Amsterdam Antiques Centre is the largest indoor Antiques Centre of the Netherlands with more than 1750 square meters of Antiques, art and other collectables. And it surely is one of Mimi Berlin’s favorite shops for vintage finds. You’ll find anything vintage to antique at this place from household stuff to art, jewelry, clothing and back to toys or whatever catches your fancy (just naming a few found items) We would like to share this address with you, but please let this be our secret! The Amsterdam Antiques Centre is established at the Elandsgracht 109 for more than 35 years. A unique location in the “Jordaan”, the hart of Amsterdam. Entrance is free opening hours; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.weekdays and till 5pm week-ends (image via kotomicreations )
Untold, an exhibition curated by Rossana Orlandi at the Museo Bagatti Valsecchi during Milan Design Week 2014. Museo Bagatti Valsecchi is a historic house museum which showcases the collection of the brothers Bagatti Valsecchi who decorated their house (at the end of the 19th century) mainly in a Neo-Renaissance style, including their collection of paintings and decorative arts of the 15th and 16th centuries. Rossana Orlandi gathered modern day furniture/art/design and placed them in this antique environment. We never visited this museum, the location sure was a nice surprise. But it would have been a great visit without the added modern design as well. We, at Mimi Berlin, thought the exhibited designs, (which were all very pretty) weren’t always a bonus to the house. As always, that’s only in our opinion and of course we made some pictures so you can judge for yourself……
In 1882 the Barnum and Bailey Circus signed a new act for the sideshow. It was called the Seven Sutherland Sisters. The girls — Sarah, Victoria, Isabella, Grace, Naomi, Mary, and Dora — who ranged in age from 18 to 36, would file on stage in white gowns, their dark hair glimmering in the gas lights, and sing a selection of songs. The remarkable bass voice of Naomi was prominent in their rich harmony. Continue reading →
In mourning: Accessories. Ahh the lighter side of life, even when in mourning we, Homo Sapiens, always will find a reason to accessorize ! Four Women Crying, c. 1878. Photo: Courtesy Stanley B. Burns, MD, Burns archive
Mourning handkerchief, 1880-1899, Metropolitan Museum New York (via) Victorian Lachrymatory Tear Catcher Gilt Glass Bottle (via Luana Faulkeny)
Mme de Florian’s Apartment “In April 2010 a Parisian apartment on the Right Bank, near the Opéra Garnier, left unoccupied since 1942 was discovered. It was owned by Madame de Florian, a socialite and actress, who fled to the South of France during the second world war, leaving everything behind. She never came back to Paris but kept on paying her rent until the day she died when she was 91. It’s only after she died that Olivier Choppin-Janvry, an Auctioneer entered her apartment for the first time in over 70 years.
This painting represents “demimondaine” Marthe de Florian, the owner’s grandmother, and was sold for record price of 2,1 million euros at Drouot saleshouse on September 2010, 28. / MARC OTTAVI, Place: Paris,FRANCE, (credit AFP)
“There was a smell of old dust,” said Olivier Choppin-Janvry who made the discovery. Walking under high wooden ceilings, past an old wood stove and stone sink in the kitchen, he spotted a stuffed ostrich and a Mickey Mouse toy dating from before the war. Taxidermy pieces were commonly found throughout Mme de Florian’s apartment. It was common to have taxidermy in one’s home back in the day, in fact, having a few as home decor was a sign of affluence. They also found a painting by Giovanni Boldini, the subject a beautiful woman who turned out to be the artist’s former muse, Marthe de Florian, the owner’s grandmother, the painting was sold for €2.1 million, a world record for the artist. The rest was left undisturbed to this day. Unfortunately, this home is not open to the public and it is owned entirely by her estate.” (via belloblog) (photocredits: Getty Images)
Autochrome Lumiere is an early color photography process patented in 1903 by the Lumière brothers in France. Photographers used to experiment with this technique a lot at that time, often using every day objects. This resulted in many pretty and not so slick photographic studies like the ones below. For us, at Mimi Berlin, and for you, our friends a peek at every day life of those days.. Buyah!
Bibi Lartigue in Nice. 1920 (autochrome) Photo – Jacques Henri Lartigue