Rau Antiques – The Armory Show NYC

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>The lesson of the day is that the contacts in a Diva’s “Little Black Book” are worth their weight in gold – or rather make that jewels, fine art and authentic Versailles furniture! I’ve just added a contact to my address book that will have you swooning.

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Candid Kellogg writes:

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Bill Rau, the third generation owner of this venerable, prestigious antiques and fine arts gallery based on Royal Street in New Orleans since 1911, has a master’s eye when it comes to acquiring spot-on antiques and, lately, pedigreed fine art, a category that has shown a marked increase in the past 18 months.

Rau Antiques is a sprawling 30,000 sq ft gallery, with a neighboring townhouse called Le Salon, which offers the connoisseur and visitor to New Orleans an impeccable and historical tour of 18th and 19th century decorative arts.

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If Candid Kellogg has you salivating for more fine art and antiques, you must visit Rau Antiques Booth at The Armory Fair this fall.

Antiques & Art at the Armory
September 30 – October 3, 2010

Antiques and Art at the Armory features more than 50 dealers from around the world, specializing in high-end antiques and art. The show is vetted to ensure the highest quality and assurance of authenticity.

Special thanks to “Candid Kellogg” and her touch down from Paris! And stay tuned for more!

Until Next Time,

The Antiques Diva™

Last Minute Diva – UK Edition: Bath Decorative & Antiques Fair

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Dear Diva Readers,

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>It’s time to go to Bath – but please, darlings, don’t pronounce this town as if it were a hygene term. Try as you might to drawl a proper vowel in the centre of the word to give this world heritage city the proper homage! Oprah voted Bath to be on her top 10 list of must see places in the world”… so what better time to go than during the 21st annual Bath Decorative & Antiques Fair going on March 4, 5 & 6th, 2010. Of course, if this late notice means you can’t make the fair, no worries, for a visit to Bath is good anytime of year – I consider it a staple in my list of Diva-Must Do (and Repeat) Places on Earth!

Here are a few pictures from my most recent visit to Bath!

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The Bath Decorative & Antiques Fair is a premier provincial event and is now in its 21st year! And if the site is any indication, it’s promising to uphold the standard it has become famous for. Once dubbed “a mini Olympia” (after London’s famed Olympia Fine Arts Fair) there will be plenty for both the trade and the collector to feast their eyes upon with painted English and Continental furniture, period and country oak furniture, homely English Staffordshire, decorative accessories, garden items, textiles and much more on display from exhibitors from across the UK. Many of the 45 exhibitor’s only stand at this annual event and so save fresh stock for the occasion. The queue winds around the building and up the steps from early in the morning with a mixture of both local and international trade and private buyers keen to visit a concentrated exhibition of the best in decorative antiques and accessories outside London.

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All told it promises to be an exciting event, retaining its position as a premier Fair in the antiques calendar.

The Pavilion
North Parade Road
Bath BA2 4EU
* Planning restrictions in the World Heritage City of Bath prevent road signs, so please follow signs for the Sports Centre

Following you’ll find a sneak peek at some of the inventory on offer!

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Have a Jolly Good Time!

The Antiques Diva™
(seen right dipping my toe in the famed Roman baths)

The Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam, London, Brussels & Beyond…

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The Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam
29 Oct – 1 Nov, 2009
Gashouder & Transformatorhuis, Westergasfabriek-terrein

The Affordable Art Fair London
22-25 Oct, 2009
Battersea Park

The Affordable Art Fair New York
(Sadly 2009 dates have passed – so stay tuned for May 6-9, 2010)
7 West New York

The Affordable Art Fair Sydney
22-25 Oct, 2009
Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park

The Affordable Art Fair Melbourne
(Sadly 2009 dates passed, stay tuned for April 2010)

The Affordable Art Fair Paris
(Sadly 2009 dates passed, stay tuned for June 2010)

The Affordable Art Fair Brussels
Feb 5-8, 2010
Tour et Taxis, Shed 1

Until Next Time,

The Antiques Diva™
otherwise known as The Art Diva!

Ponderings on Travel Books…

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>I love travel books… from start to finish. I love the joy of planning a trip, the joy of standing in a bookstore with my arms loaded down with exotic locations. Pre-trip I read, I highlight, I sticky-tab the books, draw pictures in the margins of what I intend to pack or make little lists of things to do before I leave (like hire a pet sitter, get my hair cut or clean the refrigerator!) When trip time comes, I pack the books in my suitcase or carry on & they make the journey with me, adding to the weight of my luggage.

Once in my hotel room, I place them on my bedside stand and then when it’s time to hit the streets of whatever location I happen to be in… I begin to I load my Longchamp carrier bag – the one that is easiest for long days wandering foreign cities. Inevitably, the last thing to go in is my favorite tour book (plucked carefully from the pile next to the bed) and inevitably, that book is the straw that breaks the camel’s back and makes my purse too heavy to carry for a full day. So I return the book to the bedside table where it rests for the next few days or week but I carry it with me in my mind and when my husband asks “What do you think this building is?” from the recesses of my mind, my trusty travel book whispers the answer into my ear and my husband is impressed with my knowledge and I’m reassured the memory techniques that got me through university still work as well as they did back then!

At night in the hotel, I sit my glass of wine on the book. Then my husband comes around the corner, sees me lying on the bed and attacks me with a flurry of spontaneous kisses brought on by the wonderful relaxing joy of being on holiday. In his enthusiasm, I knock over the wine glass, marring the book cover and pages with a deep rouge smudge.

Returning home, I place the book on the bulging buckling book shelf, and after each trip I comment to my lazy literary cat who likes to sleep on my piles of beloved books, “We should get rid of all these old books” and I scratch behind his ears. Then I run my fingers across the book spines remembering various trips. My finger lands on the first travel book I ever bought. It’s a book on England and I purchased it as a university student for my study abroad trip to London and this book is so old with prices, dates & times so out of date that I know I should throw the book away.

top:10px;margin-bottom:10px;margin-left:10px;font-family: Arial,Helvetica,Georgia;font-size:22px;line-height:23px;color:grey;text-align: right;”>“The world is a book and those who don’t travel read only a page”

But then I pull it off the shelf, and stuck between page 122 and 123 is travel brochure for Turkey I used to mark my page on the city of Bath. I remember thinking Istanbul seemed, at the time, as the most exotic location in the world. On the corner of the brochure I’ve jotted a phone # and a time and have drawn a heart around it. It’s the time I was supposed to call my boyfriend who was across the pond still in the USA and this little doodle proclaiming my love for the man who is now my husband makes me smile yet again. I put that travel book back on the shelf, with the brochure returned to its proper page, and I remember how my husband proposed – taking me by surprise just before I left to study abroad. He was fearful that in going to Europe I would forget him and he wanted to “seal the deal” before my odyssey. How funny now that we’ve spent most of our marriage in Europe and yet it was my first going abroad that caused him to propose sooner than he’d planned. I tread downstairs and give my husband, who is sitting at his computer catching up on missed emails, a kiss on top of his head.

“Feel like going to Istanbul?” I ask… He nods and says, “I could be convinced …” and excitedly I make a note to stop by Waterstones or The American Book Center and the journey starts all over again.

All the best,

The Antiques Diva™