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LIVING WITH ANTIQUES (article first published : 2006-05-16)

Living with Antiques is the new trend in collectables and décor. Gone are the days when antiques meant grandmother’s old house stuffed with boring brown furniture and cabinets filled with antiquated and dusty relics of the past. Today’s trendsetters are looking at antiques in a new light and are finding innovative ways to incorporate beautiful old pieces into today’s décor and lifestyle.

Combining a beautiful Georgian table with modern high back chairs; letting a unique and very valuable side-board be the centrepiece of a modern dining room or making a Moorcroft vase or a Lalique piece of glassware the focal point on a table. This is what living with Antiques is all about and the National Antiques & Decorative Arts Faire, which takes place at the Sandton Convention Centre in July, will put antiques under a new spotlight, celebrating the return to beautiful things and showing visitors how to appreciate living with them.

For the past five years, the National Antiques Faire has developed into a broad platform that showcases everything from traditional antiques to collectable antiques and from decorative arts to modern collectables. Whilst furniture takes pride of place with top dealers exhibiting a wide range of Victorian, Georgian, Edwardian and Art Nouveau furniture, it is not unusual to spot a rare Woodline 70’s chair that is as sought after as a Victorian Canterbury. A new trend in furniture collecting can be seen in dealers who specialise in South African “pioneer” furniture or French Provincial furniture which has become all the rage.

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 the 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. To add a more “modern” element to collecting Royal Doulton, he will bring to South Africa for the very first time a collection of Elvis figurines, character jugs and wall plates charting Elvis’ three-decade career from the Jailhouse Rock of the 50’s to the 1970’s Vegas days.

Lovers of the beautiful artistry of the Moorcroft porcelain and pottery factory in the UK will be able to meet the Chairman and Design Director of Moorcroft, Hugh Edwards, and attend masterclasses and demonstrations by one of Moorcroft’s renowned artists. With a view to bringing more of these beautiful pieces to South Africa, Moorcroft have also designed a unique “South African” vase that will be launched exclusively at the National Antiques Faire.

One of the biggest attractions of the National Antiques & Decorative Arts Faire is the ongoing valuations that take place throughout the three days. The Bonsai Association will showcase their “antique” and unique bonsai trees at the Faire’s entrance.

The National Antiques & Decorative Arts Faire opens on July 20 with a Charity Opening Night. Tickets to this prestigious event, where the “creme-de-la-creme” of collectors gather to reserve their choice pieces, can be purchased through the organisers on 011 802 1611 or email: gocomms@mweb.co.za

The Faire’s trading days are from July 21 to 23 from 10h00 to 18h00. Entrance fee R50 pp. Parking available at the Convention Centre - entrance in Alice Lane. For more information visit www.naada.co.za




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