The Alfajiri Gallery and De Nationale Art Deco and Design Beurs

top:5px;float:left;color:white;background:#382900;border:1px solid darkkhaki;font-size:100px;line-height:70px;padding-top:1px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>When my new friend, Joanne, sent me an email telling me about De Nationale Art Deco & Design Beurs happening Jan 31 – Feb 3, 2008 in The Hague, I found myself distracted by something else I read in her email. For in that same email about the fair, Joanne had included a link for me to see her own online art gallery – The Alfajiri Gallery. I was gobsmacked to discover that my new English friend was an artist – and that she, along with friends Jane and Briony, had set up shop on the internet selling their sculptures, paintings, weavings and more.

While Joanne had sent me an email so that I could tell The Antiques Diva™ readers about the fair in The Hague, I felt that Joanne’s online art gallery was just as diva- worthy, so I decided to lead off today’s blog by sending you her way. Joanne’s resin bronze of running hares is so wonderfully William Morris-inspired that I’ve half a mind to add it to my collection. Briony’s oil painting of an artichoke is crying out to be hung in my kitchen/open dining area while Jane’s rustic weavings might just be the perfect raw and tactile contrast to juxtapose against the French finery I tend to favor.

Meanwhile, Joanne was indeed a gem for recommending this upcoming fair! De Nationale Art Deco and Design Beurs fair is a “who’s who” in the world of Dutch Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Amsterdam School. The top galleries in Holland gather to present and sell their collections crafted during the last century as they display applied arts from 1880 – 1980. To round out the selection, galleries and designers from Belgium and Germany have also tossed their own tory_1920_1930.htm#Cloche%20Hat%20Timeline” target=”_blank”>cloche hats into the ring, offering Jungendstil and Bauhaus designs. Add to the offerings the fact that this fair is held in the Grote Kerk on the Torenstraat in the middle of my favorite city in The Netherlands – The Hague – and you can just about guarantee where you’ll find me and WG this weekend! The fact that the Grote Kerk happens to be conveniently nearby my favorite Dutch department store (Maison de Bonneterie) hasn’t slipped my mind either – and I suspect they still have some of the January sales ongoing.

Unfortunately, as the Grote Kerk in The Hague isn’t very big and the fair is exceedingly popular, the church is bound to be crowded on Saturday and Sunday, Feb 2nd & 3rd. If you have the time, I recommend you squeeze in a visit on Thursday, Jan 31st or Friday, Feb 1st to avoid rubbing shoulders with the masses of humanity. Joanne also advises that you wear what her grandmother calls “sensible shoes” as the floor in the church is old, and thus uneven, with random steps and dips. And while you’re planning your wardrobe, remember to wear clothes that layer as Joanne recalls she nearly froze to death during her first visit to the fair years ago and then last year found the heat was turned so high that she was sweating bullets!

For the record, the heat didn’t seem to get in the way of Joanne’s shopping! A true diva through and through, Joanne was determined to shop in spite of the heat! Thankfully she did, and as a result she’s got a great tip for you! She advised The Antiques Diva ™ readers to keep an eye out for her favorite stall – Galerie Fleur de Lis – where they sell beautiful glass art and vases. For this week’s fair, she is already making a list and checking it twice – she’s going to find out which glass is naughty and nice! Needless to say, I’m angling for an invitation to visit Joanne for a proper cup of tea in the coming weeks so that I can see her latest purchases and get a better look at her own art work!

Until next time, Gros Bisous from one Art Deco Lover to Another!

The Antiques Diva ™

PS. Sadly, Galerie Fleur de Lis doesn’t have a website – but if you miss the fair you can still check them out in person at their shop in Delft.

Galerie Fleur de Lis
Roland Holstlaan 1068
2624 JR Delft
+31 (0) 15 262 87 60
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