to 10px; WIDTH: 200px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 267px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_kcTb8DnPVW4/Su7JvTu1qWI/AAAAAAAADtQ/TFg_q86hWpE/s400/robert+schreuder.jpg” border=”0″ />top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>A heavy card stock envelope came in the mail this week – return address Holland! It was an invitation from Robert Schreuder Antiques to attend topDefault.aspx?tabid=1&lg=en” target=”_blank”>PAN – Amsterdam, Holland’s most important national art and antiques fair and a must for every art lover! A few months ago I posted a blog describing my personal style, saying that The Antiques Diva Style is all about antiques juxtaposed with modern art. Well, PAN Amsterdam subscribes to this same mental school of decorating. At the fair you’ll find contemporary , modern art & designs going hand-in-hand with objects that have a long history—a beach scene by Cézanne, a 16th-century Madonna, a spectacular glass chandelier or a 17th C Grand Tour souvenir!
to 10px; WIDTH: 220px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 200px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_kcTb8DnPVW4/Su7INkzxSYI/AAAAAAAADso/oxr5XczI5qk/s400/robertschreuder3.gif” border=”0″ />Robert Schreuder, perhaps the most charming antiques dealer in Amsterdam, included some pictures of items he’ll be presenting at PAN with his invite and he had me at “Goedemiddag”. The inventory in his eponymously-named, by-appointment-only shop on Amsterdam’s Ceintuurbaan is in a word, “To-Die-For”. Okay, make that 3 words, but you catch my drift… The concept behind his collection goes straight to my heart – Robert sells Grand Tour Souvenirs.
to 10px; WIDTH: 145px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 350px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_kcTb8DnPVW4/Su7INiTHxDI/AAAAAAAADsg/dlbZhxxeX-o/s400/robertschreuder2.gif” border=”0″ />The concept behind The Antiques Diva Tours is that we travel, we shop, and we buy souvenirs to remember those travels. An antique souvenir is so much better than a cheesy T-shirt and so on Antiques Diva Tours we buy European antiquities and memories, returning home to put them on our mantle for all our friends to see! But in the 17th – 19th C during the tourframe.html” target=”_blank”>Grand Tour, young men and ladies were doing the same thing as we on Diva Tours do today! They were traversing Europe, visiting Italy and France, learning the most important developments in language, arts, court etiquette, legal and political systems, science, culture and refined European taste. They visited France and Italy, Austria and the Low Countries and while they were out “getting cultured”, they SHOPPED, Antiques Diva Style!
to 10px; WIDTH: 350px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 237px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_kcTb8DnPVW4/Su7INZQJHeI/AAAAAAAADsY/kbF3QwP6svk/s400/robertschreuder.jpg” border=”0″ />“They bought souvenirs and these souvenirs became known as Grand Tour Souvenirs” – purchases made with an express purpose Robert explains, “of illustrating their knowledge and symbolizing their refined tastes. On their return home, these travelers exhibited the souvenirs as objects for study and discussion”
to 10px; WIDTH: 261px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 350px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_kcTb8DnPVW4/Su7IW-Btu3I/AAAAAAAADsw/lgd3paWagZ0/s400/robertschreuder5.jpg” border=”0″ />Don’t we do the same thing today when we antique shop abroad? A tour through my Berlin apartment is to tour through my travels. I sit in a bergere bought in Paris, sit my drink on a side table picked up in Budapest, Holland contributes the lighting, while the object d’art is pure Italian! Germany, Czech and Austria come into play in other rooms, as does Spain and Portugal, Tunisia and Greece… Each room I display souvenirs of where I’ve been which is a direct correlation with who I’ve become – the more I see and do, the more I train my eye, the more I change as a person. I’m slowly amassing my own personal grand tour collection….. and perhaps that’s why I’m so enchanted with Robert Schreuder Antiques – their Grand Tour collection isn’t just about my own personal memories, it goes beyond them, creating layers to the story, weaving through the annals of time.
to 10px; WIDTH: 280px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 263px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_kcTb8DnPVW4/Su7IM7eB38I/AAAAAAAADsI/Q5L5b-hHbvo/s400/robert.jpg” border=”0″ />On my antique shopping tours, I always ask clients why they buy antiques. The responses are often the same: they buy them because they think antiques are better made than modern pieces, because they like their lines or their patina, because they want to have home décor different than their friends, for eclectic style and because they transport us to another place and another time. The common denominator among all my clients is that they buy antiques because they are buying stories, pieces with a past and a personality. In Robert Schreuder’s Grand Tour collection, the past comes to life, bringing “black and white” to true “Technicolor”, vividly layering my present passion for antique “souvenir” shopping while living abroad like a delectable gateau “millefeuille” over centuries past, mingling my life with other-like-minded shoppers from the past.
When buying Grand Tour Souvenirs, for Antiques Diva clients the world comes FULL CIRCLE with the past and present uniting at Robert Schreuder’s Antiques!
I encourage you, if you’re visiting PAN Amsterdam, to stop by Robert’s booth and get him talking about his passion – THE GRAND TOUR. You’ll see his eyes sparkle and he’ll smile an infectious grin as he transports you to another place and another time, taking you along with him on a Grand Tour! And I dare you to walk away, out of his booth, without buying a memory from another place and another time…. Should you succeed in doing so, you’re a stronger person than I when it comes to giving into temptation!
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Nov 22-29, 2009
Thursday 26 and Sunday 29 November
11 am-6 pm
Visit Robert Schreuder Antiques at PAN AMSTERDAM BOOTH 55.
Until next time,
The Antiques Diva™
(Seen right with Robert Schreuder last year at AFSH)