The number one organisation for antique dealers and commercial art galleries in Australia, the AA&ADA is holding its Fair May 8 – 10, 2015, in the Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne. The stunning hand painted interior of the venue couldn’t be more appropriate for a display of fine quality art and antiques. The World Heritage listed building with its soaring glazed dome and ‘Great Hall’ in the best tradition of English country house living, is one of the world’s oldest remaining exhibition pavilions.
The extraordinary array of objects will appeal to those who already collect, those thinking of beginning and those just wanting to enjoy a great gaze. It’s on over the Mother’s Day weekend so the perfect place to take your Mum and buy her a present too, something of her choice, like the superb diamond butterfly brooch on show from Australia’s foremost antique jewellery dealer Anne Schofield Antiques from Sydney.
Then there is the superb Meissen richly gilt cabinet cup and saucer, c1830 from renowned Sydney based dealer Alan Landis Antiques, who offers a wonderful array of ceramics; porcelain and pottery, including the very best Wedgwood.
An English George II Chippendale style carved giltwood wall mirror of large dimensions from Melbourne dealer Westbury Antiques was made around (circa within ten years) 1755. It will provide a focal point and fine place for reflection in any interior. The mirror, regarded as ‘matrix of the symbolic’, accompanies a continual human quest to know and understand our identity.
The Water Nymph c1919 an oil on canvas painted by Charles Wheeler (1881-1977) comes from Day Fine Art, based at Blackheath in the Blue Mountains of NSW. They specialize in works by Great Australian Artist Norman Lindsay and offer a wide selection of Australian paintings, drawings and prints, from colonial to contemporary times.
If you or your Mum is looking for something practical as well as beautiful, two silver mounted French Art Deco style decanters, made by Cardeilhac of Paris in the 1920’s from Sydney dealers Grafton Galleries, renowned for the quality of their pieces.
There is a Gala opening on the evening of May 7. Be early if you want to secure that special piece for your home or office – you will just have to be there to see all the highlights including Allpress Antiques French flame mahogany card-games table. The location provides options to arrive in style and the facilities are excellent – public transport nearby, undercover parking; disabled access; public toilets; and a café on site. AA&ADA 2015 Melbourne Fair | List of Exhibitors | Tickets