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Delft Envy: Treasures on Tuesday

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Did you read that last blog entry on save the Dutch Date for the upcoming Oude Kunst en Antiek Beurs Fair in Delft and get total Delft-envy? Have no fear; even if your travels aren’t taking you to Holland, you can still Bring Holland Home by shopping “Treasures” by The Antiques Diva™, allowing you to make the trip without even leaving your armchair! And remember, at “Treasures” by The Antiques Diva we offer FREE international shipping!

Here’s just a few of our Delft Treasures:

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Better yet, if you happen to be in the area, make an appointment to visit our by-appointment only show house outside Den Haag!

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The Antiques Diva™

Guest Blog: Souvenirs de la Reine: Shopping for Blue Onion Pottery in Berlin

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  • blue and white tulip vase from Delft, Holland
  • cobalt blue vase studded with silver I found in a souk in Marrakesh
  • petite blue oil painting of Paris
  • blue and cream Dutch KLM house found in an antiques shop in Amsterdam
  • blue swirl glass bowl from Kosta Boda I found at their outlet store in Sweden
  • pale blue Limoges oyster plate I found in Savannah
  • dark blue fleur de lys on white platter from Madrid
  • blue and white taper candles from France
  • cobalt blue and white cake plate from Royal Copenhagen I found in Copenhagen

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And not only did I want Zwiebelmuster, I wanted antique. And more specifically, I wanted a lidless Zwiebelmuster crock to put on my stove and hold cooking utensils. The Antiques Diva was on the case! Our first stop (after Starbucks for my daily addiction of a Tall Skim Chai Latte, extra hot bitte) was the Berliner Antik und Flohmarkt. And as we wandered the stalls, the Diva introduced me to a vendor specializing in blue & white. It was love at first site. And as I browsed the crowded shop, I found my newest treasure:

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Who knew?

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  • it’s not an onion at all, in fact it’s a pomegranate!
  • this pattern was copied by Meissen from Asian pottery in the mid-18th century, and soon copied by other pottery manufacturers, most famously Czech factories, who produced a much more affordable version
  • Meissen Zwiebelmuster is treasured by traditional German housewives. In fact, when I travel Germany visiting my many family members, I’m always served kuchen und kaffee on their treasured Zwiebelmuster
  • Blue Onion is readily available in the US online at ebay or Replacements

La Reine’s Shopping Tip:
You can find your own blue “Treasures” by The Antiques Diva by shopping her new online brocante. Recent blue treasures include vintage Delft pottery, tiles, and vases.

Happy Shopping!
La Reine

PS. Enjoyed today’s post? You can read more a La Reine’s great blogs at She’s Shopping Now!

Belgium Brocantes & Antique Salons: Calendar 2010


January 22-31, 2010

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Tour & Taxis Bldg
Avenue du Port 86C
Brussels

11am-7pm Daily
Late Hours until 10.30pm on Jan 26 & 28
– Guided tours by a BRAFA associate are daily at 3pm. Inquire at ticket counter for details.
– The 130 participants represent different countries such as Belgium (60%), France, Germany, Great-Britain, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, Portugal, Russia, Spain, USA and Switzerland

topDefault.aspx?tabid=26&lg=en&switchportal=0″ target=”_blank”>AIRFARE & topDefault.aspx?tabid=28&lg=en” target=”_blank”>TRAIN DISCOUNTS to BRAFA AVAILABLE!!!

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March 19-28, 2010

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Brussels Expo
Palais 5
Place de Belgique # 1
Brussels
(enter via cote Atomium)
Hours: 2pm-7pm (Mon-Fri)
11am-7pm (Weekend)
March 25: Late Night until 10pm

– Free Entry to Ladies on Ladies Day Jan 26 (2pm-7pm)!!!
– 150 leading antiques dealers and art galleries of Belgium, Luxembourg, France, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy who are to exhibit at the Brussels Expo Hall 5.

View the Photo Gallery here!

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April 3 – 5, 2010

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3 rue de Marche Couvert
Ciney, Belgium

Hours: 10am-7pm Daily
– Over 700 Vendors!
– Professional Day April 2 – Antique Dealers get 1st dibs!

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October 2-3, 2010

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Centre Sportif, Rout d’Ohain
Lasne, Belgium
(Just 5km from Waterloo!)

Hours: 10am-6pm

– A “Glass Fair” unique to Belgium
– Over 4 soccer fields filled with glass and crystal, antiques vintage & collectibles!

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Mid-November 2010 (Date TBD)

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Namur Expo
Ave Sergent-Vrithoff, 2
Namur, Belgium
WATCH THIS SPACE FOR 2010 DATES and HOURS of Operation!
To view photos from 2009’s great event, click here!

Happy Shopping in 2010!

The Antiques Diva™

(seen right hitting the fleas in Tongeren, Belgium)

Last Minute Diva – USA EDITION – Hunt Slonem Auction

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>On Saturday, October 24th, Stair Galleries (in Hudson, NY) will host a single auction of the Hunt Slonem Collection from Edgewood Terrace. In case you aren’t familiar, Hunt Slonem is a New York artist known for his exotic, vibrantly colored, neo-expressionist paintings and incredible collection of 19th Century gothic revival furniture which has filled his home – the historic Cordts mansion in Kingston, NY – for the past eight years. Hunt has had over 150 solo exhibitions and over 75 museums include his work in their collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum. He is adored by celebrity collectors including Sharon Stone, Gina Gershon, Brooke Shields, Julianne Moore, Mandy Moore, Kate Hudson and J.Lo to name a few.

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Who: Stair Galleries

When: Saturday, October 24, 11:00 a.m.

Where: Stair Galleries
549 Warren Street
Hudson, NY 12534

* Bidding is available in-person, online (online bidding available here), by phone, and by absentee bid

Phone: 518.751.1000

* Phone bidding must be arranged by 5pm, Friday, Oct. 23

Going, Going, Gone!

The Antiques Diva™

Guest Blog: Lady Lotus – Are You Next on the Jewelry Chain?

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Dangling from my wrist these days is an amazing bracelet made from Euro coins. The gold and silver match everything and the piece is curious enough to evoke conversation, most of which start out by me proclaiming that the best part of living in an American university town is being surrounded by amazing local artists. One of my favorite designers, Danya Roselle, is the artist who crafted my new favorite piece.

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When La Reine saw my bracelet, she immediately ordered one of her own. Are you next on the jewelry chain??

Happy Shopping!

Lady Lotus

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!

What’s in a Name? Art Nouveau and other Names

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All this is enough to give you a headache, but as I wave goodbye, I’ll mention just one more name for Art Nouveau -Wellenstil (or the wave style).

Ta Ta for now. Until next time,

The Antiques Diva™

More on Miro

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Miro Pozar is a Czech sculptor whose work has appeared throughout Europe and North America. His face and torso are as chiseled as the sandstone sculptures he makes from rock culled from nearby quarries. Miro studies the stone in its rugged raw state and he sees what is not there, but could be – crafting the breast of a woman or the weary face of an old man in the veins of the stone. From time to time, the stone cries out for something different – to be made into more abstract art – and Miro creates from the past the future – making sculptures that appear both medieval and modern in their simplicity.

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Crowds stumbled in and out of the gallery and when the tourists thinned, Miro sat on the step next to us and started talking, sharing his life story as we shared ours. He told how before the fall of communism he’d been granted a visa to live in the USA and Canada. He spoke of the cold Toronto winters of where his work had been exhibited and WG’s eyes caught mine as we read one another’s mind – “Could Miro Pozar be the artist that got away? Whose work we’d coveted for so many years?”
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Miro, upon seeing our joy at his work, offered us a discount for paying in Euros instead of the local currency and smiled as he said, “You are young. The young, they never buy art. It is always the old who buy art. They, of course, can better afford it, but I make art for the young, for the future, not for the past.” He attached the bust we’d chosen to a rolling cart, giving us a stand upon which to display it as a gift with the purchase. As we chatted, he offered to roll the statue to our car which it turned out was parked opposite his atelier and warehouse.

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As we drove away, WG released his grip on the steering wheel and reached over to rub my neck, “Do you feel we bought a piece of history?” he asked and with a nod and graze of his leg, I smiled “Perhaps even a piece of our own history” as I thought of that trip to Toronto years prior when we were young and didn’t buy art.

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Freakin’ Fabulous – Reader’s Tip

Dear Diva,

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>I wanted your readers to know that I just got a really fun book this week. It’s called “Freakin’ Fabulous” (How to Dress, Speak, Behave, Eat, Drink, Entertain, Decorate and Generally Be Better Than Everyone Else) by Clinton Kelly.

He has some GREAT tips but does it in such a way that it’s really entertaining reading. It has article titles such as “What’s the one trick that will slim down your entire silhouette and make your ta-tas look va-va-voom?’ and “How do you eat an oyster without getting kicked out of the best restaurant in town?” I think my favorite title though is “Even the prettiest ducks can be ferocious”.

The book is really a hoot! If you get a chance, check it out!

The Contessa

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