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Dear Antiques Diva,

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>I noticed in my recent Antique Week paper something that your Diva Readers/shopping tour clients will be interested in attending. The Brussels Antiques and Fine Arts Fair will be later this month! It looks like it will be great – the article quotes:

“BRAFA will truly feature a more international flavor in 2009 – two American galleries – Sophie Scheidecker Fine Art from New York and topDefault.aspx?tabid=10&tabindex=9&dealerid=9246&curidx=0&back=name” target=”_blank”>Tony Anninos Asian Art from California – will have a presence among its 18 new exhibitors, as well as galleries from Hungary and Russia will make their debut.”

Fair dates are Jan. 23 – Feb. 1, 2009 daily from 11am to 7pm and will be held in Brussels at the Tour & Taxis building, avenue du Port 86 C/ B – 1000 Brussels. Late nights opening Monday 26th January 2009 until 9.00pm and Thursday 29 January 2009 until 10.30pm. Admission is 20E per person.

It sounds like this fair is going international in a big way. From the article it sounds like it is going to be a great fair – one that doesn’t need to be missed! Another source writes that BRAFA, “reaffirms its respected eclectic position in the heart of Europe. From the centuries-old everyday objects to the most prestigious masterpieces, visiting this antiques fair offers an unforgettable view of the incredible skills of craftsmen and artists of the past… In a way, it is a real “temporary museum” which opens every time, appealing to the eyes and sensibilities of all discerning visitors.”

Happy Shopping!

Your Name Twin,
Toma at” target=”_blank”>Victorian Cobweb

Amsterdam – Sotheby’s European Royal & Noble Family Sale

Dearest Diva Readers,

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>If you’re like me and think that you might have accidentally been switched at birth and are actually a Princess rather than a Pauper, this is the Sotheby’s Sale for you! You can now decorate your home with paintings and works of art consigned by European Royal and Noble families!

Wednesday, Dec 17, 2008 at Sotheby’s in Amsterdam you’ll find the sale of the century! Paintings, furniture, tapestries, works of art, ceramics, carpets, glass, silver, clocks, objects of vertu, photographs and coaches – all of which were originally made for, or owned by European Royal and Noble families – will be sold at Sotheby’s Amsterdam. Monumental paintings by Hendrik van Minderhout will be sold alongside the ermine cape of Queen Maria Therese of Bavaria, the ermine muff of Empress Sisi’s younger sister (together estimated €1.500-2.500) and a group of large size photographs of members of the Royal Houses of England, Russia, Denmark and several former German kingdoms (€2.000-3.000).

A number of works from the private collection of the Van Loon family, including furniture, services and sculpture, will be offered to create funds for the Museum van Loon in Amsterdam. The Museum van Loon has the opportunity to acquire the 17th century coach house and to reunite it with the Museum. The Museum Van Loon is one of the most attractive museums of Amsterdam. Based in an authentic, double-sized canal house, it offers a fascinating insight into the lives of its former inhabitants, the prominent Amsterdam family Van Loon whose history is closely intertwined with that of Amsterdam.

The viewing days for this sale are: Friday 12, Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 December, daily from 10am to 17pm,
Sotheby’s Amsterdam
De Boelelaan 30
1083 HJ Amsterdam

Phone: 020 5502200