Dear Diva Readers,
top: 5px; float: left; color: white; background: #781300; border: 1px solid darkkhaki; font-size: 60px; line-height: 50px; padding-top: 1px; padding-right: 5px; font-family: times;”>Here at The Antiques Diva & Co we are thrilled to be part of an exciting global community of antiques and design enthusiasts. With our staff of locally based Diva Guides throughout Europe, we have developed—and are constantly expanding— a vast network or dealers and experts in the field who constantly teach us more and more about the world of antiques. Continuing education is an important part of what we do… both internally within our company and externally, educating our clients. When asked where we look for ongoing education I have to say the Sotheby’s Institute of Art is my first source! They are currently offering a new course called “European Decorative Arts”, covering decorative arts from the seventeenth century with the rise of the Baroque and culminating in Art Nouveau at the end of the nineteenth century. Participants will study stylistic developments in Western European design and decorative arts, learning about furniture, ceramics, glass and metalwork. The course will also focus on the broader historical and cultural forces that have influenced the production and consumption of decorative art objects. I’ve always found that the more you know about antiques, including historical context and significance, the better you are able to source what you’re looking for. And in fact the more you know – the better you’re able to spot bargains along the way whilst shopping abroad! Think about it— if you have knowledge, which we all know is power, you can spot period pieces and know what you are talking about. This helps with negotiating and procuring the right piece for your personal or professional collection.
Not only will participants of this course be part of lectures, but they’ll also visit leading museums, galleries and country houses. After all, the world is a classroom! A great way to learn about antiques is firsthand. Many of our own clients often comment on how much they learn just by talking to our Guides and dealers at our sources.
Sometimes antiques can seem intimidating, but this particular course requires no prior knowledge, allowing you to learn without feeling self-conscious. A sample of topics that will be covered are as follows:
- Louis XIV and the influence of Versailles
- Trade with the Far-East in the 17th century
- Rococo interiors
- Arts and Crafts
- The impact of Japan in the 19th century
- Art Nouveau
If you would like more information on the course which runs from May 26 to June 19, 2015 click this link.
And as always, if you’d like more information on an Antiques Diva & Co Buying Tour, please email us at to:firstname.lastname@example.org”>email@example.com. We’d love to help you source antiques in Europe!
The Antiques Diva®
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utch-based Diva Readers will be delighted to know that de Zwaan
, a canal-side Amsterdam auction house, is hosting a killer sale
“Algemene Kunst-en-Antiekveiling” 10 – 25 March, 2009.
While the sale is next week, the viewing days are going on right now and rumor has it there are some great items up for grabs!
Thursday 5 March until Sunday 8 March from 10am – 5pm daily
Late viewing on Thursday evening from 7pm – 9pm
For the sale dates, visit de Zwaan’s website and while you’re there take a browse through their online catalog.
As always, should you be interested in attending the auction with a helping hand, email The Antiques Diva at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule individual auction shopping services.
Veilinggebouw De Zwaan B.V.
Keizersgracht 474 – 1017 EG Amsterdam
Telefoon 020 622 0447 – Fax 020 638 45 76
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My advice – skip the middleman and shop at an auction yourself! Should you be afraid to go alone, never fear The Antiques Diva™ Tours offers auction house services whereby a local, native speaker attends auction events with you! We help you evaluate items for purchase in the pre-sale viewing, explain the auction process, either bid on your behalf at auction or better yet, teach you how an auction works so that you are able to bid in future auctions on your own!
Some upcoming “not to miss” auctions at De Eland Auction House in Diemen include:
Viewing Days / Auction Date
6,7,8,9 November 2008 / 9 November, 2008
15, 16, 17, 18 January 2008 / 18 January, 2009
De Zwaan Auction House in A’dam also has a very interesting sale from 4 – 19 November, 2008. See the website to view the online auction catalog and see which items will be auctioned on what days!
The viewing days will be:
Thursday, Oct 30 10am-5pm and 7pm–9pm
Friday, Oct 31 10am-5pm
Saturday, Nov 1 10am-5pm
Sunday, Nov 2 10am – 5pm
Last but not least, don’t forget the gorgeous upcoming Sotheby’s Sale – December 3, 2008. Sotheby’s Amsterdam will devote a special section of its Modern and Contemporary Art sale to CoBrA and the North European Avant Garde from the 1950’s. The young group of Northern European post-war artists that called themselves CoBrA (acronym for Copenhagen Brussels Amsterdam) in 1948 are nowadays considered the key representatives of a colorful and volatile expressionistic style. They are in fact one of a series of key movements in the unpredictable artistic developments that mark the mid 20th century in our region. Key figures of CoBrA are the Dutch artists Karel Appel, Corneille, Constant and Asger Jorn from Denmark.
Email to:email@example.com”>firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on auction house services and Antiques Diva Tours!
Going, Going, Gone!
The Antiques Diva™
(Photo Right with auction expert and Antiques Diva Tour Guide Lucretia)
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;”>The Dutch Wonder just emailed me a flurry of words full of excited energy, advising The Antiques Diva™ readers to dash to Amsterdam’s Sotheby’s this Tuesday, Feb 5th for a chance to bid on the Schiller David Collection of Symbolism, Art Nouveau and Art Deco. In an antiquer’s tale come full circle, this collection, estimated at 2 million euros, began a mere 20 years ago at the scene of the sale. Enter 2 American book dealers from New York, Justin Schiller and Dennis David, who while visiting Amsterdam for a book sale had a few extra hours on their hands and chose to spend it at Sotheby’s, where a private collection of Dutch Art Nouveau and Deco was on sale. They fell for this modern style hook, line and sinker, and began crossing the Atlantic as regularly as if it were the Long Island Ferry, returning home to their chi-chi upstate New York mansions with their luggage full of drawings, prints, sculpture and ceramics from Holland’s Finest Dutch designers, including toorop.com/” target=”_blank”>Toorop, Van Hoytema, Van der Leck, Rietveld, Colenbrander, topic/jacob-mendes-da-costa” target=”_blank”>Mendes da Costa and Nieuwenhuis.
Now, 20 years later, Schiller and David are relocating back to The City (for we all know New York need not be mentioned by name), and their Upper East End abode will undoubtedly only hold so much – thus the sale and an incredible opportunity for Diva’s to cash in on a chance to buy Dutch art of renowned provenance and style.
Be there or be square!
The Antiques Diva™
Remember, for any last minute tips such as this, please email me at email@example.com and I’ll be sure to get it posted for all of the Diva readers!