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Treasures on Tuesdays – 21 piece Vintage Blue & White Sea-Themed German Tea Set

to 10px; WIDTH: 336px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 400px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />Sail away with me to “Tea Time at the Baltic Sea”! This “German Delft” (Deutschland’s version of Holland’s famed blue & white pottery) is a vintage set from Rugen Island with nautical and windmill theme motif and includes 21 porcelain pieces in nearly perfect condition. Set includes Tea Pot, Sugar Bowl, Cream Pitcher, 6 tea cups with 6 saucers and 6 cake plates. (Silver accessories and vases shown in picture are not included in purchase). This is a simply gorgeous set and one of my favorite pieces in our collection. Item #183

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$149 (or 121 Euro) includes international shipping

BUY this tea set and other great tea time treasures at my online brocante:

June Open Door Dates – Dutch Dates

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Get ready, get set, mark your calendars – some of my favorite Dutch antique dealers are opening their doors for special fetes this June and you’re invited to shop your heart out diva-style all around Amsterdam!

June 4 – 6 June and 11-13 June from 12-8pm

to 10px; WIDTH: 300px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 400px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />Join Johan de Feijter for his special theme “Viva La France” at his shop Chambre des Amies! While I’ve written frequently about de Feijters sensational shop, I recently discovered that he’s also been in Travel+Leisure magazine and I simply have to share what T+L had to say about Chambre des Amies:

Owner Johan de Feijter founded Chambre d’Amis by accident. “I used to fill my house with things I’d find at flea and Belgium,” he says. “A few years ago there was an art fair in my neighborhood, and someone asked if she could show her paintings in my house. As they walked through, people kept asking to buy my things, and I thought, Maybe I should go into business.” These days, in his front room, kitchen, and courtyard garden, you’ll find all the flea-market treasures you’ve been too impatient to hunt for — vintage mercury-glass bowls ($190) and candlesticks ($125), creamy ceramic French, Belgian, and Dutch tableware from the 1800’s, turn-of-the-century photographs. Since the exquisitely edited store is a sideline for de Feijter (he’s a sexologist), he keeps eccentric hours — usually Thursday through Saturday, noon to six.

Chambre d’Amis
58 Bloemgracht
By appt +31-20 623 6204.
June 4-6, 2010 from 11am – 6pm

to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 260px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />Next up, is another all-time Amsterdam favorite – Brederode Kunst & Antiek – ran by the effervescent Annette Brederode in her own home! When you arrive at the address Lijnbaansgracht 56 D in Amsterdam’s Jordaan you might think I’ve lead you astray for you’ll find yourself standing in front of an apartment building rather than a typical antique shop. Never fear, ring the buzzer marked Brederode and mount the stairs to step into a typical French brocante! You must click around my blog to read more about this sensational shop and to see more pics of the type of inventory Brederode specializes in! I guarantee you won’t be disappointed!

Brederode Kunst Antiek
Lijnbaansgracht 56D
By appt + 31 20 6236 236

June 12-13, 19-20 from 11am-19:00

to 10px; WIDTH: 350px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 244px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />Speaking of things guaranteed to impress, I can’t gush enough about Robert Schreuder AntiquairRobert hosts a fascinating collection of antiques that are not only of special artistic or art-historical value but also very decorative, gracing modern as well as classical interiors. One of his specialties is Grand Tour souvenirs, with their echoes of the journeys of travelers from the 18th & 19th C. Meanwhile his collection of library accessories is down-right diva worthy dotted with a variety of writing boxes, inkwells and paperweights. Throw in tea caddies and tea boxes, sewing boxes, specially shaped thermometers and miniature portraits as well as an interesting period perfect collection of furniture and you might never want to leave chez lui! Join Robert’s Open Door Days June 12 & 13 and June 19 & 20 from 11am – 7pm or make an appointment to view his collection!

Robert Schreduer Antiquair
Ceintuurbaan 368
By Appt + 31 6 2428 9550

Happy Shopping!

The Antiques Diva

Treasures on Tuesday: Delft Blue Vintage Ginger Jar

to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 361px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />Direct from Holland, The Antiques Diva™ has found another great Vintage Delft Blue Ginger Jar with charming bird motif is in excellent condition, marked and dated 1950. Perfect stand alone or as part of a collection of blue & white accessories! Item #102.

Measurements: 28 X 19cm or 11 X 7 1/2 in

$200 (147 Euro) includes international shipping

To purchase this or to browse all the other available items, visit “Treasures” by The Antiques Diva.

The Better To See You With, My Dear…

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Katia, my hair colorist – the woman who is credited with hiding every last inch of gray hair on my head – has recently started wearing these great funky glasses into “ la laboratory” (aka, the Aveda salon on Berlin’s famed Ku’damm.) She looks down-right adorable in her over-sized, slightly quirky spectacles and when I asked where she got her new frames, she responded,
“They are vintage… don’t you just love them? I figured if I had to wear glasses, I might as well wear frames with personality!”

to 10px; WIDTH: 220px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 69px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />Often in flea markets I see these massive piles of frames, with or without lenses, and it wasn’t until Katia’s revelation that I had considered the possibility of wearing vintage frames. I only wish I would have had the fore-sight to have snapped a photo on my phone so I could share her cute look on The Diva blog! I have vintage coats, hats, gloves, dresses, purses and sweaters – not to mention oodles and oodles of vintage paste jewelry, so why not wear vintage spectacles too?

Next time you’re at a flea market and see a basket blooming with frames why don’t you take a gander and see if you can find a pair that you could bring your ophthalmologist to fit with new lenses!? And by the way, doing so might just save you a bundle – most of the frames in this pot were marked around 2 – 5 Euro!

If you want to save money & create your own one-of-kind style, going vintage is the way to go! Of course – I think my husband, The Wine Guy, and I are taking the “vintage spectacle thing” a tad too far….

Seeing is believing,

The Antiques Diva™

P.S. Stay tuned to “The Better To See You With, Part Deux” later this week….

Laundry Days

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>I’d like to tell you that at Diva Headquarters a magical fairy comes along and does my dirty laundry, but alas even Divas have laundry to do. No matter how much I send out to the dry cleaners, mountains of it still pile up if I’m not careful. And then, as soon as I get caught up, my husband or I wear more clothes and the problem starts all over again. Short of joining a nudist colony, my only option on fighting the battle of the laundry is to at least make my time in the laundry room not feel like such a dismal chore. Realizing that I can’t cut the process any more than I already have, I decided that at least I would make the process more asthetically pleasing to my eye!

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Photo Courtesy of Padaste Manor website
Nearly 5 years ago my husband and I visited the Baltics, spending a sensational week at Padaste Manor on Muhu Island off the northern coast of Estonia. We had champagne for breakfast and again for dinner and what I remember of that vacation always puts me in a perky mood. One of the days after horseback riding in the woods nearby the resort (or was it after the spa? or our Nordic fishing expedition?), my husband and I ventured into the nearest town. Naturally the first antique shop we saw beckoned us inside and I fell in love with a set of red polka dot kitchen canisters written in Estonian on one side and Russian on the other. I had to have the set, coming home with 32 canisters in total. Unfortunately, once I got home I realized that most of the canisters didn’t have a perfect seal and thus weren’t airtight for using in my kitchen as intended. That said, they were ideal for storing my laundry detergent and accessories!

Almost every time I speak at a women’s club or decorative fine arts association on the topic of antique shopping in Europe, I’m asked, “What do you do with all the vintage pieces and antiques you purchase?” As I hate to dust, almost as much as I hate to do laundry, the answer is simple – I only buy items that I can use in a practical way!

All those items that come in cardboard boxes covered in marketing jargon are decanted into containers that make me smile – that take me on a mental voyage, adding beauty (or in the case of these canisters – kitsch charm) to my everyday life! I don’t just do it in my laundry room but in every room of my house! My mouthwash is stored in an Eiffel Tower shaped wine decanter and my cotton balls can be found in a 19th C apothecary jar! Cookies are stored in a Delft print tin while all my pastas are decanted into vintage Bell jars I got from my Grandma!

Decanting from marketing-jargon cardboard boxes to unique storage containers is just one way of making your home more personal.

Live Everyday with a Smile!

The Antiques Diva

P.S. Are you looking for ways to add practical personality to your home? Visit my online Brocante, “Treasures” by The Antiques Diva™!!

Mixing it Up: Modern + Antiques for Diva Décor

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Last week while visiting my Belgian Diva Tour Guide Lucretia’s home I snapped this photo in her living room as I was walking out the door. This vignette in the corner struck me as not only perfect for spring but also perfect for showing readers how you can mix and match different periods and styles. The brightly colored modern art and funky yellow vase are such a playful contrast to the classically designed marble urn lamps with elegant taupe shades and the splendid collection of Empire porcelain.

In your own home I encourage you to play with your pieces. Put together the unexpected for eye catching displays for diva-style! Bursts of unexpected color will draw the eye, adding interest to your displays. Sometimes a dash of a bright color will add a playful, youthful punch, adding bursts of energy to an elegant display. If Domino magazine were still around, this is the type of styling I’d expect from their trendy editors! By accessorizing with unique, multi-head tulips (picked straight from the tulip field near the “Treasures” by The Antiques Diva™ open-by-appointment-only showroom in Wassenaar) Lucretia drew out the fun yellow and orange color combination in her modern collage painting again keeping perfectly in theme with the artist palette she’d prepared.

I also love the symmetry Lucretia has enforced. The matching plates, lamps and bulb vases lead your mind to expect more matched pairs. Even thought the four pots are not the same, their similar size, shape and colors fools the eye into believing that pairs continue!

Happy Decorating!

The Antiques Diva™

(In Antwerp right with Lucretia – my locally-based Belgian Diva Guide on an Antiques Diva™ Tour)

One Minute Diva: Easter Flea Market in Paris

to 10px; width: 277px; cursor: hand; height: 400px; text-align: center;” src=”” alt=”Easter Flea Market in Paris” width=”277″ height=”400″ border=”0″ />top: 2px; padding-right: 5px; font-family: times;”>If you’re looking for something to do in Paris on Monday, April 5 when the rest of the city is closed for the Easter holiday, the vendors at the Place d’ Aligre have provided a flea market outing to fill the shopping gap. This is the 4th year running that this brocante has been held on the Place d’Aligre – a square more known for its lively North African-influenced market each weekday (except Monday), selling everything from old gramophone players to odd bits of crockery alongside fromageries and charcuteries.
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When: Monday, April 5 2010

Time: 8am-6pm

Where: Place d’Aligre near Metro: Ledru-Rollin

What: 100 vendors selling antiques, collectibles and bric-a-brac

Bonne Shopping!

The Antiques Diva ™

Looking Forward: TEFAF 2011

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>There’s only a few days left of this year’s TEFAF – THE European Fine Arts Fair in Maastricht, ending March 21, 2010 and the time is prime for reserving your hotel for the March 18-27, 2011 TEFAF event in Holland. Hotels book a year in advance and the people who have flown in for this year’s event are now reserving their room for next spring upon their check out!

So what makes an art and antiques fair so special that you need to reserve a room a year in advance? Honey, this ain’t no ordinary fair! Competition for presenting at TEFAF is fiercer than Olympic figure skating (and behind-the-scenes stories make Tonya Harding seem down-right tame). For an antiques dealer, making the fair means they’ve made it into the upper echelon of the crème de la crème of the antiques world and only the world’s best dealers are allowed to participate in the event!

Max-Nathan Punter, an Amsterdam antiquaire and photographer, recently visited TEFAF 2010 and captured the best of the fair on his Flicker site! Dash over to tos/20375562@N02/sets/72157623487379889/” target=”_blank”>visit Max’s photo gallery to be wowed by fabulous photos of TEFAF 2010 and to be inspired to plan now for your 2011 visit!

Until Next Time,

The Antiques Diva™

ArtAntique: New Dutch Antiques Fair To Be Held April 2010

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There’s a new kid in town – The ArtAntique Fair – and all eyes are on him! For the 1st time in over 20 years, a new player in the art & antiques world has come to Holland, offering the crème de la crème of classic and contemporary art, antiques and jewellery.

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ArtAntique will take place in Jaarbeurs Utrecht from 11 to 18 April 2010. Fair entrance costs 15 Euro.

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The fair is being organized on the initiative of a number of area antique dealers who feel the need for a high-level spring fair – exclusively for high-end participants. You’ll find over 60 art dealers and galleries displaying everything from antiques to 18th and 19th Century paintings to contemporary art and photography.

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Participating as a vendor in ArtAntique is only possible on invitation and after assessment by two independent selection committees – and better yet, all art objects will be subjected to inspection prior to being exhibited in the fair. For you as a buyer that ensures you absolute confidence in what you’re buying and who you’re buying it from!

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  • Dolf D. van Omme
  • Bruil & Brandsma Antiquairs
  • Limburg Antiquairs
  • P&J; Honsbeek
  • Robert Schreuder Antiquair
  • Jan van Hoof Galerie
  • Etienne Gallery- Galerie Mokum

Happy Shopping!

The Antiques Diva

Paris! The National Fair of The Flea Market and Ham Starts Today!!

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La Foire Nationale à la Brocante et aux Jambons on the île de Chatou start’s today – March 12th!

Come! Come now to this suburb just outside Paris, France!! You’ll find the absolute best assortment of French antiques plus some wonderful food all in one locale – what more could a person ask for??

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When :
Friday, March 12 to Sunday March 21*
Daily from 10am – 7pm.
*Dealers shop early on March 11 with invitation for entrance.

Where :
the Parisian suburb of ile de Chatou

What :
Europe’s best twice annual flea market with over 800 vendors !

How to Get There :
Take RER A Direction Saint Germain en Laye to stop Chatou

Don’t forget to tour.html” target=”_blank”>book an Antiques Diva Tour to visit the famed flea market on the arm of a seasoned shopper !

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