Dear Diva Readers,
’m sad to say that it is the end of an era….The renowned Foire de la Bastille will set up its tents alongside the Seine for one of the very last times this November 2015. The final edition of Bastille’s infamous antiques fair will take place next spring, but now is the time to savor this extraordinary fair which began in 1969.
Beginning November 5th and running through November 15th, 2015 this fair which includes offerings from 350 vendors will take place at the Place de la Bastille including each side of the Arsenal basin along the boulevard Bourdon and Bastille. The fair will be open each day from 11:00 to 7:00pm and costs 10 € to enter. This has consistently been one of The Antiques Diva & Co’s favorite French antique fairs as it has been a Parisian institution filled with charm which always welcomes our clients with open arms. From fine antiques which are beautifully displayed to junk stalls that require a true hunter’s eye, this fair offers something for everyone.
The theme of this season’s show is “The Mountain Cottage Mind,” and will feature dealers from all over France displaying furniture, paintings and engravings, pottery, silverware and old glasswork, ceramics, dishes, and antique linens. While the items for sale will vary vastly, the overarching theme of a French mountain cottage will prevail. As always, it is sure to be an antique hunter’s dream!
I remember past times shopping this antique fair – even before I became “The Antiques Diva” – it was a brocante I visited and shopped with my friends. I helped my friend Tamara hunt for paintings when she was returning home to Tampa after living in Paris. And I shopped with Stacey for a dining table and chairs. Catherine was on a quest for Baccarat knife rests (if I recall she ultimately found those she was looking for in Chatou at the Ham Fair). Meanwhile Lisa and I sought out vintage fashion. And I came home with more than a piece or two of crystal and porcelain for my personal collections. The Bastille Brocante is as much of part of my personal past as it is my companies past – each season we’ve taken clients to find treasures along the Seine when it returned for it’s twice annual fair dates.
If you would like to book an Antiques Diva Paris Tour in conjunction with this fair, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to custom plan an antiques buying tour for you, taking you not only to the fair, but also to Les Puces and other secret sources just outside of Paris to help you find the perfect pieces you’re looking for. As always, our Diva Guides can translate and negotiate on your behalf, helping you maximize your time and money while abroad.
The Antiques Diva®
Dear Diva Readers,
There’s still time for you to book an Antiques Diva® Tour during one of our favorite French Antique Fairs SALON D’ANTIQUITES BROCANTE at the PLACE DE LA BASTILLE . Held from 4 – 13 NOVEMBER 2011 some of our favorite upscale vendors will be setting up shop alongside the Seine!
This traditional fair first occurred in 1969 and has become over time a Parisian institution with undeniable French charm owing to it’s location in the heart of Paris and it’s exclusive antique atmosphere boasting over 350 French vendors!
The theme of this years event is “MINIATURE AND SMALL OBJECTS OF VERTU” so many of the vendors will specialize in offering unusual and tiny miniature precious curiosities!
PARIS – Place de la Bastille
Metro: lines 1, 5 or 8 – station: Bastille
Daily from 11 am to 19 pm
To read a past blog post about this sensational antiques fair and to see some of Paris Parfait’s photos –
For information on Antiques Diva Special Tours of the Bastille Brocante:
The Antiques Diva®
Salon d’Antiques Brocante Place de la Bastille
Daily November 6-16
Paris, Place de la Bastille
11am – 7pm
At Bastille my favorite purchase was my first armoire, discovered at the Spring show, and leading to a 7 year association with the vendor, Monsieur and Madame Nakhechkerian (The business is listed in the wife’s name – Mme Florence Mallion-Nakhechkerian – contact +31.(0)188.8.131.52.73) who became one of my personal favorites (partly because I spoke with him only in French for the first 4 years I knew him, and then discovered he spoke English! He told me my French was fine, which, in the Spring of 1998, I assure you was NOT!) In addition to being so kind and patient with me during my first purchase from him, he invited us to his home in the country to see how it was restored, all the beautiful furnishings he and his wife had found and restored (he went into antiques restoration with his father-in-law, so it was a long-term, well-established business.) He visited our home several times to help us with our purchases: he modified one armoire so that it could easily hold our TV, but then be restored to original state; another armoire he added a coat bar so that it could serve as our entry coat closet. After a guest left a wet glass on our buffet and I got a restoration quote of 900 Euro from another restorer, he came by, pulled out his handy can of wood wax, painted over the spot and voila! The spot was gone. The name of his miracle furniture wax: Pate Duqay Rustique Moyen (my preferred shade) found at the Clingancourt flea markets, 92, rue des Rosiers.
1 bottle of inexpensive, but drinkable, red wine
1 small plastic cup filled with granulated light brown sugar
1 small plastic cup filled with orange juice
1 cinnamon stick
Heat until bubbly, stirring well, serve and enjoy!