Diva-scovery: Reiseantiquitäten & Kunsthandel in Berlin

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>I walked into one of my favorite antique malls in Berlin – the Berliner Antik & Flohmarkt – a few weeks ago only to discover that my favorite antique shop was NOT there! Now this, my dear Diva Readers, was cause for a national emergency! Fortunately for me, the stress was short lived as the perky owner of Reiseantiquitäten & Kunsthandel (Travel Antiques and Art Dealer) Priti Shambhu was still in the German antiques mall closing up details and she delighted me by appearing around the corner and explaining that she hadn’t closed shop, merely moved to another location across town!

The new location of her shop – Reiseantiquitäten & Kunsthandel, as fabulous as ever – is now located in Berlin’s Charlottenburg in the Suarezstrasse Antiques District!

Antik Centre Suarezstrasse
Suarezstrasse 48/49
Berlin, Germany

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If you like Travel Antiques and Accessories, a visit to Priti Shambhu’s Reiseantiquitäten & Kunsthandel in Berlin is worth taking a trip simply for the souvenir shopping in her charming new shop!

Happy Travels!

The Antiques Diva™

One Minute Diva: Clutter Control in the Bathroom

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>You might have already guessed this about me, but I’m a girly girl. My bathroom is filled with all sorts of potions and perfumes, oodles of accessories and creams for this and that. Needless to say, clutter control is down-right a necessity. And while I’m always searching for antique cupboards, cabinets and commodes for s toring things out of the way, there are a few things I need to keep within easy reach but still want organized in a more controlled environment. My Diva-worthy bathroom clutter control solution: a French brocante find now available for $60/47 Euro on “Treasures” by The Antiques Diva™ is this charming vintage champagne bucket!

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Yours,
The Antiques Diva™

(with artfully arranged bubbles!)

Windsor Antique Center – England

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Like many of you, I get a lot of junk email, spam, and unsolicited random requests. I’ve signed up on a million mailing lists and that just adds to the problem, so once a week I click quickly through my spam folder to see if anything of interest got tucked away accidentally before empting them into the trash bin. Typically, it’s all deletable, but recently an advertising email from an antique shop caught my attention.

I’m not sure how I got on their list but I suspect in researching potential antique shopping tours for clients visiting the UK I might have subscribed at some point. Rather than deleting this one advertising email as I usually do, I found myself intrigued by Windsor House Antique Centre in the beautiful Cotswold’s, about 2 hours from London in Moreton in Marsh. This beautiful country market town contains about 30 other antique dealers and a plethora of unlimited free parking, with the Windsor House Antique Center sitting amongst honey-colored stone buildings and astride the ancient Roman Fosse Way. Just thinking about it makes me want to strap on my wellies and go striding through the nearby lush river valleys and rolling green hills!

Within a few clicks I found myself enjoying good quality mahogany Georgian chest of drawers and tea caddies, beautiful Wedgewood plates and pitchers, Edwardian silver dishes and Victorian Toleware. Going back to the e-advert, the newsletter closes with an invitation – Jane Finnegan says “Contact me any Tuesday or Sunday – and when you choose to visit us, let us know and we will be well prepared with tea, coffee and biscuits or for an evening visit we can supply wine should you wish!” Needless to say, the mere mention of wine caught my attention!

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George 3rd Mahogany chest

Mahogany chest on stand of rare smaller proportions. Wonderful condition.
Circa 1780 with original handles
40″ wide x 21″ deep x 69″ high.
£2750.00
(email vendor for delivery costs and options)

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Wedgewood Jug, circa 1830

Pretty ewer with relief molding. Chinoiserie print. Small chip.
9″ high x 8″ high
£180.00
(+ postage of £8.00)

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Wonderful Toleware Tray

Beautiful Toleware tray with wonderful flowered decoration. Victorian.
31 3/4″ x 26 1/4″
£695.00
(+ postage of £12.00)

Normally, if I haven’t visited an antique shop or know someone who has, I don’t like to recommend it – however, I have suspicion that this shop has serious potential and just because I don’t have time at the present to check them out in person, I didn’t want my dear Diva Readers to miss out on an opportunity!!! Plus, as an added benefit for those arm-chair travelling Diva Readers, Windsor House has in interesting online inventory and ships internationally!

I’ll most certainly set aside time to visit Windsor House Antiques Centre on my next trip to the UK. In the meantime, if you make it there before I do, please tell Jane & the gang at Windsor House Antiques that The Antiques Diva™ sent you – and even more importantly, please report back to me with your findings! I’d love to live vicariously through your shopping experience!

Cheerio Mate!

The Antiques Diva™
(seen at right with La Reine and The English Rose)

What are the Cotswolds?

Wiki explains, “The Cotswolds is a range of hills in west-central England, sometimes called the ‘Heart of England’, an area 25 miles (40 km) across and 90 miles (145 km) long. The name Cotswold means either ‘sheep enclosure in rolling hillsides’ or it comes from the term “wold” meaning hills.”

Here are a few photos from my last trip to the Cotswold’s several years ago!

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