A’FSH – Silver Shines at the Fair

Dear Diva Readers,

top: 5px; float: left; color: white; background: #781300; border: 1px solid darkkhaki; font-size: 100px; line-height: 90px; padding-top: 1px; padding-right: 5px; font-family: times;”>Here’s your chance to impress guests at your next dinner party with some seriously sexy silver!  At A’FSH – The Arts and Antiques Fair in ‘s Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, held from  April 16 to  April 25, Jacob J. Roosjen, SRI ®, European Antique Silver dealer, is offering some spectacular Dutch silver that will simply have you drooling to serve up something diva-worthy!


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

Bonne Shopping,
The Antiques Diva®

In the Press! Victoria, Crave Amsterdam & The Examiner

Dear Diva Readers,

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Extra, Extra, Read All About It!!!

The Antiques Diva™ Company is in the news!!! The fanfare started this summer when toriamag.com/”>Victoria magazine featured me this July/August in their Calling Card section in their issue devoted to “Antiquing Tips from the Experts”! In an article titled “For the Love of Vintage” the article starts by saying, “Charmed by these old classics, these visionary women entrepreneurs have turned their passions for the past into successful businesses for today”!

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“Champagne Wishes and Caviar Dreams”,

The Antiques Diva™

Delft Envy: Treasures on Tuesday

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Did you read that last blog entry on save the Dutch Date for the upcoming Oude Kunst en Antiek Beurs Fair in Delft and get total Delft-envy? Have no fear; even if your travels aren’t taking you to Holland, you can still Bring Holland Home by shopping “Treasures” by The Antiques Diva™, allowing you to make the trip without even leaving your armchair! And remember, at “Treasures” by The Antiques Diva we offer FREE international shipping!

Here’s just a few of our Delft Treasures:

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Better yet, if you happen to be in the area, make an appointment to visit our by-appointment only show house outside Den Haag!

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The Antiques Diva™

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™

Treasures on Tuesday: Delft Blue Vintage Ginger Jar

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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.

What do you Crave?

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>The CRAVE Company publishes the most unique and stylish guidebooks on the market, celebrating women entreprenesses in cities around the world, showcasing some of the most creative, interesting, and gutsy proprietors of businesses you need to know about. Originally started in 2001 by Melody Biringer, the first CRAVE guide was “CRAVE Seattle, The Urban Girl’s Manifesto,” published in 2002. Before long women were calling their girlfriends for shopping and lunch expeditions based on Crave Seattle’s recommendations and a movement was born.


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I’d like to extend a Special Thank You to writer, photographer and expat-expert Shirley Agudo for recommending me to be profiled as 1 of 150 Women To Know in Amsterdam! Shirley is the most inspiring person I know, serving as a role model, mentor and friend. Shirley’s latest book Bicycle Mania, has taken the whole of Holland by storm and within mere months of being published is already on its 2nd printing. Meanwhile her career as a photographer has flourished and you can see her work at galleries such as tographs/Home.html” target=”_blank”>Eduard Planting’s Fine Art Photography.

I also owe Crave Amsterdam Special Projects Manager Cristina Stoian my heartfelt appreciation for including me in the book! Cris has been a delight to meet and is quite possibly the most well-connected woman in Amsterdam, knowing who’s who and connecting those who need to know one another! Even more importantly, Cris is down-right fun – a Diva in her own right – and within minutes of meeting, I knew we were going to be friends! When Cris isn’t hard at work interviewing Crave candidates and coordinating a massive publishing and networking project in Amsterdam, she works as a portrait photographer, capturing souls on camera!


I’m certain just hearing about The Crave Company you’re already excited about the concept! Let me ask you something – when you’re traveling in a city, what are you looking for in the stores you visit?

  • Do you love quality goods
  • Do you expect exceptional service
  • Do you want to be pampered
  • Do you appreciate attention to detail
  • Do you enjoy supporting local, female proprietors
  • Do you have absolutely no time to waste
  • Do you long to get out and explore the city

If these points sound familiar, then let The Crave Guides introduce you to fabulous new designers, to miracle-worker masseuses, to confectionery queens, and to tours/” target=”_blank”>antiquing divas! In essence, The Crave Company will introduce you to amazing women around town who will help satisfy your next craving – whatever you’re looking for!


Hester van Eeghen Fashion/Leather Design Center

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Friday Next

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for interior and lifestyle is Amsterdam’s latest hotspot offering not only a trendy selection of renowned brands and small, exclusive upcoming designers but also interior decorating and styling service as well as an onsite café for lingering in the hippest locale in Amsterdam! Visit Friday Next today!

Can’t wait to get the inside scoop and to learn about more Crave Ladies?

Pre-order your Crave Amsterdam Book!
by emailing to:toma@antiquesdiva.com”>toma@antiquesdiva.com

Advance Purchase Price 15 Euro + Shipping & Handling
(regular retail price 19.95E)

What do you Crave?

The Antiques Diva™

(There’s me craving champagne at right!)

New York City Edition – “Dutch Art Now”

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>When I received the following email from tographs/Home.html” target=”_blank”>Eduard Planting Fine Art Photography in Amsterdam, I knew I had to share the details with NYC area readers – Dutch Art Now is taking a bite out of the Big Apple!

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If you happen to be in New York between 2 and 14 March, then please feel free to visit us at The National Arts Club and see the work of:

  • Reinier Gerritsen, from the “Wallstreet Subway” series
  • Diana Blok, from the “See through us” series
  • Igor Kruter, from the “Karakal Girls” series
  • Christopher Regis-Gludd, from the “Amsterdam” series
Dutch Art Now is an official concurrent art fair during the Armory Arts Week. An art show with a carefully chosen selection of art from either renowned or upcoming Dutch artists. For the second time this show is hosted in the distinguished National Arts Club. There will be 9 other galleries exhibiting as well.

The show will be opened officially by the Dutch Consul-General on Tuesday night, 2nd March – Please let Eduard Planting Fine Arts know if you’d like to be invited for that occasion!

For more information read: Going Dutch!

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Dutch Art Now:
Opening times & address:
March 3 – 14, 2010: 11AM – 5PM
National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park South
New York City

Tot Straks!

The Antiques Diva™

March 8: Sotheby’s Amsterdam Sale

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Get ready to do some serious drooling – Sotheby’s Amsterdam is delighted to announce that it will offer for sale the core body from the former Peter Stuyvesant Collection, property of British American Tobacco The Netherlands (BAT), on

Monday, March 8, 2010
Viewing March 1-7, 2010 – 10am-7pm

The sale will be an evening event following a week-long exhibition at Sotheby’s in Amsterdam. The works from the collection to be offered for sale are estimated to realize in excess of €4 – 5 million. The core body of the collection has over 163 works fresh on the market by leading artists such as Karel Appel, Manuel Rivera, and Jesus Rafael Soto!

to-sell-the-former-peter-stuyvesant-collection-in-amsterdam.html” target=”_blank”>Art Knowledge News has posted an excellent article with information on the background of this collection – a fascinating story that started as an experiment and resulted in the largest collection of Post War and Contemporary Art ever to come at auction in the Netherlands.

If you’re an arm-chair traveler, don’t worry – the auction catalog is available online, perfect for perusing with a coup de champagne in one hand and the laptop in the other!


The Antiques Diva™

Guest Blog: The Antiques Diva Meets Victorian Cobweb

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Today’s blog post comes to you from my Name Twin! A “Name Twin” is someone who has the same first name as you do. If you’re named Lisa, or Elizabeth, Amy or Jessica, finding others who share your name might be old hat, but when you have an unusual, somewhat bizarre, first name like I do it’s an utter surprise (and delight) when you find another person with your same first name! Though you know me by “The Diva”, in real life my first name is Toma and so when a few years ago I crossed paths with another girl from Oklahoma named Toma who happened to be as antiques-obsessed as me, I knew we were destined to become friends.

Over the past few years we’ve emailed regularly – tomas-and-round-top-texas-antiques.html” target=”_blank”>The Two Toma’s going back and forth, modern day pen pals and it’s been such a pleasure. Last year The Other Toma and I had a chance to meet face-to-face and we couldn’t stop gabbing!! But before I babble on, let me stop and turn this blog post over to The Other Toma – we’ll let her tell you our story!

So Ta Ta from this girl named Toma (aka The Antiques Diva) and Hello from My Name Twin Toma, author of toriancobweb.blogspot.com/” target=”_blank”>Victorian Cobweb!


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Tulip Vase from Freshome

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DeWit Unica Delftware at Dutch Village Shopping

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Web Gallery of Art
1690’s Royal Collection, Hampton Court

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Dutch Souvenirs
Fun and whimsical vase.

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Tulip vase Piet

Take a moment out of your busy day to stop and smell the flowers! And my advice is to find your name twin and start your own pen pal relationship!

Thanks for letting me guest blog!

The Other Toma,
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Open Door Days – Amsterdam – Johan de Feijter

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Long-term Diva Readers will have heard me dish time and time again about the incredible “Secret Sale” – The Open Door Days at Johan de Feijter’s Amsterdam antiques shop! You’ll want to drop what you’re doing and clear your agenda to make this December’s sale in the Jordaan!

Sensational finds can be found two weekends this December 2009!
11 – 13 December, 2009
18 – 20 December, 2009

Johan de Feijter
Bloemgracht 58

For a sneak peak at the fabulous French inventory available during these Open Door dates, check out these gorgeous pictures of Johan’s shop!

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While at Johan’s make sure when paying for your many purchases that you ask for directions to the nearby shops participating in the Open Door Days. Johan has some sensational addresses up his sleeve and he’s always happy to share his secrets!
As always, Happy Shopping and Happy Holidays!

The Antiques Diva™