Save the Dutch Dates: Delft Sept 23-26, 2010

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Dear Diva Readers,

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>If you’re in Holland Thursday September 23 to Sunday, September 26, 2010 you won’t want to miss the return of the Oude Kunst-en-Antiekbeurs in the Prinsenhof Museum in Delft. While this museum is best known as being the site of the infamous assignation of William the Silent, I simply can’t keep quiet about the upcoming fair.

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Make sure to visit two of my favorite vendors at the fair – S. van Leeuwen Antiquairs
with his sensational collection of Dutch furniture and porcelain and Rocks and Clocks by D.E. Aardewerk. And tell them The Antiques Diva™ sent you!

While you’re at the fair, why don’t you plan to make a day of it! Take a Cultural Day in Delft – with the admission ticket for Oude Kunst en Antiekbeurs, you not only will be able to shop your heart out but you can wander the stairway where William the Silent said his final words, sticking your fingers in the bullet holes near the foot of the staircase where he fell. You can also visit the Museum of Meerten Lambert with their extensive tile collection, Delftware, Chinese and Japanese porcelain and paintings.

The Prinsenhof Musuem
Sint Agathaplein 1
2611 HR Delft, The Netherlands

Adults: € 15, –
Museum, CJP and 65 + pass: € 10, –

Tot Straks!
The Antiques Diva™

Antiques Diva Interview with Silver Expert Jacob Roosjen

Dear Diva Readers,

Today I’m delighted 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 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 history of the objects, the maker’s marks, the styles, the provenance appealed to me, so eventually I decided 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 to join the company. I have been working as a Director of the Silver department for this international auction house until recently.

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And now you’ve gone into 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 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 restorations, 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 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 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 Hertogenbosch from 18 till 25 April. I used 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 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!

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 to be true. Visitors said to me that they see no point in investing in stocks at the moment and prefer to put their money into 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 stocks 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 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 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 to look for in determining quality in silver? Are there any “starter” pieces you would recommend for someone wanting to dip their toe into 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 to asks experts, like me, for advice. There is a lot to learn and a lot of information to share.

Jacob, I am so honoured you’ve taken the time 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 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 Hertogenbosch? Check the website for details. You can also visit my websites for further details about me and 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!

She’s Blogging Now…

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>I’ve got exciting news for you! My friend La Reine, who has made numerous guest blogging appearances on The Antiques Diva site, is blogging now in her new shopping blog “She’s Shopping Now”.

to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 300px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />She’s Shopping Now is written by a woman just like you – she’s a wife, a mom, a sister, an aunt, a daughter and a BFF…which means she has lots of stuff to buy which means she’s always shopping for gifts, groceries, clothes, furniture, book and STUFF in general. It just so happens my friend La Reine moves more than any person I know – Chicago, New York, Paris, Miami. She even did time in Syracuse and St. Louis and has moved 6 times in the last 5 years which means she has to do creative shopping since she’s often shopping for people who live thousands of miles away from where she is. Plus, she travels a lot, so her passport and wheelie are always ready to go, and when she travels, she shops! And while La Reine does do her fair share of shopping for herself, she is a GREAT gift giver (I’m lucky to say I’m often on the receiving end!) and she’ll give you more shopping ideas than you ever knew possible!

Some sinister marketing geek installed cookies on La Reine’s pc to track what she purchases online but no cookies can track all La Reine’s purchase when she walks the streets, trolls the internet, skims the magazines and newspapers, watches commercials and checks out the billboards. That is except you! You, dear Diva Readers, can watch La Reine’s every purchase in her new private shopping blog — She’s Shopping Now!

Bonne Shopping!

The Antiques Diva™
(seen right with La Reine book-ending friends The English Rose & Lady Lotus while shopping Worth Avenue in Palm Beach!)

Calendar Alert for Amsterdam – Kunst & Antiekbeurs Verzamelen In Stijl

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About forty exhibitors will show their collections in this wonderful, large, monumental glasshouse building which was built in 1880. The exhibitors will share tidbits about their products and passions, expounding upon the various style periods and more!

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Dam 9,
1012 JS Amsterdam

A must shop antiques event in Amsterdam! Hope to see you there!

The Antiques Diva™

Last Minute Diva – Verzamelen in Stijl!

to 10px; CURSOR: hand; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>In the thick of the throes of frustration over my computer problems, I neglected to pass along an antique shopping tip from The Belgian Beauty! Better late than never — this weekend, March 29 & 30, 2008, why don’t you head to Amsterdam’s Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky for the Verzamelen in Stijl!

A vendor planning to be there and who has caught my eye is De Sluis Art Deco with their beautiful vintage jewelry, while Goede Sier has a collection of Amsterdam School silver that I’ve seen in their stall at Amsterdam’s De Looier’s which looks quite interesting. Meanwhile, Kanne & Kruike has me intrigued enough by their collection of Art Nouveau & Jugendstil that I’ve half a mind to cancel my weekend get-a-way to Antwerp and stay home here in Amsterdam to go to this fair. Alas, perhaps it was Freudian that it slipped my mind to post the notice on this fair — as maybe I felt that if I couldn’t go, I didn’t want anyone else too either!

Happy Shopping & Buy something for me while you’re there!

Tot Ziens!

The Antiques Diva™

My Fair England – An English Antiques Fair and a Wine Fair at Waddesdon Manor

very time I turn around it seems that one fair or another is calling itself “the largest antiques fair in Europe.” Personally, I don’t care which one is the biggest, as long as the fairs touting this phrase are fabulous and full of great finds! With over 4,000 stalls selling everything from sports memorabilia to antique maps, vendors from around the world will be gathering in Nottinghamshire for the Newark International Antiques and Collectors fair on Dec 6 & 7, 2007. The entrance fee is a hefty £20. Fortunately, this fee does cover admission for both days of the fair, where for two short days you’re practically guaranteed to find last minute Christmas gifts for even the most difficult and discerning of your recipients. Better yet, why don’t you do as my friend The English Rose did a few years ago when she was visiting Paris for some pre-Christmas shopping? She decided that rather than stocking up on presents for her new husband, The Cambridge Man, she would buy herself presents from him. Then on Christmas morning, rather than her opening the gifts she bought herself on behalf of her husband, she had him open her presents to find out what he had bought her!

Of course, The English Rose isn’t completely shameless! I believe this could have been the same year that she offered CM an early Christmas present of tickets to the Waddesdon Wine Fair held on the world-famous grounds of Waddesdon Manor, which happens to be one of my favorite English country estates. If you are planning a trip to England, then a trip to Waddesdon should be included as a “must see”. Vogue readers will recognize it from the legendary photo shoot of Nicole Kidman draped in it’s elegantly appointed interiors.

Waddesdon Manor has been in the Rothschild family for years, but the present Lord Rothschild who inherited the estate in 1988 is maintaining the family’s long-standing association as purveyors of the world’s finest wines. Thus, each year the manor hosts 2 days of wine tastings of more than 50 wines from around the world, including selection of wines from the Rothschild Wineries. This year’s fair will be held in Buckinghamshire on Dec 1st and 2nd. Representatives from the two famous Rothschild wineries, Chateau Mouton Rothschild and Chateau Lafite Rothschild, will talk about the range of wines they are showing. Wines will vary in price from around £5 to about £30 a bottle, making a perfect Christmas “cadeau” for the Oenephile in your life.

Cheers Mate!

The Antiques Diva ™