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AAADA Sydney Antiques Fair 2014, 27 - 31 August, 2014


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Images from our 2013 Sydney Fair at Royal Randwick.

AAADA Melbourne Antiques Fair 2014
The Melbourne Antiques Fair is over for another year, we look forward to seeing you at this great event next time. Check back for updates or join our mailing list.

From the Johnston Collection newsletter:
The Johnston Collection receives prestigious award

We're delighted to announce that The Johnston Collection was presented with the Museums Australia (Victoria) Award for Small Museums at the Victorian Museum Awards 2014 ceremony last Thursday evening.

The Johnston Collection’s award winning entry was for the Fairhall house-museum tour David McAllister Rearranges Mr Johnston’s Collection held from 14 March 2014 to 25 June 2014. McAllister, Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet, transformed the rooms of Fairhall into a series of spaces inspired by ten classical ballets.

The Johnston Collection was the recipient in the Museums Australia (Victoria) Award for Small Museums (2-7 Paid Staff), one of the seven categories at the awards ceremony, which was held at Melbourne Museum on 7 August.

Presenting the award, Dr Robin Hirst, Director, Collections, Research and Exhibitions at Melbourne Museum, said that the judges "Were impressed by how the (Collection's) curators always challenge themselves to reinvigorate and reinvent the collection and how the results are always captivating and very creative". He also said that The Johnston Collection's collaborations were both innovative and professional.

This is the first time that The Johnston Collection has received a Victorian Museums Award.

The aim of the Victorian Museum Awards is to highlight outstanding achievements and service in the museum, gallery and collecting sector. This special event celebrates organisations and individuals whose passion and work build a strong museum industry.

A heartfelt thanks to David McAllister AM, Artistic Director, The Australian Ballet for his wonderful arrangement which was so well received, and all the lecturers who were part of the Art of Dance study series, who also added much to what we offer our audiences.

Thanks to Museums Australia (Victoria) for its important role in building a strong museum sector and congratulations to all the other museums and volunteers who were recognised for their achievements at the Victorian Museum Awards.

Thank you to The Friends of The Johnston Collection for their generous sponsorship of the David McAllister tour.

Very special thanks go to our dedicated staff and team of volunteers who shared McAllister's stories and inspired visitors to the Collection with the magic of ballet.


Tuesday 28th October 2014

The Annual Kirkoswold Silver Study Day, presented by Jolyon Warwick James, is in association with Brian Abbott of Abbott’s antiques.

It will be held on Tuesday 28th October at Gordon Golf Club,
2 Lynn Ridge Avenue, Gordon, on Sydney’s North Shore, from 9.30 am to approximately 6.00 pm.

It is small, friendly and informative for all levels of knowledge and experience and takes place in pleasant Golf Club surroundings with plenty of parking. Jolyon Warwick James, Anne Harbers and Ben Staunton will be speakers. This is the eighth year the event has been held. It retains its
original title of “Kirkoswold” even though we have moved (but not far) from the splendid mansion which originally gave its name to the event. This year we honour the late Brian Eggleton who had been a regular speaker at the study day.

The day includes illustrated talks, discussions, handling sessions and, finally, a reception at Abbott’s Antiques in Turramurra. Lunch, refreshments and “lecture notes” are included.

1.'HIDDEN TREASURES’ - BRIAN EGGLETON’S COLLECTION (JWJ). This is not a survey of Brian’s eclectic collection but a study of why he collected what he did. It was in fact very focused.
We explore this idea with numerous illustrations from his collection.

2. IRISH SILVER HALLMARKING (JWJ). Continuing our study of hallmarking around the British Isles, this time we visit Ireland. Where was it’s silver hallmarked? How did the provinces cope?
What marks were used?

3. SWEETENERS – SUGAR AND SILVER IN IRELAND (BS). A practical look at how silver implements and receptacles were used with sugar and improved our table manners!

4. SILVER IN MOTION – AMAZING AUTOMATONS (AH). Automatons have for centuries been a symbol of aristocratic play and wealth. We will consider the famous Silver Swan of Bowes Museum and the Gold Peacock from the Hermitage, St Petersburg, as well as many other beautiful examples, less known, but enticing to explore.

5 HOW TO RESEARCH YOUR SILVER COLLECTION (JWJ). How do you go about researching your silver? What do you need to do? This is principally about making a plan to follow through with occasional suggestion as to where to look.

6 YOUR HIDDEN TREASURES IDENTIFIED (JWJ & AH). All attending are invited to bring along three or (limit of) four treasures for discussion and identification. Silver and plated wares can be brought along, but please, no jewellery.

6. RECEPTION AT ABBOTT’S ANTIQUES – we arrange transport to Brian Abbott’s third generation family antiques business, nearby. He has lots of silver.

For further information contact: Jolyon Warwick James 02 9326 1319, or Brian Abbott 02 9449 8889

For bookings contact Brian Abbott.
29 April 2014 – Lauraine Diggins Fine Art
Latest exhibition at Lauraine Diggins Fine Art - Drawn: Following the Line - works on paper from 1850 to today
Lauraine Diggins Fine Art is please to announce our exhibition DRAWN: Following the Line - works on paper from 1850 until today, showing from Sat 3 May - Sat 28 June 2014. The selection of fine Australian drawings, watercolours and other original works on paper features works by Charles BLACKMAN, Peter BOOTH, Penleigh BOYD, Abram Louis BUVELOT, Robert CLINCH, William DOBELL, Russell DRYSDALE, Donald FRIEND, James GLEESON, Mike GREEN, Nora HEYSEN, Sidney NOLAN, John PERCEVAL, Gareth SANSOM, FRED WILLIAMS, Brett WHITELEY &amp; many others.<br />A fully illustrated colour catalogue is available from the Gallery.<br />Lauraine Diggins Fine Art<br />5 Malakoff Street North Caulfield VIC 3161 &nbsp;Tel: 03 9509 9855 &nbsp;Email:<br />Gallery Hours: Tues - Fri 10am - 6pm, Sat 1pm - 5pm<br /><br />
Recent Acquisitions Exhibition of 2014
Moorabool Antique Galleries is pleased to announce their Recent Acquisitions Exhibition of 2014.

This collection of over 500 items fresh to the market will take place in our Geelong premises, opening 11am  Saturday 12th April.

There’s something for everyone, with some of the finest porcelain we have ever offered. A fully illustrated catalogue is available. Visit our website, or our new online presence for more:

A Paris solitaire set, by Darte & Honre, circa 1818.

Moorabool’s 2014 catalogue:  62 pages of quality items……

A German enamel box, circa 1760
20 March 2014 – Wallrocks
New Shipment!
Wallrocks are excited to announce our soon to arrive and much anticipated shipment of beautiful quality 18th and 19th century antiques from Europe. Expected to arrive on Australian shores around the 15th April, this container is filled with over one hundred beautiful and hard to come by pieces, a few of which include:
  - Fine Art Deco and 19th century French king and queen size beds, including a particularly beautiful bed attributed to Louis Majorelle;
  - Exceptional quality 19th century inlaid side cabinets;

  - A set of six enormous fine French gilt-wood armchairs;
  - A 19th century Sheraton Revival profusely inlaid console table and étagère;
  - A wonderful set of library steps with gilt-tooled leather face.
To be one of the first to view the shipment simply sign-up to our newsletter and we will notify you on its arrival or email your interest directly to or visit us at


We are looking for a general manager for our three inter related Fremantle based niche businesses in the antique and fine art, textile and rug areas: Lauder and Howard, Ottoman Empire and Ottoman Hamam.

Key components of the role are:


Store Merchandising

Advertising and PR management

Inventory control

Event managment

Company representation

Website updates and copy

Social media management

A serious interest in antiques, design and history is desirable and Australian permanent residency is essential.Please email your CV with a covering letter to Les