Rau Antiques – The Armory Show NYC

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>The lesson of the day is that the contacts in a Diva’s “Little Black Book” are worth their weight in gold – or rather make that jewels, fine art and authentic Versailles furniture! I’ve just added a contact to my address book that will have you swooning.

to 10px; WIDTH: 288px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 400px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_kcTb8DnPVW4/TJXKtv6TDuI/AAAAAAAAFHc/aFBTG8-OTPM/s400/Rau3.jpg” border=”0″ />A scheduling conflict had my smile turned positively upside down to miss both the Biennale des Antiquaires in Paris and The Armory Show in NYC. You know my motto reads “Love antiques, will travel for world-class antique fairs and flea markets”…so you can imagine my sorrow at having to sit out not just one, but two. While moaning to friend and business contact Saxon Henry of Roaming by Design over my misfortune, Sax had the perfect solution to my problems. While she couldn’t clone me so I could be in two places at once, she could introduce me to a friend of hers who just so happened to be attending both events this fall. The next best thing to being in both Paris and New York is knowing someone who will be – someone who could fill in both me and my readers on the crème de la crème of these antiques events so that even when I’m home on the range I won’t miss a moment of the action.

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Candid Kellogg writes:

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Bill Rau, the third generation owner of this venerable, prestigious antiques and fine arts gallery based on Royal Street in New Orleans since 1911, has a master’s eye when it comes to acquiring spot-on antiques and, lately, pedigreed fine art, a category that has shown a marked increase in the past 18 months.

Rau Antiques is a sprawling 30,000 sq ft gallery, with a neighboring townhouse called Le Salon, which offers the connoisseur and visitor to New Orleans an impeccable and historical tour of 18th and 19th century decorative arts.

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If Candid Kellogg has you salivating for more fine art and antiques, you must visit Rau Antiques Booth at The Armory Fair this fall.

Antiques & Art at the Armory
September 30 – October 3, 2010


Antiques and Art at the Armory features more than 50 dealers from around the world, specializing in high-end antiques and art. The show is vetted to ensure the highest quality and assurance of authenticity.

Special thanks to “Candid Kellogg” and her touch down from Paris! And stay tuned for more!

Until Next Time,

The Antiques Diva™

Diva-scovery: NYC’s Showplace Antique and Design Center

What is Diva-scovery?
A fabulous find or shopping discovery – be it an Antique Shop, Vintage or Home Decorating Store – that will entice diva’s on parade to stop, shop and drop some dough!

Do you have a Diva-scovery? Email The Antiques Diva™ at toma@antiquesdiva.com, giving all the details of your find: write a quick blurb telling about your Diva-scovery, the name of the store & their website, including address & phone number. Plus, include a link to your blog (if applicable) and a photo of yourself!

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The shop windows on 25th St yielded surprises: antique shops! Most were shuttered or gated this Tuesday afternoon, but one doorway that was open boasted: Showplace Antique and Design Center. It looked appropriately shabby for the neighborhood and there was a bored guard at the door – I had about 15 minutes to get to my destination, so I decided “why not”?

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Prices were all over the place – again variety. Next time you’re in Manhattan, why not check it out yourself, or visit on-line, and see what you can discover? I know next time to drop in when I can leisurely browse the aisles and aisles and aisles. Diva-scovery!

Showplace Antique and Design Center
NY Showplace website
40 W 25th St (5th/6th Ave)
NY, NY 10010
212.633.6063

Happy Shopping!

La Reine – Guest Blogger Diva-of-the-Day!

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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
NYC
to:bgventer@bookfairs.com”>bgventer@bookfairs.com

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
NYC
Friday & Saturday 11-7, Sunday 11am -5pm
Admission $15
http://www.stellashows.com/

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
http://www.stellashows.com/

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
NYC
Admission $15
http://www.jmkshows.com/

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

Thanks La Reine!

Roving Reporter La Reine Recommends Reading This Week

Dear Antiques Diva™,

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;”>Your Roving Reporter is slowly recovering from the great NYC heat wave this weekend…we didn’t hit triple-digits, but with the high humidity, it certainly felt like it. I went to our west balcony overlooking the Hudson River and tried to catch some breeze on my chaise longue, while flipping through my growing pile of unopened magazines. I subscribe to Bon Appetit, Gourmet, and Saveur (as well as another 5 or 10 other magazines.) When I lived in Europe I was used to paying around $10 per issue, so when I moved back to the USA, getting a whole year of issues for $10 was such a bargain I couldn’t help myself…now I just have to read them all!

On top of the pile of unread magazines was my first issue of Food and Wine Magazine, July 2008, which I am somehow getting for free. As I slowly flipped the pages, admiring the pictures of all the foods it is much too hot to cook, I came across an article on collecting French kitchen utensils. One of the authors’ favorites is copper pots, which I have spent hours evaluating in brocantes, puces and vide greniers throughout France. While reading the article, I quickly realized that the authors are the owners of one of my favorites web shops Objects Objects. Sadly their list of recommended shopping venues are all in Paris and none in NYC where they too live (I’ll have to ask them for some local shopping tips!), but the article, and the web shop, are a wonderful opportunity for your own armchair shopping or perfect if you’re planning a trip to Paris! I knew Antiques Diva™ readers would be interested to see this article!

If you can’t find the magazine, check the article out online! But note: there are 3 related articles…check them all out to find the full information.

Can’t talk now, have to go shopping!

La Reine