Dear Diva Readers,
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Jacob will be hosting this pop-up shop together with Paul Klunder, a renowned decorator from Belgium. The successful theme of “Dining and Shining” during the most recent PAN Amsterdam http://www.pan.nl inspired Jacob to continue his celebration of light into the holiday season. The motto for the pop-up of “Candles Stick Together” will carry on the idea of candlelight during winter and add to the festive mood in Amsterdam as well as help usher in the New Year ahead.
If you would like to join in the experience, be sure to stop in to Galerie Prinsengracht at Prinsengracht 795 in Amsterdam from 16-20 December from 14:00-19:00 and tell Paul Klunder or Jacob Roosjen that The Antiques Diva sent you!
The Antiques Diva®
Dear Diva Readers,
You’ve heard me wax poetically about PAN AMSTERDAM – Holland’s most important national art and antiques fair and a must for every art lover.
This years event is just around the corner…
Nov 24 to Dec 1, 2013
Daily from 11 am-7 pm
The Antiques Diva®
P.S. Make sure to stop by and visit Jacob Roosjen’s silver stall at PAN Amsterdam at Stand #50 to see this gorgeous silver tea urn, made in 1777 by Johannes Schiotling, in real life!
Dear Diva Readers,
One of the delights of the winter in the Netherlands is the antiques fair PAN, held every November in Amsterdam RAI. For the lucky ones with an eye for beauty and deep pockets, it’s an Eldorado.
It’s as if you visit the Rijksmuseum and everything would be for sale. Saturday was the opening, a society event where the rich and famous have the privilege of first choice out of an endless array of antiques from the Egyptian era to the very hip, with everything in between. Collectors can go straight to their field of interest to add an item to their collection, generalists can just browse, till lightning strikes and they fall in love with an object. The dealers are keen on telling you all you would like to know about their treasures, don’t be shy to ask, they are very friendly! Never think you ask a stupid question. Thus I was surprised to hear from Dolf van Omme, who had both a small early painting and a pencil drawing by Mondrian for sale, that the drawing was more expensive than the painting, because it was rarer.
Another eye opener for me: 17th century art is more affordable now than more recent artworks. Also in antiques there’s the law of supply and demand, and of what’s trendy at the moment in Interior Decoration. But fashion changes all the time, don’t let it dictate what you should personally like or eventually buy.
Just imagine I win the lottery tomorrow, what would I spend it on? Probably my first choice would be something of silver, because I trust the intrinsic value of the material (the price of silver is rising constantly, as is gold), but also because it seems so indestructible. No chance of breaking it in a moment of clumsiness, which means you can use the silverware to give an extra shine to your little parties at home. You don’t even have to be a great cook to impress your guests! A simple soup would look scrumptious when served in that beautiful 18th century tureen in Louis XVI style, , which I saw in the stand of Jacob Roosjen, formerly the silver expert at Sotheby’s Amsterdam. Your bread rolls would taste divine in the solid silver (never a plated object to be found in the PAN) basket in a delightful rococo style, from 1774, made in the residence of the court The Hague.
If you’re even lazier and give only cocktail parties, what a smashing eye catcher would the huge wine cooler be, nearly 6 kg in silver, 61 cm wide, big enough to keep 6 bottles of champagne or white wine cold! It is the biggest wine cooler in this Louis XV style on the market, the dealer told me, and the Rijksmuseum has a very similar one.
Now these silver objects don’t come cheap, you could buy a small apartment in the centre of Amsterdam for the price of that wine cooler, but if my pockets were still not empty, I would certainly buy some 18th century furniture, so refined and elegant in its lines and decor. This French commode in Louis XVI style, of course ” d’epoque” (which means no reproduction of the 19th century), would come in very handy in my living room, and I wouldn’t say no to the painting of that pretty lady by Largillierre to complete the look, thanks to antique dealer Mischo van Kollenburg. I would also take that marquetterie secretaire I saw at Theo Daatselaar, fit evenly for writing romantic letters with a feather or sending a message from your laptop.
For my bedroom I would go for the Empire style, of about 1800, also one of my favorites.
I love the warm shine of mahogany with the typical gilded brass decorations you always see in this furniture of Napoleon’s days. A good mirror is a girl’s best friend, can’t live without them. My choice would be the enormous French “psyche”, as it is called, from Limburg Antiquairs. It is more than life-size, must have been made for a giant. They also offered this empire commode, made for the Palace Het Loo in Apeldoorn, what a pretty ensemble that would make!
Enough dreaming, alas! For those of you readers who have euros to spend before they evaporate, I would say: go! The fair is still open all week until Sunday the 27th of November.
Antiques Diva Tour Guide Lucretia
(seen below in Amsterdam on an Antiques Diva Tour)
Dear Diva Readers,
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My favorite item in Roosjen’s divine inventory is this very rare large silver and oval shaped Louis XV style wine cooler (5782 gram, width 61 cm) made by François van Stapele in The Hague in 1764! It can cool six bottles of champagne and is ideal for diva fetes!
Of course, you wouldn’t want to forget to cool your glasses for the party as they did in the olden days! How about taking home The Hague Monteith Bowl (1301 gram, diameter 26,5 cm) made by Reinier de Haan in 1774. This piece is a real eye catcher!
And for another piece of eye candy, in a bit smaller size (444 gram, height 17,5 cm), you mustn’t miss this elegant silver wine jug finely chased with floral decoration, grapes and horns of plenty. The famous Amsterdam silversmith Johannes Schiotling manufactured this wine jug in 1767 and it’s ready to hold at least half a liter of your favorite Bordeaux.
These extraordinary items give you just an impression of the high quality silver Jacob J. Roosjen, SRI® has in his collection. The world’s leading expert on silver, Roosjen is world-renowned for his passion for Dutch silver in particular. Make sure to visit him – and his handsome sons – at this upcoming A’FSH and fire away with those deep-burning silver questions – you’ll be delighted with their answers! Don’t forget to tell them that The Antiques Diva® sent you!
A’FSH – Arts & Antiques Fair in ‘s Hertogenbosch
April 16 -25, 2011
The Antiques Diva®
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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 www.jacobroosjen.com and www.silverreseachinstitute.com. Both websites are still under reconstruction, but the essential information is on them.
The Antiques Diva™
P.S. To Read past Diva Posts on the sensational art and antiques fair Jacob Roosjen was talking about click here!