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And The Winner Is….

Patricia van Essche – PVE Design

Dear Diva Readers,

You must be dying to know who won The Antiques Diva La Rentree Giveaway of the Paris Apartment iPhone application Key’s to the Fleas…. Drum roll please…. And the winner is Patricia van Essche, the bloggess and creative genius behind PVE DESIGN.

When I drew Patricia’s name out of the hat, I knew I had to tell you about her! PVE Design offers a wide array of design sevices including illustration, decorative and pattern design. Not only can you hire Patricia for your special projects, but you can also shop her online Etsy shop for gorgeous note cards and original works of art by Patricia!

While you’re in the shopping mood, don’t forget that you can also buy Paris Apartment’s Keys to the Fleas online before your next Paris trip!

Until next time,

The Antiques Diva™

Treasures on Tuesday: Delft Blue Vintage Ginger Jar

Direct from Holland, The Antiques Diva™ has found another great Vintage Delft Blue Ginger Jar with charming bird motif is in excellent condition, marked and dated 1950. Perfect stand alone or as part of a collection of blue & white accessories! Item #102.

Measurements: 28 X 19cm or 11 X 7 1/2 in

$200 (147 Euro) includes international shipping

To purchase this or to browse all the other available items, visit “Treasures” by The Antiques Diva.

Special Antiques Diva Paris Tour!

La Foire Nationale à la Brocante et aux Jambons on the île de Chatou!

Join The Antiques Diva™ this March 2010 in Paris on a 4-Day Spring French Flea Market Extravaganza!!! We’ll hit the Paris Flea Markets (Clignancourt & Vanves) as well as the best brocante in France – la Foire Nationale à la Brocante et aux Jambons on the île de Chatou! Your high-school French didn’t lead you astray, indeed this is the National Fair of the Flea Market and Ham, a fair which has been going on annually in Paris since the Middle Ages!

After we’ve shoppped until you drop, The Diva will revive you with champagne or café au lait – you name your poison – and we’ll leave the flea markets behind, stepping into Hemingway’s Paris, hitting a bar named after him and parading through the Ritz as if it were built for us alone. In fact, we’ll don an apron and pick up golden spatulas, taking an afternoon French cooking lesson at the Ritz Escoffier – dining afterwards in the Ritz’ kitchen! For an additional charge, you can leave “les miserables” behind while enjoying pampering in Paris at a Posh, Private Day Spa Atelier with a Diva-tested, Diva-approved English speaking skin care and massage specialist.

Well-rested and looking our best, arm-in-arm we’ll stroll past the famous Parisian sites and do a little vintage and clothes shopping in Saint-Germain-des-Prés! We’ll visit the hottest shops, the best boutiques, the obvious and the out-of-the-way in The Antiques Diva’s private Paris, sharing memories and making new ones!

Diva Tour Details!

Tour 1: 12-15 March, 2010

Tour 2: 18-21 March, 2010

Also inquire for tour dates in May, October and November 2010

4-Day Paris Tour costs 1000 Euro per person *

* Discounts apply on multi-person group booking.
Hotel and Airfare are not included in tour cost; however, The Antiques Diva Tours can make hotel recommendations and suggestions on the best areas of the city to stay!

Some photos from Fall 2009 Diva Tour trips to the National Fair of the Flea Market and Ham:

Extra, Extra Read All About It… Parisien Salon & Lonely Planet!

The Antiques Diva is in The News!!!

Women reading newspapers by Bert Hardy, 1957

This week’s blog interview between The Antiques Diva™ & La Mom was so stimulating that the glossy travel planning & destination e-magazine “Parisien Salon” picked it up & posted our Paris Insiders Discussion in an article they titled, Hamming it Up with The Antiques Diva™”.

Visit Parisien Salon to get inside information on what to see, do, buy & eat while in Paris in this e-magazine written by people who don’t just love Paris but who know it like the back of their hands, taking you beyond the landmarks & giving you exclusive entrée to a Paris usually limited only to locals!

And if that’s not enough, Lonely Planet then picked up the “Parisien Salon” posting, adding The Antiques Diva & La Mom’s “Hamming it up in Paris” interview under their heading “Blogs We Like”!!!

Until Next Time, Happy Reading!

The Antiques Diva™

Amsterdam – Secret Sale Days

Long-term Diva Readers have heard me time and again divulge details on Amsterdam’s best kept secrets: The Open Door Days of Annette Brederode and Johan de Feijter.

Mark your calendars for a sensational weekend of Antiques Shopping in Amsterdam!

June 5, 6 and 7, 2009
11am to 6pm.

To read more about past sales, click on the names of each vendor and get all the diva-licious details and pics!

Annette Brederode
Lijnbaansgracht #56D

The sale takes place on the 3rd floor in an inconspicuous building.. ring the buzzer and climb the stairs for shopping paradise!

Then pop a few blocks over for another Secret Sale!

Johan de Feijter
Bloemgracht 58

As always, Happy Shopping!

The Antiques Diva™

P.S. The photo at right was taken the night of our good friend Harry’s 50th birthday dinner at De Jonge Dikkert (a restaraunt just outside of Amsterdam in the city of Amstelveen). The restaurant is among our favorite Dutch treats, partially due to the historic ambiance inside a Dutch windmill built in 1672 and also owing to the sensational modern French Mediterranean cuisine done with a Dutch touch!

Visit Dolf D Van Omme at PAN AMSTERDAM

Long-term readers have heard me sing the praises of Dolf D. Van Omme – a specialist in 19th-21st C European Fine Art. If you haven’t visited their Amsterdam gallery at Eerste Bloemdwarsstraat 19, now is the perfect time to mark your calendar to visit their stall (#146) at the upcoming PAN Amsterdam to get a tiny taste of what’s in store before you walk in their gallery door!

This year at PAN, as always, Dolf D. Van Omme will have some excellent artists on display! I can’t wait to lay my eyes upon one particular piece of their collection premiering at PAN Amsterdam – a pastel by Kees van Dongen (1877-1968) titled Paris la Nuit. Of particular interest as well is the work of artist Jan Sluijters (1881-1957). Dolf D Van Omme will be displaying 5 of his modern water colors from the Esser collection.

I received Dolf D Van Omme’s invite to the Nov 22nd opening day of PAN Amsterdam and was devastated to discover I’m out of town for this sensational first day event. Alas, I’ll be returning that evening from a house hunting trip to Berlin and fear that I won’t make it before the doors close at 9pm. Nevertheless, a day later I’ll be joining the masses when the fair opens to the public! Needless to say, stall # 146 Dolf D Van Omme will be first on my list of stalls to stop and visit!

Mark your calendar for PAN Amsterdam!

23 – 30 November 2008Amsterdam RAI-Parkhal
Daily from 11 am-7 pm
Thursday 27 and Sunday 30 November11 am-6 pm

Until Next Time,
The Antiques Diva™

Belgium Art, Flea Markets and Brocantes Spring/Summer 2008 Calendar

April 17 – 21 – Art Brussels
Brussels Expo Centre

May 1 – 4 – Antiek en Brocantemarkt,Havenbuurt, Blankenberge

May 16 -19 – Eurantica Brussels – Fine Art & Antiques Fair
Palais 5 de Brussels Expo

June 1 – Grote 9 Straaten en Pleinen Rommelmarkt, Gent

June 27 – Avondrommelmarkt – Kuringen

July 5 – Rommelmarkt, Veurne

August 2 – Trammelant Rommel en Kunstmarkt, De Haan
(Vendors dressed in Belle Epoque costumes)

August 23 – 24 – Brocante Rommelmarkt, Temploux

September 13 – Grote Rommelmarkt, Gent

September 13 -1 4 – Zomerendemarkt, Klemskerke


The Antiques Diva™

Paris Brocantes and Flea Markets Spring/Summer 2008 Calendar

11-20 April – Antiquites & Art Actuel — Parc Monceau
Boulevard de Courcelles, Paris 8th
Metro – Monceau
11am – 8pm

1 May – Brocante Exceptionnelle
Marche au Puces de la Porte de Montreuil, Paris 20th
Metro – Porte de Montreuil

8 – 9 May – Brocantes Spam
Blvd Edgar Quinet, Paris 14th
Metro – Edgar Quinet

10-11 May – Brocantes Spam
Ave de la Republique, Paris 11th
Metro: Parmentier

8 – 18 May — Bastille, Antiquites Brocante
Place de la Bastille, Paris 11th
11am – 7pm, 350 Vendors

30 May – 8 June — Antiquites & Art Actuel Ecole Militaire
Ace. Duquesne et Lowendal, Paris 7th
Metro – Ecole Miliaire
11am – 7pm

30 May – June 1 18th Puce du Design et De La Mode des Annees 1950’s – 1980’s
Quai de la Loire et Promendade Jean Vigo, Paris 19th
10 – 7pm, 70 vendors
(Fair also held in Oct – dates not yet available )

Month of June – 31st Foire Saint Germain
Place St Sulpice, Paris 6th
11am – 8pm, 100 vendors

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