Art & Antiques Weekend - Treasures from the 18th century

On Saturday and Sunday, September 29 and 30 we are opening the cultural season in the Spiegelkwartier with the annual Art & Antiques Weekend. We are having an exhibition and lecture themed 'Treasures from the 18th Century'.



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May Art and Antiques Weekend - Dutch goldsmiths 1940 - 1980

On May 25, 26 and 27 the May Art & Antiques Weekend 2018 takes place in the Spiegelkwartier. We are happy to invite you to our exhibition and lecture, themed: Dutch goldsmiths from 1940 - 1980.


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New - animal portraits in rock crystal

Our collection has been updated with some very interesting jewellery made of rock crystal, about which we would like to tell you more.


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Art & Antiques weekend 30 september & 1 oktober 2017

Het jaarlijkse Art & Antiques weekend in het Spiegelkwartier vindt plaats op zaterdag 30 september en zondag 1 oktober. Met dit evenement wordt het culturele seizoen geopend, meer dan 30 galeries en antiquairs openen hun deuren en tonen hun laatste aanwinsten. Op allerlei plekken in het Spiegelkwartier zijn lezingen en tentoonstellingen


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Jewelry enamel techniques, a closer look

The craft of enameling  is centuries old and is probably due to the insertion of small pieces of glass into a gold object.  The step of inserting glass and melting it down is not that great. The first cloisonné pieces are found in the fifth century BC and the technique was widely applied in the Byzantine empire. In cloisonne the colors are kept separate by an upright flat wire. The spaces are filled with different color email powder. Every color is in his own cell. After heating the object is polished to get a nice, smooth email.
Little travel clock in "Japanese Style" signed BAUGRAND, enamel Antoine Tard; Cloisonné enamel on gold; France, circa 1870.


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Being an Antiquarian jeweller is a very fascinating profession

Being an Antiquarian jeweller is a very fascinating profession. Every day is different and one can never predict in advance what interesting pieces will come my way. Recently we acquired  a bracelet that, after thorough examination, we can  attribute to Louis Wièse


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Alexis Falize - Antoine Tard - Gustave Baugrand

Very little is known about Antoine Tard, other than his exceptional production of enamels. Together with Alexis Falize, one of the greatest jewellers ever, he revolutionized jewellery with their cloisonné enamelling in the Japanese style. The style was exquisite, but examples are rare. According to some it paved the way for Art Nouveau.


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Rijksmuseum acquires antique goldstone necklace from Dekker Antiquairs

Since this summer the necklace is on display in the jewellery department of the Special Collections.


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Eden and other bejewelled gardens

Since thousands of years goldsmiths have recreated nature in precious metals and stones. This has strong connections with the oldest myths of earthly Paradise in which gemstones feature. As a result, medieval Kings and Emperors had trees of gold with gemstones as leaves in their palaces, at the heart of their cult.


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Marvellous micro-mosaics

Roman micro-mosaics are the 19th century version of modern-day souvenirs from Rome. In this article you can discover the development over these minute marvels and continue reading about the highlight of micro-mosaics we currently have on offer.


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The 'Swaan' has returned, and other news on watches

Every now and then an object we once sold, returns 'home'. Currently that is the case with a very special 18th century pocket watch by Pieter Swaan. Our antique watch and clock specialist Dick Verburg takes a closer look at it. Also: a chatelaine from the French Régence and a watch by the lofty maker Baillon.


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Rare highlight French Japonism presented at PAN 2015

Something unlikely happened shortly before the opening of PAN, the art and antiques fair in Amsterdam: we were able to add a rare highlight of French 19th century Japonism to our collection. So far, only 2 of these are known to exist, and 1 of them we currently exhibit at PAN. It is this miniature silver guilt carriage clock by Gustave Baugrand, with enamelling by Antoine Tard.


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PAN Art Fair Amsterdam 2015

PAN Amsterdam, the Dutch premier art and antiques fair, is open daily until Sunday November 29. We assembled a unique collection of antique jewels, watches and objets d'art for you to enjoy in our stand (nr. 27). In the meantime, discover some of our stars by 19th century jewellers and watchmakers in this year's show.


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'I deeply respect these artisans, whose watches, centuries later, still work'

For over 40 years, Ron Verburg-Dekker and Dick Verburg have run Dekker Antiquairs, their business in the heart of Amsterdam. She mostly dedicates her time to jewellery, while he is the watch specialist. Since we chose Watches as theme for this year's OPEN! weekend, the opening of the cultural season of Amsterdam's antique district, we interviewed Dick about his passion for watches.


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Why Boxes Matter - Maison van der Stichel

Sometimes jewellers get more excited about the box than about its contents. This happens usually when an antique jewel is in the original box, it is (extra) proof of authenticity. But every now and then a box adds to our knowledge of jewellery history.


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Rembrandt, Geertje and Saskia's jewels

The nice thing about jewellery is that in the end it is always about human beings, despite the valuable materials and exquisite execution. This gives jewellery a strong emotional value, which sometimes can lead to less positive outcomes. Rembrandt experienced this with the second, less prominent woman in his life: Geertje Dircx.


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Jewels in Late Rembrandt

The unique exhibition Late Rembrandt is on show until May 17 at Rijksmuseum, our neighbours. Jewels feature in several paintings in the exhibition. We collected some interesting bits of information, which might inspire your (next) visit even a bit more.



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Highlights of PAN 2014

This year we participated in PAN Art Fair Amsterdam as well. The following objects received a lot of attention from visitors and are still available.


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Queen Máxima's Antique Dutch Earrings

Since the end of May Queen Máxima of the Netherlands occasionally wears antique Dutch earrings from the Land of Cadzand (ca. 1860) that originally come from our collection. We gave an interview to the Dutch magazine Royalty about Dutch regional jewellery and these earrings in particular.


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Dekker Antiquairs in the Dutch Vogue

Antique and vintage juwellery are very contemporary!


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