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Updates from Argentina
Saturday, 24 January 2009
How to find Gold in Argentina
Topic: Antiques
All that glitters is gold in Argentina
All that glitters is gold, or at least gold plated. And thanks to the Alquimist or Alchemist of antique times, we art and antique dealers do miracles with these wonderful methods,...... So if you are interested in Art or Antiques, and you are travelling to Argentina please feel free to email us;.. and what about Collectibles and just to mention some like Advertising, Advertising Art, Architectural, Art Deco, Auto Parts, Badges, Banks, Beswick, Bottle, Bottle Openers, Bronze, Button, Calendars, Candy Containers, Carnival Glass, Chandeliers, Christmas, Coca Cola, Corkscrews, Elvis Presley, Ethnic Art, Ethnic Toys, Fans, Fishing, French art, French antiques, Fishing Reels, Folk Art, Francisco Adaro, Furniture, Lamps and lightning items, the wild 60's and 70's, Garden Furnishing, Girl Scout, Glass Art, Glass Contemporary, Golf, Halloween, Inkwells, Insulators, Ivory, Japanese Woodblock Prints, Jewellery, Judaic, Kitchen, Knife, Lamps, Lighters, Lightning Rod , Majolica, Match Holders, Medical, Motorcycles, Music, Napkin Rings, Nautical, Netsuke’s, Nutcrackers, Paintings, Liberato Spisso, born Buenos Aires, Argentina. 14 March 1903, Portrait Artist, Viski, Jean ( Janos ) 1891 - 1961, Old Car, Paper, Paperweights, Pens, Pencils, Pencil Sharpeners, Pepsi Cola, Perfume Bottles, Pewter, Phonographs, Photography, Postcards, Posters, Prints, Radio, Railroad , Records, Steam Tractor, Scientific Instruments, Sewing, Sheet Music, Silver, Souvenirs, Sports, Stero Cards, Stereoscopes, Telephones, Television, Tools, Toys, "The Buenos Aires Toy Museum. Argentina", or a Tractor, Typewriters, Watch, Weapons, Weather Vanes, Wood Carvings, Wooden, World's Fair, to say Vito Campanella. Invest in all that Argentina has to offer from Museum quality Art to Fashion from Antiques to Real Estate, and enjoy living with Arts and Antiques and Travelling all Argentina, Chile or Uruguay for them ....... read all about it here: http://www.frassinetti.biz Phone: +54 911 6965 1955 or in B's A's: 15 6965 1955 Chat any time, Bob Frassinetti
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Posted by bob frassinetti at 12:27 PM
Monday, 18 December 2006
San Telmo. Buenos Aires, Argentina
Topic: Antiques

San Telmo the historical quarter


Its unique and artistic bohemian feel makes of San Telmo a must for travelers, tourists as well as for locals. From Parque Lezama to Plaza de Mayo along Defensa St, the journey is amazing. Passing along cafes, restaurants, historical houses, antique shops and fashionable courts any day of the week, avoiding Sundays if you’re not a fan of crowds, there’s no waste to a delightful outing.

The story of San Telmo goes back to the early days of the Nation, when the now bo-bo neighborhood was the sophisticated upper class residential area for the wealthy families of Buenos Aires. However, by 1871, San Telmo’s features would change dramatically because of an epidemic of Yellow Feber, forcing the majority of the families to relocate in what today still is the Society’s undeniable neighborhood: Recoleta. San Telmo then became a less coveted neighborhood, hence the transformation of old mansions into multi-family housings, that remain to our days.


After Plaza de Mayo, Plaza Dorrego is the oldest plaza in the city, previously known as the Plaza de la Residencia and Plaza de Comercio. It was in Plaza Dorrego, where a great part of the Buenos Aires people celebrated the independence of the nation in 1816.

Featuring less than 2500 sq meters, in 1861 Plaza Borrego was until 1861 the region’s marketplace, where the products, form in and around Buenos Aires, were sold to the public.

But in 1897, the city’s government changes the supplies regulations, and private markets and shops were allowed outside the Plaza de Comercio. It was then when the actual San Telmo Market was built.


San Telmo’s traditional features would change once again during the 1970s, when the area was declared cultural patrimony of the city and historical quarter. It was in 1970 when the now traditional Sunday Antique Fair that takes place in Plaza Dorrego began. The fair kicked off right away and the neighborhood’s feel towards its current artistic and cultural aura began to develop. From day one to these days the growth and development was non stop, featuring today over 270 antique stands.


San Telmo’s rich histrory can be appreciated thru jeans of the several architectural remains. Most constructions have a story hidden behind their bricks that trigger their aesthetic relevance into a broader cultural feel. That is the case of Minimal House. This is the city’s tiniest property. Located on the gorgeous Pasaje San Lorenzo, this property is only 2,50 meters wide. Featuring an undressed façade, the historical value of this house lays on the fact that it stands upon the city as a reminder of Argentina’s past. According to the city historians, this property was owned by one of the many liberated slaves after the revolution of Independence in the early 1800s.

Not many people know that Buenos Aires had a large African population during its early years. The history of the Afro Argentines is rich and interesting, and we’ve written about it previously. However it is important to state that while epidemics and wars mined the Afro Argentine community, it didn’t disappear and remains proudly to these days. Even more, on December 13th at 5Pm, there’s going to be a Candombe parade from the minim house to the Cabildo to remember the afro argentine roots of San Telmo.


The story of San Telmo and its properties is broad and rich, therefore we will keep on posting new articles on this neighborhood, its circuits and tourist attractions.  

So if you are interested in Art or Antiques, and you are thinking of travelling to Argentina please feel free to email us…….. Please feel free to contact Bob Frassinetti: For more information: Email: Bob Frassinetti. Press here to see all topics on Art, Antiques and Travel Information for Buenos Aires & Argentina:Daily Updates on Art, Antiques, Collectibles as well as travel information for Buenos Aires, Argentina. Phone me thru Skype, ID: Bob Frassinetti or you can also chat with me thru Yahoo, press here:

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Posted by bob frassinetti at 12:32 PM
Monday, 20 November 2006
Art And Antiques for Export, Argentina
Topic: Antiques

Exporting from Argentina to the world: The ins and outs


Art and Antiques, export ways........


For more than 5 years now, Argentina has been a recognized paradise for collectors, dealers and auctioneers. The uniqueness of this paradise lays on the fact that it opened its doors to the world after the crack in 2001, when the Argentine Peso value dropped dramatically in the international market. Featuring a truly appealing quality and quantity of items within its market of all sorts of collectibles ranging from Toys to Tractors, from Modern Art to Classical sculpturing, Argentina has what it takes to become the IT place for art, antiques, collectibles, design and fashion.


It is not a novelty that these features are now well known around the globe, and that the flow of this particular kind of trade has grown geometrically in recent years.


However there are indeed novelties within the procedures in these exportations. Form a fairly simple and uncontrolled shipment during the first couple of years to the recent modifications in the norms and requirements, a lot of water has run under this bridge.

We want to state that it is neither impossible nor hard to do, but requires an in depth knowledge and contact network.

A container is not just a container, but what it carries within, and each container to be shipped off has a modus operandis to follow according to what the exportation is. Meaning: it is not the same to ship off a 20 feet container filled with antique furniture, than a container filled with artworks or a new fashionable clothing line, or even a classic car and an antique tractor have their own requirements and times.

For starters it is important to state that the process of exporting is not immediate, this means that there’s some time involved in working out an exportation shipment out of the country, ranging from 1 to 3 months or even more…

From helping you buy each and every single of the items that will be inside the container to packing it and working out the paperwork, we do it all as well as oversee each and every single step of the exportation.


Once the items are bought, bare in mind it is important to get invoices from each shop you purchase at. Your purchases from each of the shop will be picked up and stored in a special warehouse because the total shipment has to be insured in order to cover the possibility of casualties. Once stored, each of the items has to be inventoried with photographs and descriptions. This is required by Argentine customs as well as by the shipping company.


Antiques, collectibles and art, depending the kind usually undergo a special treatment since the Government’s Cultural office demands that each of these items leaving the country has a permit stating that these are not stolen or protected pieces. This has to be carefully taken care of, because without the paperwork they will not allow the item to leave the country.


Being that this business is new to Argentina in the broadness of its flow, regulations as well as paperwork and requirements might change and increase, the way they have in the last couple of months and years, until final requirements are set for good. That’s why it is so important to work with reputable firms who are constantly up-to-date in the ins and outs of these matters.

Once the items are approved, then they must be properly packed and handled. The packing has to be government approved, or else it won’t be admitted by the recipient country –US, Europe, etc, have very strong regulations regarding the receiving of packets from abroad that are not health approved.

At this point, the boxes that will be filled into the containers must be sent to the Buenos Aires port for shipment, and Customs’ approval. Once fitted into the container, there’s a time gap until it finally is set in the ship, and that the ship sales off to the receiving port. Depending on the location the frequency of the shipping can be of twice a week to every day to once every two weeks…


This is a brief insight on the current exporting process in Argentina, that will allow our readers to better understand the times and requirements in exporting from Argentina to the world.




NOTE: In  October 2006, new regulations regarding exportation licenses were issued by the Argentine government, narrowing the number of licensed exporters allowed to work with overseas shipments. Be sure that you contact a reputable firm to handle your container. For further information, details and referrals, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly.


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For more information on how to export Art and antiques or if you are interested in buying Art or Antiques, and you are thinking of travelling to Argentina please feel free to email us…….. Please feel free to contact Flor Rodriquez by emailing her: Email: Flor Rodriguez. or Bob Frassinetti: For more information: Email: Bob Frassinetti. Press here to see all topics on Art, Antiques and Travel Information for Buenos Aires & Argentina:Daily Updates on Art, Antiques, Collectibles as well as travel information for Buenos Aires, Argentina. Phone me thru Skype, ID: Bob Frassinetti or you can also chat with me thru Yahoo, press here:

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Posted by bob frassinetti at 4:52 PM
Updated: Monday, 20 November 2006 5:09 PM
Friday, 28 April 2006
Villeroy & Boch can be found in Argentina
Topic: Antiques
The story of Villeroy and Boch Ceramics industry of Luxemburg can be traced throughout all great historical events within the Industrial society era. Its top notch quality and design are two of the outstanding features that accompanied this ceramics house throughout its history.

Villeroy & Boch were the two most avant-garde ceramic manufacturers in continental Europe in the mid 18th century. Francois Boch, begins manufacturing ceramic tableware - plates, cups, pots and tureens - in simple shapes and excellent quality in 1748 in a village of the Duchy of Lorraine nearby Luxemburg. By 1770 the initial manufacture production evolves into an industrial serial manner that would revolutionize not only the way of producing but also the product itself. The company goes by the name of Jean- Francois Boch et Freres (what we could say Boch and Bros.). It’s during that very same year that the patter Brindille is first produced. The pattern was so successful that it has prevailed to our days as a trademark of Villeroy & Boch.

Somewhere else near the River Saar, yet another witty and avant-garde businessman going by the name of Nicolas Villeroy starts up an earthenware industry in the city of Vaudrevange. His trademark would be an inexpensive-high-quality tableware range of options featuring copper-plating.

During the first years of the new century, Jean-Francois Boch relocates to the banks of the river Saar. He buys a former Benedictine abbey in Mettlach were he sets and designs himself a highly-modern, extensively mechanised system of tableware production.

Today, those baroque buildings have become the corporate headquarters of Villeroy & Boch. This innovative industrial center would not only become a turning point within Boch’s history but a milestone within the world of china and porcelain. They develop a new type of bright white and extremely hard earthenware; such is the similarity to porcelain that it was christened as porcelain stoneware. This sophisticated innovation gave Boch & Bros a true advantage over its competitors.

However the world was beginning to become global even back in the third decade of the 19th century, therefore, as to survive the international market competitors, the main producers of the area, Jean-Francois Boch and Nicolas Villeroy merged. And that’s how Villeroy & Boch company was born.
It wouldn’t take long until they leader the European market.

By 1843 Villeroy & Boch expands establishing a glassworks factory known as the Cristallerie in Wadgassen. Their old milestone production kept on growing and evolving, amongst which we can point out the world wide coveted dry compression molded tiles.

By mid century they begin their production of high-quality bone china and marble-like earthenware and multi-colored pattern printing is introduced.
The company now supplies all European markets, as well as those in North and South America. Back then, for the first time Argentina’s market would receive these sorts of tableware wholesale, before and after, there would be other types of supply, including that of European immigrants bringing their own from their motherland.

The late years of 19th century Villeroy & Boch’s specialty are washing vessels. The market broadens and the potential buyers do to, and Villeroy & Boch target people from all walks of life.

The beginning of the century and the “democratization of sanitation” would have a tremendous impact on this company, for we can see how gradually basins and jugs are pushed aside to make room for ceramic sanitary ware as we know it today: sinks and WCs – as bathroom equipment becomes affordable for everyone.

The World Wars would have a great impact on their factories in all parts of Germany, relocating in new country origin territories as well as expropriated. The industries in Saarland are integrated into the French economic area - the lowest point is reached, before rising up again to become a global enterprise.
Production of the new, particularly hard vitreous porcelain retakes upon production and Villeroy & Boch also continues to gain popularity in other overseas markets, particularly in the USA.

Focused on producing outstanding designs Villeroy & Boch would become the top notch company of this century. Luigi Colani designs a complete set of bathroom equipment. Paloma Picasso cooperates with Villeroy & Boch developing tiles, tableware, cutlery and crystal collections.

Indeed, the quality and design of Villeroy & Boch has always been a trademark of an era that has managed to transcend time and epochs to become a constant in permament evolution to suit the worlds demand for beautiful and quality items.


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Posted by bob frassinetti at 11:14 AM
Updated: Friday, 28 April 2006 11:28 AM
Friday, 6 January 2006
Antiques and San Telmo
Topic: Antiques
The Magnificent San Telmo Market

San Telmo is the center of the most ancient area of the city of Buenos Aires. With only 25 square blocks, this small district concentrates in itself a bit of every thing this city has to offer to locals and visitors. The Plaza Dorrego is the meeting point and from where we start our journey.

Every day is a good day to visit San Telmo… but on Sundays it's just something else.

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The narrow stone paved streets are no longer busy with traffic, for on Sundays they are walking streets only, were one can find lovely couples passing by, kids playing, young and older people enjoying their free day, foreign visitors buying handcrafted items, antiques, collectibles, having coffee on a sweet little coffee house that has put its tables on the street because of the beautiful day. As we approach the Plaza, in between human statues, two tangueros are posing for photograph and a puppeteer, taking advantage of a melancholic tango song, puts on an improvised play of very high artistic quality. As we keep on walking we can appreciate the crowd around the Plaza Dorrego, were the antiques' market takes place every Sunday. As we enter this outdoor market, the options are more than plenty; some interesting places catch my eye: some wild magazine collections from the 30s, beautiful ancient phonographs that still work are playing one of Gardel's most beautiful tangos. Really close to that stand, I view, astonished, the perfect image of the Argentine's 60s: two posters, side by side, like twin brothers: El Che Guevara and the four legendary Beatles.
On the street many talented artists play a tango, a milonga, and the folkloric chamam?; the sound track of this beautiful spectacle.

As the sun goes down and the market begins to close, we appreciate the care and love with which the artisans and antiquarians put away each item that was exhibited during this sunny afternoon. What an amazing spectacle of history, home of the immigrants who long ago came to this land to build a nation.

So we walk away, we pass by a traditional Bistro locally known as bodeg?n, we can appreciate that the fire ‘s already burning, and its coals are heating the grill for an outstanding asado; without thinking it twice we walk in to finish this day in the best possible Argentinean way, asado and an excellent red wine from Mendoza.

Interested in buying antiques and collectibles from Buenos Aires or for that matter any other item that I have mentioned in any article you have found on this my web site, you can buy Toys from my museum and thru my eBay, at the Toy Museum on eBay press here; Toy Museum on eBay or thru The Buenos Aires ArtDealer, press here; Art Dealer on eBay From Art to Antiques. Or contact me direct.

For more information at:Email Bob Frassinetti. Press here to go to The Buenos Aires Art Dealer, webzine magazine on Art, Antiques & Collectibles made or found in Argentina. The Buenos Aires ArtDealer, Argentina.

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Updated: Friday, 6 January 2006 1:19 PM

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