Who are we?
We are a group of antique dealers collectively promoting our trade – our unique and world-renowned antique quarter is located in the baroque city centre below the Bamberg Cathedral.
Why has Bamberg such an enviable variety of art and antique shops?
One reason is that Bamberg was spared during the Second World War and still had a ready supply of art and antiques – an ever growing demand to provide goods and services in particular much sought after antiques ensued for the Americans stationed there. Senger Bamberg Antiques (Senger Bamberg Kunsthandel) recalls there was a particular demand for antique clocks in the 1950’s and from these small beginnings grew what is today a centre for antiques in a city dedicated to the arts and culture.
Historical and cultural events, since the founding of the city, ensure that collector and antique dealer alike feel right at home in the baroque and medieval city of Bamberg. The short distance between shops whilst meandering the cobbled streets is a veritable treasure trove – a museum of art and antiques for the curious collector to behold.
Another reason why Bamberg became a centre and hub for top quality antiques is the reputation, integrity, knowledge and expertise of the dealers working together to ensure the collector has the utmost confidence when buying from or selling to our group of dealers – every wish where possible is catered to – if we can’t source it – no one can.
Once Bamberg, always Bamberg!
The Bamberg Art and Antiques Fair runs simultaneously with the famous Bayreuth Wagner Opera Festival.
Shops and galleries are located in listed baroque buildings (4000 square metres of exhibition space) offering a broad spectrum of national and international art and antiques spanning seven centuries.
In addition there are ancillary events organized during the fair: exclusive tours of the Bamberg Cathedral; specialized lectures; concerts in Weissenstein Palace, Pommersfelden; and fascinating talks by the antique dealers.
CHristian Eduard Franke Antiquitäten GmbH
After I completed my studies, I opened my own art gallery as an enthusiastic “Wahlbamberger” in the heart of the old city, on the road to the cathedral.
After a year, a move to Herrenstraße was arranged – close proximity to my trade- colleagues is essential, because beyond its tourist attractions, Bamberg has developed a permanent fair for art and antiques. The density of galleries located there as well as their dedication to gathering the highest quality items has made this location an international magnet for art and antiquity collectors.
With the large selection of high-quality objects of every taste and focal point, these tradesmen have created an incomparable overall picture of the art trade in the Bamberg old city.
Our beautiful rooms display an extensive inventory of exquisite 17th & 18th century furniture, paintings, museum-quality silver and handicrafts difficult to find in this abundance anywhere else in Germany.
Our business also includes our own restoration facility to ensure the quality of our furniture and their state of preservation. My long-term partner Christoph Freiherr von Seckendorff and I work together in our store and workshop along with a team that has grown to 10 employees.