Greetings and best wishes to all for a happy festive season ahead.
Hopefully we can all look back on a productive 2014 and are looking forward to an even more satisfying 2015. Does the literary world have a message? This last year has been the 100th anniversary of Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs (1914). Hopefully life has not been a bit of a jungle for you. Next year (2015) is the 150th anniversary of two works. Firstly, Wages, Price and Profit (1865) by Karl Marx. Hopefully your incomes will rise but prices stay the same! A dream perhaps? Then the best message is the 150th anniversary of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) by Lewis Carroll.
May the year ahead be one full of adventure and utterly wonderful!
Jolyon Warwick James (President)
Welcome to our December 2014 list, an offering of nearly 200 items of printed ephemera, manuscripts, Australian art monographs, nineteenth century colonial photography, early Australian sheet music, books on travel and exploration, Australian literature first editions, and much more.
We wish you all a safe and happy Christmas and prosperous New Year, and look forward to seeing you or hearing from you in 2015. Please note our shop in Armadale will be closed from 24th December and will re-open on Monday, 12th January.
Our current exhibition at Lauraine Diggins Fine Art, The Object Divine features a wide range of sculpture, ceramic, glass and mixed media works significantly including the iconic cross which once adorned the original gravesite of Saint Mary MacKillop. We will be holding a sculpture forum on SATURDAY 15th NOVEMBER 2014 at 2pm led by Christopher Menz who will be engaging with some of the artists about their art practices, including GUS DALL'AVA, WILLIAM EICHOLTZ and SUSAN WRAIGHT. Artist in the exhibition include Geoff BARTLETT, Dean BOWEN, Stephen BOWERS, Dianne COULTER, Robert JACKS and many others. For further details please see current exhibitions on our website www.diggins.com.au
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, email@example.com or Brian Abbott 02 9449 8889 firstname.lastname@example.org
For bookings contact Brian Abbott.
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