Vervoordt at BRAFA

Dear Diva Readers,

When an invitation comes in the mail from Mr & Mrs Vervoordt for a private viewing at BRAFA – your heart makes a little pitter patter. 

Axel Vervoordt is one of the world’s most respected antiques dealers, collectors and interior designers, and he works and lives in Belgium in an amazing 50 room castle near Antwerp.  Last year I had the opportunity to shop with clients literally buying off his castle walls – so having tasted his décor in person I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to see what he brought out for BRAFA – Brussels Fine Arts & Antiques Fair as I knew that at this chic event he’d be bringing the best of the best!

Needless to say, I was not disappointed.  While it was nearly impossible to choose, perhaps my 3 favorite items he had for sale at BRAFA were a gorgeous oil on canvas of “a ruined Roman Basilica” dating to 1650, another painting by Raimund Girke from the 1960’s and another piece from the swinging 60’s – an amazing statue called the  “The Shadow Figure”.

The Roman Basilica Ruin painting – though created in 1650 – feels somehow more modern in its composition.   If the painting looks familiar, perhaps you’ve seen something similar in the Roman Pantheon for Vervoordt’s team believes the artist might have found his inspiration there. 

Meanwhile Raimund Girke’s Kinetische Weiss is entirely modern and the perfect anecdote to an antique-filled room.  I love nothing more than  mixing contemporary art with pieces from the past.

Lastly “The Shadow Figure” cast in plaster by Marguerite Arp was actually a gift to Andre Mounier in 1968 – a gorgeous romantic composition, it peacefully punctuated Vervoordt’s  display at BRAFA.

Bonne Shopping,
The Antiques Diva

Photo Credits – Laila McCubbin

Belgium Brocantes & Antique Salons: Calendar 2010

January 22-31, 2010

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Tour & Taxis Bldg
Avenue du Port 86C

11am-7pm Daily
Late Hours until 10.30pm on Jan 26 & 28
– Guided tours by a BRAFA associate are daily at 3pm. Inquire at ticket counter for details.
– The 130 participants represent different countries such as Belgium (60%), France, Germany, Great-Britain, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, Portugal, Russia, Spain, USA and Switzerland

topDefault.aspx?tabid=26&lg=en&switchportal=0″ target=”_blank”>AIRFARE & topDefault.aspx?tabid=28&lg=en” target=”_blank”>TRAIN DISCOUNTS to BRAFA AVAILABLE!!!

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March 19-28, 2010

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Brussels Expo
Palais 5
Place de Belgique # 1
(enter via cote Atomium)
Hours: 2pm-7pm (Mon-Fri)
11am-7pm (Weekend)
March 25: Late Night until 10pm

– Free Entry to Ladies on Ladies Day Jan 26 (2pm-7pm)!!!
– 150 leading antiques dealers and art galleries of Belgium, Luxembourg, France, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy who are to exhibit at the Brussels Expo Hall 5.

View the Photo Gallery here!


April 3 – 5, 2010

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3 rue de Marche Couvert
Ciney, Belgium

Hours: 10am-7pm Daily
– Over 700 Vendors!
– Professional Day April 2 – Antique Dealers get 1st dibs!


October 2-3, 2010

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Centre Sportif, Rout d’Ohain
Lasne, Belgium
(Just 5km from Waterloo!)

Hours: 10am-6pm

– A “Glass Fair” unique to Belgium
– Over 4 soccer fields filled with glass and crystal, antiques vintage & collectibles!


Mid-November 2010 (Date TBD)

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Namur Expo
Ave Sergent-Vrithoff, 2
Namur, Belgium
To view photos from 2009’s great event, click here!

Happy Shopping in 2010!

The Antiques Diva™

(seen right hitting the fleas in Tongeren, Belgium)


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Dear Antiques Diva,

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>I noticed in my recent Antique Week paper something that your Diva Readers/shopping tour clients will be interested in attending. The Brussels Antiques and Fine Arts Fair will be later this month! It looks like it will be great – the article quotes:

“BRAFA will truly feature a more international flavor in 2009 – two American galleries – Sophie Scheidecker Fine Art from New York and topDefault.aspx?tabid=10&tabindex=9&dealerid=9246&curidx=0&back=name” target=”_blank”>Tony Anninos Asian Art from California – will have a presence among its 18 new exhibitors, as well as galleries from Hungary and Russia will make their debut.”

Fair dates are Jan. 23 – Feb. 1, 2009 daily from 11am to 7pm and will be held in Brussels at the Tour & Taxis building, avenue du Port 86 C/ B – 1000 Brussels. Late nights opening Monday 26th January 2009 until 9.00pm and Thursday 29 January 2009 until 10.30pm. Admission is 20E per person.

It sounds like this fair is going international in a big way. From the article it sounds like it is going to be a great fair – one that doesn’t need to be missed! Another source writes that BRAFA, “reaffirms its respected eclectic position in the heart of Europe. From the centuries-old everyday objects to the most prestigious masterpieces, visiting this antiques fair offers an unforgettable view of the incredible skills of craftsmen and artists of the past… In a way, it is a real “temporary museum” which opens every time, appealing to the eyes and sensibilities of all discerning visitors.”

Happy Shopping!

Your Name Twin,
Toma at” target=”_blank”>Victorian Cobweb