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Sunburst Mirrors

Dear Diva Readers,

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Sunburst Mirrors

Sunburst Mirrors priest

It is thought that the sunburst mirror has its roots in medieval European churches, when the Catholic church would use elaborate decorations including rays of sun and gilded sunbursts around the heads of religious icons. With the plethora of saints and statues of the Holy Family, wood and metal rays of light seemed to adorn every precious relic in the church. Perhaps when churches were remodeled or torn down, these sunbursts were salvaged and mirrors were added to them, resulting in small sunburst mirrors. Today you can find many antique religious pieces which have been salvaged from Italian churches. These pieces are often priced reasonably because most Italians wouldn’t put architectural elements from a church in their home, however the trend of repurposing religious pieces is spot on in America.

Sunburst Mirrors wood mirror

Sunburst Mirrors Sun King

It is also known that King Louis XIV proclaimed himself the Sun King in the 17th century and incorporated rays of sun in much of his decor and architectural elements at Versailles. The head of Apollo, the sun god was a favorite personal emblem of the king, and as a result, it adorned much of the furniture of the time and was also carved into wall panels. In the late 17th century, King Louis XIV established his own glassworks factory in France, and began to have grand mirrors crafted. The Hall of Mirrors at Versailles is evidence enough of his love of mirrors and gilding. With the king’s affinity for sunbursts, it is no wonder that the motif became widely popular throughout France and continues to be a recurring theme in decor there.

Sunburst Mirrors French Antiques

Sunburst Mirrors decoration item

The sunburst mirror became highly sought after again in the early 19th century. Throughout Europe and America, sunburst mirrors were being produced and incorporated into homes everywhere. By the 1940’s, Hollywood Regency became all the rage and the sunburst mirror again regained its popularity. Over the next few decades it was reinterpreted in metal and plastic and at times given a more modern shape. In fact, some of these mid-century sunburst designs looked extremely modern with sharp spikes used as rays or even incorporating smaller circular mirrors along the rays to add more shine.

Sunburst Mirrors modern

Regardless of what style of sunburst mirror you prefer, it’s quite obvious that this mirror is not going out of style any time soon! From 17th century French gilded wood to Italian 1960’s metal, we see sunburst mirrors on Antiques Diva buying tours all the time and I love hearing the history of each one. If you would like more information on an Antiques Diva Buying Tour or our Buying Services, email us at


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AYG of the Year 2015

Dear Diva Readers,

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AYG of the Year 2015 Brand

Antiques Young Guns USA promotes growth, education and exposure to those in the trade, 39 years old or younger, to a national audience of antiques enthusiasts. The program offers many member benefits, including online exposure through the Antiques Young Guns marketplace, several buying and selling events throughout the year, recognition in numerous trade and national publications, and much more.

I’m pleased to share that the 2015 Antiques Young Gun USA of the Year is Margaret Schwartz, owner of The Summer House. She is the first AYG USA winner of this award, and also happens to be a client of The Antiques Diva & Co! The award recognized Schwartz for her stellar contributions working as a young professional in the antiques industry.

AYG of the Year 2015 Schwartz, Margaret

Schwartz began her career working at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, which played a key role in inspiring and developing her passion for the home décor business. After four years, she left to open her own shop, The Summer House. Schwartz applies her signature styles and passion for home design to hand pick today’s best finds: upholstered furniture, fashionable jewelry, eye-catching lighting, exquisite rugs, fine art, and more.

Schwartz received a prize package valued at $10,000. The prizes, with significant contributions from the Antiques Young Guns’ industry partners, vary from complimentary booth space at U.S. Antique Shows events to free educational opportunities to advance trade knowledge.

Antiques Young Guns U.S.A. currently has more than 20 members and ten industry partners since the program’s launch this past March. In the last nine months, Antiques Young Guns has published their own website and merchandise gallery for members, set up multiple social media platforms, organized their first networking event, and provided multiple opportunities for its members’ onsite at U.S. Antique Shows’ nationally recognized events. To say the least, they have been busy creating and maintaining platforms for the next generation of antique professionals. And that’s music to my ears! To see young antiques dealers like Margaret Schwartz recognized for their vision, innovative ideas, and hard work means that the antiques industry has a promising future.

As we go into the new year, let’s all celebrate the fact that antiques are not only still relevant, they are a key factor in the decorative industry! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, “Long live antiques!”

Cheers and congratulations Margaret!

The Antiques Diva®

Vintage Chanel From Paris

Dear Diva Readers,

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Now let’s talk prices! What’s it cost to buy vintage Chanel?

Vintage Chanel From Paris  bright red quilted patent leather bag

A timeless Chanel bright red quilted patent leather bag decorated with a CC clasp and a silver metal shoulder strap chain interlaced with red leather. Simply perfect! 3800 Euro

Vintage Chanel From Paris Chanel clip earrings made of gilt metal

These Chanel clip earrings made of gilt metal and adorned with blue, red, and green glass paste cabochons would be perfect for the holiday season! 530 Euro

Vintage Chanel From Paris Chanel several rows of faux pearls with an arabesque element

Chanel by Gripoix atelier, a necklace made of several rows of faux pearls with an arabesque element in blackened gold metal with multicolored cabochons and four chains of red glass beads. A true stunner! 3800 Euro

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Chanel by Gripoix atelier, a demi-parure consisting of a pearl necklace with a centered brooch and a pair of clip earrings both in golden metal and blue and green glass paste. 3500 Euro

Vintage Chanel From Paris resine bracelet

A Chanel transparent resin bracelet encrusted with black and green tweed, small CC logo and a silver metal chain interlaced with black tweed. 850 Euro

Merry Christmas, and as Coco might have said “May All Your Christmases be Stylish and Chic!”

The Antiques Diva®

Russian Sleigh

Dear Diva Readers,

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It’s that time of year! With Christmas mere days away everyone is hustling and bustling in a last minute dash to the finish line! (Er… Make that check out line!). Shopping must be done, travel plans finalized, every last trimming must be put on the tree, not to mention the house must be cleaned and made ready for guests, food must be made, and gifts must be wrapped… Uhm… Did I just stress anyone else out? There’s a lot to do!!!! But in the midst of all the Christmas craziness, I think we all like to take a moment and reflect on the romance of this time of year.

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Images of Christmas-past come to mind, and make us realize that this season can be such a magical time! Perhaps one of the most iconic symbols of Christmas and the winter season in general is the sleigh. Whether you picture Santa Claus flying through the air in one or hum the familiar tune of “Sleigh Ride” and envision a happy couple taking a ride in a one horse open sleigh, one thing is for sure— it puts you in the Christmas spirit!

Russian Sleigh open wood Antique Sleigh

One of our sources in France happens to have a gorgeous antique Russian sleigh in their showroom. An 18th century piece undoubtedly owned by an important family, this piece would have not only been beautiful to look at, but also a very functional part of winter life in Russia. Until the late 19th century, sleighs and sleds provided a high-speed means of transportation through the snow and ice covered regions of Russian and Siberia. Just as automobiles can be status symbols today, sleighs were often highly ornamented and the preferred means of transport for royals, bishops, and nobles.

Russian Sleigh open wood front

This beautiful sleigh in particular has a detail of a male goat on the front, carved from wood and gilded. Made for only one person, this sleigh is modest in size, but regal none the less. I think it would make a fabulous display in a store window or even in a home next to the Christmas tree!

I love finding unique pieces like this when on a buying tour with clients. It makes you wonder who owned this sleigh? Did it’s original owner use it to carry a special message or gift to someone he or she loved? How did it end up in France? It just goes to show that you never know what you’ll come across on an Antiques Diva Buying Tour, and that’s the beauty of antiques—the stories they conjure up and the way they connect us to the past.

Wishing you all a very merry Christmas season!

The Antiques Diva®

Gifts of Provence-Olive Oil, Soap, Lavender

Dear Diva Readers,

Gifts of Provence-Olive Oil, Soap, Lavender Field Provence

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Gifts of Provence-Olive Oil, Soap, Lavender Olive trees

Gifts of Provence-Olive Oil, Soap, Lavender French market Olive Oil and Olives

Olive oil has been a staple product of Provence for centuries. Olive trees were planted by the Greeks around 600 BC and continue to thrive in the area around the Mediterranean due to the dry, stony, limestone soil. Most archaeological museums possess large pottery which would have been used to store oil during these ancient times. During the Renaissance, olive trees covered nearly 300,000 acres of land in France, making olive oil production an extremely profitable and important business. But as with any business that depends on nature, olive oil production was dealt a hard blow in 1956 when temperatures dropped below zero degrees fahrenheit, causing 1/3 of the olive trees in Provence to die that year. While that has slowed olive oil production in France, there are still some wonderful places that sell artisan olive oils. In fact, a new generation of oil producers have started small-scale local farms, offering specialty blends, gourmet oils, and other products. The thing to remember is that unlike Italian and Spanish oils, French oils come from limited crops and you won’t find many of them for sale outside the Provence region.

Gifts of Provence-Olive Oil, Soap, Lavender Different Soaps

Another fabulous gift you can find in Provence is savon (soap) de Marseille. Whether you’re in a metropolitan boutique or strolling through a small village market, gorgeous soaps of all shapes and sizes can be found. Another tradition that goes back hundreds of years, soap making in Provence lives on and continues to thrive. Savon de Marseille is only produced around the Marseille region and is made from olive oil and vegetable oils.

Gifts of Provence-Olive Oil, Soap, Lavender Savon de Marseille

The traditional way to make this special soap is by mixing water from the Mediterranean Sea with olive oil, sodium carbonate, and lye. All these elements are mixed in a cauldron and heated for several days while being stirred. After the mixture sits, it is poured into molds. Before it is completely hard, it is cut into bars and stamped, then left to set until hardened. It can take up to one month to complete this entire process. Recommended by dermatologists, this soap is perfect for dry skin during the winter. Of course, it’s been used for centuries in France to clean everything from skin to linens!

Gifts of Provence-Olive Oil, Soap, Lavender

Lastly, and perhaps the gift most synonymous with Provence, is lavender. A visit to the distilleries, farms, and shops can enhance a trip to Provence while also allowing you to pick up several perfectly packable gifts that anyone will enjoy. Sachets filled with lavender are a wonderful gift, and so are lavender scented soaps, lotions, and other bath products such as essential oils that sooth and calm. Don’t forget a lavender scented candle to place near the bath!

There is just something special about giving gifts that are hand made, and infused with local traditions. Provence’s rich history and bountiful natural resources makes it the ideal place to stock up on these wonderful gifts, and that’s why clients love perusing for antiques and regionally made items at the same time. If you would like information on an Antiques Diva Tour in France or any of our 8 tour countries, email us at

Au revoir,

The Antiques Diva®

Candles Stick Together-A Pop-Up Shop in Amsterdam

Dear Diva Readers,

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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®

Biedermeier Furniture

Dear Diva Readers,

Biedermeier Furniture Sofa

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Biedermeier Furniture chest

Biedermeier Furniture Pair of Chairs black leather

During this time of peace, a growing urban middle class shifted its focus towards home making and interior design – there was a focus on today what we’d call nesting. However, the mood during the early Biedermeier period was still cautious, and is reflected in the simpler forms of furniture, essentially Empire style stripped of its ormolu mounts and gilding toning it down a bit. As Mies Van der Rohe said, “Less in More.” Pieces were also made more on human scale and were created to be functional as well as beautiful. While these pieces had less ornamentation, they were not devoid of detail -(God, I’m full of quotes today… wasn’t it Mies who said, “God is in the details?). By 1830 craftsmen began to include simple carvings of sphinx, swans, lion paws, acanthus, and lyres.

Biedermeier Furniture small table

Biedermeier Furniture light wood table

While Empire pieces were usually made from dark mahogany woods, Biedermeier furniture was typically made of lighter woods such as birch, ash, pear, and cherry giving the styles a decisively different feel. Viennese craftsmen began to use local timber, often finishing pieces with walnut veneer over a soft wood frame. They also started using original designs rather than taking inspiration from French, German, and Italian designs. Sometimes black poplar or bird’s eye maple were used and artisans would adorn furniture with gold paint rather than gilding them. While bronze appliqués were popular on Empire pieces, less expensive stamped brass wreaths or stars could also be added to Biedermeier pieces.

Biedermeier Furniture table with bronze appliqués

As politics changed from 1815-1848 furniture makers gradually shifted from a utilitarian mindset to a more romanticized style, where straight lines became curved and simple finishes became embellished with inlay and other decorative elements. The serpentine shape began appearing in chair arms and table legs. Pleated fabrics became popular and were used in upholstery as well as on walls, ceilings and in alcoves. As craftsmen travelled throughout Europe looking for work, they brought traditions from their native lands and incorporated local styles, which is why we see so many variations of Biedermeier furniture. A slight alteration to a chair leg, a curve of a table’s foot, an experimental finish— all of these elements make the Biedermeier style so interesting and diverse.

Biedermeier Furniture secretair

After WWII Biedermeier furniture became popular in Britain and America, and its influence can even be seen in the early 1920’s when Art Deco came into fashion. Today, many furniture makers still take inspiration for modern furniture lines from the Biedermeier style because it has clean lines and is popular with city-dwellers throughout the world. It’s no wonder this style has endured for over a century—we still long for perfectly proportioned pieces that offer functionality and are aesthetically pleasing too.

Biedermeier Furniture day bed

If you would like information on our antique buying tours or buying services, email us at We’d love to help you source the pieces you’re looking for!


Until next time,

The Antiques Diva®

Windsor Chairs

Dear Diva Readers,

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Windsor Chairs

Recognized for its spoke-like spindles on the chair back, Windsor chairs also feature solid wooden seats which were often carved into a saddle shape to make them more comfortable. The seat is typically made from a thick timber which is strong and durable that provides strength and stability but also is able to be shaped to the desired look of a Windsor chair. That’s why elm is often used for the seat of an English Windsor chair, because it has interlocking grains which give good cross-grain strength that resists splitting once the holes are drilled for the chair back near the edge of the seat.

Windsor Chairs

While it is not known when the first Windsor chairs were made, it is speculated that chair spindles were crafted by the same men who created wheel spokes as early as the 16th century. As all design seems to adapt from earlier models, the Windsor chair may be derived from the stick-back chairs of Wales and Ireland. By the 18th century steam-bending was being used to form the bow of the Windsor chair and they were being shipped from High Wycombe where they were made to the town of Windsor, Berkshire where they would be sold, often to London dealers.

Regardless of where the idea originated, the name for the Windsor chair probably comes from its use at Windsor Castle in England. In the 18th century the Windsor chair was used in the gardens of Windsor Castle, and they soon became popular garden seats throughout the country. In those early years they were often painted green or simply left to weather, but by the late part the the 18th century they could be found indoors in darker tones being used everywhere from taverns to meeting houses to libraries.

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The English settlers brought Windsor chairs with them to America in the 18th century and they began to manufacture them in Philadelphia soon after. By the 19th century Windsor chairs were being produced in factories and shipped all over the United States. The chairs were usually painted and sometimes had stenciling on them as decoration. If you find an antique Windsor chair today, check to see if it has its original finish, as this will affect its value. As with many antiques, the finish will have worn with use, usually around the edges, so check the unworn areas such as the bottom of the seat to see if the piece retains its original finish or paint color.

Windsor Chairs

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The Antiques Diva®

Presepe Christmas Figures

Dear Diva Readers,

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In Italian, the nativity scene is called the presepe or presepio, meaning literally “in front of the crib.” For centuries this scene has appeared in churches, piazzas, and in homes beginning on December 8 of each year as that is the day for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Presepi remain up until the Epiphany on January 6, as this is the Feast associated with the Three Magi’s visit to the nativity.

Presepe Christmas Figures Campania

It is thought that the tradition of the presepe originated in 1223 AD in the town of Greccio when St. Francis had a theatrical mass performed, using a live ox and ass, along with a straw-filled crib to bring the story of Jesus’ birth to life. The mass was not held inside the four walls of a church, but was set up outdoors in a wooded grove to make the scene appear more real. Centuries later during the Counter-Reformation of the 1500’s, people began to set up presepi in their private homes as well. It wasn’t until the 18th century however that presepi became extremely popular and were a standard fixture of the Christmas season, as they are today.

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Presepi can include just a few familiar figures such as Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, and the Magi or can be made up of hundreds of figurines, which can occupy entire floors of grand palazzi. A visit to the city of Naples can reveal some of the most elaborate presepi collections as it is known for having workshops that create the nativity sets which have been in operation for centuries. Families all over Italy often set up presepi in their home using figurines that have been passed down for generations. Building the presepe is often quite the feat as it may include a water feature—symbolic of baptism—and a cave or stable where the birth is thought to have taken place. But for many Italians, the presepe is a symbol of their culture, and building it each year connects them to their family’s past and their faith.

As we celebrate this season, I’d love to hear what some of your traditions are. Share them with me in the comments below or on The Antiques Diva & Co Facebook page!

Happy Holidays,

The Antiques Diva®

What Differentiates Swedish Antiques

Dear Diva Readers,

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What Differentiates Swedish Antiques

Daniel Larsson explains: When talking about Swedish antiques the most representative period is the 18th Century with its Rococo and Gustavian styles. Named after King Gustav III of Sweden, Gustavian pieces have strong influences of neoclassical French design as well as Italian classicism. King Gustave III spent a lot of time in France. He was very interested in arts and clothes, architecture, style and design. He was very influenced by the French Neoclassical designs and he brought this style to Sweden, simplifying it with cleaner lines.

What Differentiates Swedish Antiques

Compared to French antiques however, Swedish antiques are very similar, but they are more rare because there were less that were made. French pieces often have a lot of intricate detail, and while Swedish pieces were similarly made, they were not as heavily ornamented. Swedish craftsmen focussed on quality and cleaner lines rather than an abundance of carving.

What Differentiates Swedish Antiques simple lines

English antiques are complete opposites to Swedish antiques. The style is completely different English antiques are traditionally made of dark more exotic woods because England had colonies in several regions.

However, as with any country’s antiques, many have been exported to various countries. It’s important to educate yourself about Swedish antiques before purchasing them in any country because provenance plays a huge part when it comes to price.

What Differentiates Swedish Antiques Swedish chair

The reason Swedish chairs, for instance, can be more pricey than the French chairs, is that not a lot of dealers possess original Swedish chairs. Even Swedish dealers pay a lot of money for original chairs. However, it can be a benefit to purchase Swedish antiques in Sweden because these Swedish dealers can typically tell the difference between original and 19th century reproductions which have been made in the Gustavian style. Foreign dealers often cannot tell the difference between original Gustavian pieces and 19th century reproductions, which results in higher prices being charged for reproductions.

Knowing the difference between an original chair and a chair re-made of old pieces can mean the difference between paying a few hundred Euro to several thousand Euro. Knowledge truly is power and that’s why we’re so fortunate to have Daniel as out expert in this field!

We offer 1 day and 2 day antique buying tours in Sweden to antique dealers that specialize in furniture and decorative items. We will to take our clients to various types of sources, from smaller antique dealers within beautiful settings to larger trade dealers with 3000 square meters of space. We also know places that are like secret pearls such as one dealer that has restored a beautiful mansion to it’s original glory and has filled it with the highest quality antiques. Places like this are must visits— the type of once-in-a-lifetime experiences that The Antiques Diva & Co loves to give our clients. To book a tour email us at

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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