A New York Minute: Diva-scovery: Antiques & Art at The Armory

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Dear Diva Readers,

You’ve done TEFAF and PAN Amsterdam, you live for going to London’s Olympia Art & Antiques Fair and the Biennale des Antiques is a Parisian rite of passage… but have you done The Avenue’s Antiques & Art at The Armory?

You might as well flip open your online agenda and type a great big “Save The Date” for there is no place else you’d rather be this Sept 30 – Oct 3.

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Thursday, September 30 – Sunday, October 3, 2010
Park Avenue Armory, New York City

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This crème de la crème event, produced by Avenue Magazine, is held at The Park Avenue Armory (643 Park Avenue, New York, NY) and gathers over 50 of the world’s most renowned antique dealers in one posh locale! Art & Antique inventory on hand will be endless, focusing on French, English, Italian, Swedish and Continental furniture from the 17th century through mid century modern.

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Rumor has it their collection of fine silver includes Early American, English, Tiffany and Jensen and their Russian antiquities and art are TO DIE for! I for one am a huge fan of clocks and barometers and objets de vertu and simply can’t wait to discover what contemporary art and prints they have on hand! But don’t take my word on it – see what a host of America’s finest interior designers – such as Miles Redd and Mario Buatta – have to say about it! Watch the Highlights from Last Year’s Fair!

Happy shopping,

The Antiques Diva™

Photo Credits for Diva photo on right:
Angelica Arbulu Photography
Neeltje Twiss Art, Antiques and Interiors

Guest Blog: USA Edition – Where the Designers Shop!

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Tata from me, The Antiques Diva™, and Bonjour from La Reine of She’s Shopping Now!


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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Décor aficionados always want to know where the pros shop: those secret, insider places for those in the know, where designers always score the best finds. And those places that don’t have that nasty little sign “To The Trade Only”.

I was lucky enough to be sent on assignment by The Antiques Diva™ to meet with Fran Reilly, of Iconic Antiques and Modern, at her showroom in Center44. Center44? Never heard of it! But now I, too, am in the know…and soon you will be as well!

Center44 is an NYC antiques and vintage home decor showroom somewhat hidden in midtown – East 44th Street in the historic Creative Arts Building – on the 2nd floor of a building whose main signage proclaims “Rachel Ray Show”: it’s where the show is taped. But take the elevator up to 2, and welcome to a massive showroom filled with a diverse collection of antiques and vintage pieces from over 75 international dealers.

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Any time I enter an antiques store, my first look is to see what works for me; then my eyes can refocus to find pieces for whomever I’m shopping with. Immediately my eye lust was satisfied: Fran first walked me to her booth, where the walls sparkle with glitzy gilded mirrors, one of my personal weaknesses. After we dropped our coats (on a pair of gorgeous zebra-print armchairs), Fran toured me through the showroom filled with attention-grabbing vignettes: stylized room settings; glowing eclectic, modern and traditional lighting; accessories ranging from filigree crosses to Bohemian crystal to French tower clocks to evening bags; and furniture in every imaginable style and pedigree from 19th century antiques to post-war modern to Chinese antiquities…and a whole lot more.

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I had the opportunity to meet and chat with Paul Plumadore and Jim Tindell, the founders and owners of Center44, who after a lifetime in the creative and antiques world opened Center44 just a few years ago. There couldn’t be two nicer guys – I could listen to Jim’s hospitable southern drawl all day. And hospitality is all part of the Center44 experience. I’m not a decorator, I’m a shopper. And while there are plenty of decorators cruising the aisles, clipboard in hand, the public is graciously welcomed to shop there too.

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Which decorators shop there, you might ask? Do the names Bunny Williams, Nate Burkus, Kelly Wearstler, Albert Hadley, Amy Lau mean anything to you? You’d never heard of Center44 either? Then we haven’t been paying attention: since its opening, Center44 has received great media press, including Architectural Digest, New York Magazine, O at Home, the New York Times, and TimeOut New York: there’s a whole wall full of framed accolades. In fact, Nate Berkus is such a fan he not only named it one of his favorite places to shop, he also dragged a camera crew in there and featured it on the tv show E! News!

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But don’t be intimidated by the names and caché: Center44 is welcoming and easy to explore, especially with my shopping companion Fran and my hosts Jim and Paul. Take your time, look around: there’s a new story at every turn, and a new temptation in every step.

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Center44 services include:

  • an extensive website with detailed descriptions (including photos and prices) of their inventory, dealer listings, press, and portfolio projects
  • a weekly newsletter The Shout Out that profiles new pieces, dealer events, and industry news …plus some fun tidbits from Jim and Paul
  • on-site furniture and art restoration

The details:

222 East 44th Street
New York, NY 10017
Monday-Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Phone (212) 450-7988 Fax (212) 450-7975

What else caught la Reine’s eye at Center44? Take a peek at her blog ShesShoppingNow for more drool-worthy finds!

Guest Blogger & The Diva of The Day!

La Reine
Author of She’s Shopping Now

(seen right Shopping in Berlin)

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™

Diva-scovery: Third Floor Antiques

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Interview with Third Floor Antiques

Antiques Diva:
Tell me about Third Floor Antiques. How did you get involved in specializing in this particular period of jewelry?

Third Floor Antiques:
My husband and I have been selling antiques for over 25 years. We became involved with Scottish jewelry while shopping an antiques market in London about 23 years ago. I saw a unique brooch with colored stones set in silver. I inquired about the price and was told it was 19th century Scottish and was 180 pounds. This was a great deal of money in those years, especially for silver! I thanked the dealer and left. Later in the day while resting in the hotel, my husband returned and purchased the brooch as a surprise for me. So began our mutual appreciation and passion for antique Scottish jewelry. Like many others, our love of collecting became a business. While my husband is a practicing Medical Oncologist, he still has been able to travel with me and assists me at exhibitions.

Antiques Diva:
What a romantic story! Could you tell Diva Readers what’s special about the period you’re interested in?

Third Floor Antiques:
I love its distinctive designs and naturalistic elements. I appreciate the intricate work fashioned out of materials that have little or no intrinsic value. My husband loves the more artistic pieces and I adore the very traditional designs.

Antiques Diva:
I know there are so many to choose from that it might be difficult to answer this question, but do you have a favorite piece in your collection?

Third Floor Antiques:
One of my favorite items in our inventory is #754380 stock #2189. It is a Scottish agate penannular brooch of exceptional size and choice of colors. The use of penannulars and fibulas to secure cloaks has been used for centuries. In this example the Scottish designers made the “look” sleek, modern and yet decidedly Scottish.
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Antiques Diva:
I’m swooning… it’s so modern and amazing that this piece dates back to the 1880’s. I love the description on the website explaining how it was made to adorn tartans. The (following) description of it on your online catalog really transports me to another time and place:

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Queen Victoria’s love of Balmoral Castle, and the traditions of its people was equally matched by the enthusiasm of the populace. If the Queen wore Scottish jewelry, so did the people. Thus this industry grew and some wonderful pieces of jewelry were created. This penannular is not only grand in stature, but in its fine execution.

Antiques Diva:
How do you see this broach being worn today?

Third Floor Antiques:
It is easily used on sweaters, coats or better yet, on a paisley scarf. While wearing it – wherever you are – you can imagine the heather and the Scottish mist.

Antiques Diva:
Any other favorites you care to share with Diva Readers?

Third Floor Antiques:
The other period of design that we love is the Georgian period. The jewelry is handmade, scarce and so very beautiful. We are currently offering a tore.html#item” target=”_blank”>wonderful pair of Georgian garnet pansy earrings – I have had Georgian earrings of this design only once before, as finding long Georgian earrings seem to be getting all the more difficult. The earrings are light on the ear and suitable for day or evening wear. The cascading leaves terminate with a pansy and all four sections articulate. The pansy was a popular flower used to symbolize remembrance. Given as love tokens, these are as wonderful and sentimental today, as they were two hundred years.

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Georgian Garnet Pansy Earrings
Antiques Diva:
Perfect for valentine’s day! (note to my darling husband, wink, wink, nudge, nudge)!

Third Floor Antiques:
Valentines is indeed just around the corner! Another of my favorites is a pair of tore.html#item” target=”_blank”>very rare Georgian chalcedony earrings.

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Very rare Georgian chalcedony earrings
Both are exceptionally lovely and rare in form.

Antiques Diva:
Have you noticed trends in jewelry in terms of what the public wants?

Third Floor Antiques:
Movies such as “Queen Victoria, The Early Years” have increased public demand and awareness. Several new books on Scottish and Georgian jewelry are also available for researching these areas.

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Janet, it’s been a pleasure getting to know you and your business! I’ll look forward to finding you at the next Pier Show! Any last thoughts before we go?

Third Floor Antiques:
Thanks so much for the opportunity to be on the Antiques Diva blog! My husband and I have travelled abroad several times a year in search of these fast disappearing treasures. We are fortunate to share the passion and the pleasure of meeting hundreds of dealers and having unique experiences. We hold these treasures and then entrust them to other loving hands.

Antiques Diva:
Thanks Third Floor Antiques for being a special Antiques Diva blog guest – Janet, you are The Diva of the Day!
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Until Next Time,
The Antiques Diva™

Diva-scovery: San Jacopo Show – Florence, Italy

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San Jacopo Show
Borgo San Joacop 66r.
50125 Firenze, Italia

Phone: +39 055 23.96.912
Web: http://www.sanjacoposhow.com/
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Happy Shopping,

The Antiques Diva™

Another Diva Tip!

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Firenze, Italia
Phone +39 055 212427

Read a great restro review on this delightful gem from The New York Times!

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Upcoming Antiques Fairs from Paris to New York

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>You’ve heard La Reine wax poetically about Paris’ popular Salon D’Antiquites Brocante at the Place de la Bastille in prior posts. Needless to say as soon as Joel Garcia sent an email telling their upcoming dates I knew that inquiring minds needed the scoop – so mark your calendars shoppers! Over 400 antiquaires et brocanteurs will set up shop this May following this year’s theme “L’EVASION…LES VOYAGES…LE LOINTAIN”.

Salon D’Antiquites et Brocante
Place de Bastille – Paris
7 – 17 May, 2009
Hours: 11am – 7pm daily
Admission: 8 Euro

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Meanwhile, back on the other side of the pond, The Contessa has shared another diva-worthy tip: The Pier Show in New York City will be held this weekend for the last time until November 2009! You better come quick for this is a LAST MINUTE DIVA ANNOUNCEMENT!

The Pier Show – NYC
March 14 -15, 2009
New Hours: 10am – 6pm on BOTH DAYS
Admission – $15
Do Note: All exhibits will be held in ONE building – Pier 94, 12th Avenue @ 55th Street, NYC


Stella Show’s shares some excellent tips for shoppers new to The Pier Show:

If you can’t be there early Saturday, come later…your Saturday admission includes a courtesy pass to return on Sunday.

– Pick up a show guide or just bring a pen to note where you want to go back to – it’s a big show, you think you’ll remember but it’s hard.

– Bring a shopping bag – there’s shipping for the big stuff but there are TONS of fab smalls at great prices. I think you’ll find something.

– Park in one of the neighborhood lots or on the street on Sunday (when you don’t have to feed the meters) instead of on the roof of the Piers – it’s cheaper… or if you came by cab take The Pier’s free shuttle back to midtown (runs every hour till 3 and then every half hour till closing.)

– Bring your measurements and paint chips – the furniture, art and textiles are incredible. I’m still kicking myself over the pink, yes pink, kitchen table that sold while I was seeing if it would fit.

– There’s an ATM and many dealers take checks and credit cards but cash is still king with antiques dealers. (The ATM has been known to run out of cash).

– Bring a friend and pick a place to meet before you go in – there is not a PA for folks who lose each other.

– It’s fun to just look too. Each booth has a different style and dealers come in from all over. It’s like going to 500 shops as different as Tiffany is from Target.

USA Edition – Guest Blog – Save the Date New York

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Dear Diva Readers,

Save the Date! Mark your calendar – March 14-15, 2009! This is the last big collecting event in New York City until fall.

  • 500 Shops and Galleries in ONE building. Pier 94 12th Ave., @55th St., NY
  • Fabulous and Affordable Furniture, Jewelry, Silver, Ceramics
  • Industrial Arts, Collectibles, Fashion, Art and so much more!

From tea towels to Tiffany and way beyond… you’ll find it at the Pier Show.

NEW HOURS: 10-6pm on Saturday and Sunday

Admission: $15
(But take a hint and watch the NY Times on Fridays in February for a discount admission coupons)

For More Details: visit stellashows

By the way, Dealers, this show is made with you in mind! Dealer Specials (of up to 50% off certain items) are being compiled and will be emailed to registered dealers prior to the show.

While there, check out the Glass, Rug & Furniture Restoration & Conservation booth as well as the Toy, Memorabilia & Pop Culture Appraisals

Coming to you LIVE FROM NEW YORK,

The Contessa

Guest Blog – Impressionist Giverny Comes to New York

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Today’s blog comes to you “Live From New York”! The Contessa,a New York state-based antiques dealer and Diva reader, has written to The Antiques Diva™ to share details on a stateside exhibition of “American Painters in France from 1885- 1915”.

The Contessa’s conversational writing style is a joy, harking back to her days as a radio personality. I am delighted to say that The Contessa is joining the team of regular diva reporters as she’ll be writing a series of upcoming guest blogs which are sure to daze & amaze! Thanks Contessa!

The Antiques Diva™


The Contessa – Impressionist Giverny Comes to New York

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>If you can’t afford a trip to Europe this year but happen to be in the New York state capital, there is a fix Francais for you. Impressionist Giverny – American Painters in France, 1885-1915 is currently on display through January 4th at the Albany Institute of History and Art in Albany, NY.

Giverny, the French village where Claude Monet did some of his most beautiful works, attracted hundreds of artists – many American – through the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries. The beauty represented in Monet’s art attracted so many artists from around the world that it transformed the village from a sleepy hamlet to a colorful and thriving community.

More than 50 of those stunning oil paintings from American artists who lived in Giverny are on display, including “The Terrace Walls” by Will Hicok Low, “The Card Players” by Theodore Earl Butler and “Mabel Conkling” by Frederick William Macmonnies. The exhibit was originally presented by the Musee d’Art Americain in Giverny, France.

Admission to the display also includes admission to the Institute Museum as well. There are gallery talks on this exhibit by a museum docent every Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm.

Head to Albany over the next 2 1/2 months and soak up this wonderful gem of an exhibition!

The Contessa

One Minute Diva – NYC Antiques Fall Fair Calendar

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>If you’re going to be in NYC in the next month, take note: Roving Reporter La Reine has written in from the field to give Diva Readers a schedule of upcoming fairs and shows in the next four weeks! Don’t miss a Diva Worthy New York moment!

West Side Antiquarian Book & Ephemera* Fair
Friday, Oct 17 4-9pm
Admission $15
Saturday, October 18 9am-4pm
Admission $10
The Altaman Building
135 West 18th Street

Is anyone else clueless about the definition of the word “ephemera”? According to www.dictionary.com it is “items designed to be useful or important for only a short time, esp. pamphlets, notices, tickets, etc.”

The Modern Show 20th Century Art + Design
October 17-18-19
The Armory on Lexington Avenue @ 26th St
Friday & Saturday 11-7, Sunday 11am -5pm
Admission $15

Grammercy Park Antiques Show
October 24-25-26
The Armory on Lexington Avenue @26th St, NYC
Admission $15
Friday & Saturday 11am-7pm, Sunday 11am-5pm

The New York Antiques Show
Oct 31, Nov 1 & 2
Friday & Saturday 11am-7pm, Sunday 10am-5pm
Wallace Hall
at the Church of St Ignatious Loyola
980 Park Avenue at 84th St
Admission $15

The Pier Antiques Show
Nov 15 & 16
Piers 92 & 94
12th Avenue @ 52nd to 55th Sts
Admission $15
Pier 92: Sat 9am-6pm and Sun 11am -5pm
Pier 94: Sat 10am-6pm and Sun 10am-5pm

Thanks La Reine!