni specializes in French and other European antiques and vintage items ranging from large pieces of furniture, unusual artifacts, 19th and 20th-century art as well as vintage smalls and collectibles and even some mid-century pieces.
Margaret Schwartz joined the Antiques Diva team first as a buyer in 2014. Her love for antiques blossomed after that initial buying trip with Diva Guide Gail Mcleod in England. Her passion for antiques continued to grow and after starting her career with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia she struck out on her own and she now owns a brick and mortar shop in the suburbs surrounding New York City, The Summer House located at 107 Cherry St, New Canaan, CT.
Justin Shaulis is a designer with twin talents: an architecture background and in-depth knowledge of interior elements. He transforms homes, apartments and venues into stunning environments for a stable of clients who demand luxurious surroundings. Balancing the classic and the modern, he approaches each project collaboratively with the client. Based in New York City, he has completed work throughout the US, Carribean and the UK.
Tamara Stephenson was exposed to the industry from an early age, and growing up she spent most weekends at Market learning the business with her father who was an antiques dealer. Now an interior designer, Tamara feels passionate about incorporating antiques and vintage pieces into her homes and the homes of her clients because these special items with a past and a patina help to give a home a sophisticated, lived-in appeal, adding culture and layering.
When you’re too busy to travel internationally, or if you want to learn first-hand from antiques and design experts, Antiques Diva US Tours are ideal for:
- antiques dealers who need to stock their store
- interior designers who want to learn where the NYC designers shop
- homeowners who are looking for special pieces to decorate their home
Contact me today at email@example.com to answer questions about Antiques Diva antiques buying tours, sourcing services and international shipping: No Passport Required!
See you soon in the States!
Toma Clark Haines, The Antiques Diva®
A Visit to Bambu Indah in Bali with John Hardy
Photo credits Alessandro Luppi
With its gorgeous beaches, luxury resorts, rice paddies and ancient temples Indonesia has far more to offer than just a destination as a vacation hot spot. Bali is one of the world’s best resources for global sourcing. Their antiques scene and the abundance of offerings is reminiscent of the Paris Flea Market – but Indonesia offers more than just antiques. Whether you’re seeking a source for manufacturing your furniture line, wood and stone carvers, weavers, painters or gold and silversmiths Bali alone has the world’s greatest repository of high-level artisans in the world and at The Antiques Diva® & Co we give you access to the best of them.
Furniture – whether new or old – ranges from rustic and folk art to refined or cutting edge and contemporary in design. Textiles reign with batiks and ikats in heartbreakingly beautiful patterns. Fashion, jewelry and art de la table give island chic a new audience making the tribal mainstream.
On a recent visit to Bali I had lunch at John Hardy’s Bandu Indah and took a private tour of the property with its owner.
Bali has its fair share of expats – one of the most well-known is John Hardy. Canadian-born jewelry designer John Hardy moved to Bali 40 years ago and launched his Asian-inspired designs using traditional handmade jewelry techniques. Having recently sold his eponymously named jewelry line, Hardy now devotes his life to educating others about sustainable living with his Green School. A great place to begin one’s education – while experiencing luxury Balinese style – is at Bambu Indah, Hardy’s radically distinctive eco-lifestyle boutique hotel in Ubud where guests commune with nature in their open format huts.
Hardy – a huge proponent of using architectural salvage in his designs – transplanted a series of 19th C teak Javanese bridal homes to Bali and then restored and decorated them offering his guests a once in a lifetime experience.
“Our charming Javanese teak wood houses are historic traditional homes built by native Indonesians over 100 years ago. Each served as bridal houses to a Javanese nobleman whose duty it was to provide a home for his new bride. These antique homes were hand picked by John Hardy before being carefully dismantled, relocated to Bambu Indah, lovingly restored and made available to you.”
The interior design ranges from rustic to chic, featuring décor from Hardy’s personal travels such as Moroccan rugs, Burmese lacquerware and Ethiopian woodwork.
If you’re visiting Bali, I strongly recommend you include Bambu Indah on your itinerary. My lunch with John Hardy was definitely a highlight of my last trip to Bali!
Indonesia Antiques Tours
After assessing your antique, design or fashion sourcing needs, The Antiques Diva & Co will custom plan your private Indonesia antiques tours and buying trip. We can combine your Indonesia antiques tour with other Asian country itineraries to create antiques buying and design inspiration tours to meet our all your sourcing needs. Our local expert Indonesia Diva Guide negotiates on your behalf as we have relationships with vendors, getting you the best deals possible. We also liaise you with a preferred shipper to get your purchases home.
Toma Clark Haines, The Antiques Diva
The Golden Triangle: Thailand, Myanmar and Laos
Photos by Marisa Marchitelli
Let me let you in on an Antiques Diva® secret… Chiang Mai is the ideal place to antiques shop for trade clients – antique dealers, interior designers, hoteliers, developers etc – because it is home to the most number of wholesale antiques sources, and antiques warehouses in South East Asia. Here you’ll find the most variety of inventory from Thailand as well as from neighboring countries. In part this is because of the historical traditions and geographical positioning in what has traditionally been called the Golden Triangle where the borders of 3 countries meet – Myanmar, Laos and Thailand. Lanna culture has distinctiveness from the rest of Thailand. It was an independent kingdom for years, and you can see Indian and Chinese influences.
The distinctive local architecture incorporates hand carved woods and stylistic motifs – and with architectural salvage one of the top items found in the regions antique warehouses you have the opportunity to literally take a piece of Chiang Mai home with you! One of my favorite antique warehouses actually sells ENTIRE rice barns which can be dismantled and sent across the pond and rebuilt in your hometown!
While Chiang Mai is Thailand’s second largest city and has all the modern amenities of a modern city, the culture of the people is still reminiscent of the countryside where you find a slower pace of life, more personal interaction, and people are more patient and kind. There is also an influence of the hill-tribe culture in the region, which creates product variety because the hill-tribe handicrafts are different than the city and royal cultures. From antique furniture and decorative accessories to architectural salvage and beyond, Lanna culture has distinctiveness from the rest of Thailand.
It was an independent kingdom for years, and you can see Indian and Chinese influences. It has distinctive architecture that incorporates hand carved woods and stylistic motifs. Chiang Mai is a magical place to source a variety of Asian antiques.
Shopping in Chiang Mai
My friend Carla Stolper, founder of CFMichaels, lives in Bangkok and travels regularly to Chiang Mai. She explains, “Local artisans circle the city while vintage and antique shops dot the landscape. Side-of-the-road vendors are overflowing in architectural remnants and furniture. Day and night bazaars sell it all alongside live music and endless food venues.”
Whether you’re looking to source small amulets or entire rice barns for architectural salvage, our Chiang Mai Antiques Buying Tour has a lot to offer. As always, on tour our Thailand Antiques Tours Guide will translate, negotiate, and liaise you with an international shipper.
The Antiques Diva & Co offers 4 private Thailand antique tours, each one customized for you, and we can combine with other Asian country itineraries – ideal when booked in conjunction with our Bangkok tour – and create private antiques buying and design inspiration tours to meet our all your sourcing needs.
Our Online Asia Antiques Course
Do you want to learn more about how to buy Asian antiques? I have collaborated with Antiques Diva Asia Guide Angela and MyAntiqueSchool to create the first online Asia antiques course! During the unique and collaborative online course we take you on a journey through South East Asian antiques using on-location video lectures filmed at Paul’s Antiques and other exclusive locations in Bangkok. The subjects are then discussed and debated in the online classroom, with weekly assignments evaluated by Angela. Course subjects covered include colonial era furniture, Burmese teak, lacquerware, hill tribe furniture, hill-tribe baskets, temple relics, architectural items and Buddha statues.
For more information about our Asian antiques course, visit http://www.my-antique-school.com.
Toma – The Antiques Diva
Lolo French Antiques Bergères at Home
It’s no secret I have a thing for chairs, especially French chairs. From the House of Bourbon to the House of Bonaparte, stiff and straight backed to padded and tufted, fancy fauteuils to chic chaises, I’m obsessed with French chairs. They’re so much more than just functional objects to sit on. They’re like pieces of art — colorful canvases within exquisite, hand-carved frames, some gilded, some painted, some á la capuchine. With their beautiful upholstery and regal frames, French chairs are the perfect combination of style and function. They work as well with traditional interiors as modern interiors. They bring to mind visions of king’s thrones with ladies-in-waiting, smoky gentlemen’s clubs, and memories made at holiday gatherings.
Sit up and take notice of eight of my favorite French chairs.
Thought to be the oldest existing example of European furniture, the Dagobert chair began as an “X” shaped or curule stool in the 7th century. It wasn’t until the Renaissance that backs and arms were added and heavily carved wood versions with grotesque figures appeared. The most notable example, now in the Louvre, is the alleged gilt bronze throne of King Dagobert I (603-639 AD). Though not the comfiest chair, it’s a classic French chair that can easily be incorporated into any decorating style. If it’s fit for a king, it’s fit for you. Grab the Dagobert chair when you need extra seating.
Often Seen… tucked in a corner, in pairs, in a hallway.
A Closer Look Reveals… most often dark wood, carved grotesque figures frame the back of the chair and grotesque faces are found at the ends of the arms, distinctive curule design of the base, where intersecting curves or an “X” define the legs and the seat, they sometimes fold, cushions often added for more comfort.
Os de Mouton (Louis XIII)
During the 17th century, grand dining rooms in châteaux all across France were filled with os de mouton (sheep bone) chairs. Their stately stature and shapely legs give them a classic, timeless appearance — while graceful carvings, paired with upholstered backs and seats with nailhead trim, add elegance. With legs shaped like those of a lamb, this classic Louis XIII chair is the perfect dining chair. Take your seat in an os de mouton chair with friends and family ‘round the dining room table.
Often Seen… at dining tables, as an accent chair, next to a side table.
A Closer Look Reveals… sturdy, heavy, fixed upholstery, decorative gilt or silvered nails, more comfortable and were more commonly used for ordinary domestic purposes, os de mouton chair is the most notable example of the era.
Fauteuil (Louis XIV)
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Every chair should be a throne and hold a king.” The high back upholstered armchair with heavy carvings and rich upholstery, known as the fauteuil, was more like a throne during the reign of Louis XIV. While the Sun King ruled, chairs were status symbols and commoners could only hope to own one. A hierarchical seating system featured a fauteuil, majestic and royal by design, for the king and queen to sit upon. Original designs were often signed as proof of their significance. Be the king of your castle. Select the fauteuil as your throne.
Often Seen… in pairs, flanking buffets or armoires, as fireplace chairs or library chairs.
A Closer Look Reveals… upholstered armchair with straight lines and open sides, elaborate ornamentation reigned supreme, legs were figural, baluster and claw, many with pied de biche (hoof foot), most have stretchers, pads were later added to the armrests for more comfort.
Bergère (Louis XV)
Besides a crusty baguette or a fine Bordeaux, there’s nothing more quintessentially French than the en vogue Louis XV bergère (shepherdess chair), with its signature “S” shaped cabriole legs. The 18th century was indeed the Golden Age of the chair, and unlike earlier regal seats, the smaller and more feminine bergère was designed to accommodate the opulent fashions of the day. Chair arms were shortened to account for hoop skirts, while chair backs were lowered to spare huge coiffures. The embroidered silk upholstery was meant to complement the patterns and colors of the boiserie. The carved wood frames, closed arms and loose seats of the bergère blend style and comfort seamlessly and add a touch of noblesse to any room. The bergère’s ability to fit in anywhere speaks to the influence of royal mistresses. You’ll be sitting pretty in a plush bergère.
Often Seen… in pairs opposite a sofa, grouped in a formal seating area, or tucked into a corner of a bedroom
A Closer Look Reveals… included fabric covered panels between the arms and seats, there’s no mistaking the legs, shaped like an animal’s hind legs, stretcher supports disappear, easily adapted to suit the needs of all classes, from royal to provincial, every refinement in comfort was attained.
Bergère Corbeille (Louis XV)
Another popular 18th-century French armchair, the bergère corbeille, with it’s carved, basket-shaped wood frame above short padded arms and upholstered, loose cushion, was also designed for cushy lounging. Great care was given to the upholstery work in order to achieve the maximum of comfort. Don’t let someone else get your seat. Put all your eggs in this basket. Choose the bergère corbeille every time.
Often seen… in pairs, opposite a sofa, tucked in a corner.
A Closer Look Reveals… feminine, closed arms, a wide seat and basket-shaped back, short padded arms, cabriole legs.
Bergère à Oreilles (Louis XV)
Amongst the wide range of accent chairs available today, the 18th century French wing chair, the bergère à oreilles (with ears) is easily recognized by its upholstered side “wings” which were originally introduced to shield the face from the heat of a roaring fire or to protect the upper body from drafts in cold, damp houses. It also provided support in case one nodded off. This popular chair is sometimes playfully called a bergère confessionale, as if the occupant were hidden from view, as in a confessional. Cozy up with a book by the fire in a bergère à oreilles.
Often Seen… in pairs, as fireplace chairs, in a library or study
A Closer Look Reveals… protruding, upholstered wings, enveloping and closed forms provide support and comfort to the head, back and arms, as sophisticated now as it was two hundred years ago.
Primarily used for decorative purposes and not usually thought of as an accent chair, the prie-dieu (prayer chair) — the seat of which is not intended for sitting but kneeling — makes a great seat for tiny tots. Pull them up under the coffee table and they’re great for playing games, doing puzzles or coloring. They also make a good seat for kids to sit in while eating in front of the TV. Need extra seating for the little ones? Pull up a couple of prie-dieux next time.
Often Seen… used for decorative purposes, in a corner.
A Closer Look Reveals… very low, serves as a kneeling chair for prayer, upholstered seats and carved wood backs.
Fauteuil Confortable (Art Deco)
Now referred to as simply a “club chair,” the famed French fauteuil confortable (comfortable armchair), was an essential part of 20th-century luxury furniture, introduced during the late 1920s by way of trendy gentlemen’s clubs. These timeless club chairs exude luxury and character, evoking an era when well-dressed men met and relaxed in plush leather chairs with a good cognac and a Cuban cigar. The original round form was legendary, but it soon evolved and new forms such as the “moustache” back with lip-like curves across the back were introduced. Rugged, yet handsome with its clean but, sinuous lines and refinement, the fauteuil confortable is still very much admired today, offering an instant sense of history. Everybody will want to sit in it, so you’ll want more than one, or you’ll have to share. Relax in comfort while watching the big game in the fauteuil confortable.
Often Seen… in pairs or groups of four, in libraries or studies, tucked in a corner, opposite a sofa.
A Closer Look Reveals… variation of the arm chair that has low seats, arms, and backs, the curved back and armrests are heavily upholstered (usually in leather) and decorated with nail head trim, large seat and plush cushion provide the utmost comfort.
How do you decide which chair is right for you? Do you like sexy curves? Or bold, straight lines? Whatever your preference, there’s a little (or large) French chair that’s perfect for you. Like the perfect little black dress, the perfect French chair will add personality and charm to any space. It will also add a little color and maybe some drama, as well as extra seating. Next time you want to curl up in a corner with your favorite book or create a conversation area to share secrets and charcuterie with your bestie, consider a stylish French chair — or two. I chose two Louis XVI style bergères for my corner. I love the fact that they have a history and a story to tell. One day I’ll upholster them, but for now they work with just burlap. What’s in your corner of the room?
Today’s post is by Sara Morel, who recently left her corporate fashion job to establish Reclaimed Woman. A blog and business, for those in search of a more conscious life. Fashion and home fashions that are equally style-savvy as they are ethical. Like a secret diary, she previously blogged under the name Style Salvo, recording her journey into antiques, salvage and a more sustainable existence (shoe collection excluded), as head of PR for a shoe brand at the time! She vowed to do-up her new home in London with as many old, reused and reclaimed things as possible. One bedroom, one bathroom, one garden, one kitchen… now her walk-in wardrobe.
SALVO Fair: Life is not a Rehearsal – Green Living Fest
A boulder engraved with the words of the estate owner, Sir William McAlpine reads ‘Life is not a Rehearsal.’ I love this phrase, and find it can be applied to all sorts of scenarios life throws at one. In light of the bright green antique theme, SALVO 2017 is not only about appreciating antiques for their connection with history, but for their relationship with the future and the environmental benefits of reuse. Shop vintage fashion and hats including unique designs by Dior from Mary Jones Vintage, whose rare finds for gents and ladies are stocked in Liberty of London as well as her shop in Liverpool.
Whatever your motivation, here are some shopping tips you can apply to architectural antiques and vintage fashion:
- Shopping in a meaningful way starts with knowing what your personal style is and what your needs are. Fashions move in cycles, so don’t let current trends dictate your taste. If you buy something you love, it will hold your interest.
- That’s all very well… but if you’re not yet sure what your style is, antique and vintage fairs are a great place to learn and discover what you like.
- Try to buy architectural antiques first, then make design decisions based on what is available – this will make your hunt much easier. The same goes for rare vintage fashion. It makes sense to start with your statement-makers, then you can build the rest of your look around them.
- Ask about provenance (the earliest known history about the piece). This not only adds value to the item, but to your dinner party conversation. For example, the extractor pipe on the cooker hood in my kitchen is a Victorian organ pipe reclaimed from a church in East London, the overhead cabinets were converted from a 1940s staff noticeboard reclaimed from London’s St Pancras Station. And you’ll have to come for dinner to hear the rest…
- Find designers, builders and tailors that are antique and vintage fashion friendly, as alterations and allowances may be required.
- You may be in a field (at Salvo Fair for example) but you are also surrounded by some rare and incredibly valuable period pieces. Dealers are rarely offended if you negotiate reasonably and there are definitely deals to be found at the fair.
- If you insist on wearing heels like Toma, take her Salvo Fair field lead and opt for a wedge.
- Any finally, it’s easy to get intimidated; whether you’re overwhelmed by the sheer size of an architectural antique or the price of a collectible vintage handbag, I recommend starting with an experienced Antiques Diva guide tailored to you and your budget.