2015 Sydney Antiques Fair
Once again, it’s over for another year! But this year it was great to welcome members from all states in Australia, more than 48 specialist stands exhibiting at Royal Randwick Racecourse for the annual 2015 Australian Antique and Art Dealers Sydney fair. The venue looked smart and modern, with an ambience that is unique and up to date, right in line with the Sydney life style. With good attendances, particular on opening night, the buying public had a great variety of items to feast their eyes upon.
Highlights of this year’s event were The History of Napoleon's Gift Exhibition, with items from Gwenyth Todd, a direct descent of Napoleon’s illegitimate son, highlighting her fascinating family history, combined with a wonderful visual display by the French Porcelain Society that brought a different dimension to the fair. Gwenyth’s lecture on the Saturday afternoon of the fair about her family history was interesting, well attended and well received. Hopefully we will have the exhibition available for the Melbourne fair, next year.
Good news! Dealers reported that patrons were buyers, not browsers, thus resulting in an upturn of interest in furniture, long thought to have been wallowing in the wilderness, along with strong sales of small quirky items, bronzes, and of course the usual staple items such as porcelain and glass. This surely is an event not to be missed!
Michael McWilliams: An Aussie Wally showing at LDFA
Lauraine Diggins Fine Art is pleased to present new paintings by Tasmanian artist Michael McWilliams. The exhibition, An Aussie Wally, showing until 29 August 2015, features the pademelon wallaby (now extinct on the mainland) in every painting. Sometimes the wallaby is in its natural setting, sometimes a bit more unusual and sometimes it is a real Where's Wally hunt to find. The exhibition highlights the artist's concerns about the myriad of issues surrounding European colonisation. In Michael's paintings, contemporary attitudes toward both native and introduced animals are registered, explored and humoursly played out. As Rod James describes in his catalogue essay, "The refined brushwork, subtle colours and dramatic treatment of light resemble the work of the great John Glover. Just as Glover's style evolved over time so has that of McWilliams. His great capacity for storytelling and disarming sense of humour are matched by an aesthetic sensibility that continues to grow."
Please contact the Gallery for a colour illustated catalogue and preview the exhibition on our website www.diggins.com.au
Melbourne 2015 Catalogue
Please view our catalogue here
for the Melbourne Book Fair from 24-26 July at Wilson Hall, The University of Melbourne.
We are exhibiting 63 rare books and documents from 1459 - 2012 in the fields of exploration, ethnography, photography, children's and fine art.
Andrew Sayers: Nature Through the Glass of Time
Lauraine Diggins Fine Art is pleased to present ANDREW SAYERS: Nature Through the Glass of Time, an exhibition featuring a <span style="color: #505050; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; text-align: justify;">large selection of works, ranging from the late 1980s to today, which examines the artist's engagement with both time and nature. Many of the works reveal his interest in geology. The still life paintings of rocks embody the character of a place, so they act as a kind of portrait and contain landscapes within. The gouaches of seascapes with their focus on headlands, beaches and skies were mostly painted en plain air, whilst his recent large oil paintings have an anchor in traditional landscape. Andrew Sayers is perhaps best known as the inaugural Director of the National Portrait Gallery and Director of the National Museum of Australia, Canberra.</span>
Australian Women Artists Between the Wars - on show at LDFA until 25 April 2015
Lauraine Diggins Fine Art is pleased to present our current exhibition Australian Women Artists Between the Wars featuring a selection of paintings and works on paper from the early to mid nineteenth century. There is an ever-growing understanding and appreciation of women artists and their influence in shaping Australian art. Including works by Clarice BECKETT, Dorrit BLACK, Ethel CARRICK FOX, Grace COSSINGTON SMITH, Sybil CRAIG, Bessie DAVIDSON, Elaine HAXTON, Joy HESTER, Nora HEYSEN, Margaret PRESTON, Hilda RIX NICHOLAS, Kathleen SAUERBIER, Clara SOUTHERN & others.
New Showroom Now Open Chippendale
Ben Stoner Antiques has opened a new Showroom. BSA has grown to now take the top floor of the 24 Queen Street, Chippendale Warehouse. A great selection of items from the seriously fabulous to vintage and industrial including furniture, mirrors, lights and collectibles are available. The conservation and restoration workshop for furniture, gilding, leather work and bespoke commissions are still located on the first floor of number 24.
Please call Ben to view the Showroom between 10am - 3pm Monday to Friday or to make an appointment.