Hands up for hands on!
If you have a hankering to know more about antiques, or you simply want to know what it’s like to hold a fortune in your fingers, book now for your place in a series of workshops that let you get a grip on your subject of choice.
Every Thursday in Spring from October through to November, a member of the New South Wales Chapter of the Australian Antique and Art Dealers Association hosts a seminar on a specialist subject at their premises. That way you learn the same way the experts do, by having and holding.
Let the years recede and the past come alive in these practical sessions open to anyone interested in jewellery, silver and furniture. In just 90 minutes, insiders’ insights will help you be that little more discerning if you want to be a better collector.
Each session is limited to 10-20 people, so everyone gets a go at increasing their expertise. To be sure of your place in this year’s workshops, return the booking form with your payment as soon as you can. Sessions run from 6.00 till 7.30 at $40 a time, GST inclusive. Better still, book seven sessions and get the eighth for free.
‘Jewels on Queen – a memoir of Anne Schofield’s 45 years in antique jewellery’.
Anne Schofield Antiques, 36 Queen Street, Woollahra, 2025. Tel: 02 9363 1326.
Vincent & Christopher Day
‘The Lindsay Brothers – the works of Norman and Lionel Lindsay’.
Christopher Day Gallery, Cnr. Windsor & Paddington Sts, Paddington, 2021.Tel: 02 9326 1952.
‘The David Roche Foundation Collection’
Martyn Cook Antiques,98 Barcom Avenue, Rushcutter’s Bay, 2011. Tel: 02 9328 1801.
‘Antique Furniture – construction laid bare’.
Ben Stoner Antiques, 24 Queen St, Chippendale, 2008. Tel: 02 9699 6166.
‘Pin Interest – how brooches and pins through the centuries express personality and style’.
Michael Greene Antiques, 86 Queen St, Woollahra, 2025. Tel: 02 9328 1712.
Jolyon Warwick James
‘Silver – I’ll show you mine if you show me yours! Bring along two items of silver and find out what to look for in silver’.
Martyn Cook Antiques, 98 Barcom Ave, Rushcutter’s Bay. 2011. Tel: 02 9328 1801 or Mob: 0412 042 155
‘Royal Worcester 1862 – 1932 – including special Australian commissions’.
Grafton Galleries, Grafton Galleries, 15 Boundary Street, Rushcutter’s Bay, 2011. Tel: 0414 703 759.
‘Chippendale to William IV – a look at furniture styles’.
Grafton Galleries, 15 Boundary St, Rushcutter’s Bay, 2011. Tel: 02 9361 3567.
Secretary AAADA NSW Chapter
PO Box 649
Woollahra NSW 2025
T: 02 9332 3882
M: 0427 654 900
The charge for each seminar is $40, which includes a glass of wine.
If you book and pay for seven workshops, receive the eighth for free.
Make out to: Australian Antique Dealers Association
Send to: Adrienne Wilson Secretary AAADA NSW Chapter PO Box 649 Woollahra NSW 2025
Australian Antique Dealers Association
BSB: 082 055 A/c
No: 477712064 Please include your name
2014 Sydney Antiques Fair Wrap-up
If overall the exhibitors are happy, and the general public come in numbers and are very complimentary, it must add up to a highly successful event. This was certainly the inescapable conclusion about the 2014 AAADA Fair held at Randwick from 27 to 31st August. From the opening night things looked good with numerous items exiting the building. The outflow did not stop – and at the end the influx of compliments from the public started coming in. Highest on the list of praises was the quality of stock (influenced by our careful vetting?) and the suitability of the venue. It seemed that generally items across the board were in favour – certainly furniture carriers were busy, “flat art” sold well, jewellery was popular and general decorative arts well supported. This is a credit to the team putting on the Fair – the same team that will be behind the next Fair in Melbourne 2015. Our AAADA Fairs are clearly events which our members should not miss out on, and the general public will not want to either. Jolyon Warwick JamesPresident AAADA
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.
Welcome to our October list, an offering of 300 books, manuscripts, photographs, artworks and printed ephemera. Highlights include Dix's Juvenile atlas (1811), with its very early maps of Norfolk Island and Lord Howe Island; a superb private photograph album documenting the experience of the First Squadron of the Australian Flying Corps in Palestine, 1916-18; a rare pair of terrestrial and celestial globes by Kaiser of Graz, 1825-40; a complete set of Harry Tatlock Miller's literary magazine Manuscripts (1931-35), and a complete set of Art in Australia, series 1-4 (1916-42); Letters to a child (1820), an English children's book containing an early reference to Flinders; a strong selection of Australian sheet music and posters; and a huge array of Australian trade catalogues and ephemera from the early twentieth century, including many items relating to engineering. (Note that we have also uploaded a number of items directly to the Australian Art Books & Literature categories)
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or Brian Abbott 02 9449 8889 email@example.com
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
- 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.
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