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Antiques Roadshow Moment on Antiques Diva Tours

Dear Diva Readers,

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Recently Susan Cohan, principal of Susan Cohan Gardens, a boutique design studio which specializes in residential landscape design, booked a 10 day long Antiques Diva Gardens and Ornaments tour in France & Belgium to shop the flea markets, warehouses and architectural salvage stores, bringing a group of her friends with her to shop abroad with diva style.

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While we were in Belgium her son was rummaging through a flea market and fell in love with a gorgeous Art Nouveau Mucha print which he bought for 12 Euro.  Bringing it back to New York he and his mother dropped the print off at the framers.  As they were unmatting it they discovered that this “print” was in fact “the real deal.”

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LANGAGE DES FLEURS.
Plate 35 from Album de la Decoration.

10 3/8×14 1/4 inches. F. Champenois, Paris.
Condition A.
A brunette with flowing hair is caught in the midst of a fantastic swirl of Art Nouveau flowers in red, blue, green and yellow. A “projet de teinture” (“a study for fabric”) , Rennert/Weill refers to the finalized cloth version (printed on “satin or velveteen and possibly on silk” p. 396) and pictures two images clearly from the same series. Rennert/Weill A.11 (var).

It had been auctioned off at the Swann Galleries in 2002 for more than $2,000.

Susan’s son had his treasure framed behind UV glass with an acid free backing and matt and smiled all the way home – delighted with his Antiques Diva Antiques Roadshow moment.

The moral of this story according to Susan Cohan, “Buy art that you love and you will never be a loser!  And, sometimes, you will be a really big winner!”

With Susan Cohan Shopping the Paris Flea Market, Antiques Roadshow, Antiques Diva Tours, Susan Cohan Gardens, Mucha, Art Nouveau print, LANGAGE DES FLEURS, projet de teinture, Flea Market Finds, Toma Clark Haines

Bonne Shopping!
The Antiques Diva®
(seen above with Susan Cohan while shopping The Paris Flea Market)

25th Anniversary of the Bath Decorative Antiques Fair

Dear Diva Readers,

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Antiques Diva Tour  Bath Decorative Antiques Fair

Although these particular clients were tourists and not trade clients, we opened the doors to give these “mere shopping mortals” access to wholesale shopping – diva style.  We went to the fair on trade day (using our own trade credentials to get our clients in the door).  It’s always great to get first choice of everything!  There was definitely excitement in the air as vendors brought in a vast array of pieces from Georgian and early Victorian to mid-century Danish and 18th C Gustavian…and everything in between!  Variety is the spice of life.

Bath Decorative Antiques Fair

Bath Decorative Antiques Fair

Bath Decorative Antiques Fair

Bath Decorative Antiques Fair

Bath Decorative Antiques Fair

Bath Decorative Antiques Fair

The day was filled with plenty of shopping and special VIP rendez vous with honorary diva’s – such as renowned antique expert Judith Miller! She took our ladies out for an hour at the fair to give her opinions on their purchases and to walk through the stalls pointing out what she noticed with each vendor.  But more on that later…  Toward the end of the day, the party celebrating the fair’s 25th anniversary kicked off.  Shoppers at the fair were ushered out but our locally based Diva Agent Gail McLeod managed to secure us invites for the fete.  Champagne and hors d’oeuvres were passed and there was a lovely cake cutting to celebrate the silver anniversary.

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Bath Decorative Antiques Fair

Bath Decorative Antiques Fair, Toma Clark Haines

Bath Decorative Antiques Fair, Toma Haines

Bath Decorative Antiques Fair

We were so pleased to mix and mingle with industry colleagues and leaders such as the Editor of Home and Antiques Angela Linforth and Assistant Editor Dominique Corlette.  We also clinked glasses with Marc Allum and Lisa Lloyd from the Antiques Roadshow.  George Johnson of Lady Kentmore Antiques gave us news about the Antiques Young Guns alongside fair organizer and founding member of Antiques Young Guns, Gail McLeod.

All in all it was a fantastic opening to a fun filled fair and I look forward to sharing some of my favorite items from the fair with you in the coming days!

Stay tuned for more from the Bath Decorative Fair.

Cheers!
The Antiques Diva®

PS:  To book an Antiques Diva Tour or inquire about our Buying Services so you can source antiques abroad virtually, email to:info@antiquesdiva.com”>info@antiquesdiva.com

Vintiquing in Budapest

Toma Clark Haines Budapest

Dear Diva Readers,

Have you seen this month’s March issue of Homes & Antiques!?!  My article Vintiquing in Budapest made a blurb on the cover!!!

You can find the full article on page 136 – 140 but for those of you who don’t have access to this fabulous publication, which just so happens to be the official magazine of The Antiques Roadshow, I’ll share info on one of my Budapest Shopping tips!

FORDOVA ANTIKVITAS
Hajós utca 16-18

Judit Dombi’s sprawling 3 story bric-a-brac shop near Opera “specializes in Not specializing”.  Along with her mother and aunt, Judit shares a gaggle of information on her collection spanning vintage clothes to an array of lighting from every era, a plethora of porcelain at various price points, tchotchkes and art deco.  Bargains abound in the basement flea market.  A cheery post-war orange and black tea set from the Hungarian manufacture Granit with a starting price of 18,000 Ft (50 £) caught my eye.  The more interest I showed in the piece, the lower the price became.

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I simply loved this shop and in fact a subscriber to Homes & Antiques agreed with me! She just emailed my editor the following letter!

Dear H& A –

It was our 10th Wedding Anniversary in February, and to celebrate I

booked a surprise weekend in Budapest for me and my husband. Therefore

I was really excited when a few days later my March issue of Homes and

Antiques came through the letterbox featuring Budapest as the

Vintiquing city of the month. We took your advice on many of the

sights we chose to see; a warm respite from the freezing weather in

the Szechenyi Baths, a latte and piece of cake in the Gerbeaud cafe,

and although we didn’t manage to get to the flea market, we tracked

down one of the shops you recommended, Fordova Antikvitas where my

husband bought me a charming blue stone bird brooch (attached).

 

Budapest was so beautiful and we’ve taken plenty of close up photos of

the wonderful detail abounding in the city, hoping to frame them and

put them up in our home. I attach a close up of the roof of the Matyas

Church in Buda and also a shot of the wallpaper in Gerbeaud.

 

Thanks again for such a timely and helpful guide to our weekend away!

MK

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And  I have to say Thanks MK and Thanks Homes & Antiques!

Happy Travels in Budapest!
The Antiques Diva®

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