Rau Antiques – The Armory Show NYC

to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 191px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_kcTb8DnPVW4/TJXKs2aKX2I/AAAAAAAAFHM/_Ut2AaK9T4k/s400/Rau.png” border=”0″ />Dear Diva Readers,

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.

to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 266px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_kcTb8DnPVW4/TJXKsMoJo0I/AAAAAAAAFHE/HMbAFQxza38/s400/Champagne-in-Paris.jpg” border=”0″ />Enter “Candid Kellogg,” the soupcon of style, whose jet set life has me wanting an upgrade on my frequent flyer account. As I type back at the office in Berlin, Candid Kellogg is living la diva loca in Paris, sipping champagne and making me green with envy… Just like “snap, crackle, pop,” Kellogg sets aside her crystal flute to share with Diva Readers a contact from her little black book to yours.

Candid Kellogg writes:

to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 185px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_kcTb8DnPVW4/TJXKtyk81yI/AAAAAAAAFHk/chIus-HNS18/s400/Rau+Antiques.jpg” border=”0″ />“As the Biennale des Antiquaires in Paris winds down this week (ending on September 22nd), and you find yourself returning to the other side of the Atlantic looking for a museum-quality Monet, Norman Rockwell, authentic Versailles furniture, or a quirky Enigma Machine, then step into the Rau Antiques booth at the Armory show this fall, September 30 to October 3.

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.

to 10px; WIDTH: 129px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 161px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_kcTb8DnPVW4/TJXKtc9yg7I/AAAAAAAAFHU/nN8zCEi88OY/s400/Rau1.jpg” border=”0″ />Just one of the items in his extensive collection that has me drooling is a Paul de Lamerie Sterling Coffee Pot. Incredibly rare, this sterling coffee pot, crafted by leading Georgian silversmith Paul de Lamerie, features finely engraved and repoussé decoration in this lavish Rococo example with shells, lion masks and richly detailed foliage. De Lamerie, considered for more than 250 years as the pre-eminent English silversmith of all time, he created some of the finest Georgian silver ever made, and also fused English Queen Anne elements with French Rococo style. He is simply unrivaled, and works similar to this coffee pot can be found in museums and important private collections around the globe. Hallmarked London, 1742. 8 1/4″ wide x 8 1/2″ high”.

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™

Happy New Year!!

to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 258px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_kcTb8DnPVW4/Sx1V_i-OBGI/AAAAAAAAD8c/26aQU1BbJ0M/s400/happynewyearsimage.jpg” border=”0″ />top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>No other time of the year births such feelings of hope and anticipation. I love the turn of the calendar from one year to the next, buying a new agenda, searching the shelves until I find the perfect Day Planner to organize my year, my life. And then I pull out the colored markers from my childhood and I write reminders to myself, highlight significant dates and prepare to personalize my year with the little details that scream ME! Call me old fashioned, but I like to see what I’m doing spread out in scrawled handwriting in front of me and my Blackberry tends not to be used to its highest function merely because I like the written word – the physical act of writing. I like to tuck business cards and pages torn from magazines into the back pocket of the Agenda, and gather the tidbits that symbolize my year.

to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 300px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_kcTb8DnPVW4/Sx1VymLWnGI/AAAAAAAAD70/_hAdQlL1jlY/s400/093.JPG” border=”0″ />As I open last year’s agenda to copy a few dates into this year’s, I lose a leaf from last October in Prague. My husband and I were walking arm & arm and on the back of a bright orange car a leaf hung as if placed there by an angle. I bent and picked the waxy leaf twirling it in my fingers, before tucking it into the notebook in my purse, a perfect symbol of the day.
to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 300px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_kcTb8DnPVW4/Sx1Vx8YbnGI/AAAAAAAAD7k/3hLKqgll-Wc/s400/009.JPG” border=”0″ />A paper candy wrapper is taped to a page in November with the phone number of a drag queen I met in Amsterdam and for the life of me, I can’t remember why I was going to call him, but I smile remembering that crazy night when me, my photographer friend and her British photographer boyfriend, my CFO husband, a Belgian drag queen, a Christian missionary and a Dutch TV game show host went out for drinks after a gallery opening. What an eclectic group we were and what a wonderful gamut the conversation ran.

to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 300px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_kcTb8DnPVW4/Sx1V_AYs7eI/AAAAAAAAD8M/4aoNQshSl4c/s400/443.JPG” border=”0″ />to 10px; WIDTH: 300px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 400px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_kcTb8DnPVW4/Sx1VzXyPAKI/AAAAAAAAD8E/CI2gVurOdCU/s400/313.JPG” border=”0″ />to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 300px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_kcTb8DnPVW4/Sx1VyQAuVoI/AAAAAAAAD7s/rJBrdibFlAg/s400/058.JPG” border=”0″ />to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 300px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_kcTb8DnPVW4/Sx1VzNVIB6I/AAAAAAAAD78/qo48DRgXECY/s400/166.JPG” border=”0″ />A hotel business card sticks out of August, reminding me of those long hot days on the Amalfi Coast and a brochure for a private cruise marks mid-year. Our skipper wore Armani, I remember with a smile, thinking surely I overpaid for that exposition but not caring because it was the perfect day this year. We sailed to a private island for lunch, caught fresh from the Med, and wiggled our toes in the sand while watching our boat bob with the light rise and fall of the sea.

to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 300px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_kcTb8DnPVW4/Sx1V_R_R5KI/AAAAAAAAD8U/jshE3sSwLHw/s400/553.JPG” border=”0″ />Last January finds notes scrawled of frantic to-do’s before our move from Amsterdam to Berlin and one day is circled with a giant red heart that reads “Going Away Dinner with IWC Officers” as I remember all the ladies who showed up for my last dinner in Amsterdam before moving. We took over the restaurant in a gaggle of laughter and friendship and fun.

to 10px; WIDTH: 320px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 240px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_kcTb8DnPVW4/Sx1bHL0B3dI/AAAAAAAAD88/QlkcZMWIGFg/s320/german-flag11.jpg” border=”0″ />February is filled with organized lists, fitting for my new life in Germany. Meeting with relocation agent, meeting with electrician to hang chandelier, meeting with guy from phone company to hook up the internet in my new apartment and so on and as the year progresses it shows my life evolving in Berlin. From noting the date of my first German class, to the address of a friend from church and the Women’s Bible Study information to noting details about a new friend.

March finds notes on my interview with The Swiss News reminding me to tell the article’s author a few important informational bites, while April is filled with pink ink, writing Parisian notes, as I planned an outing to meet Travel+Leisure. And then there was May in Florence – twice we were in Italy this year and one page is filled with websites listing real estate listings in Italy.

On the pages of my agenda, I write of life and love, of laughing and of crying. I note the date of a friend’s death and ponder what an amazing lady Jill was – knowing her changed me, made me better than I was before, inspired me for the future. And I mark babies born, my friend Kelli’s daughter’s birth being documented in the same blue ink as Kelli’s eyes and I note the meaning of the name of her daughter – “’We asked for this child, now she is ours” and I pray blessings on her, wishing great things for her future.

I’m an old-fashioned girl living in a modern world. My Blackberry travels everywhere with me and I find myself answering phone calls in foreign countries, writing emails while on the S-bahn and setting alarm reminders for later in the day, taking pictures on my phone to post on Twitter or recording my own voice as I’m driving down the autobahn and would like to remember an important inspirational point that had risen in my mind. But I’m an old fashioned girl living in a modern world. I like paper and pencils, a tangible book that serves as much as a diary as it does my agenda.

And as this new y
ear births and my new agenda is a blank page, I pick up my pen – a red felt tip – and write confidently my plans for the future.

Happy New Years, my readers – may this year shower you in all good things and blessings.


The Antiques Diva™

Diva News Network Video – The Hague

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Today on The Antiques Diva ™ we’re kicking it up a notch and doing something special. Sit back, prop up your feet and press play to watch the first of many upcoming episodes of The Diva News Network. Come along with me as I visit my favorite town in The Netherlands – The Hague, home of Parliament, The Queen, Embassy Row and the best shopping in Holland. We’re filming on the Lange Voorhout where you’ll find a bric-a-brac market every Thursday and Sunday, May through October. Don’t miss the upcoming Art and Antiques Weekend in The Hague, August 30th and 31st, 2008.


Dutch Flea Markets and Antiques Fairs Spring/Summer 2008 Calendar

to 10px; CURSOR: hand; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_kcTb8DnPVW4/SAMmqnd162I/AAAAAAAAA4w/H1A06zqxGlc/s320/vlooienmarkt.jpg” border=”0″ />


April 18 – 20 Open Huis Antiek & Brocante “Bij ons Thus”

April 19 – Antiekmarkt Haarlem
(and May 17, 7 & 21 June, 5 & 19 July, 2 & 16 August, 6 & 20 September)

April 26 — Queen Lifestyle Brocante – Open Dag en Lentebrocante


May 1 – Grote Rommelmarkt – Rijnhal Arnhem

May 10 + Gouds Mont Martre, Gouda
Each Wednesday 10 May – 10 Sept

May 10 – 12 Westfries Tuinfair, Midwoud

May 11 – 12 Open Deur Dagen bij Marian van Oostrom, Bergen

May 12 – Grote Antiek en Curiosamarkt, Brummen

May 12 – Extra Vrije Marktdag, Cuijk

May 12, Luikse Markt, Veemarkterrein, Utrecht

May 23 -24 Brocante Serviezendagen, Den Doorn (bij Delft)

May 30 – Amstelveld Curiosa, Amsterdam
(also June 27 & 25 July)


June 7 – Rommelmarkt “Hoofdplaat 230” Jaar, Hoofdplaat

June 21 – Curiosa en Antiekmarkt, Haren

June 21 – Brocante aan de Ijssel, Deventer
(also on 5 & 19 July and 16 & 30 August and 13 Sept)


July 6 – Kunstmarkt Bergen aan Zee

July 23 – Antiek en Curiosamarkt, Goes

July 31 – Curiosa en Rommelmarkt, Alphen aan de Rijn


August 2 – Curiosamarkt, Nijkerk

August 17 – Antiek aan Zee, Dishoek

August 30 – Antiek en Curiosamarkt, Waal Franse en Kuiperstraat, Vlaardingen

August 30 – Franse Brocantemarkt bij Brocantiek ‘t Schuurtje


September 7 – Boerenstreekmarkt – Vlooienmarkt en Braderie — Appelscha

September 20 – Vlooienmarkt Markthal, Barneveld

September 21 – Antiek en Curiosamarkt, Naarden Vesting


The Antiques Diva™