June Open Door Dates – Dutch Dates

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Get ready, get set, mark your calendars – some of my favorite Dutch antique dealers are opening their doors for special fetes this June and you’re invited to shop your heart out diva-style all around Amsterdam!

June 4 – 6 June and 11-13 June from 12-8pm

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Owner Johan de Feijter founded Chambre d’Amis by accident. “I used to fill my house with things I’d find at flea and Belgium,” he says. “A few years ago there was an art fair in my neighborhood, and someone asked if she could show her paintings in my house. As they walked through, people kept asking to buy my things, and I thought, Maybe I should go into business.” These days, in his front room, kitchen, and courtyard garden, you’ll find all the flea-market treasures you’ve been too impatient to hunt for — vintage mercury-glass bowls ($190) and candlesticks ($125), creamy ceramic French, Belgian, and Dutch tableware from the 1800’s, turn-of-the-century photographs. Since the exquisitely edited store is a sideline for de Feijter (he’s a sexologist), he keeps eccentric hours — usually Thursday through Saturday, noon to six.

Chambre d’Amis
58 Bloemgracht
By appt +31-20 623 6204.
June 4-6, 2010 from 11am – 6pm

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Brederode Kunst Antiek
Lijnbaansgracht 56D
By appt + 31 20 6236 236

June 12-13, 19-20 from 11am-19:00

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Robert Schreduer Antiquair
Ceintuurbaan 368
By Appt + 31 6 2428 9550

Happy Shopping!

The Antiques Diva

The End of the Year Antiques and Art Calendar 2007

he Antiques Diva ™ has been hard at work, scouting out the best art, antique and craft fairs going on around the world during the remaining part of this year. From Toronto to London, Shanghai to Milan, there is always an antiques or art fair going on somewhere! Stay tuned for my upcoming 2008 Calendar of Events and Extravaganzas!

And if I’ve missed anything, including an event in your neighborhood, make sure you email me so I can add your tips to my calendar!

Happy Rest of the Year,

The Antiques Diva ™


23 – 28 October
Art in Woodstock
Oxfordshire, England

25 – 29 October

27 – 28 October
Brentwood Antique & Collectors Fair
Brentwood, Essex, England

27 October – 4 November
Istanbul Artist Fair
Istanbul, Turkey

31 October – 4 November

Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

31 October – 4 November

Cologne Fine Art Fair
Cologne, Germany




1 – 4 November
Winter Antiques For Everyone Fair
Birmingham, England

1 – 10 November

Asian Art in London
London, England

2 – 4 November
West Palm Beach Antique & Collectibles Show
West Palm Beach, Florida, USA

3 – 11 November

Toulouse, France

6 – 11 November

Ottawa, Canada

7 – 11 November

London, England

7 – 12 November
Arte Lisboa 2007
Lisbon, Portugal

8 – 11 November
La Table
Naarden Vesting, The Netherlands

8 – 11 November
Fieramilano City 2nd Market Show of Brocantage, Antiques, Modernism, Vintage and Collectibles
Milan, Italy

8 – 12 November
Arte Padova – Contemporary Art Fair
Padova, Italy

9 – 11 November
Salon des Antiquaires
La Rochelle, France

9 – 11 November
Salon Antiquites et Brocante de Quimper
Quimper, France

9 – 11 November
Freiburger Antique and Art Sale
Freiburg, Germany

10 – 11 November
Norfolk Antique & Collectors Fair
Norwich, Norfolk, England

10 – 11 November
Foire a la Brocante du Luxembourg
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

12 – 18 November
Winter Fine Art and Antique Fair Olympia
London, England

15 – 18 November
Art and Antique Fair
Essen, Germany

15 – 19 November
Shanghai Art Fair
Shanghai, China

17 – 25 November
FERIARTE 2007 International Art and Antiques Fair
Madrid, Spain

18 – 25 November
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

23 – 26 November
Salon des Antiquaires Metz
Metz, France

23 – 26 November
Salon de L’Antiquite et Collections
Nantes, France

24 – 25 November
Wood Green Antique & Collectors Fair
Godmanchester, Cambs, England

30 November – 4 December
Ghent, Belgium


6 – 10 December
Millionaire Fair
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

6 – 9 December
Art Basil Miami Beach
Miami, Florida, USA

7 – 22 December
Salon des Metiers d’Art du Quebec
Quebec, Canada

Saint Louis or Bust…

ate Breaking News from The Diva News Network: The Antiques Diva™ , a European Art & Antique Shopping Specialist, sends her friends and readers to do their art shopping this September 7 – 9, 2007 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Antiques Diva claims in a shocking admission that “sometimes shopping stateside is as much fun, perhaps even more, than shopping overseas, especially when you take into consideration the current dollar to euro exchange rate.”
This summer, as I’m on holiday being spa-ed and massaged in the antiquer’s bargain basement euphoria of Eastern Europe, it appears that I might ought to have considered looking stateside for my vacation instead of gallivanting east without nary a thought to traveling back in the good ole USA. Every time I pick up a magazine or newspaper it seems I’m reading about a particular event that is happening just a days drive away from where I grew up “home on the range” in Oklahoma.

Europe is agaggle talking about the Saint Louis Art Fair – calling it “America’s Art Fair of the Year” and you might imagine that more Europeans will be flocking to Missouri this fall than have since St Louis hosted the World Fair in 1904. Expectedto attract over 150,000 attendees from near and afar, the fair offers not only paintings, but also work from well-known and emerging glass, fiber and ceramics artists, original drawings and pastels, wood creations, hand made jewelry as well as mixed media and digital art works.

Of particular interest to me, as a collector of “found art”, is the work by mixed-media artist Madonna Phillips, who not only has an incredibly cool first name, but will mostly likely have the coolest stall at the show. Madonna’s methode du jour is to use “found objects” in her artwork. An artist after my own heart, she digs through estate sales, thrift shops, and yard sales to uncover random treasures (such as vintage photos,torn bits of clothing, printing press letters, shoe strings, and even kitchen spoons and tools) and then puts all these bits she buys to good use when she presses or sews them into her paintings and collages. She shares my personal home decorating strategy, stating that the vision for her artwork is “not only to reflect the passage of time, but alsoto present my life experience”.

Antiques Diva Roving Reporters, La Reine Russell and Mrs. Dr. Thompson, will be on the scene at The St Louis Art Fair this September to give us feedback and advice on whether we should pack our bags for next years event. While La Reine gallivants around the world almost more than anyone I know, she is currently stationed in Clayton, the chic suburb of St Louis where the event will be held in their town business center. While she is staying in her own St Louis style chateau, she recommends you stay at , (the hotel in which La Reine presided during the 5 months it took to finish building her home).

Dr and Mrs. Thompson (the only other people I know who travel as much as La Reine) add that you can’t go wrong with staying at the charming antiques filled boutique hotel, The Seven Gables, where they spent their wedding night. Of course, Mrs. Dr. Thompson adds that her stay there was before she spent almost a decade living in Europe and Asia and so she also remembers being just as impressed with the free cookies handed out at the nearby Doubletree Hotel as she was the antiques at The Seven Gables. Other hotels within walking distance of the fair are , The Crown Plaza and The Daniele.

While I haven’t been to any of these hotels, I’ve been assured that they are worthy of The Diva Seal of Approval. In fact, there are apparently a billion places in the Clayton area that would meet my approval. La Reine and The Thompsons are gushing about the Napoleon exhibit at the St Louis Museum of Art. And though both amies already have a house full of treasures purchased in Paris and all over Europe and Asia, they are currently stocking up on a plethora of great-priced, authentic, European antiques at Three French Hens Antique & Design.

According to La Reine, “the art on sale at The St Louis Art Fair is rumored to be a tad on the expensive side and the weather has been scorchingly hot in MO, so should you be planning a visit to the St. Louis Art Fair come with a few extra dollars in your pocket and be prepared to face the sweltering heat.” She continues to say that the best way she knows to beat the heat is to hit the Ted Dewes Frozen Custard stall at the fair. If I know Mrs. Dr. Thompson, she’ll be dead-set upon taste-testing every flavor under the sun. Ted Dewes is almost as popular with the tourists in this mid-western city as the St Louis Arch! Now the only thing you have to decide is one scoop or two. Heck, you’re on vacation… why not three?Should you know of an art show, flea market, fun fair or simply sensational shop that my readers needto know about, please email me at and tell me all a
bout it! Send photos and you could see your face & friends in the pages of The Antiques Diva™!

Happy Shopping,

The Antiques Diva