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Watch My LAPADA Presentation on Facebook LIVE

Darlings, London is Calling… and you’re invited to join me – VIRTUALLY that is!

Watch Toma Clark Haines, The Antiques Diva, LAPADA Presentation on Facebook LIVEI am live streaming my LAPADA presentation Feb 23, 2017, when I broadcast on Facebook LIVE while I speak at the Houses of Parliament for the 9th Annual LAPADA Conference at the House of Lords!

My talk as CEO of The Antiques Diva & Co is on establishing client trust and creating international business relationships, addressing factors such as the influence a customer’s decision making has in buying from one dealer over another as well as what creates a sense of trust in establishing long-term international relationships with clients. I’ll discuss the main drivers in creating trusted relationships between buyers and sellers, offering tips on how to develop these relationships and how to best communicate with American clients.

This year’s LAPADA, the Association of Art & Antiques Dealers, Conference will focus on how art and antiques dealers can trade online more securely, better protecting themselves and their clients. Experts will impart professional advice on a range of topics from dealing with cyber-attacks and protecting clients’ data to how to comply with Distance Selling Regulations and understanding copyright laws.

How To Watch My LAPADA Presentation on Facebook LIVE

  • When: Feb 23, 2017
  • Time:  3pm-3.45pm GMT – For those of you on the other side of the pond: that’s 10am EST and 9am CST and 7am PST
  • Where: Go to my personal Facebook page: Toma Clark Haines to watch my presentation live.

If you’re not available to join us live, the video will stay on my Facebook page after the live broadcast.

Read more about my LAPADA presentation on Establishing Client Trust here.

Toma Clark Haines, The Antiques Diva®

AYG Award Party in London

Dear Diva Readers,

Everyone knows that The Antiques Diva® loves a good party. But couple that with an entire party devoted to the world of antiques – filled with the movers and shakers of the antiques world – and I am in my element! I, along with my UK Antiques Diva Agent Gail McLeod and our behind the scenes Creative Guy Andrew Skipper, were recently in London to attend an evening to celebrate the Antiques Heavy Artillery Mentors of Antiques Young Guns at Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair. The party, which was held in the Club Room, was sponsored not only by The Antiques Diva® & Co but also more importantly by BADA, LAPADA, and, of course, Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair.

Antiques Young Guns, AYG Award Party in London, The Antiques Diva, Gail McLeod, Andrew Skipper, Spencer Swaffer, Paul Jones Antiques, Daniel Larsson, Robert Young Antiques, Mark Hill, Counter restaurant, BADA, LAPADA, Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair

Antiques Young Guns, AYG Award Party in London, The Antiques Diva, Gail McLeod, Andrew Skipper, Spencer Swaffer, Paul Jones Antiques, Daniel Larsson, Robert Young Antiques, Mark Hill, Counter restaurant, BADA, LAPADA, Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair

Antiques Young Guns, AYG Award Party in London, The Antiques Diva, Gail McLeod, Andrew Skipper, Spencer Swaffer, Paul Jones Antiques, Daniel Larsson, Robert Young Antiques, Mark Hill, Counter restaurant, BADA, LAPADA, Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair

Attending the party was a myriad of antiques trade professionals and journalists. We spent the evening mixing and mingling, champagne in hand of course! When it was time for the awards ceremony, I was so pleased to present the award for Most Innovative Mentor to my friend and renowned antiques dealer, Spencer Swaffer. He gave space in his own store for a pop-up shop to his mentoree Paul Jones during the busiest week of the year.  The overall winner of the Heavy Artillery Mentor Program went to Robert Young who could not attend the party, so it was accepted by the Young Gun whom he mentored which happens to be our very own Swedish Divo Guide, Daniel Larsson.

Antiques Young Guns, AYG Award Party in London, The Antiques Diva, Gail McLeod, Andrew Skipper, Spencer Swaffer, Paul Jones Antiques, Daniel Larsson, Robert Young Antiques, Mark Hill, Counter restaurant, BADA, LAPADA, Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair

Following the reception, everyone gathered at a fabulous new restaurant at Vauxhall called Counter which is owned by Antiques Road Show Host Mark Hill’s partner, Philip. Mark is also one of the co-founders of Antiques Young Guns along with Gail McLeod and George Johnson. Drinks, dinner, and lots of conversation ensued until the wee hours of the morning. A Diva’s work is never done!

Antiques Young Guns, AYG Award Party in London, The Antiques Diva, Gail McLeod, Andrew Skipper, Spencer Swaffer, Paul Jones Antiques, Daniel Larsson, Robert Young Antiques, Mark Hill, Counter restaurant, BADA, LAPADA, Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair

Huge congratulations to Gail Mcleod who worked tirelessly to put this evening together, all while taking VIP clients on tour during the same week as this monumental event in the antiques industry. They say that if you want something done, ask a busy person… well, Gail certainly knows how to get things done! Looking forward to seeing Antiques Young Guns grow in the coming year and can’t wait for the next party!

Antiques Young Guns, AYG Award Party in London, The Antiques Diva, Gail McLeod, Andrew Skipper, Spencer Swaffer, Paul Jones Antiques, Daniel Larsson, Robert Young Antiques, Mark Hill, Counter restaurant, BADA, LAPADA, Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair, Olga, The HighBoy

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University of York Antiques Fair

Dear Diva Readers,

Here at The Antiques Diva & Co we have a little black book—actually it’s NOT so little, it’s practically bulging with the best antiquing addresses in Europe.

We use this resource list to decide where to take our clients so they can find just what they are looking for.  And while the antique warehouses, private by appointment only stores are divine, there is a time and place for a good old antiques fair!!  Attending an antiques fair is down-right convenient when you get a gathering of vendors in one place – giving you the opportunity to do one-stop shopping!

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There is a prestigious antique fair this year on July 4 and 5 that promises to be a do-not-miss event. Translation— it has some of the top dealers in the area! Members are selected for their expertise, integrity, and reputation.

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The University of York Antiques Fair  will be held in the University of York Exhibition Centre and it will have approximately 40 exhibitors. Items on display will include period furniture, high quality silver including Scottish provincial items, 18th, 19th and early 20th century ceramics, antique arms and armour, high quality jewelry, art nouveau, art deco and arts and crafts metalware, glass, lighting and pottery and both contemporary and antique fine art. The event will have exhibitions from a number of Yorkshire based antiques dealers trading in items with a Yorkshire bias.

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George-Wright-Oil-on-Board-1-300x225Rose Antiques Fairs Ltd aims to establish the fair at the University of York as an annual event.  If you would like more information on The University of York Antiques Fair or any other antiques fairs throughout Europe, email us at

info@antiquesdiva.com and we’d be happy to discuss how we can custom plan a private tour for you, combining special fairs and our secret sources
throughout 8 countries.

Happy antiquing,

The Antiques Diva®

LAPADA London Art and Antiques Fair

Dear Diva Readers,

Our Antiques Diva locally based English Diva Gail McLeod is putting on her pearls and joining the jet setters at Berkley Square – she’s taking our Swedish Divo Guide Daniel as her “date” for an opening night fete representing The Antiques Diva & Co at the art & antiques social event of the season! 

Antiques Diva Gail McLeod and Daniel Larsson

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Glamorous, sparkling and alluring, over the last five years the LAPADA London Art and Antiques Fair has developed into one of the most interesting events around.   The 25-29 September 2013 event will have more than 100 exhibitors. Prices of works range from £500 up to £500,000 and beyond, offering the most discerning collector exceptional antiques and fine art to choose from and inviting first time collectors to develop exciting new interests.  Among the exceptional works on offer are furniture, jewellery, carpets, tapestries, antiquities, clocks, ceramics, silver and fine art.

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One of the vendors making a debut this year at the fair is the society jeweler Grima whom has all of us here the AD&Co SWOONING!  Their jewelry is  wearable sculpture! It’s modern, sexy, and voluptuous. It’s not unusual to see a Grima design fashioned from watermelon tourmaline with diamond stamens, or find a fire opal set in beaten gold or a huge Colombian emerald pendant tied up with ribbons of diamonds. Iconic style-setters of every generation have been drawn to the brand. In the 60s and 70s it was people like Princess Margaret, Jackie Onassis, Peter Sellers, Estee Lauder, Ursula Andress and sculptor Barbara Hepworth, and more recently, fashion designers Miuccia Prada and Marc Jacobs.

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Francesca Grima, daughter of founder Andrew Grima, who was fortunate to have spent ten years working with her father before his death in 2007, will exhibit with her mother Jojo Grima showing iconic Grima designs from the 60s and 70s together with their own contemporary interpretations and original designs.  Francesca Grima’s talent for creating remarkable jewellery came not just from the emotional support her parents provided, but also from their creative inspiration.

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Andrew Grima trained as an engineer and only entered the jewellery business after the war having served nearly five years with the 7th Indian Division in Burma. In 1946 he joined his future father-in-law’s jewellery business in London, where he astonished everyone with his first improvised collection based on a suitcase full of rough-cut semi-precious stones brought-in one day by a Brazilian dealer – this creative burst took everyone by surprise as he had been working in accounts at the time!

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Other new exhibitors include AD Antiques, Jeroen Markies, Galleria del Coronari, Peta Smyth, Jenna Burlingham Fine Art, Philip Mould Gallery Portrait Miniatures, Plus One Gallery, Hampton Antiques, Mark Mitchell, Michael Chipperfield and Japanese Gallery.

Bonne Shopping!
The Antiques Diva

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