2017 European Contemporary Art Scene
cover image: Frieze London
If you’re interested in sourcing art in Europe for your design projects or private collections there are some MUST attend events in the ART SCENE in several of our tour cities; while traveling abroad for attending these art fairs why not also book an AD&CO custom antiques buying tour or art tour.
The Antiques Diva and Co provides custom, curated contemporary art tours in Paris, Berlin, Bangkok, London and Venice, and by request in our other European and Asian tour cities.
To inquire about an art tour contact email@example.com.
Berlin Gallery Weekend 2017
The 13th Annual Berlin Gallery Weekend will feature emerging and established artists from 47 galleries representing the diverse art scene in Berlin.
- Friday, April 28, 2017
- Saturday and Sunday, April 29 and 30, 2017
11 AM – 7 PM
The 57th annual international Venice Biennial entitled VIVA ARTE VIVA will include 87 exhibitors and is “dedicated to an open dialogue between artists, and between artists and the public.”
- May 13 – Nov 26, 2017
Documenta Kassel, Germany
Documenta 14: Learning From Athens features contemporary and modern art and occurs only once every five years, 2017 venues have not been announced but will include a dual exhibition with Athens.
- June 10 – September 17, 2017
ABC Fair Berlin
Art Berlin Contemporary is held by Berlin galleries as a platform for international galleries to present individual works of contemporary art in Berlin; 2o17 is their 10th annual exhibition.
- September 14 – 17, 2017
Featuring over 1000 leading artists from more than 160 international galleries, Frieze London 2017 is their 15 annual 4-day art fair.
- October 5 – 8, 2017
Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain in Paris is a contemporary art fair that features established and emerging contemporary artists and offers a wide range of price points to ensure art is affordable to art lovers and collectors at all price levels.
- October 19 – 22, 2017
BELGIUM ANTIQUES and FLEA MARKET TOURS
It’s no secret that when I’m not at home in Berlin or traveling on Diva business, I can frequently be found in Belgium. Serious shoppers in-the-know go to Belgium to buy antiques, vintage and decorator pieces at positively brilliant prices. On a Diva Buying Tour, our local Belgium Antiques Tours Guides take you to our favorite sources including European antique warehouses and by-appointment-only secret antique shops off the beaten path, all the while translating and negotiating on your behalf. From classic French furniture to tabletop items and smalls, Belgium offers a variety of French flea market pieces for the antiques lover.
Antwerp and the surrounding area is one of the best areas for sourcing antiques. On our Antwerp tour, our Guide picks you up at your hotel and takes you to a plethora of antiques, vintage and home décor stores both in town and the surrounding countryside. Here you’ll find that classic Belgian style of bleached oak furniture and painted pieces as well as gorgeous linens, crystal, paintings and decorative pieces. Plus Mid-Century Modern and fabulous Retro pieces are incredibly hot in Belgium at the moment and the vintage art scene is definitely cool. Belgium sets the trends for design so be prepared to find pieces that may grace the cover of next season’s shelter magazines. On tour our Guide translates and negotiates on your behalf and we also liaise you with a shipper to get your purchases home.
Antwerp may be Europe’s best-kept secret when it comes to antique sourcing. On our Antwerp tour our Guide picks you up at your hotel and takes you to a plethora of antiques, vintage and home décor stores both in town and the surrounding countryside. Here you’ll find that classic Belgian style of bleached oak furniture and painted pieces as well as gorgeous linens, crystal, paintings and decorative pieces. Belgium sets the trends for design so be prepared to find pieces that may grace the cover of next season’s shelter magazines. On tour, our Guide translates and negotiates on your behalf and we also liaise you with a shipper to get your purchases home.
Antique Warehouses, By-Appointment-Only Antique Stores, Private Residences
Our Guide picks you up at your hotel and takes you to our secret sources including European antique warehouses, by-appointment-only antique stores – including private residences where virtually everything in the vendors home is for sale. Everything from decorative antique accessories to fine French or country furniture can be found on this tour. Tell us what you’re looking for and we custom plan a route to take you to the perfect places to find what you want. As always, our Antiques Guide translates and negotiates on your behalf, bringing the buying power of all our clients to the table when we walk in the door.
Use our AD&CO LOGISTICS antique storing and shipping service to get your treasures home, or we will also liaise you with your preferred shipper.
Meet Our Antwerp Antiques Guides
Antiques Diva Guide Philip Ver Hoeye
Philip Ver Hoeye is a native Belgian and is our Divo Guide in Belgium and the north of France. Born in Antwerp, his interest in antiques began in his teenage years when he started collecting small antique objects and furniture. His lifelong passion for antiques and fine living has culminated in opening a boutique hotel called JVR 108 in Antwerp. His favorite part of being an Antiques Diva Guide is taking clients to hidden secret sources and helping them choose antiques whether they are looking for fine 17th century pieces or mid-century modern. Aside from collecting antiques, Philip also enjoys cars, particularly British ones and interior decoration which is evident in his perfectly appointed guesthouse in Antwerp!
Antiques Diva Guide Frederik Aers
Frederik Aers is a native Belgian hailing from Brussels. He’s also lived in the Flemish part of Brabant and now resides in Antwerp. He is one of our Divo Guides in Belgium, North of France, and The Netherlands. He’s always had a passion for antiques and design. In fact, when he was just a small boy he would constantly be drawing houses, building villas with blocks and collecting articles on interior design, antiques, and gardens. Today, along with our other Divo Guide Phillip, he operates a boutique hotel in Antwerp called JVR108. Frederik enjoys taking clients to see beautiful places where they can find special antiques and objects d’art. When not on tour with The Antiques Diva & Co, he loves to travel and experience different cultures which gives him inspiration. Touring interiors which reflect the personality and tell the story of the people who inhabit them is a favorite activity for him. Frederik believes that a well-combined collection of objects and furniture tells a story and this is part of why he loves taking people on Antiques Buying Tours!
Philip and Frederik are also the AD&CO international shipping and storage concierges, and are experts in exporting antiques to other countries.
When I visit Antwerp, I stay at Philip and Frederik’s luxury guest house, JVR108: The hotel is actually a historic mansion that happens to be right near the heart of Antwerp. The location is convenient to the historic city center where you can find shops, restaurants and museums, not to mention the city’s famed cathedral. Public transportation is close by and there are also bicycles available to guests free of charge. Learn more about JVR108 here.
We’d love to see you in Antwerp, where we’ll open our little black book full of restaurants, hotels, fashion, home decor and bien sur, antiques!
Until next time,
Toma Clark Haines, The Antiques Diva
Welcome to today’s guest blogger Brendan Von Enck, manager, agent and consultant at Fashion+Decor, as he shares his 1st visit to the Paris Flea Market with Antiques Diva Guide Katie. Enter our giveaway and #TellMeAboutYourFirstTime by Oct 25!
My 1st Time at the Paris Flea Market
by Brendan Von Enck
I met Toma Clark Haines three years ago at the High Point Market Antique and Design Center. Through different interior design industry events I grew to be close friends with The Diva herself, and when I decided to take a vacation to Paris I knew the flea market had to be one of my first stops. Upon telling the Diva the dates I would be in Paris, purely in hopes she would be passing through at the same time, I was swiftly put in touch with my amazing guide, Katie.
Katie arrived at my AirBnB in the 13th district of Paris off the Michel Bizot metro stop promptly at 8:30am as arranged by the Barbara the amazing office manager of AD&CO. Katie, my friend and I jumped in the electric rental and took off for the flea market. Once we arrived, Katie directed us to a delightful breakfast at a restaurant right in the heart of the market where we strategized on how to make the most of our day. We started at the high-end booths that showcased gorgeous midcentury furnishings and Murano chandeliers.
Obviously, I had to make a stop at the fashion booth to visit an amazing dealer that The Diva had told me about several months before.
With my mind racing over the gorgeous inspirational mix of antiques and vintage items I had just seen, we walked into an open air part of the flea market. At this point, it was around 11am and Katie told us we were making great time through the market and all of the vendors in the area we were heading to should now be open!
It was in this area that I saw a pair of twin beds which took my breath away! This pair of 18th-century beds were hand carved and painted with gold flaked details and luxurious red velvet drapery.
After gazing at the beds for about an hour and trying to figure out if I could sell my car, belongings, move back into my mother’s home and fit these two beauties into my suitcase, Katie and I pushed on into the rest of this gorgeous booth and found another breathtaking twin bed frame and absolutely amazing mirrors!
Once we left another booth that made my heart swoon we walked through a wonderful area with tables and tables of beads, hardware and other wonderful grab-and-go items that made wonderful gifts for my friends back in the states!
As my first trip the Paris Flea Market wound down Katie took me into a storefront that has changed what my idea of #goals means! The wonderful Daisy, owner of Marc Mason, welcomed us into her store and made us feel as though we were family. Katie and she spoke in French, at best I could blurt out “Merci” when they would look to me which of course was met with a joyous laughter. The storefront was breathtaking but it was when we entered the basement that I was absolutely speechless, in both languages. These fireplace mantels changed the game!
Then I almost spit out my champagne when I saw the one that brought me to tears.
Once Katie pried me from the basement we did another sweep through some artist areas of the flea market. Of course, many of these artists wouldn’t let me take any photo’s for understandable reasons but I have to say that the volume of original art at this flea market was amazing!
At this point in the day Katie, my friend and I grabbed a drink before leaving, this is another point when I discovered an amazing drink, Aperol Spritz. I must say that my day at the Paris Flea Market will always be one for the record book! I look forward to my next trip to France and can only hope that I run into the Toma!
We’d love to take you antiques shopping at the Paris Flea Market!
Book a Tour With The Antiques Diva & Co
See you in Paris!
Toma Clark Haines, The Antiques Diva
Dear Diva Readers,
Architectural Biennale and then onto Antwerp sourcing antiques through our Buying Service for a client who didn’t have time to come abroad…. And yet, I’m already scheduled again to hit the road this weekend going to England for the Grand Opening of a “new” Antiques Warehouse! Well, as they say… everything old is new again!he dust has barely settled from my recent trip to the USA speaking on buying antiques abroad followed by a quick jaunt to Venice for a Salon during the
This new antiques store is the result of a marriage made in heaven – but quite an unusual union! Stuart Atkinson and Kiel Shaw owners of Fontaine Decorative and Martin Johnson and Paul Wong owners of Martin D Johnson Antiques have been friends for a long time, both trading in the coastal South of England counties of Kent and Sussex. Both businesses rank at the top of the decorative trade tree but each retains its own unique style and character, enough so that the boys all go buying together in the South of France without falling out! Based on this close relationship, synergy of business style and many ‘planning meetings’ in the restaurants and bars of England and France, they are trail blazing a new way to trade by opening a monumental warehouse together just outside Lewes, East Sussex, which opens to the public on Monday 13 June 2016.
Gail McLeod, our Antiques Diva Agent leading our England Antiques Tours has worked for a long time with both businesses, both in her role with my company leading English antique buying tours as well as her own business Antiques News and Fairs. As our Roving Reporter on the Ground in England – Gail explains:
“Martin Johnson Antiques is a family business which has traded in the High Street in Seaford, East Sussex for nearly 30 years, moving from dealing in silver and semi formal oak and mahogany to the uber decorative look they are known for both at home and in the US, dealing in C17th, C18th and C19th English antiques and a mix of decorative French furniture, industrial pieces and mid-century furniture.
Another successful arm of the business is their line of bespoke commissioned pieces using recycled industrial equipment and elements, uniting antique components with more contemporary materials, sourcing locally and in France.
Martin and Paul have become expert property hounds over time, buying and restoring a number of neglected beauties and they worked hard to get planning consent to convert their Seaford premises to residential use so that they could decamp to a more user friendly space for their huge business – parking and loading are key to the life of a dealer to say nothing of ceiling height. This all came to pass in 2015 when permission was granted and they found their new warehouse on a beautiful farm just outside Lewes and the future became clear.
Over in Kent, The Fontaine Boys, as they are known by most people, who had started their career in the Lewes area some 20 years ago, had also been busily acquiring and restoring cherished buildings and their first Margate showroom was once Margate Town Laundry. This too had parking, loading and ceiling height issues so they let it to a well known animation company and acquired a warehouse showroom in nearby Broadstairs which opened in 2015. They too are property junkies and they also acquired an unloved shop in the centre of nearby Ramsgate which is currently being transformed into a retail showroom and will be the next Fontaine Kent outpost.
From their humble beginnings setting off for their first adventure in France 20 years ago, Fontaine are now established and experienced French decorative antiques dealers and members of LAPADA – The Association of Art & Antique Dealers. Their informal and relaxed approach when it comes to buying and selling antiques has attracted a cool and loyal following – hipster antiques and collectables expert Mark Hill wrote, ‘Stuart and Kiel who run Fontaine are veritable alchemists when it comes to display. Their innate skill and eye at sourcing objects of beauty and desire are unparalleled, but it’s what they do with it that marks them out as truly top-flight dealers and decorators’.”
At The Antiques Diva & Co we cannot wait to for the launch of this union – and we’re utterly certain the result will be The Best Antiques Warehouse in England. The Martin D Johnson Antiques & Fontaine Lewes collaboration will be styled in a room set showcase layout choreographed by period and style. We’ve had a sneak peek into the space before opening day and can attest – it’s warm and inviting and almost loses its industrial cloak when you enter the very smart offices area – squashy sofas and good coffee on tap! The venue will be an absolute boon for visiting trade – always on a deadline, who can now see a high volume stock from two of the key suppliers in the industry under one roof.
Happy Shopping Mates!
The Antiques Diva®
Dear Diva Readers,
Buying Services for clients that can’t come abroad or simply want us to source specific pieces for them. We recently had a client email us asking for us to source an antique daybed. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, we were so happy they sent along a photo of what they were looking for. In no time, I had my Diva Guides scouting all over Europe and was able to come back to the client with several options. The client can then make an informed decision after seeing the various styles available at different price points. But all of this hunting for daybeds got me thinking, “Isn’t the idea of a daybed wonderful?” After all, can’t you picture yourself luxuriously lounging on one in the middle of the day, reading your favorite book, with a glass of bubbly only an arm’s reach away? Ok, ok, I digress. Let’s delve a little into the history of daybeds. Were they just made for daytime naps?hile we love taking clients on Antique Buying Tours in any of our 8 tour countries, we also offer
First things first, let’s define what constitutes an actual daybed. I like to put it this way: The daybed is the predecessor to the sofa. It is sturdy and long enough to lie down on—much different from a love seat or a settee which are smaller in frame and meant for sitting. Of course, one can sit on a daybed, but the option of lying down—outside of the bedroom even—is what differentiates the daybed from other seating. The very first daybeds we know of were in Ancient Egypt and Ancient Rome, where in both societies it was fashionable to lounge while eating and socializing. Perhaps it was the hot climates that encouraged rest and relaxation rather than perfect posture at all times, but either way, daybeds were a popular fixture of these sophisticated ancient societies. In Roman culture, daybeds were often piled with pillows and used for many daily activities such as reading, writing, eating, and entertaining guests—much as we use sofas today.
Fast forward to the 15th century Europe, and we see that French furniture makers began responding to more relaxed manners of the upper class who valued rest and relaxation. After all, if one was forbidden doing certain things out side the house (which would have been seen as beneath them), then one must make the inside of the house as comfortable as possible! The demand for elongated chairs, comfortable sofas, and—you guessed it— daybeds were a result of the desire to lounge, recline, and rest.
As the centuries progressed, one could see the styles reflected in daybed construction and decoration. From the William & Mary period in England to the popular Rococo style in France, daybeds were adapted to suit the style of each locale and time period. They continued to play an important role in well-outfitted homes and even palaces throughout Europe. Who couldn’t imagine Marie Antoinette sipping champagne while lounging on a heavily carved and gilded daybed at Versailles?
As the Regency and Empire periods were ushered in, they brought with them a new interest in all things ancient, thus shining the spotlight back on daybed styles from ancient Greece and Rome. Of course these “revival” daybeds were sometimes reinterpreted, thus adding another style to the long line of daybeds in history. Versions of the daybed such as chaise longues and recamiers became fashionable at this time as well.
By the 19th century, women were beginning to grow more liberated, and were viewed as heads of all things domestic. Great ladies throughout Europe and America often hosted important gatherings, both social and political, at their homes. The daybed, then, played an important roll, as it acted as a place to host formal guests, while inviting them to lounge and feel “at home” in one’s own house.
Today, we still view daybeds as luxurious and stylish. Placed in the center of a large room, they act as functional seating, often uniting two distinct furniture groupings. Place a backless one in front of a fireplace for the ideal spot to perch, without obstructing the view of the hearth. In a bedroom, a daybed is beautiful as the foot of the bed. No matter how they are used, daybeds can remind us of the importance of relaxations, inviting us to pause, lounge, catch our breath, and carry on with style and panache. Very Diva-worthy, if you ask me!
The Antiques Diva®
Dear Diva Readers,
ere at The Antiques Diva & Co we offer Antique Buying Tours in 8 different countries. And while our Diva Guides are all united by their love for antiques, it seems that each country has something unique to offer. Whether it is a certain style, a way of living, or particular pieces specific to a certain country, we always try to show clients what makes each locale special. Often times clients want to take a piece home of whichever tour country they’re in, and we love that! Whenever I’m in England it seems that there are a few key things that come to mind—The Royal Family, great country houses, and of course TEA! Clients always enjoy stopping for a spot of tea in between antiquing appointments and participating in this quintessentially English tradition. Of course, many of our sources sell antique tea services, spoons, and caddies. Tea caddies make wonderful decorative accessories and can be beautifully displayed alone or in a collection. With a wide variety of caddies out there, here’s a bit of history on them.
Tea was introduced to England from China sometime in the middle of the 17th century. As it became popular and more in demand, the price went up and so did the tax. People began incorporating the ritual of tea time into their daily lives at home, making tea a necessity. Tea was taxed at an extremely high rate in the 17th and 18th centuries, therefore it needed to be kept under lock and key and this is where the invention of tea caddies came into play. 17th century tea containers were bottle-shaped jars made from glass, china, silver, and metal. However it was during the 18th century that tea caddies, box-shaped containers, became a typical accessory in private homes. As with any functional piece, tea caddies became more decorative with time and adapted to the needs of changing tastes and traditions.
Some caddies had two compartments—one for storing green tea and one for storing black tea— as it became desirable to offer both types of tea. Many caddies also had a space to store sugar which was an integral component to tea drinking. During the early 18th century, tea caddies were made primarily of wood or silver and shaped like small chests. Caddies from the second half of the 18th century began to incorporate painted decorations, Chinoiserie motifs, and even straw work. Other materials used to make caddies included papier-mâché, tortoiseshell, and ivory. Cabinet makers and woodworkers began offering tea caddies to their clientele as well. The late 18th century caddies were made of pine, oak or mahogany and veneered in different woods such as native fruitwoods as well as more exotic imported woods, which gave the cabinet makers more scope for designs. This enabled the makers to make the best use of rich figuring in the wood as many surfaces could be cut from the most beautiful pieces.
When it comes to early 19th century, we begin to see the Regency style reflected in tea caddies. With improved transport and trade, the culture in England had changed somewhat. The natural progression toward incorporating different cultures can be seen in the style of that time, and a departure from the old English forms. Anglo Indian and Chinese Export lacquer styles as well as materials like mother of pearl can be seen in the styles of tea caddies during this period. The neo classical influence of the 18th century began to effect the construction of tea caddies. Straight shapes and stylized ornaments were translated in the style of classical architectural forms in tea caddy design.
The second half of the 19th century brought changes as well. Social and economic growth as well as medial enhancements meant the population had grown exponentially. Increased trade gave opportunity to more people to increase their wealth and social standing. This meant the the demand for tea sky-rocketed. As tea drinking became a reality for people in small villages, as well as those in crowded cities, the English government was pressured to reduce prices on tea, and they withdrew the monopoly of the East India Company to import tea. With tea being imported from China as well as India, it became much more accessible. Of course this meant that all of the tea accoutrement increased in demand too, including the tea caddy. With new mechanical processes, it was easier to cut veneer. By this time timber was being imported from the Far East, Africa, the Americas, and New Zealand, meaning the options for variety were endless. From basic caddies for the average citizen to rare and valuable caddies made for Nobility, tea caddies, as with most material possessions, became status symbols.
Today they can be pressed into service for their original purpose or simply enjoyed aesthetically for their beauty. Whether you prefer intricately detailed tea caddies crafted from exotic materials or a clean-lined elegant silver caddy, there is a style to suite every taste! If you would like information on taking an Antiques Diva Buying Tour of England, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d also love to help source English tea caddies for you though our Buying Services! It’s a great way to buy antiques abroad even if you can’t travel yourself.
The Antiques Diva®
Dear Diva Readers,
Antiques Diva Paris Tours from jewelry designers asking for our help sourcing bits and bobs to make jewelry. A recent query got me thinking about all the things that could be used to make special jewelry pieces! Besides, whenever you combine three of my favorite things—antiques, jewelry, and Paris— you’ve got a winning recipe in my book!y personal fashion style is all about accessories. Fab fur stoles, big earrings, big rings, big necklaces… Hmm… I see a pattern here! I once shook hands with a man who commented on my ring… “You must have a really big personality to go along with that rock!” I absolutely adore jewelry – especially unique jewelry and I’m not alone when it comes to wanting one-of-a-kind statement pieces. In addition to helping clients buy antique costume and paste jewelry we also get frequent requests on
How to Source the Paris Flea Market for Pieces to Make Jewelry
One thing I love about the Paris Flea Market is that you can find anything and everything there. As the official Tour Guides of Paul Bert Serpette, our Diva Guides know the market like the back of their hands. When clients come on tour and are searching for bits and baubles to make jewelry with, we take them to several of our favorite stalls to hunt for just the right pieces.
When you’re meandering among furniture, chandeliers, taxidermy, and linens, you have to have a keen eye to spot the little boxes filled with jewelry pieces. And it’s important to understand what price point and style you are after. There really is a range available. Some vendors carry turquoise, coral, and sterling which can run a bit higher in price. Other dealers specialize in religious icons, medals, and rosary beads. If you’re looking for really special things, there are places to find them. Why not make a necklace from an antique vinaigrette? These pieces once held vinegar-soaked sponges to block odor if you felt faint, but their intricacy make them ideal pieces for a modern day necklace! Scraps of vintage fabric, buttons, lace trim, and ribbon all make for great crafting projects and can be incorporated into eclectic jewelry items. There are some great stores that sell mini vintage bags and wrapping that make a great finish to wrap your products for sale or as gifts.
We often encourage clients to look for the junk drawers in stalls that don’t specialize in jewelry at all—and these are the stalls where you can really find bargains! In general, if something is locked behind a closed case, it will be more expensive. Rummaging through junk drawers or boxes may require you to wash your hands afterwards, but you’ll come away with some wonderful items at excellent prices! Some clients find the most broken and tarnished items possible, which helps keep the prices low. These people really have a vision for the potential of these disparate pieces and know that once they get them home, they can create beautiful jewelry. If you can think outside the box, you can pick up small sterling purses that tailors once used for keeping pins in and transform them into unique necklaces! It’s all about seeing the possibility behind objects! Perhaps one of the most unique objects we’ve seen turned into jewelry are antique baby items such as teething rings! One client made them into beautiful pendants!
We also love to take clients to a place in Marché Malassis which is very famous and has beautiful and great quality passementerie, accessoires de mode, perles, and broderies. If time permits, we’ll also visit Porte de Vanves where you can find everything from old coins to medals, charms, silver luggage tags, chatelaine perfume bottle pendants, folding eye glasses, cameos, brooches, and rings. It’s literally like a treasure hunt!
If you’re not heading to Paris and want to buy one of these repurposed necklaces, one of the dealers in the USA who is doing a brilliant job creating inventory from French Finds is French At Heart. Take a look at some of her beautiful creations below and on her Pinterest page!
If this sounds like your idea of a heavenly day, then the Antiques Diva Paris Tour is for you! Email us at email@example.com for more information and we’d be happy to put together a custom tour just for you!
The Antiques Diva®
Dear Diva Readers,
Antiques News & Fairs which tells a bit about each fair and provides the necessary information for attending. It’s great to combine these fairs with going on the road and hitting the small shops and large warehouses, which is why every June is jammed packed with Antique Buying Tours in England! We’ve got access to trade days, preview parties in the city, and then can take you to our secret sources in the countryside as well… call it a Town & Country Tour! Just to whet your appetite, below are a few of our favorite antiques fairs happening in London this June. Mark your calendars darlings.hile spring is just now arriving, it’s time to start thinking about June here at The Antiques Diva & Co! June is fair month for arts and antiques in London where all month long beautiful art and antiques are celebrated. With so much going on, we always turn to our UK Diva Agent’s website
Art Antiques London
The Albert Memorial and Kensington Gardens once again provide the stunning backdrop to one of London’s most exciting and glamorous art and antique fairs. From June 12 to 18, the lovely bespoke pavilion opposite the Royal Albert Hall and close to the site of the Great Exhibition of 1851 Art Antiques London plays host to leading international dealers and discerning visitors from all over the world, who can buy with confidence at this strictly vetted sumptuous summer showcase for the arts.
If quality art and antiques are what you’re looking for, this fair definitely delivers! And who wouldn’t want to shop for special pieces on the grounds of Kensington Gardens? Very Diva-worthy!
Salvo Fair, Britain’s largest Architectural Salvage Fair, brings together dealers from the UK, Europe, and beyond. It takes place Saturday and Sunday June 18-19 with a trade day on Friday June 17 at Fawley Hill, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire. This will be the fifteenth year for the fair, which attracts some of the best interior designers, architects, builders, developers, and dealers to shop for architectural salvage. This legendary fair is also frequented by celebrities and billionaires, looking for the perfect pieces of antique garden art, sculpture, and reclaimed materials.
Just a taste of what one can expect to find at Salvo Fair includes: Fireplaces, chimneypieces, doors, windows, radiators, statuary, seats, urns, troughs, tubs, garden, sundials, birdbaths, pergola, rose arches, railway sleepers, furniture, bathrooms, baths, basins, taps, toilets, tiles, brassware, knobs, handles, knockers, hinges, balls, finials, chairs, pews, altars, lecterns, stained glass, staircases, spirals, flooring, parquet, woodblock, floorboards, bricks, pavers, flagstones, york stone coping, pediments, balustrade, timber, oak pine, marble, trusses, beams, columns, pilasters, portico, cornice, dado, skirting, roof tiles, slates, ironwork, gates, railings, lighting, lamposts, kitchens, kitchenalia, sinks, post boxes, telephone boxes, cartwheels, shopfittings, butchers block, and shingles.
The Art & Antiques Fair, Olympia- Summer Session
The Art & Antiques Fair, Olympia celebrates it’s 44th edition with a showcase of 160 of the world’s leading specialist dealers. This fair is always a treat as first time buyers rub shoulders with seasoned collectors and connoisseurs. While this fair is considered one of the most prestigious fixtures in London’s summer season, it also has strong international ties, particularly with America. A social as well as cultural experience, Olympia attracts a strong US VIP following, with guests in recent years including Oprah Winfrey, Dustin Hoffmann and Kanye West.
Taking place June 27 to July 3 at Hammersmith Road, W14 8UX, London, this fair is loved by collectors, interior designers and those looking for exceptional pieces for stylish interiors. The Fair offers the finest array of objects drawn from antiquity to the present day. Every item for sale is checked by a team of experts to ensure quality and authenticity before the Fair opens to the public – enabling you to buy with confidence. Buyers looking for one-of-a-kind and high quality pieces—this is the fair for you!
From June 30 to July 6, the renowned English antiques fair Masterpiece in London will occupy the South Grounds of The Royal Hospital Chelsea. Offering museum quality pieces, this fair is one of the best in Europe, often compared to a smaller TEFAF http://www.tefaf.com
Because the fair is not segregated, it makes for an exciting experience to shop the fair – Russian jewels are in stalls next to English Folk Art opposite a stall filled with Neo-Classical busts. Each turn of the neck gives an experience to another land, another time. A bonus is that we’ve got VIP tickets to the preview party!
All this talk has me excited for the London antique season! If any of these fairs perk your interest, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Now is the time to book an Antiques Diva UK Tour for June— the perfect time to hit the popular world-renown fairs and also to comb the countryside for treasures from our secret sources! Keep up to date to see fair details and other events on the calendar at Antiques News & Fairs website and we’ll look forward to seeing you in London in June!
The Antiques Diva®
Dear Diva Readers,
One of our most popular requests is for architectural salvage. Whether clients are coming on tour or utilizing our Buying Services, we are constantly scouring Europe for all types of salvage and reclaimed materials. One trend that is very popular in the USA right now is the barn door—a type of sliding door you would typically find in a barn. But now people are using them in homes, restaurants, and hotels to divide spaces and add instant character and diva charm!
As with any design trend, the specifics of each project vary, but the overall concept remains the same. All you need are door track hardware and wheels, which you can find at many big box or hardware stores (or even online), and a door of course! Here at The Antiques Diva & Co we recommend using a vintage or antique door to make your project that much more special and unique. You can make this a DIY project or entrust it to your contractor, but be sure to select a door and hardware that enhance your particular space. This look works great in a traditional setting as well as a contemporary room. It all depends on the door you choose—the age, patina, finish, color, and style will all play a part in how the overall project turns out. For a more modern look, why not choose an industrial door? For a casual feeling, opt for warm wood tones with just the right about of wear.
We love taking clients to warehouses that are literally filled to the brim with doors. Perusing row upon row of every type of door imaginable is always a thrill. We’ve seen some beautiful old church doors as well as tall imposing doors that once hung on hinges of great country houses and chateaus of Europe. Many of our sources have excellent workrooms where their craftsmen can help get your door (or any other architectural pieces you find) ready to your specifications before shipping it. This means they can adjust the height, width, drill necessary holes for hardware, stain, paint, sand, and distress to your liking. We’ve even had pieces lacquered in Europe before having them shipped to clients across the pond.
Depending on the size of your space, you may want to consider using a pair of doors for your barn door project. It’s not uncommon to come upon a pair of matching doors that may have once been used as pocket doors or as double doors. Mounting them in the barn door style gives them a fresh life and what’s old can become new again. Another bonus is that older doors are often solid and made of the upmost quality. Think about it—if a door has been around for 100 years, it has proven that it can stand the test of time.
If you would like more information on taking an Antiques Diva Buying Tour or if you’d like to learn more about our Buying Services, email us at email@example.com. We’d love to hear from you!
The Antiques Diva®
Dear Diva Readers,
hile The Antiques Diva & Co offers Buying Tours in 8 different countries, each country—and even region— seems to have its own distinct style and a few specific types of pieces that it is known for. As trends change and clients begin asking for different items, we keep a close eye on where these pieces are and which dealers are offering them. It seems that lately the UK has been a fantastic source for vintage and antique lighting of all types. From traditional English chandeliers and sconces to industrial fixtures, the UK is shining a new light on the design world.
When it comes to design trends, the industrial look is definitely on point. People all over the world are converting old factories, schools, and other vintage public buildings into chic residences. Whether you have a converted barn in the country or a loft in the city, using reclaimed materials to renovate these spaces is ideal. Many of the dealers we take clients to specialize in industrial lighting, often restoring fixtures they’ve acquired so that they’re ready to use in a new project. From semi-flush mounts to pendant lights, this style can be used in new and creative ways. In fact, it’s also become a huge trend to take repurposed items and convert them into lamps. Think old signs, posts, columns, architectural pieces…the options are endless.
Even one of our favorite sources in the UK, Lorfords Antiques has started its own bespoke lighting range with industrial chic flavor. Playing on the strengths of their in-house lighting designer and restorer, the lovable Laurence, they are able to restore, re-wire, and test antique lighting. They even color match chains and ceiling hooks for a flawless finished product. Utilizing vintage materials as inspiration, their lighting line allows customers to have pieces custom made—that means whatever finish and whatever size you want.
Of course, if industrial lighting isn’t your cup of tea, many of our sources carry traditional pieces as well. Chandeliers, sconces, and lanterns are all popular choices that can add a sense of history to a room. Our little black book of dealers includes those who specialize in house-clearings, which means they get first access to fixtures and lamps from great country houses of England. Often times a beautiful floor lamp or table lamp can make a space feel complete and cohesive. Some client favorites include marble, bronze, brass, and crystal lamps. Regardless of genre, our dealers carry substantial stocks of lighting in all styles.
If you would like more information on taking an Antiques Diva Buying Tour in England or any of our other tour countries—France, Italy, Belgium, Sweden, Germany, The Netherlands, or Denmark— email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t forget our Buying Services as well! If you can’t come over to Europe but still want to source European and English antiques, we’ve got you covered.
The Antiques Diva®