England’s Museum of Victorian Curiosities May 18-21, 2009 Auction

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Dear Diva Readers,

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>One of my favorite blogs, Paris Hotel Boutique Journal, (a San Francisco-based antiques dealer who muses about the glitz and glamour of a bygone era) recently posted an incredible scoop, giving divalicious details on an upcoming auction.

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The Shambles Museum in Gloucestershire England is closing its doors and thus this Museum of Victorian Curiosities is holding a 4 day auction this May 18-21, 2009. They’ll be auctioning off over 2000 sensational finds!

Lynn shares a few of her favorite finds and I fear she and I might start a bidding war between the two of us as I’ve got my eye on more than a few of the items she’s highlighted!!! To compliment her divalicious collection, I’ve added a few more selections below!

While non-UK based Diva Readers might be thinking, “Oh Diva, this is yet another place I’d love to go but can’t – that whole I don’t live in England thing gets in the way!” Never fear – you can join the bidding without leaving home!

Simon Chorley Art & Antiques is posting the catalog online and accepting internet, email, commission and telephone bids – and best of all, they will recommend a courier firm to deliver your purchase chez vous! For a small fee , they even pack your purchase safe & sound for delivery!

A few items in addition to PHB’s selections include:

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A 19th C sheep dip measure for Bigg’s Dipping Composition – Leicester House, London, 10cm/4” high
Estimate: £ 30 – 50

Lot 2070 – You can find replicas of these English pottery containers at Ballard Designs but I have to say the originals are much more charming and pack a wonderful GRAPHIC PUNCH when used in bathrooms or kitchens as functional décor! Should I “win” this bid, I’ll be packing it full of cotton balls, stashing q-tips in it or dropping my Blackberry charger inside!
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A turned beech framed shaving mirror with supports on each side fitted with a swing arm sconce for candles on circular base. 39.5 cm/15.5” high + 2 more shaving mirrors thrown in for the fun of it! A perfect present for my husband WG!
Estimate £ 40 – 60

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Victorian walnut tilt top table, with oval top on a loped column supporting issuing four carved cabriole legs with shell feet on castors, bears label for TH Filmer & Sons, London 112cm/44” long.
Estimate £ 300-500

Lot 1395 – In fact, this one I’m only interested in for purely selfish reasons – I’ve this tables sister at home in the sitting area of my office! I bought it for a song (less than 200E) when an antique store in my village in Holland went out of business.

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Estimate: £ 40 – 60

Lot 2010 is something I know I want “someday” when we buy and renovate our 2nd home in Italy or France. The estimate on these lavatory bowls is SOOO sensational that I might buy this now and stick it in the basement until I need it! This is a great price (especially with the current exchange rate) if it goes for estimate!

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Estimated for 20-30£

Lot 1383a Remember La Reine’s post last summer when she turned her antique Hungarian bath tub into an herb garden?

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Estimate: £ 20 – 30

Lot 1842 – I’m certain Guest Blogger La Reine would think of something to do with these too in her garden!

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Estimate: £ 80 – 120

Lot 1811 – Wouldn’t this make an excellent extra trash can for the kitchen? Now that I’m a recycling queen I’m always in search of more “recycling” storage solutions! A little pricy for “poubelle” but sensational nonetheless!

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Lot 248 – an instant hat collection!

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Estimate: £ 20 – 30

Lot 280 – Of course, if you’re buying the hats you’d better get hat stands!

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Estimate: £80-120

Lot 365 – Last but not least, I’ve been dying for one of these for years… again I love the lines and graphic punch a dress form makes in a bedroom, dressing room or master bath! It’s not just a charming bid to the past, but it’s also practical – you can drape necklaces or scarves putting the dummy to good use!

Additional Sale Details:
Auction viewing dates are 14- 17 May, 2009
Entry into the sale is by catalog only (which admits 2 people).

Bid Online Now!!!

Until next time, happy shopping!!!

The Antiques Diva™

Robert Schreuder Antiquair – July Open House

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Open Dagen! 18-20 July and 25-27 July
Robert Schreuder Antiquair – Zomer in Amsterdam!

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>You’ve heard me wax poetically about Robert Schreuder Antiquair at least twice before, so it won’t come as a surprise that I’m sending you his way again. Robert calls me “Princess” and that alone is reason enough to escalate him towards the top of my “best kept Amsterdam secrets list,” but he also happens to have an incredible collection of top quality antiques, specializing in Grand Tour Souvenirs. I’m all about tourframe.html” target=”_blank”>The Grand Tour, and have in fact devoted the last decade of my life towards living it in full pomp & circumstance, with a Baccarat champagne glass in one hand and Karl Lagerfeld draped on the other.

Robert’s “open by appointment only” antique shop provides the perfect backdrop for living the life I’ve always dreamed of living! In his upcoming secret sale, he has a few sensational items that I can’t help but give you advance warning of. Strange choice of words, “warning”, but “be warned” indeed for your self-control & monetary restraint will fly right out the window when you lay your eyes upon what I consider to be the piece de la resistance of his new collection. I fear I might be about to start a bidding war!

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You won’t be able to help falling in love with his bronze statue of cupid sharpening his arrow or his beautiful bronze statue of a bearded man, signed “Barbedienne”.

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Happy Shopping!

The Antiques Diva™

Open Dagen – July 18, 19, 20, 25, 26 & 27
Friday 3pm – 10pm
Saturday & Sunday 11am – 7pm
Robert Schreuder Antiquair
Ceintuurbaan 368