Candles Stick Together-A Pop-Up Shop in Amsterdam

Dear Diva Readers,

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Candles Stick Together-A Pop-Up Shop in Amsterdam

Jacob will be hosting this pop-up shop together with Paul Klunder, a renowned decorator from Belgium. The successful theme of “Dining and Shining” during the most recent PAN Amsterdam inspired Jacob to continue his celebration of light into the holiday season. The motto for the pop-up of “Candles Stick Together” will carry on the idea of candlelight during winter and add to the festive mood in Amsterdam as well as help usher in the New Year ahead.

If you would like to join in the experience, be sure to stop in to Galerie Prinsengracht at Prinsengracht 795 in Amsterdam from 16-20 December from 14:00-19:00 and tell Paul Klunder or Jacob Roosjen that The Antiques Diva sent you!

Happy holidays,

The Antiques Diva®

PAN Amsterdam

Dear Diva Readers,

PAN Amsterdam Logo

You’ve heard me wax poetically about PAN AMSTERDAM  –  Holland’s most important national art and antiques fair and a must for every art lover.

This years event is just around the corner…

Nov 24 to Dec 1, 2013

Amsterdam RAI

What Time:
Daily from 11 am-7 pm

Bonne Shopping!
The Antiques Diva®

P.S.  Make sure to stop by and visit Jacob Roosjen’s silver stall at PAN Amsterdam at Stand #50  to see this gorgeous silver tea urn, made in 1777 by Johannes Schiotling, in real life!

PAN Amsterdam

Guest Blog: Diva’s Don’t Do Dishes

Dear Diva Readers,

Today we’ve got the fabulous Nancy Stuckwisch of Silver Magpies joining us on The Antiques Diva® Blog and she is here to share some hints & tips on Silver! 

Silver Magpie’s Advice on Silver Reads:

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Divas don’t do dishes

Does it matter why divas don’t do dishes? Of course it does…it matters not because they are divas but because they possess a secret that the rest of us have been locked out of for far to long!

Dishing about silver’s secrets

That’s what dishwashers were invented for! Silver is much more durable than it’s given credit for. Every day my family uses 250 year old spoons. I guarantee that they have not been lovingly hand polished by a kid-glove wearing butler each time they have been used. For most of their long existence it’s more likely they’ve been dumped in a sink and left for the scullery maid to scrub.

In our house, once we are done using them, into the dishwasher they go. And throughout all of this the silver has not been worn away or damaged. It doesn’t have a mirror bright finish, but that’s because it’s not meant to!

John Bly author of Miller’s Silver and Sheffield Plate Marks laments overzealous polishing. One of the many charms of silver is it’s living finish, that lovely grey sheen – patina or skin – indicative of use. Collectors prize patina.

Cleaning and polishing are distinctly different things

Let’s get this straight. Polishing should only be an occasional event. Tarnish builds up on silver as it reacts to sulfur in the air. Regular use and handling ensure that tarnish never gets a chance to build up. It’s only once tarnish has had a couple of years to get nice and dark that it is a real task to polish off.

Please believe me when I say polishing is not my idea of fun. I do so much of it when getting items prepared for sale the last thing I want to do is polish my own. But I do want to use it…every day.

Cleaning is what you do after having used a fork at dinner time. There are a couple of common sense guidelines, but my favorite way to to clean silver” href=”” target=”_blank”>clean silver is in the dishwasher! Every so often (and we’re talking year long intervals here) I do give it a light going over. My particular preference is to use a polish designed to be washed rather than buffed off.

Want to know the second secret of silver?

Life is too short to save the silver for best…and who has time to polish it when that occasion does finally roll around. Make every day best…a meal with your family is so much sweeter when it’s eaten with a fork from Grandma or that amazing spoon you fell in love with. Out of sight really is out of mind, so keep it in easy reach.


It’s chic to share a secret like this, because every diva knows, the more you use your silver, the less you polish it.



Silver Magpies


Nancy Stuckwisch of Silver Magpies has had a life-long fascination with vintage silver. She believes we should get the silver out of the cupboard, onto the table, and then into the dishwasher.

A’FSH – Silver Shines at the Fair

Dear Diva Readers,

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My favorite item in Roosjen’s divine inventory is this very rare large silver and oval shaped Louis XV style wine cooler (5782 gram, width 61 cm) made by François van Stapele in The Hague in 1764! It can cool six bottles of champagne and is ideal for diva fetes!

Of course, you wouldn’t want to forget to cool your glasses for the party as they did in the olden days!  How about taking home The Hague Monteith Bowl (1301 gram, diameter 26,5 cm) made by Reinier de Haan in 1774.  This piece is a real eye catcher!

And for another piece of eye candy, in a bit smaller size (444 gram, height 17,5 cm), you mustn’t miss this elegant silver wine jug finely chased with floral decoration, grapes and horns of plenty. The famous Amsterdam silversmith Johannes Schiotling manufactured this wine jug in 1767 and it’s ready to hold at least half a liter of your favorite Bordeaux.

These extraordinary items give you just an impression of the high quality silver Jacob J. Roosjen, SRI® has in his collection.  The world’s leading expert on silver, Roosjen is world-renowned for his passion for Dutch silver in particular. Make sure to visit him – and his handsome sons – at this upcoming A’FSH and fire away with those deep-burning silver questions – you’ll be delighted with their answers!  Don’t forget to tell them that The Antiques Diva® sent you!

A’FSH – Arts & Antiques Fair in ‘s Hertogenbosch

April 16 -25, 2011

Bonne Shopping,
The Antiques Diva®