Amsterdam’s Spiegelkwartier (Mirror Quarter) is an absolute must do for amateurs of art, antiques and curiosities. This area has been at the center of the Dutch art and antiques trade for over 80 years. More than 100 specialized dealers offer not only top-quality collections, but considerable expertise. And all this takes place in a cosy, neighborhood ambiance.
Located in a cluster of historic houses near Amsterdam’s famous Rijksmuseum, the Spiegelkwartier features a neighborhood of mini-museums that invite passers-by not only to admire, but also to shop.
The shops and galleries located in the Spiegelgracht offer some of the finest art and antiques, one is likely to find anywhere in the world. From archaeological finds to 17th century furniture, glass and Dutch Delftware, as well as art ranging from ancient art to Art Nouveau, the Spiegelkwartier is a rich treasure-trove of art and antiques.
For instance, Tóth Ikonen is the oldest religious icon gallery in Amsterdam, specializing in antique Russian icons on wooden panels from the 16th to the 19th century, as well as brass travelling icons. More ancient treasures can be found at Archea Ancient Art, which has authentic objects from ancient Greek, Egyptian and Roman civilizations, as well as from the Near East.
The gabled houses that line the streets are home not only to galleries, but to a range of cafés and restaurants. Whether you feel like a bowl of healthy soup, or coffee and a heavenly home-made cake; a traditional Dutch pancake, or full silver-service luncheon — it’s all there for the picking.
All in all, the Spiegelkwartier/Spiegelgracht will particularly appeal to antiques lovers and individuals in search for something really specific, and ready to pay the price for it.
Antiquing Tip Of The Day
Don’t be afraid of shipping. If I avoided items that didn’t fit in my suitcase, my home and closet would be far less interesting.
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