Australian Antiques and Art Dealers Association (AA&ADA, has announced their Antiques Fair Melbourne will take place in a new location, at the Melbourne Showgrounds with the Gala Preview on Thursday May 3, and the Fair open to everyone May 4 – 6, 2018.
Great works of art and antiques always work in a man-made environment, as long as the painting, piece of sculpture, furniture, ceramic or textile has integrity, form and proportion pleasing to the eye, a subject that challenges the mind and engages the spirit, as well as connects with the soul of the viewer
Most dealers in antiques are in fact aiding the sustainability of our community, our city, our states and indeed our countries by dealing in second hand goods, whose quality of materials, pleasing aesthetic and manufacture have stood the test of time.
When you have lived with items purchased because of their pleasing aesthetic and unique qualities, it’s hard to contemplate mass produced objects. That’s why the theme of this year’s fair is ‘green’.
Antiques do not have a carbon footprint.
Some of the most respected dealers in the world were, at first collectors, who pursued their personal preference over many years before becoming dealers and you will find they are happy to share their passion and knowledge with you.
CINOA, is the international body for antiques dealers worldwide. It is based in Europe.
In the USA there are many different guilds and associations to choose from. Contact the American National Antique Dealer Association, which lists the dealers in your state. In the UK there is BADA and LAPADA.
In Australia a list of the Dealers in each State of Australia is available on the Australian Antiques and Art Dealers Association website.
From antiquity to modernism, with a host of permutations in between from opulence to minimalism, making new and exciting statements is possible with antiques. There’s nothing quite like sleeping under an old French linen top sheet, or having a fabulous old quilt to keep you warm.
All my married life I collected antiques; right down to the linen on the bed, except for bath towels and fitted bottom sheets, Everything in our house had been pre-loved and able to be passed on as the children grew and as family challenges and circumstances changed.
In my experience antiques served me especially well in times of hardship, because they were able to be passed on at a considerable profit or in a worse-case scenario, gaining their money back – proving both their worth and value.
You cannot do that in the main, with much of the furniture being made today, unless it’s coming out of a renowned design studio where hand methods and quality of materials and craftsmanship are considered.
Where I live in Melbourne daily you can find constantly broken and discarded glue and formaldehyde stick furniture, not even a year or two old, taking up footpath room in even the ‘poshest’ suburb.
Just the attitude of the people involved is appalling, waiting for someone else to dispose of them into landfill. It’s an outrageous waste at a time when we know the world is running out of space and it is incumbent on each of us to take on the responsibility of learning from loss and planning for the future.
As the president of the AA&ADA says “It’s ironic that relatively affluent, dual-income households today possess far fewer objects worth handing down than their depression-era grandparents and World War II parents did. Instead of a few great things that are pleasing to ourselves and friends we have instead, tons of junk.”
For those who think antiques are old hat… well so is what you will buy today tomorrow.
We need to think about how ‘All art and design is modern at the time it is made’.
This fact was explained Cennino Cennini in his Il Libro dell’Arte (“The Craftsman’s Handbook”) of 1437.
When Italian artist Giorgio Vasari, recorded the lives of his fellow artists during the sixteenth century, he constantly referred to the various works of his own period as “modern”.
Antiques are all about execution, structure, form and style. If you want to learn more about antiques; Download our Antiques an Introduction
or Watch our Video
In the meantime, mark on your calender to take a trip to the antique fair in May at Melbourne and discover how you can buy antiques with confidence.
Carolyn McDowall, The Culture Concept Circle, 2018
ABBOTT’S ANTIQUES (NSW)
Brian & Nanette Abbott
English 18th and 19th century furniture, sterling silver, porcelain, glass, jewellery, Sheffield plate, 18th century drinking & table glass, bronzes, clocks, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and paintings.
ALAN LANDIS ANTIQUES (NSW)
English ceramics (1750-1950) and Australian decorative arts
ANNE SCHOFIELD ANTIQUES (NSW)
18th, 19th and early 20th century fine quality jewellery, including Australian jewellery.
Antiques and vintage wares from the 1870’s to 1950’s, including English and Australian.
ANTIQUE & UNIQUE JEWELS (VIC)
Antique & Bespoke jewellery.
BAIMBRIDGE ANTIQUES GUEST (VIC)
Specialising in antique furniture and jewellery.
COUTURA VINTAGE (VIC)
Antique & Vintage clothing from Georgian to 1960’s. Accessories & collectables associated with fashion.
EAGLEMONT ANTIQUES (VIC)
Select items of furniture, porcelain, silver and decorative objects
ETRURIA ANTIQUES GALLERY (VIC)
Specialist dealer in English pottery, particularly Wedgwood; also early English porcelain.
GRAFTON GALLERIES (NSW)
Quality English, European and Asian furniture, silver, glass, ceramics, paintings and decorative items.
GREENE & GREENE ANTIQUES (NSW)
Fine quality antique and estate jewellery, English and European ceramics and sterling silver, Georgian to Art Deco glass, collectable items and small pieces of furniture.
J.B. HAWKINS ANTIQUES (TAS)
Fine English furniture, clocks, English and Australian silver, works of art and treen.
LAFITE FINE SILVER (VIC)
Specialising in fine English, Irish and Scottish silver from the seventeenth to twentieth century.
LAUDER & HOWARD ANTIQUES & FINE ART (TAS)
Mark Howard & Leslie Lauder
18th,19th & 20th century British & Continental furniture; Australian Colonial furniture. Bronzes, glass and porcelain. Pictures to 1950. Selected vintage and old carpets and textiles.
LEVEN ANTIQUES (TAS)
Antique sterling silver, jewellery, Georgian glass, porcelain, English and Colonial furniture.
LYNZAY ANTIQUES (QLD)
Jewellery, silver, porcelain, pottery, Oriental items .English, Oriental & Australian furniture, lighting and the unusual.
MARINERS COTTAGE (TAS)
19th century furniture, porcelain, jewellery, silver & glass. Maritime Antiques, instruments and other items of interest.
MOONEY COLLECTABLES (NSW)
20th century English ceramics and furniture. Dolls and Steiff bears, tribal jewellery, art glass and Australian pottery.
MOORABOOL ANTIQUE GALLERIES (VIC)
Ceramics specialists ‘from Neolithic to Nouveau’, including fine English, French and German porcelain from the 18th and 19th century.
PAGE ANTIQUES (VIC)
19th to early 20th century English, French and European furniture, clocks, spelter and bronze figures and decorative objects. Specialising in antique French beds.
Jill & Chris Roberts
Vanity and sewing items, portrait miniatures, ceramics, vintage glassware, collectables and curios. Specialising in small items of tortoiseshell and pique jewellery.
ROY’S ANTIQUES (VIC)
Furnishing and decorative arts, mainly c. 1690-1840 (older than Melbourne!), mostly French and English, particularly chairs.
Fine antique jewellery and silver.
SIMPSON’S ANTIQUES (NSW)
Early Colonial Australian cedar furniture, pottery, paintings and Australiana.
SNOOK & COMPANY ANTIQUE DEALERS (VIC)
Chris & Jenny Snook, Robert Snook
Fine quality traditional 19th and 20th century furniture, clocks, barometers, and decorative items.
VALENTINE’S ANTIQUE GALLERY (VIC)
Specialising in 19th and early 20th Century English & Australian Furniture, porcelain, glassware and important decorative items.
VINCENT JENDEN DESIGN GUEST DECORATOR
An Interior design house specialising in the planning and management of complete design projects, crafting bespoke residential interiors that reflects their discerning client’s lifestyle
Kent & Sharon Virtanen
Specialising in Scandinavian furniture and decorative arts From c. 1780 to c. 1960 Including Biedermeier, Art Deco, 20th Century and Gustavian.
WARWICK OAKMAN ANTIQUES (TAS)
Fine quality 18th and 19th century English and Australian furniture and decorative arts.
WESTBURY ANTIQUES (VIC)
Harvey & Carol Wilkins
English 17th, 18th and early 19th century oak, mahogany and walnut furniture, Staffordshire pottery, English/Dutch Delft and other decorative arts
WOODSHED ANTIQUES (VIC)
Specialists in quality early Australian Cedar furniture, imported French and English furniture and decorative items.