European Decorative Arts – Sotheby’s

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.

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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.

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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
  • Neo-classicism
  • Arts and Crafts
  • The impact of Japan in the 19th century
  • Aestheticism
  • Art Nouveau

If you would like more information on the course which runs from May 26 to June 19, 2015 click this link.

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And as always, if you’d like more information on an Antiques Diva & Co Buying Tour, please email us at”> We’d love to help you source antiques in Europe!

The Antiques Diva®

One Minute Diva – Amsterdam Sotheby’s Auction Alert

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When: Wed July 1, 2009 – 7pm
Viewing: Friday 26 – 29 June, 2009 – 10am – 5pm
Where: Sotheby’s Amsterdam, De Boelelaan 30, 1083 HJ Amsterdam

What: The sale of Modern and Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s Amsterdam on 1 July is highlighted by a wonderful relief by Jan Schoonhoven, R 61-5 (Fanlight-shutters) from 1961 and an early work, White, Black, Blue and Red, by the British female artist Marlow Moss who had close ties with Piet Mondriaan. Works by Marlow Moss can be found in the collections of the Tate Modern London, the Henry Moore Institute Leeds and the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.

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Last Minute Diva – Amsterdam Auction at de Zwaan Veilinggebouw

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Dutch-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!

Viewing Days!!

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 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

Auction News – Upcoming Amsterdam Sales

to 10px; WIDTH: 320px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 240px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ /> top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>If you’ve read many of my articles or blogs, then you’ve heard me time and time again wax poetically about attending auction houses in Europe. If you want to get the best deal on antique purchases, shopping at an auction house is the only way to go!

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.

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The Antiques Diva™
(Photo Right with auction expert and Antiques Diva Tour Guide Lucretia)

Reader Question: A Mystery Painting from Haren, The Netherlands!

Dear Antiques Diva,

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>I love your website! I am writing you from Atlanta, Georgia because I saw on your summer calendar that you are going to be at a flea market in Haren, Netherlands in June 2008. I have a mystery painting I am researching and am wondering if you have any information or ideas on my predicament. I bought a lovely painting with a nearly illegible signature. On the back is the artist’s last name, Vogel, and his place of birth, Haren, and the date 1892. I can’t read the first initial (it’s either an H,V,N,Y, J, or possibly P) I wonder if you know any artists whose dates match. It is a very lovely, impressionistic village scene. Thank you so much for any information.

Sacy from Atlanta


Dear Sacy,

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>I was so hoping I’d be able to tell you that you have the next best thing to a Van Gogh in your possession, but I’m afraid I am not going to be of huge help to you! The information I can pass along is limited. I fear I am an antique shopping expert – not necessarily an expert in antique art! However, they always say it’s not what you know, it’s who you know – so the best I can provide is some contact names of industry experts who might be able to answer your question better than I!

Going on the name “Vogel” and the assumption the artist is Dutch, I can tell you that there were 2 well known Dutch artists living during the approximate timeframe of your painting. Both had works that came up for auction in recent years – but neither of them were from Haren! The first artist, Cornelis Jan Vogel, is a long shot as he lived a little before the dates on your painting (1824 -1879) .

The second artist, Johannes Gysbert Vogel II, lived 1828 – 1915. His dates are more aligned with yours, but having not seen your painting I don’t know if stylistically his work is similar to your painting. His work has been up for auction at both Christies & Sotheby’s Amsterdam in the past. His work has also been sold at Glerum Auction House in Amsterdam and it might be worth your time contacting them to see if they could appraise/evaluate your painting long distance from a photograph.

Vogel is a very common Dutch name which translates into “bird” and it’s an even more common German last name! A quick Google search on artists with this last name living in your painting’s time period brought up a massive list of mostly German artists. I couldn’t find any Vogel’s who were artists living in Haren, but this means absolutely nothing! Perhaps the artist wasn’t well known or more likely he was visiting Haren from elsewhere. Haren is in the Groningen Province and is said to be a charming town, off the beaten tourist path. I haven’t been there myself and unfortunately will miss the upcoming Haren flea market listed on my site, but from what I understand it would be the type of town that traveling artists might visit.

My advice would be to either contact Glerum Auction House or ,better yet, why not contact an art & antiques appraiser in Haren . J.R.H. van den Hende has expertise in Dutch art and a focus on art from this region of The Netherlands. He would be a very valuable source. Their website is only in Dutch but as this is Holland where virtually everyone speaks English as if it were their mother tongue, I suspect someone at J.R.H. van den Hende will speak English.

Sorry I wasn’t oodles of help, but let me know how it turns out!

The Antiques Diva™

One Minute Diva – The Schiller David Collection Sotheby’s Sale Feb 5

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” 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™

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