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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>It’s Queen’s Day Darling – the most important holiday of the year in The Netherlands! And at times like these I regret that I’m not back in Holland dressed head-to-toe in Orange celebrating my favorite Queen’s birthday in Amsterdam! While most countries prefer a more staid pomp and circumstance when it comes to their royal’s special days, the Dutch, in typical Dutch fashion, break the mold in coming up with bizarre party ideas to help their Queen celebrate growing another year older. Shannon McAllister of Amsterdam’s Travel Blog writes, “New Orleans has Mardi Gras. Munich serves up Oktoberfest. Pamplona parties with bulls. When it comes to the world’s best parties, Amsterdam holds its own special spot with Queen’s Day.”
to 10px; WIDTH: 320px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 282px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_kcTb8DnPVW4/SfmIxpWM9SI/AAAAAAAAC74/_I_74b_ydnE/s320/Queen+Waving.jpg” border=”0″ />to 10px; WIDTH: 320px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 186px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_kcTb8DnPVW4/SfmRCYTG06I/AAAAAAAAC8w/e7MzLAuNpeE/s320/Prince+Willam+and+daughter.jpg” border=”0″ />Queens Day, known as Koninginnedag in Dutch, is a national Dutch holiday celebrating the birthday of the Queen. But here’s the catch – it’s not celebrating the current Queen Beatrix’s special day but rather that of her mother, Juliana. When Queen Bea took over from Juliana in 1980, she decided that rather than having the national holiday changed to her actual birthdate of Jan 31, she’d instead bow to tradition and celebrate on her mum’s birthday as well. Perhaps she made this decision because January’s in Holland are bleak bleak bleak and known as the “dark days of winter” when the sun barely shines, the rain never stop and clouds loom ominously. Given that the Queens Day celebrations take place outdoors, a January Queens Day Celebration would have been a disaster.
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Similar to Lille’s Grand Braderie (a town wide garage sale in France held the first weekend in Sept) but sadly not as stylish, residents empty the contents of their zolders (attics) and dump both trash and treasures. Though as an antiquer I’ll be the first to say that, like the Amsterdam flea markets, this special Queens Day sale is heavy on the fleas. Used toys and forgotten VCR tapes of your favorite movies and TV shows are piled judiciously next to old running shoes, sandals with broken clasps and ties with stains. Shopping on Queens Day is sort of like shopping at the Goodwill would be if they didn’t have someone sorting through the crap in advance. That said, amidst the rubble there is almost always a jewel. I’ve bought cds of my favorite 80 bands, a myriad of faux delft to crush up and use in a mosaic project, and cut-glass serving platters galore. It’s the latter kitchen goods and entertaining table ware that are the true bargain du jour – picking up a Wedgewood plate for 1E or a 1960’s glass “Lazy Susan” for 1.50E have been my big catches.
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Truth be told, I don’t do Queens Day for the sales. I do Queens Day for the excitement of raising my hands over my head, singing national anthems and humming along to Johnny Jordaan – for taking part in the party and dancing in the street with strangers. I do Queens Day as an excuse to drape myself head to toe in Orange (a color in my personal color wheel but am often ridiculed for wearing). And I do Queens Day to celebrate my surrogate Queen… moving to Holland for me 4 years ago was a treat – I finally had a Queen to call my own!
Long Live The Queen!
(Seen right with dear friend Cindy T – Cindy was my first friend in Paris and has known me since the day I wore denim overalls in Paris –– and she loved me anyway. Now that, dear diva readers, is a friend!)
to 10px; WIDTH: 320px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 240px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_kcTb8DnPVW4/SdJq2igqa1I/AAAAAAAACzs/TrSnS5IqIo4/s320/056.JPG” border=”0″ />top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Knowing that I was the daughter of 2 florists (or as they are now called “floral artists”), The Antiques Diva asked me for some tips on flowers. I grew up surrounded by beautiful blossoms all the time. My father also had a love for growing and had 3 large greenhouses. He was, at one time, the largest geranium grower in New York State. His designs won many awards and today, on the anniversary of his passing, I am proud to pass along some things I learned from him.
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If you don’t have room for a garden, I encourage you to support your local florist or farmers market.
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No matter how you arrange your flowers, the trick is just to do it. No home is complete without some of nature’s beauty. Enjoy!
The Contessa – The Diva of The Day
A Note From The Antiques Diva
Have you enjoyed the photos in today’s blog? All of these beautiful pictures were taken at Holland’s famous garden Keukenhof – the world’s largest flower garden with over 7 Million flower bulbs planted annually! In 2009 Keukenhof will be open from March 19 to May 21 – and this Diva typically visits a number of times to see the blossoms in their various stages. Rumor has it that this year mid April is the best time to go to Keukenhof.
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It’s this latter reason that I send you to the show. When you go to a museum you can’t touch the art, you don’t get to see the reverse of the painting and you certainly don’t hear how much money a Monet costs. But at TEFAF, you can do all these things. Entrance for 2 into TEFAF costs more than I spent on the pair of brass turn-of-the-century-Polish candlesticks I bought at a flea market in Gdansk which grace my table, but the cost is worth it. At 55E per person (it does include the stupendous fair catalog – eye candy itself) you might be wondering why I’m sending you there. Unless your budget is a whole lot bigger than mine you most likely won’t be doing any buying at the fair. Consider it a day out window shopping. But, oh honey, the window shopping is good. Down right Divalicious.
e Uffizi or the Met) will you find a collection of art and antiques this good in one locale… that is, until next year. For the fair has been held every March since 1975, recession or no recession.
Ben Janssens, Chairman of TEFAF’s Executive Committee, said: “There is no evidence that the jittery financial markets have discouraged art buyers and in fact the reverse seems to be true. Visitors said to me that they see no point in investing in stocks at the moment and prefer to put their money into art and antiques. What has also been encouraging is the increase in visitors from Asia including, for the first time, two groups totaling 20 people from mainland China.”
Just as TEFAF has vetting committees to guarantee the quality, authenticity and condition of the work (taking works of art that do not meet their high standards out of the dealers possession until the fair is over), I have a Diva Guarantee that will be the finest fine arts fair you’ll ever attend!
The Antiques Diva ™
All photos except for the one indicated are property of Art – das Kunstmagazin
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A few months ago, my darling husband came home and popped the same question that started our expatriation nearly a decade ago, “Do you feel like learning a new language?” The first time he asked this question 9 years ago, I exclaimed “Oui!” with an exuberant burst of joy – “Watch Out World – Here I come!” Paris never knew what hit them and I had the time of my life. Leaving Paris 5 years later wasn’t as tragic as I expected, for I never really left Paris… Hemingway put it best when he said, “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.”
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Gezellig is one of those words that has no translation…. It sort of means “cozy” but it’s more than that… it’s like getting a friendly embrace, being in a comfortable and charming environment with enjoyable and gregarious people. Our time living in Holland, if described in only one word, was definitely “Gezellig.”
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When my husband told me of a job opportunity which required us to move from Amsterdam to Berlin, I was elated for his new role and for the opportunity to live in another country, but internally I asked the question “Am I ready to move?” I’d barely wrestled the Dutch language into submission, and thoughts of attempting to acquire another language felt daunting…plus I’d made such good friends here, had a growing prospering business and a wonderful social life. For a few days I fell into despair… Move? Not Yet! And then suddenly, this diva got her groove back! Before I knew it I had visions of shopping at KaDeWe, strolling tourismus/sehenswuerdigkeiten.en/28955.html” target=”_blank”>Kollwitzplatz hand in hand with my husband and hanging out with the pretty people on the Gendarmenmarkt. As I dashed to Berlin on a whirlwind house hunting trip, I started singing a new theme song…. My travels were accompanied by the world-weary singing voice of the sultry Marlene Dietrich. But in the background, just as Edith Piaf had whispered songs in my ear even as Johnny Jordaan had lured me north, Johnny Jordaan now competed with Dietrich. Before long I was going to need an internal CD player to keep my theme songs in order!
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One of the best things about moving as frequently as we have (6 times over the last 12 ½ years of marriage) has been the opportunity to try on new cities and countries as if we were buying a new trench coat. In the beginning you’re never quite sure when to wear the coat – is it too light, too heavy, too dressy, too casual? But over time, you learn the best days to wear it (and inevitably you have days when you’d rather wear a different coat!) but over time, it conforms to your body – fitting perfectly in the crease of your elbow, the bend of your waist, gliding over your bum as if it were made for it. The collar stands protecting your throat from a brisk breeze and then one day, a button falls off into a mud puddle and you notice that those “comfortable places” are starting to show some wear. Unfortunately, as with a well worn coat, it seems in our life that just as soon as we start to feel comfortable in a new environment/country, it’s time to move again! And with this move to Berlin, it’s time to buy a new coat again!! Fortunately for me I was out with friends last week and found a vintage mink for a dime – so I’ve got the coat covered for the Berlin breeze – but I fear I am about to be uncomfortable again, learning a new language, learning a new city and a new culture!
I’ve been perusing expat blogs and getting tips on my soon-to-be German life and planning for adventure! But even as I cleared a spot on my bookshelf for some German travel guides, I knew this move, like the move from Paris to Holland, came with a conditional clause. I’ll be back… And not just for socializing and cultural kidnapping… but also for work – my tour business and public speaking arena.
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I started writing this blog in August of 2007 – ironically, that first blog was about antiquing in Berlin. Shortly after beginning my blog adventure readers began emailing asking for tours, and before long a business was born. I hired Diva Guides in Holland, Belgium and France to help with The Antiques Diva Tours and with the help of these lovely ladies will continue to run Antiques Diva tours. But perhaps the best thing about having started this business is that it is a career in my suitcase. Each place I go allows me to expand my business!!! Once I get my bearings in Berlin, Diva Tours will expand to encompass a new country – Germany!
In the meantime, have patience as over these next few weeks and months I might not be myself as I go through wave one of Culture Shock – Berlin!! As I get settled in a new home, friends have come out of the woodwork offering to help – you’ll note several guest bloggers appearing on my blog in these coming weeks (as they have in the few weeks prior). Should you have an idea you’d like to share with Diva Readers, please email me to:firstname.lastname@example.org”>email@example.com to find out submission guidelines!
As I close, I guess the words of a famous German-speaking Austrian-American come to mind….
The Antiques Diva ™
Greetings Diva Readers –
top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>A stack of invitations to art and antique shows have accumulated on my desk so I’m taking a diva-minute to share with you the latest Dutch Dates in this Last Minute Diva!
Kunst & Antiek Weekend Naarden-Vesting
Long-term Diva Readers have heard me wax poetically about this fair before so I’ll let you browse past entries to get the gist of this event, but suffice it to say I love this fair held in the charming Dutch village of Naarden-Vesting. I’m going tomorrow in search of a “Farewell to Holland” present for my upcoming move to Germany. Among favorite exhibitors at the fair will be Robert Schreuder and Dolf D Van Omme.
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Daily 11am – 6pm and Friday until 10pm
While in Naarden consider stopping by Paul Fagel’s celebrated restaurant for their special Lunch & Dinner arrangement.
Corry Kooy Exhibition at Wildevuur Figurative Art
Dutch artist Corry Kooy happens to be one of my tober-calendar.html” target=”_blank”>favorite contemporary artists and her latest work is guaranteed not to disappoint at her most recent exhibition Jan 16 – Feb 15, 2009 at Galerie Wildevuur, a gorgeous figurative arts gallery located in Drente.
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Jan 16 –Feb 15, 2009
Het Cleyne Huis & Galerie Noordeinde
Last but not least on the Diva’s desk are 2 art shows in Den Haag. Visit Het Cleyne Huys Jan 15 – Feb 16, 1009 to see work by celebrated artists Eva Steiner and Edwin Aafjes.
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Happy Gallery Hopping!
The Antiques Diva™
(seen at right buying art with her husband The Wine Guy)
Realizing for the first time the consequences he faced as a result of not sharing in the coordination of our international move, he was given an answer that would define nearly a decade of expatriate life, “As an expat, Europe is now my playground. A person’s home should reflect not only who they are, but where they’ve been and where they’re going.” By bringing only our favorite possessions, I gave us room to grow into the people we’d become through living abroad.
Needing a table on which to dine, as well as the china to set on it, we began searching the flea markets of Europe, letting our travel choices dictate our décor. “Darling,” I rang my husband’s office one day, “We need a buffet and I’ve just read an article on the selection of antique side boards available in the Costa Blanca. Shall we go to Spain this Easter to see the procession and to stop by an excellent source for richly carved chestnut chests?” Weekends were passed flea marketing in the French countryside as we filled our home and stomachs while sampling the specialties of the regions. As our waistlines expanded, we’d return to 6eme Parisian apartment with a shabby chateau canapé that would groan when sat upon and Napoleon III side tables lacquered and adorned with mother of pearl embellishments.
When we moved to Holland, Belgium became our favorite getaway as it brought back memories of France with its abundance of French antiques, but better Belgium prices. Trips across Germany have filled our home with the type of knick knacks we never knew we needed until they completed a tableau. While visits to see friends living in Switzerland resulted in us starting a new collection of antique globes found at their many brocantes and led us to purchasing a politically incorrect vintage fur throw straight from a chalet at a bargain bin price.
Guests visiting us in The Netherlands nearly a decade after our expat journey began tour our home and comment on the eclectic international décor and when I point out a pile of plates that I peddled home in a box tied with a bungee cord to the back of my bike, they exclaim, “It’s just so you!”
PS: To read the country overviews I wrote for Expatica, simply click on the links below!
The Antiques Diva™
top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>By mere happenstance, you’re in Holland at the best time to buy antiques in the last quarter century. Right now, Holland is offering some of the best bargains in Western Europe. Antiques have fallen out of favor with the fashion-forward low-landers and every Jan, Henk and Peter is cleaning their “zolder”, banishing anything Rococo, Baroque or beyond. As the Dutch lose interest in antiques, prices drop and savvy shoppers benefit from increased selection and lower prices. As an antique shopping maven, my mantra is the time is ripe to cash in on the age-old adage, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”
Of course, “trash or treasure” are subjective words. An 18th C heavily-carved Dutch walnut armoire might have sold ten years ago for 12,000 Euros. Today you can pick one up at auction for 2,000E. But you needn’t spend thousands to cash in on this recession. I’ve bought 200 year old copper pots and Art Deco lighting fixtures at Diemen’s De Eland for less than the price of dinner at IKEA. As a non-Dutch speaker, going to auction seems to be a daunting affair. But don’t let the words get in the way. De Zwaan located on Amsterdam’s Keizersgracht #474 is part vaudeville show, part cultural immersion course. Go to viewings and peruse the catalogs in advance. If serious about buying, ask that your lot be sold in English. Should your budget be a bit bigger, Sotheby’s and Christies always offer English as an option.
“Antiques Diva, I couldn’t help but think of you when I saw this store front in Amsterdam!”
I was as delighted with the picture as I am with the book Shirley edits and co-authors!
Here’s Holland is simply the best all-in-one guide to travel and life in Holland. Written by British expat Sheila Gazaleh-Weevers, this Dutch travel guide has sold over 60,000 copies and will soon be entering its 10th edition. Sheila is a sensational woman with the energy of 20 ladies, a smile that lights up the room and is a true genius in compacting a wealth of information in an easy to read format! What differentiates this guide from other books is that it covers both tourism opportunities in Holland as well as expat tips on how to live in The Netherlands.
People often ask me, “Diva, how do you know so much about life in Holland?” My answer – “Here’s Holland!”
Like a well-packed suitcase, Here’s Holland has all you need
When I have a Dutch question, it’s the best resource I have in finding the answer. Whether I need to know where to go to entertain a friend’s child who is visiting me for the weekend or I’m trying to figure out how to get the best train fares in the country, the answer is here inside this handy, dandy Holland guide! From booking a B&B;, to finding an out-of-the-way museum, to perusing the Yearly Calendar with tips on special events, this book has the answer! It gives inside information about culture and customs, characteristic Dutch crafts and products, biking and shopping opportunities as well as tips on eating out, sporting venues, markets, special activities and so much more!
Like a well-packed suitcase, Here’s Holland has all you need for your journey – whether you are passing through Holland on a weekend excursion or living in the Low Lands! You can order your book directly from tomahaines” target=”_blank”>my Library – or better yet, contact Here’s Holland directly and have your tor+and+Antiques+Diva.jpg”>tor+and+Antiques+Diva.jpg” border=”0″ />autographed copy mailed today!
Until next time,
The Antiques Diva™
(Seen at right with good friend Here’s Holland Editor Shirley Agudo)
P.S. Stay tuned for an upcoming blog where Here’s Holland Editor and Co-Author Shirley Agudo takes The Antiques Diva™ to her favorite Het Gooi-based sources for antiques, vintage and reclaimed goods!
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Auction – Curiosaveiling – Venduehuis Den Haag
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Amsterdam International Fashion Week – Events scheduled at the Westergasfabriek..
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Lifestyle Fair – Eerbeek
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Le Prestige – Antiek, Interieur & Lifestyle Beurs held at Doctor Albert Schweitzerweg # 1 in Baarn – Noord.
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Canal Festival – 160 concerts, workshops, architectural walks and private monument visits.
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Country Fair Doorn
Sacy from Atlanta
top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>I was so hoping I’d be able to tell you that you have the next best thing to a Van Gogh in your possession, but I’m afraid I am not going to be of huge help to you! The information I can pass along is limited. I fear I am an antique shopping expert – not necessarily an expert in antique art! However, they always say it’s not what you know, it’s who you know – so the best I can provide is some contact names of industry experts who might be able to answer your question better than I!
Going on the name “Vogel” and the assumption the artist is Dutch, I can tell you that there were 2 well known Dutch artists living during the approximate timeframe of your painting. Both had works that came up for auction in recent years – but neither of them were from Haren! The first artist, Cornelis Jan Vogel, is a long shot as he lived a little before the dates on your painting (1824 -1879) .
The second artist, Johannes Gysbert Vogel II, lived 1828 – 1915. His dates are more aligned with yours, but having not seen your painting I don’t know if stylistically his work is similar to your painting. His work has been up for auction at both Christies & Sotheby’s Amsterdam in the past. His work has also been sold at Glerum Auction House in Amsterdam and it might be worth your time contacting them to see if they could appraise/evaluate your painting long distance from a photograph.
Vogel is a very common Dutch name which translates into “bird” and it’s an even more common German last name! A quick Google search on artists with this last name living in your painting’s time period brought up a massive list of mostly German artists. I couldn’t find any Vogel’s who were artists living in Haren, but this means absolutely nothing! Perhaps the artist wasn’t well known or more likely he was visiting Haren from elsewhere. Haren is in the Groningen Province and is said to be a charming town, off the beaten tourist path. I haven’t been there myself and unfortunately will miss the upcoming Haren flea market listed on my site, but from what I understand it would be the type of town that traveling artists might visit.
My advice would be to either contact Glerum Auction House or ,better yet, why not contact an art & antiques appraiser in Haren . J.R.H. van den Hende has expertise in Dutch art and a focus on art from this region of The Netherlands. He would be a very valuable source. Their website is only in Dutch but as this is Holland where virtually everyone speaks English as if it were their mother tongue, I suspect someone at J.R.H. van den Hende will speak English.
Sorry I wasn’t oodles of help, but let me know how it turns out!
The Antiques Diva™