Amsterdam – Sotheby’s European Royal & Noble Family Sale

Dearest Diva Readers,

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>If you’re like me and think that you might have accidentally been switched at birth and are actually a Princess rather than a Pauper, this is the Sotheby’s Sale for you! You can now decorate your home with paintings and works of art consigned by European Royal and Noble families!

Wednesday, Dec 17, 2008 at Sotheby’s in Amsterdam you’ll find the sale of the century! Paintings, furniture, tapestries, works of art, ceramics, carpets, glass, silver, clocks, objects of vertu, photographs and coaches – all of which were originally made for, or owned by European Royal and Noble families – will be sold at Sotheby’s Amsterdam. Monumental paintings by Hendrik van Minderhout will be sold alongside the ermine cape of Queen Maria Therese of Bavaria, the ermine muff of Empress Sisi’s younger sister (together estimated €1.500-2.500) and a group of large size photographs of members of the Royal Houses of England, Russia, Denmark and several former German kingdoms (€2.000-3.000).

A number of works from the private collection of the Van Loon family, including furniture, services and sculpture, will be offered to create funds for the Museum van Loon in Amsterdam. The Museum van Loon has the opportunity to acquire the 17th century coach house and to reunite it with the Museum. The Museum Van Loon is one of the most attractive museums of Amsterdam. Based in an authentic, double-sized canal house, it offers a fascinating insight into the lives of its former inhabitants, the prominent Amsterdam family Van Loon whose history is closely intertwined with that of Amsterdam.

SAVE THE DATE:
The viewing days for this sale are: Friday 12, Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 December, daily from 10am to 17pm,
Where:
Sotheby’s Amsterdam
De Boelelaan 30
1083 HJ Amsterdam

Phone: 020 5502200
Email: amsterdam@sothebys.com

Another Amsterdam “Secret Sale” – Johan de Feijter’s Open Door Days

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>In yesterday’s blog about Annette Brederode’s Private Sale on Dec 12 -14, 2008 I waxed poetically about “Amsterdam’s Best Kept Secret”, but what I didn’t tell you was tory” target=”_blank”>“the rest of the story!”

This Secret Sale isn’t the only “Open Door Sale” in the Jordaan this weekend!

Just a few blocks from Annette Brederode’s abode in a quaint canal house is another “Open Door Day” at an antiques shop which is usually only “open by appointment”!

Last year while visiting Annette Brederode’s secret shop she crooned, “If you like my shop you should visit my friend Johan at # 58 Bloemgracht.”

Sadly I was in a mad dash that day and didn’t have a diva minute, so I made note of the address and promised to visit them on their next “Open Door Days.” Then, a week later, Lucretia, one of The Antiques Diva Tour Guides, called to tell me that she had stumbled upon an Amsterdam antiques shop I HAD to know about – “It’s Amsterdam’s Best Kept Secret” she cried! As she began describing the location I asked, “Could it be the same shop Annette Brederode recommended to me – Johan de Feijter at Bloemgracht 58?”

“Indeed!” Lucretia cried and then confessed that she hesitated to tell me as she was afraid that I might go and buy their entire inventory before she had a chance to return!

Amazingly my favorite antiques shop in Amsterdam had just recommended that I shop at the same shop that one of The Antiques Diva Tour Guides called her “new favorite Amsterdam antique shop!” This was clearly destiny! Needless to say, I knew that Johan de Feijter’s shop at Bloemgracht 58 HAD TO BE GOOD!

On the next Open Door Days in June, I dashed to the Jordaan and was dazzled by Johan’s collection so much so that I knew this time I couldn’t lump Johan’s antique shop together in the same blog as Annette but that he deserved a blog of his own! I could go on for ages and pages telling about the incredible assortment of 18th and 19th century china, porcelain & pottery but clichéd though it may be, a picture is worth a thousand words… and these pictures taken recently at Bloemgracht 58 speak for themselves!

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Save the Date!
This year’s Open Door Days are 12- 14 Dec. and 19-21 Dec.
Hours: from 12 noon – 8pm

PS. When Johan sent me pictures for today’s blog, he clued me in on a little tip. His friend Eduard Tovar Estrada recently started a great new antiques shop that is particularly interesting! I think I might have to interview him next year as part of my Mantiques series! In the meantime, visit Eduard’s website – Antique Canes Amsterdamto see his beautiful collection of antique canes.

Enjoy these wonderful treats!

The Antiques Diva