The Sydney Antiques Fair will be held from the 27 – 31st August, 2014 in the great space at Royal Randwick Racecourse under the Grandstand, member dealers of the Australian Antiques & Art Dealers Association will be showcasing some of the most covetable pieces of antique furniture, fine art and objet d’art in the world.
The selection put together by dealers all over the country will offer both traditional and modern pieces
They will range from the crème de la crème of 17th, 18th and 19th century fine and decorative arts, to the very best of the sleek streamlined shapes of modernism.
There will also be all those made popular during the Art Deco period between the two world wars, celebrated again during the 50’s.
A work of art, a tour de force, a magnum opus, a masterwork, call it what you will, an antique that has achieved excellence in both art and design for many people for their interiors, is still today very desirable.
All those goods at the fair will be vetted and backed by the reputation of the association, who also allows select pieces of contemporary design of quality and merit to be part of the display of goods on offer.
The lure of tradition in the fine craftsmanship of the past remains magical for many, especially for those who value creativity in any age.
Selected contemporary works of fine design will also be included in the show, along with some stunning works of art.
Lee Bradshaw from the Etruria Antiques Gallery in Collingwood, Melbourne is offering a rare ceramic, one that is a scarce example of the Celtic pattern.
From Daisy Makeig-Jones’ lusterware, it is in the form of a large ‘Melba Centre’ bowl.
Lee Bradshaw noted recently
“… we see a fair bit of ‘ordinary’ lustre, and fairyland; but the other patterns such as Celtic are not so often seen”
Balance, rhythm, harmony, proportion, scale, line, shape and colour are always things to consider, espeically when developing a plan to purchase furniture, furnishings, fine and decorative objet d’art to suit the layout of your interior.
They are important whether you are investing in an antique, contemporary furniture or a mixture of both.
Putting together a room by combining the useful and the beautiful from a selection of fine antiques will help you to satisfy your need for a style that is elegant and reflects a lightness of touch.
From Victoria Jamie Allpress of Allpress Antiques at Malvern, who specializes in predominantly English and French town and country furniture, brings his great eye and considerable ability as an interior designer together in a unique consultancy.
His furniture and art works all fit very well in a contemporary setting be it professional or personal. He is happy to help people to understand how and where to use select pieces.
They will add interest to your space, whether professional or personal, ensuring an aesthetically very pleasing place to work or play.
The stalwarts from Sydney with great objects on show include Simpson’s Antiques of Woollahra.
Andrew Simpson always presents the very finest quality in Australian colonial furniture and decorative art. Simpson is the foremost dealer in Australian antiques in the country and also has written some of the most definitive books on the subject.
His stand is always decked out in wonderful objects with fabulous stories attached.
His useful object that is also desirable may be an X frame stool dating from 1845.
This practical and pleasing piece of furniture is covered with an animal print fabric. Made of early colonial Australian cedar, it’s a piece that would also work perfectly in many settings and situations.
Abbott’s Antiques from Sydney’s North Shore will display an infinite variety of lovely objet d’art, especially glass, silver and ceramics. Brian Abbot has antiques that date from the 18th century to the modern age in his well-known Turramurra establishment, which was started by his grandfather in 1931.
Alan Landis will also be there with an amazing and very fine selection of wonderful ceramics, including great items of Wedgwood, Royal Doulton, Royal Worcester and fabulous Australiana.
It’s not usual to find glass decanters from the turn of the 20th century with stoppers, especially like these enamelled with Kangaroos and sporting an artist’s signature beneath. However Alan will have a rare pair on offer.
Ian Perryman will display his superb array of exotic and gorgeous oriental carpets that work so well in any setting. As a textile fancier myself, I believe it is a shame more contemporary designers don’t use fabulous textiles in a modernist setting.
He has many different types of eastern carpet on display including Dhurrie’s a thick flat-woven rug or carpet used traditionally in India, which should be among any ‘hot’ designer’s choice.
Always one of the most interesting stands for me and for those who love something different is Derek Greengrass of Greengrass Antiques.
Derek deals in works of art, objects of virtue and ethnographica – goods from many different societies and cultures.
Many of the objects have ‘quite interesting’ stories attached and would work well in anyone’s ‘cabinet of curiosities’.
It’s certainly a stand high on my list, although I cannot be there this year due to a happy family event; a wedding.
From Blackheath in the Blue Mountains of NSW, Day Fine Art always has an eclectic selection of painted and printed works, especially rare and wonderful Old Master drawings, which would be wonderful to collect.
They showcase artists such as: Norman Lindsay, Arthur Streeton, Thea Proctor, John Brack, Arthur Boyd, Adam G Ball, William Raworth, Murray Griffin, Ethleen Palmer, Peter H Marshall, Ken Knight, Robert Dickerson, Yosi Messiah and many more…
The current owner Vince is the youngest son of Harold who started the business in 1964 in the UK where his son John Day became one of the sought after specialists on the Antiques Road show.
You will also be able to enjoy a treat talking to the simply wonderful Anne McCormick from Hordern House, at Potts Point in Sydney.
Anne was awarded the Order of Australia for her considerable “contribution to business in Australia and to culture”.
Together with her partner Derek McDonnell at Hordern House, Anne offers simply the very best in rare books, manuscripts, paintings, prints and historical maps all of which have wonderful stories attached to their journey.
Hordern House, a distinctive and significant heritage building, is one of the leading businesses of its kind anywhere in the world and deals on an international level.
Peter Valentine of Valentine Antiques will travel from the beauty of Bendigo, located right in the centre of Victoria in picture postcard countryside. They offer 19th and 20th century English and Australian furniture and lovely decorative items.
Peter and his family have been in business since 1947, and are also much in demand to hire out furniture and furnishings for special events including movies and house sales.
Valentine Antiques has just undergone a considerable refurbishment of their gallery, to better cater for the burgeoning booming population growth of this most attractive historic regional city.
Rutherford from Collins Street in Melbourne will be on hand with a stunning collection of antique jewellery, which is always much in demand.
A family business, Rutherford has been operating since the early 50’s in Victoria and has been established at the Paris end of Collins Street for over twenty years.
Bruce Rutherford’s granddaughter Bronwyn Burnett is a qualified gemologist and she will be sure to ensure that the stock she takes to Sydney will showcase both elegance and uniqueness. They offer both original Victorian and Art Deco pieces, the latter being much in demand.
Online Antiques also specializes in Art Deco, which is certainly the flavour of the month.
Carolyn McDowall, The Culture Concept Circle