Dear Diva Readers,
Intaglios collection

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Intaglios ring

Intaglios Gold ring

While they can be made in a variety of materials—including plastic— the most popular antique intaglios are fashioned from stone, coral, shell, fine metals, and glass. They were created when artists carved down into the material to hollow out a recessed image. Just as form meets function with many antiques, intaglios once served a practical purpose. When brushed with wax or ink, the intaglio was used as a seal, identifying the sender of a letter or document.

Intaglios necklace

Intaglios seal

In ancient times, intaglios were made from gems. The word “glyptic” refers to the art of carving small gem stones which could be mounted in rings. When a letter was being sent, the sender would dip their glyptic-intaglio in wax, acting as a distinctive personal signature once the wax hardened. A finely carved intaglio meant that forgery would be more difficult. The recessed cut surfaces of these intaglio gems are often very well preserved and reveal that artificial methods such as heat, sugar, and dyes were used to achieve varying colors in the gemstones.

Intaglio Mens Ring

Intaglios have been used for thousands of years and in ancient cultures of Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, and Rome. In the 8th and 7th centuries BC, carved gems in Greece often depicted geometric animal poses. By the 6th century BC, gem carvings incorporated more human and divine figures, always very detailed. In the 5th century relief carvings—similar to cameos– became popular and people began wearing them as jewelry. However intaglios have had many renaissances throughout the world, and are often associated with Italy, France, and England. From the 14th century to the early 1900’s intaglios were widely used through Europe. Many of the collections found today have been mounted and framed and are used as decorative items.

Intaglios mounted and framed

Today intaglios can be used as decoration or even to make one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces. However you choose to use them, owning a piece of history is exhilarating! The story behind each unique intaglio shows just how fascinating antiques can be. If you would like information on taking an Antiques Diva Buying Tour, email us at

The Antiques Diva®

Candles Stick Together-A Pop-Up Shop in Amsterdam

Dear Diva Readers,

top: 5px; float: left; color: white; background: #781300; border: 1px solid darkkhaki; font-size: 60px; line-height: 50px; padding-top: 1px; padding-right: 5px; font-family: times;”>I’ve got good news for you if you’ll be in Amsterdam today through 20th of December! European silver specialist Jacob J Roosjen is having a pop-up shop at the Galerie Prinsengracht, a gallery close to the Spiegelstraat and headquarters of antiques dealing in Amsterdam, which happens to be nearby the Rijksmuseum.

Candles Stick Together-A Pop-Up Shop in Amsterdam

Jacob will be hosting this pop-up shop together with Paul Klunder, a renowned decorator from Belgium. The successful theme of “Dining and Shining” during the most recent PAN Amsterdam inspired Jacob to continue his celebration of light into the holiday season. The motto for the pop-up of “Candles Stick Together” will carry on the idea of candlelight during winter and add to the festive mood in Amsterdam as well as help usher in the New Year ahead.

If you would like to join in the experience, be sure to stop in to Galerie Prinsengracht at Prinsengracht 795 in Amsterdam from 16-20 December from 14:00-19:00 and tell Paul Klunder or Jacob Roosjen that The Antiques Diva sent you!

Happy holidays,

The Antiques Diva®

Save the Dutch Dates: Delft Sept 23-26, 2010

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Dear Diva Readers,

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>If you’re in Holland Thursday September 23 to Sunday, September 26, 2010 you won’t want to miss the return of the Oude Kunst-en-Antiekbeurs in the Prinsenhof Museum in Delft. While this museum is best known as being the site of the infamous assignation of William the Silent, I simply can’t keep quiet about the upcoming fair.

to 10px; WIDTH: 358px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 80px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />Approximately 35 Dutch antique dealers are coming together in a fair the coordinator says is “designed for the traditional collector and art lover who likes to be seduced by the atmosphere of old Delft and the Prinsenhof Museum”.

Make sure to visit two of my favorite vendors at the fair – S. van Leeuwen Antiquairs
with his sensational collection of Dutch furniture and porcelain and Rocks and Clocks by D.E. Aardewerk. And tell them The Antiques Diva™ sent you!

While you’re at the fair, why don’t you plan to make a day of it! Take a Cultural Day in Delft – with the admission ticket for Oude Kunst en Antiekbeurs, you not only will be able to shop your heart out but you can wander the stairway where William the Silent said his final words, sticking your fingers in the bullet holes near the foot of the staircase where he fell. You can also visit the Museum of Meerten Lambert with their extensive tile collection, Delftware, Chinese and Japanese porcelain and paintings.

The Prinsenhof Musuem
Sint Agathaplein 1
2611 HR Delft, The Netherlands

Adults: € 15, –
Museum, CJP and 65 + pass: € 10, –

Tot Straks!
The Antiques Diva™

Dutch Mania: From Delft to Bicycles

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Dear Diva Readers,

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>My good friend Shirley Agudo – an international author and photographer – happens to have a serious case of Delft Mania! Her kitchen is filled to the brim with a sensational collection of Delft that captures the essence of Holland! Of course, it should come as no surprise that she’s caught the Dutch craze for blue & white – she’s down-right addicted to all things Dutch! A long-term American expat living in Holland, she’s also captured the essence of Holland in her book Bicycle Mania – a wonderful read about the Dutch bicycle obsession!

to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 191px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />Shirley and I met when I was living in Holland and we bonded immediately over tulips and pancakes, but now, just as I moved from Holland to Berlin, Shirley’s following suit! Okay, sadly for me, she’s not moving to Berlin, but she is here to visit me this weekend for the international launch of the 2nd edition of her book Bicycle Mania right here in Berlin!!! Shirley is going uber-international with her gallery opening this Friday night at Urban Cycle Gallery in Berlin.

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Urban Cycle Gallery
Fehrebellinerstrasse 17
10119 Berlin
Photography Gallery Opening
June 11 – 7-10pm

Never fear, should you miss the fete this Friday, you can still see the exhibit! It’s on from June 11-26 and is a guaranteed good time!

Until next time,

The Antiques Diva
(seen right with author/photographer Shirley Agudo in Berlin last month)

June Open Door Dates – Dutch Dates

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Get ready, get set, mark your calendars – some of my favorite Dutch antique dealers are opening their doors for special fetes this June and you’re invited to shop your heart out diva-style all around Amsterdam!

June 4 – 6 June and 11-13 June from 12-8pm

to 10px; WIDTH: 300px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 400px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />Join Johan de Feijter for his special theme “Viva La France” at his shop Chambre des Amies! While I’ve written frequently about de Feijters sensational shop, I recently discovered that he’s also been in Travel+Leisure magazine and I simply have to share what T+L had to say about Chambre des Amies:

Owner Johan de Feijter founded Chambre d’Amis by accident. “I used to fill my house with things I’d find at flea and Belgium,” he says. “A few years ago there was an art fair in my neighborhood, and someone asked if she could show her paintings in my house. As they walked through, people kept asking to buy my things, and I thought, Maybe I should go into business.” These days, in his front room, kitchen, and courtyard garden, you’ll find all the flea-market treasures you’ve been too impatient to hunt for — vintage mercury-glass bowls ($190) and candlesticks ($125), creamy ceramic French, Belgian, and Dutch tableware from the 1800’s, turn-of-the-century photographs. Since the exquisitely edited store is a sideline for de Feijter (he’s a sexologist), he keeps eccentric hours — usually Thursday through Saturday, noon to six.

Chambre d’Amis
58 Bloemgracht
By appt +31-20 623 6204.
June 4-6, 2010 from 11am – 6pm

to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 260px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />Next up, is another all-time Amsterdam favorite – Brederode Kunst & Antiek – ran by the effervescent Annette Brederode in her own home! When you arrive at the address Lijnbaansgracht 56 D in Amsterdam’s Jordaan you might think I’ve lead you astray for you’ll find yourself standing in front of an apartment building rather than a typical antique shop. Never fear, ring the buzzer marked Brederode and mount the stairs to step into a typical French brocante! You must click around my blog to read more about this sensational shop and to see more pics of the type of inventory Brederode specializes in! I guarantee you won’t be disappointed!

Brederode Kunst Antiek
Lijnbaansgracht 56D
By appt + 31 20 6236 236

June 12-13, 19-20 from 11am-19:00

to 10px; WIDTH: 350px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 244px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />Speaking of things guaranteed to impress, I can’t gush enough about Robert Schreuder AntiquairRobert hosts a fascinating collection of antiques that are not only of special artistic or art-historical value but also very decorative, gracing modern as well as classical interiors. One of his specialties is Grand Tour souvenirs, with their echoes of the journeys of travelers from the 18th & 19th C. Meanwhile his collection of library accessories is down-right diva worthy dotted with a variety of writing boxes, inkwells and paperweights. Throw in tea caddies and tea boxes, sewing boxes, specially shaped thermometers and miniature portraits as well as an interesting period perfect collection of furniture and you might never want to leave chez lui! Join Robert’s Open Door Days June 12 & 13 and June 19 & 20 from 11am – 7pm or make an appointment to view his collection!

Robert Schreduer Antiquair
Ceintuurbaan 368
By Appt + 31 6 2428 9550

Happy Shopping!

The Antiques Diva

Looking Forward: TEFAF 2011

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>There’s only a few days left of this year’s TEFAF – THE European Fine Arts Fair in Maastricht, ending March 21, 2010 and the time is prime for reserving your hotel for the March 18-27, 2011 TEFAF event in Holland. Hotels book a year in advance and the people who have flown in for this year’s event are now reserving their room for next spring upon their check out!

So what makes an art and antiques fair so special that you need to reserve a room a year in advance? Honey, this ain’t no ordinary fair! Competition for presenting at TEFAF is fiercer than Olympic figure skating (and behind-the-scenes stories make Tonya Harding seem down-right tame). For an antiques dealer, making the fair means they’ve made it into the upper echelon of the crème de la crème of the antiques world and only the world’s best dealers are allowed to participate in the event!

Max-Nathan Punter, an Amsterdam antiquaire and photographer, recently visited TEFAF 2010 and captured the best of the fair on his Flicker site! Dash over to tos/20375562@N02/sets/72157623487379889/” target=”_blank”>visit Max’s photo gallery to be wowed by fabulous photos of TEFAF 2010 and to be inspired to plan now for your 2011 visit!

Until Next Time,

The Antiques Diva™

ArtAntique: New Dutch Antiques Fair To Be Held April 2010

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There’s a new kid in town – The ArtAntique Fair – and all eyes are on him! For the 1st time in over 20 years, a new player in the art & antiques world has come to Holland, offering the crème de la crème of classic and contemporary art, antiques and jewellery.

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ArtAntique will take place in Jaarbeurs Utrecht from 11 to 18 April 2010. Fair entrance costs 15 Euro.

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The fair is being organized on the initiative of a number of area antique dealers who feel the need for a high-level spring fair – exclusively for high-end participants. You’ll find over 60 art dealers and galleries displaying everything from antiques to 18th and 19th Century paintings to contemporary art and photography.

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Participating as a vendor in ArtAntique is only possible on invitation and after assessment by two independent selection committees – and better yet, all art objects will be subjected to inspection prior to being exhibited in the fair. For you as a buyer that ensures you absolute confidence in what you’re buying and who you’re buying it from!

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  • Dolf D. van Omme
  • Bruil & Brandsma Antiquairs
  • Limburg Antiquairs
  • P&J; Honsbeek
  • Robert Schreuder Antiquair
  • Jan van Hoof Galerie
  • Etienne Gallery- Galerie Mokum

Happy Shopping!

The Antiques Diva

Who Shot The Diva?

to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 300px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Remember that infamous question of the 80’s… my childhood was consumed by the query, Who shot JR?”. Well, the question of the 2010’s might be “Who Shot The Diva?”. Thankfully, murder wasn’t the “mot de jour”. This question pertains to a photo shoot of The Antiques Diva™ for the Crave Amsterdam book to be released in Summer 2010. To real all about Crave, read my blog from last week!

to 10px; WIDTH: 185px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 210px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />Last week I stepped into the spotlight and shined my pearly whites for international photographer Angelica Arbulu, a gorgeous Spaniard who might as well have been a super model posing for the camera rather than hiding behind it!

to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 300px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />Angelica has a fascinating story. Born in Mexico (to parents from Spain), she has lived on four continents and considers herself a cultural mutt – although one might say if she’s a mutt, then we’ve just established a new pedigree that is certain to be all the rage! Her wealth of experience permeates her vision of the world and her art. She qualified as a clinical psychologist and, with many years experience in humanitarian work, her focus is on people and human relations. One look at her website and you can see her specialty is capturing the different levels of personality and their essence through the mundane that is often overlooked.

to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 338px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />I fear what the camera might reveal about me… at one point I was kissing a Piper Champagne bottle covered in red leather John Paul Gaultier corset! Artist Emma Fordham describes Angelica’s strength as “capturing people and places and making the everyday look beautiful and exotic.” If I were to list her strength, I would say it’s her ability to put people immediately at ease. A day with Angelika was therapy to my soul. Never has the camera been as un-intimidating as it was with her behind the lens!

to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 309px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />Her eye misses nothing – Angélica begun studying photography in 1990 but is mostly self-taught. She had her first solo exhibition in 1993, and has exhibited solo and in groups in various cities throughout Europe, in Asia and the United States since. Her photos hang in private collections as well as in corporate establishments, and have been used for publications throughout the world. She uses digital media, and views the photograph as only the first step in the process, playing with textures, different printing media, collage or hand-painting and digital editing in order to enhance what is already there.

Angelica explains, “I do portraits, be it of a person, a place or a thing. I try to give an honest reflection of what I see, but I also want the outcome to be beautiful. Because I believe art should be beautiful, but also because there is beauty in everything”.

to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 300px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />The experience was sensational… We started our photo shoot at the Hotel Des Indes in The Hague, sipping champagne, (while trying to hold a giant silver reflecting screen under the table and look natural whist doing so!) and then we moved onto 2 of my favorite antique shops in Europe to finalize the photo shoot!

On that note, I’d like to give a special thank you to Cachot Antiek and Neeltje Twiss Art, Antiques and Interiors! Thanks for letting us photograph in your gorgeous shops!!!

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Cachot Antiek

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Neeltje Twiss Art, Antiques and Interiors

Diva Readers, if you haven’t read my post on either of these gorgeous boutiques, do go back and read them – here & here! In the meantime, make sure to check out the Crave Amsterdam website to discover the 149 other ladies with whom I’m honored to share the pages!

* Apologies for the graininess of some of these photos – they were taken only with my Blackberry…

< /a>Until Next Time,

The Antiques Diva™
(shooting Angelica with my Blackberry while she’s shooting me)

P.S. BLOG ALERT: I’ve just discovered that Angelica also writes a
personal blog – you must check out her insightful words and wisdom!

New York City Edition – “Dutch Art Now”

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>When I received the following email from tographs/Home.html” target=”_blank”>Eduard Planting Fine Art Photography in Amsterdam, I knew I had to share the details with NYC area readers – Dutch Art Now is taking a bite out of the Big Apple!

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If you happen to be in New York between 2 and 14 March, then please feel free to visit us at The National Arts Club and see the work of:

  • Reinier Gerritsen, from the “Wallstreet Subway” series
  • Diana Blok, from the “See through us” series
  • Igor Kruter, from the “Karakal Girls” series
  • Christopher Regis-Gludd, from the “Amsterdam” series
Dutch Art Now is an official concurrent art fair during the Armory Arts Week. An art show with a carefully chosen selection of art from either renowned or upcoming Dutch artists. For the second time this show is hosted in the distinguished National Arts Club. There will be 9 other galleries exhibiting as well.

The show will be opened officially by the Dutch Consul-General on Tuesday night, 2nd March – Please let Eduard Planting Fine Arts know if you’d like to be invited for that occasion!

For more information read: Going Dutch!

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Dutch Art Now:
Opening times & address:
March 3 – 14, 2010: 11AM – 5PM
National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park South
New York City

Tot Straks!

The Antiques Diva™

March 8: Sotheby’s Amsterdam Sale

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Get ready to do some serious drooling – Sotheby’s Amsterdam is delighted to announce that it will offer for sale the core body from the former Peter Stuyvesant Collection, property of British American Tobacco The Netherlands (BAT), on

Monday, March 8, 2010
Viewing March 1-7, 2010 – 10am-7pm

The sale will be an evening event following a week-long exhibition at Sotheby’s in Amsterdam. The works from the collection to be offered for sale are estimated to realize in excess of €4 – 5 million. The core body of the collection has over 163 works fresh on the market by leading artists such as Karel Appel, Manuel Rivera, and Jesus Rafael Soto!

to-sell-the-former-peter-stuyvesant-collection-in-amsterdam.html” target=”_blank”>Art Knowledge News has posted an excellent article with information on the background of this collection – a fascinating story that started as an experiment and resulted in the largest collection of Post War and Contemporary Art ever to come at auction in the Netherlands.

If you’re an arm-chair traveler, don’t worry – the auction catalog is available online, perfect for perusing with a coup de champagne in one hand and the laptop in the other!


The Antiques Diva™