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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.

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.


27th November

Hartley Cook

‘Chippendale to William IV – a look at furniture styles’.

Grafton Galleries, 15 Boundary St, Rushcutter’s Bay, 2011.

Tel: 02 9361 3567.

Download the booking form here!


Adrienne Wilson



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.

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Make out to:

Australian Antique Dealers Association

Send to:

Adrienne Wilson

Secretary AAADA NSW Chapter

PO Box 649

Woollahra NSW 2025

Direct transfer:

Australian Antique Dealers Association

BSB: 082 055

A/c No: 477712064

Please include your name
AAADA Sydney Antiques Fair 2014

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 James
President AAADA

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.

10 November 2014 – Lauraine Diggins Fine Art
The Object Divine - exhibition and sculpture forum at LDFA

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
November New Acquisitions

Welcome to our November list, an offering of 200 items. Highlights include the manuscript of an unpublished short story about the Australian outback, written by Joseph Grego and dated 1864; several Australian art books from our latest catalogue, biblioGRAPHIC : Australian publications with original art, including a copy of Violet Teague's Night fall in the ti-tree (1906) and limited edition works from Zimmer Editions and Lyre Bird Press by artists such as Jan Senbergs, John Olsen and Allan Mitelman; a selection of nineteenth century Australian sheet music; a presentation copy of Roth's The Aborigines of Tasmania; numerous manuscripts relating to Sydney, 1850s-1880s; a large watercolour by the Tasmanian botanical artist Margaret Hope Anderson; an aquatint and an etching by Lionel Lindsay; Australian nineteenth century photographs, including Aboriginal subjects; and a wide range of early twentieth century Australian trade catalogues.
Happy browsing!

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