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2015 Sydney Antiques Fair – Rutherford & Fine Love Jewellery

Edwardian necklace, courtesy Rutherford, Collins Street, Melbourne

Rare Diamond and Seed Pearl Necklace, courtesy Rutherford, Collins Street, Melbourne

Costume during from the eighteenth through to the first decade of the 20th century fulfilled a function way beyond just utility. It was all about enhancing its wearer’s natural attributes.

If you added an artificial attraction such as jewellery to highlight a generous décolletage and combined it with a fragrance, you heightened that perception.

The source of inspiration for subjects for beautiful jewellery in England, Europe and America came out of their designers embracing an interest in the classical age and historical design.

Designed in the so called garland style popular during the English Edwardian era (1901 – 1914), Rutherford of Melbourne will offer a stunning necklace as a centrepiece for its exquisite array of fine antique love jewellery at the AA&ADA 2015 Sydney Antiques Fair 9 – 13 September.

James Docking of Rutherford in Melbourne, known for their rare and unique jewellery, pearls and antique silver explains

Detail Jewellery

Detail: Rare Diamond and Seed Pearl Necklace, courtesy Rutherford, Collins Street, Melbourne

‘… an impressive necklace of this quality does not come on to the market very often in Australia… it is quite a rare piece’.

Still showcased in its original box adding to the piece’s desirability, this gorgeous rare diamond and seed pearl necklace originated in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

It is made in platinum and features a detachable double bow that can be worn as a pendant.

Symbolic also of the firm of Rutherford, whose expertise in jewellery antique and modern is much admired, the necklace’s design was inspired by a revival of interest in ancient Greece and Rome’s halcyon days. This was when motifs such as swags, tassels, wreaths, bows and sprays of flowers appeared on architecture and sculpture.

This stunning necklace would certainly prove a panacea for all ills, especially when adorning its wearer. Dancing with the Stars co-host Edwina Bartholomew must have thought so recently wearing it on the morning Sunrise program for Channel Seven.

Clear stones like diamonds symbolized elegance while pearls evoked ideas of innocence and integrity.

Edwardian Jewellery Selection Rutherford

Selection of Edwardian style jewellery, courtesy Rutherford, Collins Street, Melbourne

Set into motifs of the halcyon days transposed during the Edwardian age into the styles of neck ornaments in high vogue, they echo the meaningful sentiment expressed in the Song of Songs…

…You have ravished my heart, my sister, my bride, you have ravished my heart with a glance of your eyes, with one jewel of your necklace…*

Combined in a delicate gold setting in the age of elegance jewellery created with pearls and diamonds is a reminder today that by the first century jewellery from all around the Mediterranean overflowed with symbolism.

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Hermannsburg Potters & NGV – Kick Goals & Have Fun with Art

Young Boy at NGV

A Young visitor participating in activities in Open House: Tromarama for Kids, courtesy National Gallery of Victoria

In Melbourne the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is a powerful and endearing community hub; an important aspect of community resilience and empowerment. At the moment they are kicking many goals by encouraging everyone to have fun with art and enjoy the experience by creating something beautiful.

Giving a child an enjoyable focus at all stages of their development is important, and with an artist by their side they discover the joy of learning and exploring.

From toddlers to teens, from twenty to ninety, drawing, listening, looking and making activities are a major tool for thought, creativity and cultural engagement.

They can inspired by different areas of the NGV Collection and the many and diverse stunning temporary exhibitions from their own, or fabulous international collections

AFL Pot 1

Detail: Selection of pots commissioned for the exhibition Our Land is Alive: Hermannsburg Potters for Kids, courtesy National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)

At the moment at the NGV International on St Kilda Road, a major focus for activities is the historical powerhouse of the artistic legacy of Catherine the Great from Russia. Meanwhile The Horse charts its journey as a companion of man through history, and both of these are attracting and pleasing crowds.

Up the road at NGV Australia in the Ian Potter Centre, Federation Square, Nordic Cool is considerably laid back and suits the committed modernists. And then there is the promise of Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei arriving soon, which will be sure to inspire exciting pop up art summer programs.

Before that however, this Spring there will be an added cultural bonus

A wonderful exhibition that respects the uniqueness of our Australian identity.

Our Land is Alive: Hermannsburg Potters for Kids will be starting on 19 September and running through two school holidays until April 16, 2016 at NGV Australia, Fed Square. This show is all about celebrating 25 years of the Arrernte people creating in community.

The Hermannsburg Potters of the Northern Territory will offer a fabulous display of their extraordinary expressive ceramic achievements, revealing how they have helped their community to ‘…reassert their links with their country and tradition’*.

Melbourne visitors and locals will discover an endearing aspect of our indigenous communities art and culture, with the NGV commissioning some twenty AFL-themed Hermannsburg pots depicting iconic moments for Aboriginal players in the AFL.

Potting at Hermannsburg

Artist Rahel Ungwanaka of the Hermannsburg Potters at work in the Potters’ studio. Photo: Tobias Titz courtesy National Gallery of Victoria.

They are sure to delight everyone in Melbourne, both players and visitors alike.

Each of the AFL teams are depicted, with some of the most historic scenes from Aussie Rules football featuring Indigenous Australian players such as Cyril Rioli, Adam Goodes, Nicky Winmar and Michael Long. They highlight the importance of the game for all Australians, helping to create a dialogue with the community through one of its endearing traditions and passions.

Martin Foley MP, Minister for Creative Industries, said, “Art and sport are celebrated markers of Australian culture. This exhibition brings two worlds together and shows the role creativity plays in starting conversations, forging connections and telling stories to audiences of all ages.”

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