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Colonial Burma Comes to the Paris Flea Market

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.

Colonial Burma Comes to the Paris Flea Market

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 at the Paris Flea Market - Chaises Bombay Blackwood

Galerie Vauclair, Bombay Blackwood Chairs, circa 1870

Galerie Vauclair, Paris Flea Market - Minton, Paire de bols monumentaux sur piédestaux, 1857

Galerie Vauclair, Manufacture of Minton, Pair of monumental bowls on pedestal, Majolica, 1857

Galerie Vauclair, Paris Flea Market -Toul, Grand vase japonisant, H. 180 (62+118cm)

Galerie Vauclair, Manufacture of Tour-Bellevue, Large Japanese Vase, circa 1880, lacquer on biscuit, Height : 118 cm without the base.

Galerie Vauclair, Paris Flea Market - Collinot, Cache-pot aux dragons

Galerie Vauclair, Eugène Collinot, Dragon planter, circa 1873, Tin-glazed earthenware, H. 105 cm (pedestal included)

Galerie Vauclair, Paris Flea Market - Perret & Vibert, écran de cheminée, vers 1880

Galerie Vauclair, Manufacture of Perret & Vibert, Fire Screen, circa 1880

Galerie Vauclair: From Exotic to Fantastic

Exotic
Sept 6 – Oct 6, 2016
24 Rue de Beaume, 7eme
Paris, France

Les Puces Fantastiques
September 16-18, 2016
Paris Flea Market Paul Bert-Serpette
96 rue des Rosiers – Path 6 Booth 79 Saint-Ouen
Paris, France

Details: www.galerie-vauclair.fr/from-exotic-to-fantastic

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.

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With my new Diva Guide in Asia Angela Somwaiya of Paul’s Antiques. Photo Credit Marisa Marchitelli

Bonne Shopping whether you’re in Burma, Paris, or somewhere in between!

Toma Clark Haines, The Antiques Diva®

Travel Tuesday: The Antiques Diva’s Favorite Places

Dear Diva Readers,

When 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.

Top Travel Destinations, Paris, New York, Tuscany, Oklahoma, Thailand, Asia, The Antiques Diva, Toma Clark Haines Interviews

Top Travel Destinations, Paris, New York, Tuscany, Oklahoma, Thailand, Asia, The Antiques Diva, Toma Clark Haines Interviews

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.

tuscany, Top Travel Destinations, Paris, New York, Tuscany, Oklahoma, Thailand, Asia, The Antiques Diva, Toma Clark Haines Interviews

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.

Top Travel Destinations, Paris, New York, Tuscany, Oklahoma, Thailand, Asia, The Antiques Diva, Toma Clark Haines Interviews

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.

Happy Traveling,

The Antiques Diva®

TEFAF 2010

The European Fine Arts Fair in Maastricht 12-21 March 2010.

All Photos by Max-Nathan Punter

TEFAF is more than an arts and antiques show. It is THE EUROPEAN FINE ARTS FAIRthe most prestigious arts and antiques fair in the world. Dana Micucci writes in Veranda magazine (March/April 2006), “The Netherlands may be one of Europe’s smallest countries, but when it comes to art and antiques it leaves a big foot print. This industrious nation of seafaring merchants gave the West some of its first art dealers, auctoneers and affluent collectors. It claims some of the world’s finest museums, and it was the birthplace of many illustrious artists – Vermeer, Rembrantdt and van Gogh – to name a few. It is also home to The European Fine Arts Fair – the prestigious art and antique fair that takes place in the small Dutch border town of Maastricht. Beyond The Netherland’s historical, cultural and commercial prowess lies a distinctive Dutch character – rooted in a subtle combination of the cozy and cosmopolitan, the intimate and urbane, which permeates its ancient cities, Old Master still lifes and genre paintes as well as it’s deocartive antiques such as Delftware, pewter and glass. There is no better place than TEFAF to find such a stunning array of treasures so clealy imbued with the Dutch spirit”.

I would add to Dana’s words that vendors and buyers alike come from the four corners of the world – 82% of the participants are non-Dutch with 220 art and antiques representative checking-in from 15 different countries. Museum curators and trustees from 25 countries visited TEFAF in 2008 including the major American institutions, the Hermitage in St Petersburg, the Shanghai Art Museum, the Tate Britain in London and both the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.

Competition for a stall at the fair is fiercer than Olympic figure skating (and behind-the-scenes stories make Tonya Harding seem tame). For an antiques dealer, making the fair means they’ve made it! Only the best of the best are allowed to participate in the event. But this year TEFAF is doing something new. They recognize that it is difficult for new dealers to “make it’ into the show when competing against buisnesses which have been around longer than many nations. Thus, TEFAF has recently added The TEFAF Showcase for recently established vendors. These debutantes are allowed to participate in the Showcase strictly on a one-off basis, thereby giving young dealers the exposure of being part of a major international fine art event. TEFAF stall rentals typically run for rates equal to buying an ownership share in an NFL football team, but these debutantes are allowed to participate for peanuts. Their TEFAF costs aren’t as high as the big boys fees, thus their “needed profit margins” aren’t going to be as high. In my opinion, these are the dealers to watch. If you like their inventory, get their names and contact information and 6 months after the fair (once the post-TEFAF- euphoria wears off and their prices have floated back down to reality) give them a call about the item you’re interested in!

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. You go to TEFAF to educate your eye so that you recognize quality (and while you’re there to try and hone in on a few free glasses of champagne). The worlds best antiques have been gathered in this one location (I cringe to think what insurance for the fair must cost). No where else (includng the world’s best museums – the Louvre, the Rijksmuseum, the Uffizi or the Met) will you find a collection of art and antiques this good in one locale… that is, until next year. For the fair has been held every March since 1975, recession or no recession.

Ben Janssens, Chairman of TEFAF’s Executive Committee, said: “There is no evidence that the jittery financial markets have discouraged art buyers and in fact the reverse seems to be true. Visitors said to me that they see no point in investing in stocks at the moment and prefer to put their money into art and antiques. What has also been encouraging is the increase in visitors from Asia including, for the first time, two groups totaling 20 people from mainland China.”

Dates for March 2011 are not yet available but typically TEFAF posts the next year’s dates within weeks following it’s current fair. This information, my friends, is key for you. It might be too late for you to catch a train or book a flight to this years TEFAF, but you will certainly want to add TEFAF to your 2010 calendar and while you’re at it go ahead and book the hotel. Hotels for 30 miles around book up a year in advance.

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!

Until next time,

The Antiques Diva ™

All Photos by Max-Nathan Punter

Diva Note: REPRINT: Original blog post ran in March 2009

Guest Blog – See You in Cambodia!

When I received the following letter from my Australian friend Verona, I knew that I must post it on my blog! It’s not every day that a friend writes with the title, “See You in Cambodia” in the subject line. Verona and her darling husband Douglas are adventurers-at-heart and though I’ve only known them a short time I’m certain Vee is my soul mate! Sometimes ones paths need only cross for a few brief months in order to be friends for life! Verona is living my dream – abandoning reality as she knows it and opening a hotel in a far away exotic locale! Someday I hope to follow in her footsteps (opening my own B&B;) but in the meantime, I plan to live vicariously through Verona and her husband’s wanderings! I hope that Vee will take time out in the coming months to keep Antiques Diva Readers updated on her wonderful divalicious journey! Verona and Douglas, best wishes for mountains of success to rain on you and congratulations on this exciting move! We’re with you all the way!

Much Love,
The Antiques Diva™

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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,
Verona
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….”


Saint Louis or Bust…

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.”
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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 theantiquesdiva@yahoo.com 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

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