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NATIONAL ANTIQUES & DECORATIVE ARTS FAIRE (article first published : 2005-04-18)

Collectors of antiques will have something to look forward to this winter with the annual National Antiques & Decorative Arts Faire.

The National Antiques Faire is a highlight of the antiques calendar attracting collectors from all over the country and internationally who will showcase their collection of antiques and collectables. Furniture takes pride of place with top dealers exhibiting a wide range of Victorian, Georgian, Edwardian and Art Nouveau furniture. Specialist dealers in silver will be selling Cape, Russian, Irish and English silver - from canteens of cutlery to the more collectable novelty silver. The full spectrum of porcelain and China will be on show as well as a wide range of glassware, jewellery and general collectables. For gentlemen collectors there will be exhibitors dealing in books, prints, maps, medals and military memorabilia.

A highlight once again at the Faire will be the attendance of Ed Pascoe, arguably the biggest dealer of Royal Doulton in the world. His visits always cause a stir as he brings into the country a large collection of “never-been-seen-before” Royal Doulton in the way of figurines, character jugs, Toby jugs, Bunnykins, Kings ware, Art Pottery, Flambe as well as a broad range of literature and reference books on Royal Doulton. Renowned author and specialist in Royal Doulton and 20th Century pottery, Louise Irvine, will be a guest speaker at the Fair and will also accompany a group of 30 American Royal Doulton collectors visiting the Faire.

To celebrate its 6th successful year as the most prestigious antiques fair in the country, The National Antiques & Collectables Fair will also host for the second year running, together with the Department of Arts and Culture, a unique exhibition of some of the finest collections from 15 of the South Africa’s most prestigious museums.

Says Clyde Terry, organiser of the Faire: “South Africa’s best-kept secrets are its museums which house some of the most magnificent collection of antiques and collectables - from Meissen Porcelain, Worcester; Royal Worcester, African Artifacts, Clarice Cliff and Susie Cooper to Kalahari Ware and Linnware. By incorporating these valuable collections into the Antiques Faire, we are bringing to the public’s attention our unique heritage. Our museum section, in association with the Dept of Arts & Culture was such a success last year, we are going bigger and better.”

One of the biggest attractions of the National Antiques & Decorative Arts Faire is the ongoing valuation process that takes place over the three days. Experts in various collecting disciplines, including porcelain & china, silver and furniture, jewellery and militaria will be on hand to value and appraise any item its owner might think is of value. So, if you have that little snuff box your grandfather cherished or some heirloom silver or porcelain, then visit the Faire and find out whether you have a rare gem in your possession.

Several well-established restorers will also take part in the Faire and will demonstrate their restoration skills. Experts in furniture restoration, silver repair, art restoration and antique clock repairs will be on hand to give valuable advice on how to preserve antiques.

The National Antiques & Decorative Arts Faire opens on July 21 with a Charity Opening Night. Tickets to this prestigious event, where the “crème-de-la-crème” of collectors gather to reserve their choice pieces, can be purchased through Giuli Osso on 011 802 1611 or email: gocomms@mweb.co.za

The National Antiques Faire continues until July24 and hours are from 10h00 to 18h00. Entrance fee R50. Parking is available at the Convention Centre - entrance in Alice Lane.

For more information on antiques and the National Antiques & Decorative Arts Faire, visit www.naada.co.za




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