Costermans (fully booked)
Founded in 1839, Costermans specialises in the sale of exquisite antiques, displaying furniture, paintings and other objets d’art in period interiors. It has its premises in a sweeping neoclassical mansion that was probably built in around 1785 for the Chastel de La Howarderie family; the mansion bears the family’s name to this day. The façade looking out onto Place du Grand Sablon/Grote Zavel was expanded in 1857 and was later modified, in 1954, to enable the ground floor to be used for commercial purposes. The porte-cochère affords access to an inner courtyard with an orangery and stables, as well as two older houses dating back to the 17th century. The stairwell, attractively decorated in stucco, houses a handsome wooden spiral staircase with an ornate carved banister termination. The staircase leads to a piano nobile, whose suite of Louis XVI-style reception rooms and former bedrooms have retained their period fireplaces, panelling, parquet and ceilings. In fact, one of the reception rooms is still bedecked with splendid Chinese wallpaper featuring exotic birds and plants.
Exhibition of 17th-century Flemish paintings and 18th-century French furniture.
Sat. & Sun., 10:00 to 18:00
Place du Grand Sablon/Grote Zavel 5, Brussels
Advance booking required