Galerie Vauclair: From Exotic to Fantastic
Have you ever heard the theory that ideas move through space and time— unrelated people catching creative waves at the same time? I had this moment of serendipity recently as I was packing for 2 months in Southeast Asia to set up our upcoming Antiques Diva Asia Antique Buying Tours when I heard a bing on my phone. I glanced at the messages and saw one from Galerie Vauclair – one of my favorite Parisian galleries. They were reaching out to tell me about a special exhibition from September 6 to October 6, 2016, called “From Exotic to Fantastic.” The exhibit named “Exotic” will be in their Paris showroom at 24 Rue de Beaune in the 7eme, and another exhibit called “Fantastic” will be at the Paris Flea Market Paul Bert-Serpette on Friday, September 16, 2016, for their Nocturne Shopping Event.
The exhibition is a journey of the mind into the 19the century Burmese Garden and House of Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton deep in the heart of the Burmese jungle. Mr. Hamilton, a trader in precious woods for the British Empire – spent his life traveling Asia. Through his travels, he amassed a quantity of objects and built a fantastic collection. A few of the items available for sale from this collection include:
Galerie Vauclair: From Exotic to Fantastic
Sept 6 – Oct 6, 2016
24 Rue de Beaume, 7eme
Les Puces Fantastiques
September 16-18, 2016
Paris Flea Market Paul Bert-Serpette
96 rue des Rosiers – Path 6 Booth 79 Saint-Ouen
Antiques Diva & Co Asia Antiques Tours
Much like Mr. & Mrs. Hamilton at The Antiques Diva & Co we’re traveling both Europe and Asia seeking antiques, vintage, and handmade goods for our clients. My vision since starting AD&CO has been to make my company a resource for Global Antique Sourcing. As the largest company in Europe offering antique buying tours, we are already half way there. We are now stepping up our game by launching in Asia. This August and September I am traveling with Angela Somwaiya of Paul’s Antiques through 6 countries in Asia: Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar. We are assembling our local team and building our little black book of antiques resources in Asia.
I couldn’t have chosen a better guide to work with me in Asia. An American who has lived in this region for over 24 years, Angela is the owner of Paul’s Antiques – Bangkok’s most eclectic collection of Asian antiques. With a Master’s degree in Thai Studies and Bachelor’s degree in Japanese studies, Angela has immersed herself in Asian culture. At the AD&CO we pride ourselves on being a bridge – a cultural liaison. When we were named the exclusive official guide of the Paris Flea Market’s Paul Bert Serpette director Marion Du Franc explained why we were chosen,
The Antiques Diva© & Co brings an influential international clientele to the market. Their passion and energy each time they visit us at Marché Paul Bert Serpette invigorates buyers as well as our vendors. It’s all about relationships. It’s a symbiotic dance – The Antiques Diva & Co gives our clients insider access and we supply clients with quality unparalleled inventory. They serve as our local diplomats.
Bonne Shopping whether you’re in Burma, Paris, or somewhere in between!
Toma Clark Haines, The Antiques Diva®
Dear Diva Readers,
hen being interviewed one of the questions I am most frequently asked is “If you had to choose one favorite place in the world, where would it be (and why)?” Such a tough question, but there are things I love about each place I travel.
As an American who has lived in Europe nearly 14 years (5 in Paris, 4 in Amsterdam and currently reside in Berlin) I have to say Europe is my playground. As the owner of Europe’s largest antiques touring company I travel in 7 or 8 countries each month. Waking up I never know which language to greet the day! Saint Augustine said, “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” If that’s true my life is a well-read novel… to choose only one favorite place feels quite simply an impossibility.
I love different places for different reasons. I grew up in Oklahoma – and I love the serenity of slipping a saddle on a horse and riding across the salt plains. In Paris I slip into my European life like someone else does their favorite little black dress. I was born for Paris and it is here I feel most at home. I dream in French.
And I love New York. The excitement. The lights. The feeling that I’m in the center of the world that’s really just a small town where everyone seems to know everyone else. Meanwhile Tuscany takes me out of the city and reminds me of my country girl roots.
But to escape from reality I go to Asia which feels like a mysterious wonderland so foreign, pushing me out of my comfort zone and out of my own skin. My husband and I area heading back to Thailand for our big vacation this year to go elephant trekking in the Golden Triangle and shopping in Bangkok and Chiang Mai. (Note: Watch this space – with the help of some of our locally-based Thai design and antiques industry friends we’ll be sharing some shopping tips this summer on Where to Antique and Shop in Thailand).
All said and done, at the end of the day, it would be impossible to choose one favorite place. There are too many pages in the book of life to read.
The Antiques Diva®
As you walk about the carefully decorated stalls look around – not just at the items for sell, the great floral arrangments and the innovative décor, but at the other visitors to the fair. See that guy over there – he’s a private buyer who just flew in on his private jet. Of course, unless you are a polyglot, you might find eavesdropping on the rich and famous to be a bit difficult. You’re as likely to hear English spoken as you are Russian, Chinese, Aarbic, French, Portugese, German, Dutch or Italian. It’s as if you’ve taken the worlds wealthiest citizens, thrown them in a Baccarat martini shaker and added copious quantities of cologne, silk ascots, and mink. The cocktail comes out tasting a tad Fitzgeraldesque, but with price tags included.
It’s this latter reason that I send you to the show. When you go to a museum you can’t touch the art, you don’t get to see the reverse of the painting and you certainly don’t hear how much money a Monet costs. But at TEFAF, you can do all these things. Entrance for 2 into TEFAF costs more than I spent on the pair of brass turn-of-the-century-Polish candlesticks I bought at a flea market in Gdansk which grace my table, but the cost is worth it. At 55E per person (it does include the stupendous fair catalog – eye candy itself) you might be wondering why I’m sending you there. Unless your budget is a whole lot bigger than mine you most likely won’t be doing any buying at the fair. Consider it a day out window shopping. But, oh honey, the window shopping is good. Down right Divalicious.
I always tell Diva Clients who are interested in learning about antiques to go to the museums. Study the art, study quality and then take that knowledge home with you and out to the flea market and apply it at prices that don’t rival the USA’s national deficit. This is why you go to TEFAF.
Just as TEFAF has vetting committees to guarantee the quality, authenticity and condition of the work (taking works of art that do not meet their high standards out of the dealers possession until the fair is over), I have a Diva Guarantee that will be the finest fine arts fair you’ll ever attend!
The Antiques Diva ™
All Photos by Max-Nathan Punter
The Antiques Diva™
Dear Antiques Diva,
It’s not every day you buy a hotel in a tropical paradise. And although I’m still pinching myself in disbelief, that’s exactly what my husband and I have done. After years of moving around the world with the corporate giant, this next move is our own making. After being located in South East Asia for a time, we decided that was where, one day, we would retire. So when out of the blue the opportunity to purchase a small hotel on the South West coast of Cambodia presented itself my husband and I threw caution to the wind and signed on the dotted line.
We have bought a 19 room boutique hotel with bar, alfresco dining terrace and rooftop Jacuzzi pool due to open December this year – how cool is that? It’s in Sihanoukville, formally called Kampong Som, and right by Orhheuteal Beach with pristine white sand spanning for miles and gentle rolling waves protected by the sheltered Thailand Gulf. Every evening is blessed with a perfect sunset enjoyed with something cool and refreshing in our hands while sampling freshly caught seafood grilled in the sand before us.
Of course, this idyllic dream may fade some when the reality of running a hotel kicks in; trying to placate guests, running out of ice, power cuts and air conditioner break-downs and training staff who can barely speak English, but we’re confident we’ll take it all in our stride and soldier on! Although there are a number of hotels in Sihanoukville already they are mainly backpacker huts or expensive 5 star resorts, so our moderately priced 4 star pad with the best managers in town will be a nice addition!
So I say goodbye to my good friends in Holland and wish you well in your own dreams and maybe we’ll meet up on a sandy beach one day in a small place called Sihanoukville.
All the best,
Proprietor, Coolabah Hotel
Why did my Aussie friend call her hotel The Coolabah Hotel? After the line in “Waltzing Matilda”, of course! The unofficial Australian national anthem sings,
“Once a jolly swagman camped by a billabong
Under the shade of a Coolabah Tree….”
Late 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. Expected to 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 also to 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 Clayton on the Park, (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 Ritz Carlton, 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 need to know about, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me all a
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The Antiques Diva