Introducing Lucretia

Dear Diva Readers,

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With that type of a recommendation I figured you might want to know who this European Goddess is – so I asked Lucretia to write a bio that I could share with you on my website and this is what she wrote…



My name is Lucretia. I am honored to be your Antiques Diva guide for Holland and Belgium.

I was born in Flanders, studied Art History at the University of Ghent, with a Master’s degree in 1979. During one of my many summer travels through Italy, I met a cute American guy in Milan, in the summer of 1977. We started to write to each other and after 2 years of correspondence we were together at last! We married and moved from my home country Belgium to The Netherlands so my husband could work in Amsterdam.   There, two beautiful sons were born to us; they are at this moment already students at the university themselves. But when they were still toddlers, we thought it better to leave the big city and let our children grow up in a village, so we moved again, to the picturesque town of Breukelen, just 30 km southeast of Amsterdam, where we still live today.

As a young mum I became good friends with another mother, the wife of an expert at Sotheby’s Amsterdam. She introduced me to the glamorous world of high-end antiques, with its receptions and private viewings, lavish exhibits of silver objects and sparkling diamonds, elegantly dressed collectors sipping a glass of champagne while looking at what might be their next purchase. It was a fun new world that opened up for me. Already as a student I had had an interest in antiques, but I got serious about antiques when I started going to the viewings of these auctions of Decorative Arts, and became myself a client at these auctions, in cases where the things I liked were also affordable for us.

I developed a taste for the early 19th-century period, called “empire” and later “biedermeier”. I started collecting and filling the house with my finds.  Whenever I was in a town, I went browsing in small “antique” shops, brocante markets, junk stores. Thanks to the many Sotheby’s catalogues, I had a vast reference source at home to find out more about my newly acquired treasures.

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Recently, I have been drawn towards the revival of the fifties, sixties, and seventies: a great period in fashion and interior decoration, which I happily witnessed myself, having been a teenager in the seventies. I like to mix biedermeier mahogany with the bright colors and funky shapes of those glorious, much more recent times.

It was a stroke of good luck that I made acquaintance with The Antiques Diva, who moved into my village south of Amsterdam.   We turned out to be soul mates, sharing our passions for interior decorating, antiques and the finer things in life, such as fashion, traveling and good food.

Together we strive to give our tour clients a satisfying experience, with good bargains and good company. When our guests are happy with their purchases, then we’ve had a good day as well!

Your Diva Guide,

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Author: Toma Clark Haines

Toma Clark Haines is a Global Tastemaker, Speaker, Writer & Entrepreneur; and founder and CEO The Antiques Diva® & Co, Europe, Asia and America's largest Antiques Sourcing & Touring Company.

  • Thanks so much for introducing us to Lucretia. What a wonderful friend, and business associate….it’s magical when we meet a kindred spirit, isn’t it? ps. I love Breukelen! xo Lidy

  • Hi Toma Thank you so much for the introduction to this wonderful woman! Lucretia is just as intelligent and beautiful as you are. It would be a pleasure to have a tour in Europe with either of you!

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    Art by Karena

    • Hi Karena,
      Lucretia is a ball to shop with – she can spot a bargain at 50 paces. She amazes me – she walks into a room and says “there it is”. She finds an utterly gorgeous piece hidden in corner behind something ugly, before I can ask a question, she buys it for a song and then turns and tells me, “You know this is a real bargain, see how it’s signed, I paid 1/10th of what’s its worth!” She has a great eye and nose for sniffing out the best deals and inventory!
      The Antiques Diva