Hi Ho Silver at AFSH!

Dear Diva Readers,

High Ho Silver!

It’s antiques fair season in Holland and that means it’s time to saddle up and attend the “Art & Antiques Fair ’s-Hertogenbosch April 15 -22, 2012.

The two floors of the venue will be transformed into a fresh, modern springtime setting accommodating some 70 participants from the Netherlands and abroad. Visitors can explore a wide range of artistic periods, including medieval, baroque, Renaissance, modern, and contemporary collections.  

One of my favorite vendors will be on hand, the world’s leading silver expert Jacob Roosjen.  One of the many interesting items in his collection that sparked my fancy is this gorgeous pair of Dutch silver stirrups made around the year 1800 and struck with the maker’s mark of Nicolaes Swalue, a Frisian silversmith from Leeuwarden.  In the 18th century a typical Frisian fair usually started off with horse racing. At the local inn the winners used to be honored with appealing silver objects, varying from silver mounted whips and stirrups to silver coffee pots and tobacco pots. So these stirrups also might have been given as an award to the best equestrian. 

If you plan your visit to AFSH between 19 and 22 April 2012, you can stop by Indoor Brabant afterwards for the World Cup Dressage and Jumping Finals.

AFSH Opening hours

Art & Antiques Fair ’s-Hertogenbosch will take place at the Autotron Rosmalen, Graafsebaan 133,
5248 NL Rosmalen. Opening times: Sunday 15 to Wednesday 18 April 2012, 11.00 to 18.00; Thursday 19 April to Saturday 21 April 2012, 13.00–22.00; Sunday 22 April 2012, 11.00–18.00.

Admission: €15 per person. For more information, please visit the AFSH website.

The Antiques Diva®

Another A’FSH – Dutch Star Daatselaar

Dear Diva Readers,

top:5px;float:left;color:white;background:#781300;border:1px solid darkkhaki;font-size:100px;line-height:90px;padding-top:1px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Last year when I attended the famed A’FSH I was introduced to a vendor who I thought stole the show….  Theo Daatselaar had a booth at the Art & Antiques Fair in 2010 that was simply stellar and I cannot wait to see what this year’s show – starting April 16 – reveals. 

Daatselaar started an antique business in 1978 under the name Daatselaar & Godhelp Antiques, but Daatselaar moved from Utrecht to Zaltbommel where he now runs his own art business in a beautiful gallery. In 2009 his daughter Ilse Daatselaar joined the company and together their inventory continues to delight his sophisticated international clientele.

Perhaps my favorite piece in his collection is the oil on canvas painting of the “Reclining Nude” signed ‘H.J. Wolter’.  Its bold colors and classical subject delight and inspire.

Though I must confessing narrowing my selection to merely one favorite is next to impossible.  Equally stunning is Daatselaar’s Ballerina in water color and white gouache on paper G. H. Breitner dating to 1884/1885.  And his Goddess of Fortune silver statue on a red marble base, representing the Goddess Fortune with her personal attributes, is not only an eye catcher, but is also interesting from a historical point of view.  The Dutch brewer Heineken commissioned it as a present for the Hulscher brothers, owners of Die Port van Cleve in Amsterdam, on the occasion of their silver anniversary. The commission was given to Edwin Weissenfels, designer in Munich.

I was equally enchanted with Daatselaar’s musical long case clock in walnut and burr walnut.  The dial has a beautiful polychrome painted rolling moon phase to the arch with decorated garland of flowers and a cherub, engraved silvered selection ring above indicating the twelve tunes, silvered subsidiary ring for ringing. Three train eight day movement, anchor escapement, Dutch strike on two bells, playing twelve tunes on seventeen bells 275 x 75.5 x 29 cm Rotterdam, circa 1750.  The clocks designer Steven Hoogendijk (Rotterdam 1698-1788) of the Arminian faith lived in the Kleine Draaisteeg in Rotterdam and founded in 1769 the Bataafsch Genootschap der proefondervindelijke Wijsbegeerte. Hoogendijk ceased his clockmaker’s activities in 1768 to concentrate his efforts on science. Examples of his work can be found in the museum Boymans van Beuningen in Rotterdam.

If you’re not able to visit A’FSH in Den Bosch, Holland this April 16-25, 2011, take time to browse Theo Daatselaar’s website www.daatselaar.com .  The online shopping options have never been better and I’m certain Theo’s booth at this year’s Art & Antiques Fair will be First in Class!

Bonne Shopping,

The Antiques Diva®

A’FSH – Silver Shines at the Fair

Dear Diva Readers,

top: 5px; float: left; color: white; background: #781300; border: 1px solid darkkhaki; font-size: 100px; line-height: 90px; padding-top: 1px; padding-right: 5px; font-family: times;”>Here’s your chance to impress guests at your next dinner party with some seriously sexy silver!  At A’FSH – The Arts and Antiques Fair in ‘s Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, held from  April 16 to  April 25, Jacob J. Roosjen, SRI ®, European Antique Silver dealer, is offering some spectacular Dutch silver that will simply have you drooling to serve up something diva-worthy!


My favorite item in Roosjen’s divine inventory is this very rare large silver and oval shaped Louis XV style wine cooler (5782 gram, width 61 cm) made by François van Stapele in The Hague in 1764! It can cool six bottles of champagne and is ideal for diva fetes!

Of course, you wouldn’t want to forget to cool your glasses for the party as they did in the olden days!  How about taking home The Hague Monteith Bowl (1301 gram, diameter 26,5 cm) made by Reinier de Haan in 1774.  This piece is a real eye catcher!

And for another piece of eye candy, in a bit smaller size (444 gram, height 17,5 cm), you mustn’t miss this elegant silver wine jug finely chased with floral decoration, grapes and horns of plenty. The famous Amsterdam silversmith Johannes Schiotling manufactured this wine jug in 1767 and it’s ready to hold at least half a liter of your favorite Bordeaux.

These extraordinary items give you just an impression of the high quality silver Jacob J. Roosjen, SRI® has in his collection.  The world’s leading expert on silver, Roosjen is world-renowned for his passion for Dutch silver in particular. Make sure to visit him – and his handsome sons – at this upcoming A’FSH and fire away with those deep-burning silver questions – you’ll be delighted with their answers!  Don’t forget to tell them that The Antiques Diva® sent you!

A’FSH – Arts & Antiques Fair in ‘s Hertogenbosch

April 16 -25, 2011

Bonne Shopping,
The Antiques Diva®