The 5 best antique dealers in Bruges
1) DEPOT d’O
You stumble across the strangest objects in this mysterious antique shop. It might be a vintage radio, a cluster of wooden mushrooms or a plastic human body once used in anatomy classes.
2) Atelier Papageno
Bas Van Mullen skilfully restores antique furniture in a cluttered workshop near the city theatre. He also sells furniture and paintings in a small corner shop inherited from his parents. The shop name is inspired by the 1980 statue in front of the theatre representing Papageno from Mozart’s Magic Flute.
Mieke Brack’s lace shop has been selling authentic Bruges lace since 1834. It occupies a romantic 19th-century house decorated with shiny tiles and wrought iron details. The creepy animated model of a lace maker in the bay window makes it look like a tourist trap. But the lace on sale is handmade in Bruges using traditional methods.
4) Carlo Bonte
Located in a warehouse just outside the Ezelpoort city gate, Carlo Bonte holds regular auctions of paintings and furniture. He specialises in Chinese art, including precious Ming vases brought back to Belgium by missionaries and railway engineers.
5) Yannick De Hondt
Yannick De Hondt sells mysterious objects in a small brick house facing the Cathedral. He collects old European objects like painted pottery, Dutch Delftware and Gothic stone capitals rescued from demolished churches. But his real passion is rare African art.
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