Belgium Brocantes & Antique Salons: Calendar 2010


January 22-31, 2010

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Tour & Taxis Bldg
Avenue du Port 86C
Brussels

11am-7pm Daily
Late Hours until 10.30pm on Jan 26 & 28
– Guided tours by a BRAFA associate are daily at 3pm. Inquire at ticket counter for details.
– The 130 participants represent different countries such as Belgium (60%), France, Germany, Great-Britain, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, Portugal, Russia, Spain, USA and Switzerland

topDefault.aspx?tabid=26&lg=en&switchportal=0″ target=”_blank”>AIRFARE & topDefault.aspx?tabid=28&lg=en” target=”_blank”>TRAIN DISCOUNTS to BRAFA AVAILABLE!!!

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March 19-28, 2010

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Brussels Expo
Palais 5
Place de Belgique # 1
Brussels
(enter via cote Atomium)
Hours: 2pm-7pm (Mon-Fri)
11am-7pm (Weekend)
March 25: Late Night until 10pm

– Free Entry to Ladies on Ladies Day Jan 26 (2pm-7pm)!!!
– 150 leading antiques dealers and art galleries of Belgium, Luxembourg, France, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy who are to exhibit at the Brussels Expo Hall 5.

View the Photo Gallery here!

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April 3 – 5, 2010

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3 rue de Marche Couvert
Ciney, Belgium

Hours: 10am-7pm Daily
– Over 700 Vendors!
– Professional Day April 2 – Antique Dealers get 1st dibs!

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October 2-3, 2010

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Centre Sportif, Rout d’Ohain
Lasne, Belgium
(Just 5km from Waterloo!)

Hours: 10am-6pm

– A “Glass Fair” unique to Belgium
– Over 4 soccer fields filled with glass and crystal, antiques vintage & collectibles!

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Mid-November 2010 (Date TBD)

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Namur Expo
Ave Sergent-Vrithoff, 2
Namur, Belgium
WATCH THIS SPACE FOR 2010 DATES and HOURS of Operation!
To view photos from 2009’s great event, click here!

Happy Shopping in 2010!

The Antiques Diva™

(seen right hitting the fleas in Tongeren, Belgium)

Last Minute Diva – TEFAF

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Don’t forget TEFAF starts today – Friday March 13 – and runs through next weekend March 22, 2009.

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>TEFAF is more than an arts and antiques show. It is THE EUROPEAN FINE ARTS FAIR – the most prestigious arts and antiques fair in the world. Dana Micucci writes in Veranda magazine (March/April 2006), “The Netherlands may be one of Europe’s smallest countries, but when it comes to art and antiques it leaves a big foot print. This industrious nation of seafaring merchants gave the West some of its first art dealers, auctoneers and affluent collectors. It claims some of the world’s finest museums, and it was the birthplace of many illustrious artists – Vermeer, Rembrantdt and van Gogh – to name a few. It is also home to The European Fine Arts Fair – the prestigious art and antique fair that takes place in the small Dutch border town of Maastricht. Beyond The Netherland’s historical, cultural and commercial prowess lies a distinctive Dutch character – rooted in a subtle combination of the cozy and cosmopolitan, the intimate and urbane, which permeates its ancient cities, Old Master still lifes and genre paintes as well as it’s deocartive antiques such as Delftware, pewter and glass. There is no better place than TEFAF to find such a stunning array of treasures so clealy imbued with the Dutch spirit”.

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As you walk about the carefully decorated stalls look around – not just at the items for sell, the great floral arrangments and the innovative décor, but at the other visitors to the fair. See that guy over there – he’s a private buyer who just flew in on his private jet. Of course, unless you are a polyglot, you might find eavesdropping on the rich and famous to be a bit difficult. You’re as likely to hear English spoken as you are Russian, Chinese, Aarbic, French, Portugese, German, Dutch or Italian. It’s as if you’ve taken the worlds wealthiest citizens, thrown them in a Baccarat martini shaker and added copious quantities of cologne, silk ascots, and mink. The cocktail comes out tasting a tad Fitzgeraldesque, but with price tags included.

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Photo above by tos/20375562@N02/sets/72157615400184536/” target=”_blank”>Max-Nathan Punter

It’s this latter reason that I send you to the show. When you go to a museum you can’t touch the art, you don’t get to see the reverse of the painting and you certainly don’t hear how much money a Monet costs. But at TEFAF, you can do all these things. Entrance for 2 into TEFAF costs more than I spent on the pair of brass turn-of-the-century-Polish candlesticks I bought at a flea market in Gdansk which grace my table, but the cost is worth it. At 55E per person (it does include the stupendous fair catalog – eye candy itself) you might be wondering why I’m sending you there. Unless your budget is a whole lot bigger than mine you most likely won’t be doing any buying at the fair. Consider it a day out window shopping. But, oh honey, the window shopping is good. Down right Divalicious.

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e Uffizi or the Met) will you find a collection of art and antiques this good in one locale… that is, until next year. For the fair has been held every March since 1975, recession or no recession.
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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. What has also been encouraging is the increase in visitors from Asia including, for the first time, two groups totaling 20 people from mainland China.”

Dates for March 2010 are not yet available but typically TEFAF posts the next year’s dates within weeks following it’s current fair. This information, my friends, is key for you. It might be too late for you to catch a train or book a flight to this years TEFAF, but you will certainly want to add TEFAF to your 2010 calendar and while you’re at it go ahead and book the hotel. Hotels for 30 miles around book up a year in advance.

Just as TEFAF has vetting committees to guarantee the quality, authenticity and condition of the work (taking works of art that do not meet their high standards out of the dealers possession until the fair is over), I have a Diva Guarantee that will be the finest fine arts fair you’ll ever attend!

Until next time,

The Antiques Diva ™

All photos except for the one indicated are property of Art – das Kunstmagazin

PAN Amsterdam

Earlier this week, I wrote giving you the dates and details for the upcoming PAN Amsterdam to be held Nov 23 – 30, 2008 at the RAI. For those of you who are not familiar with PAN Amsterdam, I thought you might enjoy reading a review written by an IWC Member who participated in the PAN Amsterdam Antiques Diva IWC Outing last year! So Ta Ta from me and Hello from Novella, an IWC Antiques Diva Participant!
IWC Member Novella writes:
top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>It was a cold autumn day in Amsterdam, but what better way to spend it than browsing indoors through PAN Amsterdam. Eight of us art & antiques loving IWC members met up at the RAI exhibition centre for a Diva’s Day Out! Thanks to the “Invitations” obtained by Antiques Diva Tour Guide Marlene we all obtained free entrance to the show – a savings of 12.50E per person!

This was my first visit with the Antiques Diva Group and it was great fun strolling around the hugely varied exhibits, sometimes with the others and sometimes taking time to view paintings alone, lost among classic fine art, modern art, early period furniture, ceramics, photographs, jewelry, sculptures and all the rest that remains a blur. Some of our group was very knowledgeable about antiques and also confident in approaching gallery owners and dealers asking for information and prices of pieces while others of us hadn’t a clue. Speaking of prices, it’s fun to go to PAN even if you know you can’t possibly afford the majority of the price tags for items at PAN! You learn so much and as The Antiques Diva always says, “Seeing fine art educates your eye so you appreciate quality when you see it. It’s like doing a wine tasting to educate the palette.”

I was bowled over by a modern painting by Karl Appel, entitled De Kat from the Jaski Gallery, but no price tag was listed on this one. Taking a cue from the Diva, I inquired with the smiling dealer as to its cost, “The Cat is 35,000E” he said and I retreated with grace to join the others.

Some of the galleries had made great efforts to provide atmosphere to enhance their exhibits, in particular Jan Roelofs Antiquairs specializing in early period furniture and object d’art. The lighting and setting worked to great effect setting off the beauty and mystery of the mainly 16 & 17th C Italian and Spanish furniture.

An exhibit of Russian early 20th C paintings also caught my eye. The paintings, and there were many, seemed so fresh and reasonably priced! They were the bargain at PAN! They were exhibited by the tory.html” target=”_blank”>Douwes Fine Art Gallery and I might just pop along the Spiegelkwartier later and have another browse with “intent” as a I have a large white wall crying out for some affordable art.

The Art Nouveau period was also featured at the show and I particularly liked the art glass such as Tiffany, Daum and Loetz. Absolutely exquisite! I realized quickly I wanted to start collecting pieces such as these.

The PAN Amsterdam fair is a great venue for antique and art novices and dealers alike. The bars and cafes, strategically situated down the center of the exhibition, buzzed with chatter and happy antiques diva’s exchanging views and making new friends in between sips of coffee or wine and cake! This is a cool place also for people and fashion watching… it’s not just the art that is on show but the guests as well! I look forward to my next Antiques Diva experience in January!

Novella
IWC Amsterdam Member