Author Archives: Mark F. Moran

Final thoughts on BRAFA 2009

The 2009 edition of the Brussels Antiques & Fine Arts Fair concluded with reports of “a feeling of relief tinged with optimism.” Over the course of its 10-day run, from Jan. 23 to Feb. 1, approximately 36,000 visitors attended, a slight drop from 2008.

Museum tours offer another view of Brussels

When not chronicling the sights, sounds and sales at the Brussels Antiques & Fines Arts Fair, held from Jan. 23 to Feb. 1, a group of American writers also had the chance to visit three museums in this city that has been the cultural and economic crossroads of Europe for centuries.

In European antiques trade, timing is everything

Victor Werner is the kind of antique dealer that collectors from America hope they’ll encounter on a visit to Europe: Gregarious and enthusiastic about his trade, he is eager to provide the stories for his pieces, which range from classical to quirky.

High style in the low country

BRUSSELS, Belgium – This city has grown to become the capital of the European Union, and a lavish January tradition has now placed it among the leaders in the world art markets.