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Malmo Decorative Fair in Sweden

Dear Diva Readers,

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Naturally when shopping any antiques fair you don’t want to go when the mere mortals shop – you want advance access.  So we registered to attend trade day while the vendors are still unpacking their trucks and setting up their stalls.  This is not open to the public—which means we get FIRST DIBS on buying! We really got to see inventory at The Malmo Decorative Antiques Fair before it even opened! On day one we got a sneak peek at folk art, Swedish furniture, and decorative pieces that were of the highest quality as Malmo is the third largest antiques fair in Sweden with 80 dealers from all over the country – for those of you who are familiar with the Stockholm fair, rumor has it the Malmo Fair’s opening day revenue surpassed its big brother.

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These vendors sell to the international trade and possess a vast knowledge of Swedish antiques. Imagine having access to pieces that you’d be sure to see on the covers of magazines soon! That’s what Sweden’s antiques scene has to offer.  The international buyers on scene shopping were actually limited – often I go to a trade fair in the south of France and I feel like the whole of Houston has ended up there on the same day.  Not so in Malmo – there were only a handful of foreign buyers – so if you’re looking for exclusivity, here’s your chance to buy before any of your competitors have seen the inventory.  And as few of these dealers have websites selling online you get incredible, unheard of access.

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The fair was located at Katrinetorp Landeri which is a mansion adjacent to Malmo. Comprised of several buildings dating to the early 1800s, this historic property  is the ideal setting for an antiques fair! My UK Diva Agent Gail McLeod is an avid gardener, and since she joined us at Malmo, taking a bus-mans holiday with me, we were also able to explore the house and several gardens which include a gentry garden, utility garden and an orangery all of which are community managed.

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Now the Malmo Fair is only once a year – next time you’ve got the chance to shop it is in the last weekend of August in 2016 (it’s held this same weekend every year – so mark your calendars darling).  But have no fear….  You DON’T HAVE to SHOP Sweden ONLY during the fair.  Did I mention we know all these vendors so you can shop them year round – visiting them in their personal homes and by-appointment-only stores, warehouses and boutiques – year round on one of our Antiques Diva Sweden Tours.  If you’d like more information on taking an Antiques Diva Sweden Tour, email us at to:info@antiquesdiva.com”>info@antiquesdiva.com. We’d love to plan the perfect buying trip for you!

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As the Swedes say “Adjö”! Until next time,

The Antiques Diva®  

Mora Clocks From Sweden

Dear Diva Readers,

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By the late 19th century. competition arose. German and American manufacturers could make Mora style clocks much more inexpensively, thus driving the cost down and eventually putting many local craftsmen out of business. The Mora style of clock is still being made and reinterpreted today –  it’s such a classic style that even IKEA makes their own version!  In my own home I have an Empire Mora clock and we’ve had a slew of clients purchase Gustavian pieces.

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When looking for an antique version, be sure you know the difference between original and decorative. An original antique Mora clock will still have the original works and pendulum along with it’s original case. My own has the original glass which gives a beautiful wavy glint to the glass.  Sometimes the works have been replaced with a battery operated version, thus rendering the antique case simply decorative—which is fine as long as the price reflects that! It’s important to trust the dealer you’re purchasing from, as an expert eye can often tell whether a clock has been repaired, repainted or if it is a reproduction. All of these factors affect the value and the price!

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Whether you are looking to add a Mora clock to a traditional interior or to a modern space, their classic shape and clean lines can fit in anywhere. They’re like that well-rounded person who has friends of all ages and from many different circles— they just know how to fit in everywhere! Perhaps that’s why they’ve been in fashion for so long and have been reinterpreted in so many different countries around the world.

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If you would like information on taking an Antiques Diva Swedish Buying Tour to source your own Mora clock, email us at to:info@antiquesdiva.com”>info@antiquesdiva.com. We’d love to help you source Swedish antiques!

Be Chic. Be Timeless.

The Antiques Diva®   

Meet Our Swedish Divo at Esher Hall!

Dear Diva Readers,

You’re invited to join our Swedish Antiques Divo Guide, Daniel Larsson, at Esher Hall Antiques & Fine Arts Fair this October 11 – 13, 2013.

Daniel Larsson.  Swedish Antiques

In addition to leading Scandinavian antique buying tours for our company, taking clients to the Swedish wholesale warehouses and secret sources, Daniel also runs an eponymously named store – D. Larsson Interior & Antikhandel.  He has been honored by being asked to present his pieces at this incredible British fair.  Daniel will be bringing some of his best, higher-end pieces including these signed Stockholm chairs and a variety of typical Swedish pieces that embody that perfectly imperfect patina Swedish antiques are known for.

Make sure to stop by and visit Daniel at The Esher Hall Antiques & Fine Art Fair.

Esher Hall, Sandown Park Racecourse

Esher
Surrey KT10 9AJ
Friday

11.00–18.00

Saturday

10.30–18.00

Sunday

10.30–17.00

 

Bonne Shopping!
The Antiques Diva®

Divo of the Day – Daniel

Dear Diva Readers,

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Meet Il Divo  – Daniel

Divo Antiques Diva Sweden Tours

Which Tours do you lead?
Sweden Antique Buying Tours

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What do you like about your job?
Diversity & the friendships you make along the way with new clients 🙂

What do you consider your specialty in helping clients? What do you enjoy about helping clients?
My specialty is helping clients find the right price points.  I enjoy helping client gets better pieces then they thought they could.

Where did you grow up? Where do you live now?
I have been traveling around the world quite a bit before I got married and had a kid 🙂 I have lived in The USA, England, India, Norway, Spain & Holland.  I have now returned to my town of Helsingborg, Sweden and it is from here we lead our tours in Southern Sweden.  Next year I’m excited to say we’ll be offering Antiques Diva & Co antique buying tours to the cruises coming into harbor in Helsingborg!

What do you do when you’re not working? Hobbies? Interests?
I work all the time 🙂 but when I do take some time off I try to Kitesurf as much as possible 🙂

Favorite spot to vacation?
What’s vacation?!! My next vacation I will actually go this month to one of Europe’s longest beaches.   It’s in Poland and the beach borders Germany.  I hope to get many hours on the water 🙂

Do you have a favorite museum or work of art that inspires you?
My favorite museum must be Lousiana in Denmark.   Amazing place.

In the area where you lead your tours is there a special place you like to go? Perhaps it’s an area of town or a favorite cafe to drink your coffee?
If there is time I like to have a coffee at Koppi  – It’s considered the best cafe in Sweden

What do you think is the hardest thing for clients on tour? What do you recommend to help the client with this problem?
It’s a hardcore day shopping – with seeing a lot of inventory and making lots of purchases.  Sometimes clients can’t remember everything they saw or  they miss certain important pieces or even misunderstand prices.  I try to remind people what they’ve seen and liked, what they may want to go back and purchase – or even remind them of their earlier purchases in the week if a multi-day tour.  I also always try to help with calculating the currency.

Give me 5 words that describe your personality.
Committed, Driven, Nice, Honest & Charming 🙂

The Antiques Diva & Co

The Antiques Diva Does Scandinavia

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Dear Diva Readers,

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Daniel Larsson Divo

Antiques Diva Guide Daniel Larsson – make that Divo Guide and owner of the eponymously named D. LARSSON Interiör & Antikhandel – has one of the best choreographed antique collections in Sweden in his Helsingborg-based store.  And he has the distinction of being our first DIVO GUIDE on The Antiques Diva® team.

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As leader of your tour he will share with you insider hints and tips, telling tricks of the trade, sharing the history behind certain pieces, explaining regional differences in Swedish antiques, authenticating purchases and giving advice on what to watch out for in spotting reproductions and fakes.  Sometimes the hardest thing about buying antiques abroad is the uncertainty in knowing if the piece you’ve picked is what the dealer claims it to be, but with your Divo on your side, you can shop with confidence, knowing you’re gaining access to the best collection at the best prices on the planet.  You don’t pay tourist prices when you shop like a local or a dealer for a day.

Scandinavian Tour

Offering 1 to 4 day tours that are guaranteed to take you off the tourist track, Daniel will take you deep into the Southern Swedish countryside to a slew of secret sources that you would never find on your own.   Some of these trade sources and trade stores are so hidden they don’t even have names on their doors.  Shopping might just be a religious experience when you visit one wholesaler who houses his collection in a former church, and it’s all aboard when you stop off at a former train depot turned by-appointment-only store.  Whether you’re trawling a giant warehouse or shopping your way through a rambling private mansion you’re guaranteed to find an assortment of quality Gustavian and Rococo pieces from Swedish chairs to cabinets and chest of drawers.  You won’t want to go home without scoring the perfect souvenir.  What about a long case clock, gilt candlesticks, sconces or mirrors?  There is something for everyone.  Some clients seek perfectly packables that can be tucked in their suitcase while others take advantage of this exclusive opportunity to buy abroad like the dealers do.

Larsson

Whether you’re looking for a consolidated shipment for 1 or 2 perfect pieces or a whole container load, Daniel can liaise you with international freight companies, helping you ship your purchases Home Sweet Home from Sweden.  On tour he will not only help you fill out the complicated customs paperwork but secure appropriate export papers and find affordable shipping solutions for bringing Sweden to your door.

D. LARSSON Interiör & Antikhandel

Do note this tour includes a fair amount of driving, and you’ll enjoy the back roads and scenic views as we drive from one location to another on the back roads of Southern Sweden.

Let the Shopping Commence!

The Antiques Diva® 

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The Antiques Diva & Co offers custom planned Antiques Buying Tours for tourists and trade professionals. Whether you’re looking to buy one specific piece or wanting to fill an entire container, our personal shopping antique buying guides share their vast knowledge of secret sources to take you to all the right places.

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