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Last Minute Dutch Diva: The National Art Deco Fair

Dear Diva Readers,

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;”>David Aardewerk of just gave me the inside scoop on a great  fair in Holland where he’ll be displaying this weekend Feb 3-6, 2011.  Consider this a must-attend Diva event! 

The National Art Deco Fair will be at the Grote Kerk in The Hague on the Torenstraat:
Donderdag 3 februari 2011 15.00-22.00 uur Thursday, February 3 – 3pm-10pm
Vrijdag 4 februari 2011 11.00-19.00 uur Friday, February 4 – 11am-7pm
Zaterdag 5 februari 2011 11.00-19.00 uur Saturday, February 5 – 11am- 7pm
Zondag 6 februari 2011 11.00-18.00 uur Sunday, February 6 – 11am-6pm

In addition to Rock and Clocks, other top galleries of Dutch Art Deco, Art Nouveau and the Amsterdam School of Design will be on hand as well as a 5 member vetting committee who will be judging the objects for authenticity, quality and condition.

If you’re not able to make this fair, but are still dazzled by Rocks and Clocks, here’s a list of upcoming places you’ll find David and his precious stones!

19-20 Feb, 2011
Art, Antiques & Design Fair – Breda

17-25 April, 2011
ArtAntique – Utrecht

17-19 June, 2011
Juwelen in Het Amstel – Amsterdam

September Noordeinde Art Days – The Hague

21-25 September, 2011
Oude Kunst en Antiekbeurs – Delft

Kunst, Antiek en Design Fair – Hilversum

Het Juweel Zeist


Happy Shopping,

The Antiques Diva

Photo credit right:  Angelica Arbulu Photography

Mark your agenda! This Sunday, June 6, in Holland – The Ambassador Fair

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Dear Diva Readers,

You’re cordially invited to join me at my table at,events_viewItem_40-en.html”>The Ambassador Fair this Sunday, June 6, 2010 at the Carlton Hotel on Sophialaan in The Hague!

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You’ve done Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels and Berlin with The Antiques Diva European Shopping Tours – Now it’s time to shop “Treasures” by The Antiques Diva! While you can always shop our online brocante or view our entire collection by visiting our Show House by-appointment in near The Hague, this weekend we’ll be appearing at,events_viewItem_40-en.html”>The Ambassador Fair in The Hague alongside a variety of antiques dealers, artisans and area restaurants in an official fete being opened by Den Haag’s Deputy Mayor Peter Smit! The fair is organized in close cooperation with De Pure Markt, Sommelier for a Day, The American Women’s Club of The Hague and The Local Expat.

And you’re invited to join the fun – with FREE Admittance to the fair!

11am-5pm Sunday June 6, 2010

Carlton Hotel
Sophialaan, Den Haag

For more details,events_viewItem_40-en.html”>visit The Carlton Ambassador website.

A SNEAK PEEK at a few of our items for sale at The Ambassador Fair and By Appointment at our Show House near The Hague.

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All this PLUS so much more!!!! I can’t wait to see you at The Ambassador Fair in The Hague… And if you can’t make it, never fear, you can always shop online at “Treasures” by The Antiques Diva™ or visit our by-appointment-only shop near The Hague!

Bonne Shopping,

The Antiques Diva™

Who Shot The Diva?

to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 300px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Remember that infamous question of the 80’s… my childhood was consumed by the query, Who shot JR?”. Well, the question of the 2010’s might be “Who Shot The Diva?”. Thankfully, murder wasn’t the “mot de jour”. This question pertains to a photo shoot of The Antiques Diva™ for the Crave Amsterdam book to be released in Summer 2010. To real all about Crave, read my blog from last week!

to 10px; WIDTH: 185px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 210px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />Last week I stepped into the spotlight and shined my pearly whites for international photographer Angelica Arbulu, a gorgeous Spaniard who might as well have been a super model posing for the camera rather than hiding behind it!

to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 300px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />Angelica has a fascinating story. Born in Mexico (to parents from Spain), she has lived on four continents and considers herself a cultural mutt – although one might say if she’s a mutt, then we’ve just established a new pedigree that is certain to be all the rage! Her wealth of experience permeates her vision of the world and her art. She qualified as a clinical psychologist and, with many years experience in humanitarian work, her focus is on people and human relations. One look at her website and you can see her specialty is capturing the different levels of personality and their essence through the mundane that is often overlooked.

to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 338px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />I fear what the camera might reveal about me… at one point I was kissing a Piper Champagne bottle covered in red leather John Paul Gaultier corset! Artist Emma Fordham describes Angelica’s strength as “capturing people and places and making the everyday look beautiful and exotic.” If I were to list her strength, I would say it’s her ability to put people immediately at ease. A day with Angelika was therapy to my soul. Never has the camera been as un-intimidating as it was with her behind the lens!

to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 309px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />Her eye misses nothing – Angélica begun studying photography in 1990 but is mostly self-taught. She had her first solo exhibition in 1993, and has exhibited solo and in groups in various cities throughout Europe, in Asia and the United States since. Her photos hang in private collections as well as in corporate establishments, and have been used for publications throughout the world. She uses digital media, and views the photograph as only the first step in the process, playing with textures, different printing media, collage or hand-painting and digital editing in order to enhance what is already there.

Angelica explains, “I do portraits, be it of a person, a place or a thing. I try to give an honest reflection of what I see, but I also want the outcome to be beautiful. Because I believe art should be beautiful, but also because there is beauty in everything”.

to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 300px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />The experience was sensational… We started our photo shoot at the Hotel Des Indes in The Hague, sipping champagne, (while trying to hold a giant silver reflecting screen under the table and look natural whist doing so!) and then we moved onto 2 of my favorite antique shops in Europe to finalize the photo shoot!

On that note, I’d like to give a special thank you to Cachot Antiek and Neeltje Twiss Art, Antiques and Interiors! Thanks for letting us photograph in your gorgeous shops!!!

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Cachot Antiek

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Neeltje Twiss Art, Antiques and Interiors

Diva Readers, if you haven’t read my post on either of these gorgeous boutiques, do go back and read them – here & here! In the meantime, make sure to check out the Crave Amsterdam website to discover the 149 other ladies with whom I’m honored to share the pages!

* Apologies for the graininess of some of these photos – they were taken only with my Blackberry…

< /a>Until Next Time,

The Antiques Diva™
(shooting Angelica with my Blackberry while she’s shooting me)

P.S. BLOG ALERT: I’ve just discovered that Angelica also writes a
personal blog – you must check out her insightful words and wisdom!

Najaarsexpositie in The Hague

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Just last weekend I wrote sharing details on one of my favorite vendors in The Hague, S van Leeuwen, and not so long before that I was divulging details on the oh-so-diva-worthy Rocks & Clocks. They recently teamed up Chez van Leeuwen for an Antiques Diva Tour of The Hague, sharing historical information and fascinating stories on their inventory and seriously regaling the ladies on the group Diva Tour. They’re back together again for what I’m certain will be a wonderfully good time (full of great buys) in S. van Leeuwen’s Najaarsexpositie Dec 3-13, 2009. You’ll want to add this date to your December To Do’s!

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Make sure to stop at S. van Leeuwen’s located at Noordeinde 164 on one of the following dates:

Dec 3 & 10, 5-9pm
Dec 4 & 11, 12-5pm
Dec 5, 12-4pm
Dec 12, 12-5pm
Dec 6-13, 12-5

to 10px; WIDTH: 300px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 400px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />to 10px; WIDTH: 399px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 400px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />And if this duo wasn’t already enough to get your blood pumping, they’ve added a few other diva-worthy vendors to their exposition. Not only will S. van Leeuwen & Rocks & Clocks be offering special items just in time for Christmas, but they’ll be joined by their colleague from Antes Art Form, a specialist in French glassworks from the Art Deco and Art Nouveau period as well as Brigitta Sueters who makes jewelry inspired by the past!

to 10px; WIDTH: 75px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 100px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />Kunsthandel Willemspark will be there as well, offering one of my favorite buys. Have I mentioned before in past Diva blog posts my weakness for vintage posters and signs? I’m downright bummed to miss his inventory in person as while this event is going on I’ll be doing La Diva Loca for a few days this December in New York City! My loss might be your gain as there’ll be more for you to buy if I’m not on the scene scooping up the goods before you!

to 10px; WIDTH: 300px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 400px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />Last but not least, I think the dealers stepped on a stroke of genius when they decided to branch out beyond antiques by offering a little something extra – wearable art! Hat designer Suzanne Scheepers will be onboard showing her hand-made designs, making this event a perfect Diva’s Day Out!! I’m seriously bummed to miss it!!! You’ll just have to go on my behalf and, as always, tell them The Antiques Diva™ sent you!

Happy Shopping!!!

The Antiques Diva™

Do Note: Diva Tours is closed December and January for Holiday! We’ve got some great tours planned for Spring 2010 – email for details!

Thanks for the Memories and Where in the World is The Antiques Diva?

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>A fan of the Today Show, I love their annual segment “Where in the World is Matt Lauer?” A few years ago, Matt Lauer even came to the tiny village south of Amsterdam where I lived, causing my husband serious trepidation as he knew I’d had a crush on Lauer for years! Unfortunately I wasn’t even aware he had been in Breukelen until my friend La Reine emailed to ask if I was outside holding my “Antiques Diva” sign and clamoring for his attention….

Anyway, I digress… during the last month and a half while emails have gone unanswered and phone calls unreturned, I’ve felt like I was living Lauer’s life, playing the game “WHERE IN THE WORLD IS THE ANTIQUES DIVA?” My husband called my mobile one night a few weeks ago while I was away on one of several extended business trips for my Antiques Diva Fall Flea Market Tours and he asked, “What country are you in?” I had to look at my dinner companions to answer that question.

to 10px; WIDTH: 300px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 400px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />Holland, France, Belgium, Germany, Holland again, and again… I’m racking up more miles on the Merc than we ever thought possible! In the last month and a half I’ve slept more nights in other people’s houses and hotels than in my own bed! Needless to say, my poor husband who’s been left at home has suffered the consequences of Diva Tour’s success and has not only learned to cook for himself but he’s taken up ironing as a hobby!!! So today’s blog is devoted both to THE ONES I LOVE & a CALL OUT to some SPECIAL PEOPLE!

1) I’d like to give a Gros Bisou” (that’s French for a big kiss) to my husband The Wine Guy!

to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 300px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />Thanks for putting up with my recent prolonged travels! I love you dear! We recently realized that in 6 months I will have spent half my life in his arms – and it’s been the best 18 years of my life!

2) My Second Dank u wel goes to my lovely hosts in Holland! The lady on the left, Lucretia, might look familiar as not only has she been hosting me frequently while I’ve visited Holland, but she is also an Antiques Diva Tour Guide! I’ve practically gained squatters rights based upon the number of times she & her lovely husband have let me stay chez them in my own private quarters on the 3rd floor! Thanks so much for your continued hospitality – you are the most gracious hosts I know!

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3) When I wasn’t staying with friends in Holland, I was mooching off friends in Paris! I’m seriously shameless… and I enjoyed every minute of it! While staying in hotels is always nice, it’s so much nicer to stay with friends, especially friends that make you feel like family. By the end of the trip, I was convinced that Jen was my long-lost sister and that we had been separated at birth! And I fell so head-over-heels in love with Jen’s daughter that I seriously contemplated chucking the Diva lifestyle and packing her up and bringing her home with me!

to 10px; WIDTH: 350px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 400px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />Psst… If my Parisian host looks familiar it might be because this isn’t the first time she’s appeared on my blog! Remember the Guest Post, It’s Hermes Darling?

4) In addition to Thanking my Husband and Hosts, I’d also like to call attention to my Antiques Diva Guides – these two ladies help me behind the scenes, coordinating details, translating information and bargaining on our client’s behalf. They scour the local scene and keep me informed on what’s going on where and in general provide support, helping Diva Tours be what it’s become. My heartfelt thanks to Marlene & Lucretia!

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5) While I’m thanking people, I have to ask, “what would my time in Paris have been without the sensational Sylvia”? She served as friend & translator during a few of the Diva Tours when I needed an extra hand!

to 10px; WIDTH: 300px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 400px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />She embodies in one person my 3 European lives! I first met my German friend Sylvia when we were both living in Holland, though it just so happens she’s lived the better part of the last 2 decades in France, speaking French so flawlessly that everyone who meets her is awed it’s not her native tongue!

6) I couldn’t forget to THANK the MYSTERIOUS La Mom – who revealed her secret identity to several Antiques Diva Clients while we were on Tour in Paris!!!

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7) While in Paris I was honored to spend time with two ladies who made me forget that I was working as they were simply too fun to shop with. I should hire them to be stunt-doubles on all future tours, simply to bring the party to the tour! Chantal Panozzo, (o
n right) is a sensational freelance writer
who shops as well as she writes and Kim P happens to be quite possibly the most interesting joie-de-vivre-filled-well-connected-Paris-informed person I’ve ever met!

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Thank you Chantal for the shout out on your blog earlier – Diva Readers, make sure to check out Chantal’s Blog “One Big Yodel and French Fans, Kim’s writings on The Paris Traveler are a Must-Read. I also owe Kim a thank you as she recently emailed to let me know my name was in print – emailing me a Suzanne’s Files articles I had missed seeing at first glance!

8) Merci to Jessica (below) for helping to store MY Parisian purchase overnight in your car and transporting it chez vous so I could cash in on this SENSATIONAL BARGAIN when I found myself without wheels the one day I needed them!

to 10px; WIDTH: 300px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 400px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />Readers, please ignore the fact that I’m wearing the same outfit on 2 different tour days – it’s a career casualty when living out of a suitcase! Back to the mirror – I paid a mere 125 Euro for this fab French mirror! When concerns arose that it might not fit into the back of my station wagon, Jessica graciously agreed to buy it off of me (for an additional 10 E discount off what I originally paid – LOL!) but perseverance paid off and it eventually (with a lot of pushing and shoving by Jessica and me) fit into my car! Until our next shopping adventure – Thanks for everything Jessica!

9) Last but least, THANK YOU to The Antiques Diva clients who followed me along on my adventures this last month-and-a-half doing Fall Flea Market Tours in Holland, Belgium and France! I couldn’t have done it without you!!! 40+ days, nearly 40 clients, 3 journalists + a handful of Bloggers bopping along has made the last month & a half a sensation!!! And now, after a month and a half of non-stop antique shopping, I SLEEP!

Bonne Nuit!

The Antiques Diva™

Jewels Glitter at The Zeist Castle, The Netherlands

Netherlands-Based Diva Readers – Save the Date!

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Winterexpositie Het Juweel 2009

het Slot Zeist, Zeist
Friday 27 -Sunday 29 November 2009
11am – 7pm

Jewels Glitter at the Slot Zeist!

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>From the 27-29 November 2009, the 17th C Zeist Castle near Utrecht will be aglow with jewelry, not on display in museum-like-fashion, but for you to try on and buy from the most prominent & trustworthy jewelers, antique dealers and noble blacksmiths of the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium. Among those in residence on Winterexpositie days will be the charming David Aardewerk of Rocks and Clocks whose inventory is simply to die for!

On an Antiques Diva Tour in The Hague recently, David shared a glimpse into his collection and I was utterly smitten – his collection runs the gamut of items for the Mr. or the Mrs. from vintage & antique watches, to purse clocks, to beautiful baubles from the Art Deco period and beyond! I’ve got my eye on a pair of Van Cleef and Arples cufflinks for my husband as a Christmas cadeaux and would be delighted if I could convince the hubster that I desperately need that platinum, gold, diamond & emerald 1920’s Dutch Art Deco ring Rocks & Clocks has in inventory! If you’re looking for a special present for someone else (or better yet, yourself) you must visit Winterexpositie Het Juweel 2009 this November and if you can’t make these dates, never fear: Rocks & Clocks is at present updating their website with a sensational collection of “Must-Have Diva-Worthy Accessories” – so stay tuned for details on their website launch:

Where: Slot Zeist
Entrance Price: € 12.50 per person

Parking is free in the vicinity of the Slot Zeist. Don’t worry if you have to park “too far” away from the castle, simply wave down one of the free shuttle-service transporting passengers to the castle!

Until Next Time, Layer on those Jewels!

The Antiques Diva™

(seen right with an Irish friend modeling jewels for a charity auction last year at Amsterdam’s Grand Hotel)

The Queen of Dutch Décor – Hetty van Moorsel-van der Lande Interior Decorating

to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 267px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Every once in a while, you stumble upon something sensational. Recently, while preparing for an Antiques Diva Tour of The Hague and heading for an appointment at The Hotel des Indes with the concierge to discuss our behind-the-scenes Diva Tour of the hotel, my local Diva Guide & I crossed the street and out of the corner of our eyes we caught the word “Decorating” on a store window and went to investigate. Before stepping in the door, we knew we’d stumbled upon something good. After entering this “echelon on chic”, we knew this was better than good, it was great. By happenstance we’d found one of Holland’s best Interior Designers” target=”_blank”>Hetty van Moorsel-van der Lande and by luck, The Designer was in residence and she appeared as chic, sophisticated and utterly charming as her designs. Needless to say, my Diva Guide and I instantly changed our plans for the following day’s tour to include a quick stop Chez Hetty to introduce our Diva Clients to “The Best of the Best”.

to 10px; WIDTH: 210px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 150px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />Now, dear Diva Readers, you knew the Queen of The Netherlands held court in The Hague, but did you realize the Queen of Dutch Décor also reigned from ‘s-Gravenhage?

to 10px; WIDTH: 240px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 337px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />to 10px; WIDTH: 240px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 337px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />to 10px; WIDTH: 240px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 337px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />Ms. van Moorsel-van der Lande had me at “Goedemorgen” when I walked into her showroom and saw a lantern that was the answer to the question I’d been pondering for my own hall-way décor. As she shared pictures from a recent project at The Hague’s own Paleis Hotel (and then gave us a glimpse of her own home on the pages of More than Classic magazine), I knew she was worthy of being crowned a Diva in her own right! This lady has serious diva style! She’s been offering interior decorating advice for more than 20 years, lending her expertise to country houses and personal residences, corporate settings such as banks and offices as well as hotels. Interestingly enough, during our conversation it was discovered that she’d done 2 Vecht-side homes near my former residence in a small village outside Amsterdam. Though I love Hetty’s signature style, something that rang loud and clear as I examined her portfolio was how each project she worked on had its own look and feel. Ms. van Moorsel-van der Lande explained this by saying that she listens to “both the client and the property, letting them guide her as inspiration in each and every project”” target=”_blank”>Hetty van Moorsel-vander Lande Interior Decorating, bv
Hoge Nieuwstraat 34 d
2514 EL The Hague

+31 (0) 70 36 22 951

All photos courtesy of” target=”_blank”>Happy-Town Website.

Until Next Time, Make all your Decorating Dreams Come True!

The Antiques Diva™

Diva-scovery: The Hague’s Cachot Antiek

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>I want to introduce you to one of my favorite shops in The Netherlands – Cachot, a charming antique shop located in the heart of The Hague. Just around the corner from the main antiques drag in Den Haag – the Denneweg – Cachot is located on the Maliestraat in a historic Rijksmonument building dating back from 1670. A trip to the store is as much a treat for the treasures contained within the building as it is for a chance to delve deep into this landmark building. The proprietors Frans and Nellie Rovers have thought of everything, making this shop absolutely charming, decorating the store as if it’s the setting for a soon-to-be fete whilst stocking an inventory that has clients traveling into The Hague from far and away to see their diva-worthy collection.

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Maliestraat 18
2514 CA The Hague

Phone: 0031 (0)70 365 99 79

Open: Tuesday-Saturday 12 Noon – 5.30pm.

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Until Next Time, Happy Shopping!

The Antiques Diva™

Feel at Home in The Hague

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Just a few short weekends ago, Holland celebrated its annual “Feel at Home in The Hague” Expat Fair teaching newcomers “How to Live in Holland”. The Antiques Diva™ took part in the fair offering new expats hints and tips on antique shopping in Holland. Those of you who weren’t able to attend missed a roaring good time, but we don’t want you to feel too left out so for readers and arm-chair travelers at home, we’re posting the article in full!
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Antiques Shopping in The Hague

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>By mere happenstance, you’re in Holland at the best time to buy antiques in the last quarter century. Right now, Holland is offering some of the best bargains in Western Europe. Antiques have fallen out of favor with the fashion-forward low-landers and every Jan, Henk and Peter is cleaning their “zolder”, banishing anything Rococo, Baroque or beyond. As the Dutch lose interest in antiques, prices drop and savvy shoppers benefit from increased selection and lower prices. As an antique shopping maven, my mantra is the time is ripe to cash in on the age-old adage, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”

Of course, “trash or treasure” are subjective words. An 18th C heavily-carved Dutch walnut armoire might have sold ten years ago for 12,000 Euros. Today you can pick one up at auction for 2,000E. But you needn’t spend thousands to cash in on this recession. I’ve bought 200 year old copper pots and Art Deco lighting fixtures at Diemen’s De Eland for less than the price of dinner at IKEA. As a non-Dutch speaker, going to auction seems to be a daunting affair. But don’t let the words get in the way. De Zwaan located on Amsterdam’s Keizersgracht #474 is part vaudeville show, part cultural immersion course. Go to viewings and peruse the catalogs in advance. If serious about buying, ask that your lot be sold in English. Should your budget be a bit bigger, Sotheby’s and Christies always offer English as an option.

A perfect place to start your tour is Amsterdam’s Spiegelkwartier, where over 100 of the best mid-to-high-end antique shops have congregated in the shadow of the Rijksmuseum. Two of my favorites are located on the Prinsengracht – Ria Jong’s at 574 and Arphi Antiques & Atelier at 827. Next on your list should be De Looier Antique Mall at Elandsgracht 109, which has a decidedly more casual feel and significantly lower prices.

I do not like the flea markets in Amsterdam. Though considered institutions, the Albert Cuypmarkt and Waterlooplein tend to be too heavy on the fleas. The Monday morning Noordermarkt is full of used clothes and bric-a-brac, however I’ve found a few stalls selling genuine antiques. I picked up an art deco bronze for a third of its value. Sundays May to October head to Nieuwmarkt for casual browsing.

While Amsterdam is charming with its chunky gables and glittering canals, The Hague feels regal with her international flavor and, in this diva’s opinion, is the best place to shop in Holland! From May until October, on Thursdays and Sundays, an antique and book market sets up on the Lange Voorhout selling the sort of brocante items you would expect to find on a stroll through Provence. On my last visit, I found some antique French stemware, a painting straight off the fields of Flevoland and a great Prussian lithograph. Around the corner from this tree-lined square is the main antique shopping artery of The Hague – Denneweg and Frederikstraat. Similar to the Spiegelkwartier, but smaller, this area has a greater range in high- to low-end items. From here a trip to the Noordeinde is necessary for art and antique gallery hopping. Two of my favorite shops are Frank Vrolijk Antieke Bouwmaterialen at Heilingweg 177 and S Van Leeuwen, Noordeinde 164.

The Hague VVV offers a brochure of the Art & Antiques District. Every August, Kunst en Antiek Dagen offers a program full of art & antique related activities. Horse-drawn carriage rides are free of charge, showing the best routes as they traverse the quarter while a special “en plein air” exhibit takes place around the Lange Voorhout.

If there’s one thing The Netherlands does well, it’s antique fairs. The pièces de résistance is TEFAF, the world’s leading art and antique show, held each March in Maastricht. Maastricht compliments the fair with a great number of antique shops clustered in the Wijck district. But s’Hertogenbosch hosts AFSH, with prices more targeted at Mercedes drivers rather than museum curators or those with private jets. Thus, I find this high-end fair more accessible for extravagant splurges. As in Maastricht, Den Bosch has her own antiques quarter and the VVV offers a map listing the antique shops. My favorite fair coordinator is InterEvent’s, which hosts among others two fairs in Naarden – La Table held 13-16 November, 2008 and Kunst & Antiek Weekend on the 22-25 January, 2009. While adding dates to your agenda, you mustn’t forget to add the popular PAN Amsterdam November 23-30, 2008.
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Expatica – Art & Antiques in The Hague

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Long term Diva Readers won’t be surprised to hear that I am gushing yet again about my favorite city in The Netherlands – The Hague. This time the gushing is taking place as I write a guest column for Expatica, expanding on the treasures to be found at The Hague’s stylish promenade, the Lange Voorhout Market. Click to read the full article, but don’t wait too long before getting out and about – there are only a few weekends left to visit my favorite Dutch flea market before it closes for the winter!

The Lange Voorhout Market runs Thursdays and Sundays from May – October.

Consider booking an Antiques Diva™ Exclusive Shopping Tour of The Hague this fall. Private one-on-one tours just “A Diva Guide and You” run 90E for 4 hours or 140E for all day! Better yet, bring a friend and get 2 for the price of 1. With tours of 2 guests or more, the price drops to 45E per person for 4 hours or 75E per person for the whole day! Mention the Expatica article and save an additional 10E per person! Offer combined with no other offers. For information email”>

I hope to see you in The Hague soon!

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