Melbourne Antiques & Art Fair – Emporium to Dazzle & Delight

Rutherford Edwardian necklace Garland Style

Unique Edwardian boxed platinum, 15ct gold, diamond and pearl necklace with detachable centre bow, courtesy Rutherford Jewellers, Collins Street, Melbourne

May 5 – 8, 2016 are the dates for the Melbourne Antiques & Art Fair presented by dealers of the Australian Antiques and Art Dealers Association (AA&ADA). It is held annually in the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton Gardens, Melbourne in Victoria, an emporium to dazzle and delight.

The AA&ADA promotes the appreciation and conservation of the visual arts, including painting, sculpture, furniture, glass, ceramics, costume, textiles, silver, jewellery etc., all works that reflect the history of private life and provide a record of man’s significant creative achievements. This includes the unique Edwardian boxed platinum, 15ct gold, diamond and pearl necklace with detachable centre bow being offered by Rutherford Jewellers on Collins Street in Melbourne, a celebrated family business.

Made in 1910 by House of Escasany, Argentina’s largest jeweller for the Centenary Exhibition of May Revolution (of 1810), it’s a stunning example of the Garland style, where fine chain necklets were set at intervals, often with diamonds, supporting variously shaped delicate pendants.

Ivory seal of Niccolo Paganini (1782 -1840) with his Stradivarius violin under his chin. The rock crystal seal underneath is engraved with the music of his most famous piece 24 Caprices for the Solo Violin, Opus 1 courtesy J.B. Hawkins Antiques, Tasmania

Ivory seal of Niccolo Paganini (1782 -1840) with his Stradivarius violin under his chin. The rock crystal seal underneath is engraved with the music of his most famous piece 24 Caprices for the Solo Violin, Opus 1 courtesy J.B. Hawkins Antiques, Tasmania

They were among the neck ornaments in high vogue reflecting the elegance of the Edwardian era which demanded refined ornament that complemented the fashions and the gentle halcyon days.

Exhibitors for 2016 have been announced and there is a Gala Preview 6 – 9pm on May 5, with the fair open each day 11am – 7pm, except on the final day Sunday 8th May, which is Mother’s Day when it’s open from 11am to 5pm.

J.B.Hawkins Antiques from Chudleigh in Tasmania, who specialises in Australian Silver; Barometers; Clocks; Colonial; English Furniture; Furniture; Furniture, 19th Century; Furniture, Post 20th Century; Furniture and pre 18th Century; Watches, as always will have items sure to fascinate.

He is offering an extraordinary ivory seal that once belonged to Italian composer and principal violin virtuoso of the nineteenth century Niccolo Paganini (1782 -1840), who revolutionised violin technique

French composer Hector Berlioz (1803-1869) once described Paganini as one of those artists of whom it must be said

‘they are because they are and not because others were before them’.

Flight Barr & Barr Worcester Honey Pot

Flight Barr & Barr Worcester Honey Pot courtesy Alan Landis Antiques, Sydney

The arguments of the time insisted that he was either possessed or blessed due to his erratic behaviour. A wealthy merchant lent Paganini a Giuseppe Guarneri violin to play at one concert and after witnessing his brilliance, gave it to him.

His incredible technical ability also won him a Stradivarius.

He played a piece by sight no one else was able to perform even after preparation and it’s the violin depicted on the seal under his chin. This is a fabulous object sporting a rock crystal seal underneath engraved with the music of his most famous composition 24 Caprices for the Solo Violin, Opus 1.

Wouldn’t mind keeping my honey in the flight Bar and Bar Worcester Honey pot from Alan Landis Antiques in Sydney, whose excellent reputation for the rare, the beautiful and the unusual goes before him.

Surmounted by an acorn finial, this wonderful and very luxurious sweetener is richly gilded and painted in the so-called Imari style c1804-1813.

Imari-style jug and lid, Arita, Japan, 1690-1720 courtesy Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Salting Bequest.

Imari-style jug and lid, Arita, Japan, 1690-1720 courtesy Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Salting Bequest.

The Dutch East India Company first shipped goods from Japan and the factories of Arita via the port of Imari after 1659, including wares for the Arabian and Indian markets with smaller quantities for Europe

Like many cultures Japan has a long history of ceramic production and also an historic interaction with China and its magical porcelain wares.

Swedish Poet Pehr Osbeck (1723-1805) described his journey to Asia (1750-1752) and in particular towards Arita in Japan where fabulous objects including vases came straight from the ‘Street of the Coloured Decorators’.

Through the clear realms of azure drift
And on the hillside I can see
The villages of Imari….

Wares in this style imitating ‘Imari’ wares from Japan became famed for the brilliance of their colours and graced many an English and European country house and palace.

The moment of differentiation between products bearing a resemblance to porcelain during the eighteenth century in England and Europe and something comparable to the Chinese body admired for centuries, was not a reality until the eighteenth century.

The English invented soft and hard paste porcelain followed by two important discoveries. Bone china and the process of transfer printing, the most important contributions they made to ceramic history

Wallrocks_Tahan-2A nineteenth century French Napoleon III occasional table in the classical taste, which is signed ‘Tahan Paris’ comes from Wallrocks Antiques of Brisbane in Queensland and would be a welcome addition to any ladies boudoir. The top lifts to reveal compartments for jewellery or other small articles.

Alphonse Tahan (1830-1880) was the official ébéniste de l’Empereur or master cabinet maker to Emperor Napoleon III and his wife, the Empress Eugénie, who patronised his workshop.

He presented imaginative, exhibition-quality work for clients from their atelier located on the Rue de La Paix from 1849 and subsequently from 1878 at the Boulevard des Italiens.

Tahan’s firm won awards for their exhibits at The London Crystal Palace Exhibition of 1851 and Paris Exposition Universelle, 1855.

If you want to find a fascinating array of antiques or art to tempt or inspire, then you cannot go past the AA&ADA Melbourne Antiques & Art Fair, 2016.

Carolyn McDowall, The Culture Concept Circle, 2016

AA&ADA Melbourne Antiques & Art Fair
Royal Exhibition Building

Carlton Gardens, Melbourne




Alan Landis Antiques (NSW)
One of Australia’s foremost authorities on English Ceramics (1750-1950) and Australian Decorative Arts, with expertise in Meissen, Australiana and Judaica.

Anne Schofield Antiques (NSW)
18th, 19th and early 20th century fine quality jewellery, including Australian jewellery.

Antiquarian (VIC)
Antiques and vintage wares from the 1870’s to 1950’s, mainly from England and Australia. Furniture, ornaments, collectables, jewellery, art, Objet d’art and a large selection of Asian and Oriental items.

Antique & Unique Jewels (VIC)
Antique & Bespoke jewellery.

Brans Antiques & Art (WA)
Fine quality furniture, sculpture and works of art from the ancient to the 20th century – English, European and Oriental. Specialising in English and European furniture from the 17th and 18th centuries, classical sculpture, and Japanese works of art and Chinese porcelain.

Coutura Vintage (NSW)
Antique & Vintage clothing from Georgian to 1960’s, accessories – hats, handbags, shoes. Collectables associated with fashion.

Eaglemont Antiques (VIC)
Select items of furniture, porcelain, silver and decorative objects.

Elizabeth Kwan Vintage and Fine Jewellery (NSW)
Specialising in Art Deco and Vintage Fine Jewellery.

Etruria Antiques Gallery (VIC)
Specialist dealer in English pottery, particularly Wedgwood; also early English porcelain and light furniture.

Fellia Melas Gallery (NSW)
Specialising in buying and selling of 20th century Australian art.

Gilly Stephenson Waxes & Polishes (WA)
Manufacturer of quality furniture care products for the last 32 years to the antique furniture trade.

Grafton Galleries (NSW)
Quality English, European and Asian furniture, silver, glass, ceramics, paintings and decorative items.

Greene & Greene (NSW)
Fine quality antique and estate jewellery, English and European ceramics and sterling silver, Georgian to Art Deco glass, collectable items and handsome gifts with small pieces of furniture.

J.B. Hawkins Antiques (TAS)
Fine English furniture, clocks, English and Australian silver, works of art and treen.

Lauder & Howard Antiques and Fine Art (WA)
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 (QLD)
Jewellery, silver, porcelain, pottery, Oriental items. English, Oriental & Australian furniture. Lighting and the unusual.

Mooney Collectables (NSW)
20th century English ceramics and furniture. Dolls and Steiff bears, tribal jewellery, art glass and Australian pottery.

Moorabool Antiques (VIC)
Specialist ceramics covering 6000 years 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.

Pentimento (VIC)
Vanity and sewing items, portrait miniatures, ceramics, vintage glassware, collectables and curios. Specialising in small items of tortoiseshell and pique jewellery.

Rutherford (VIC)
One of the best ranges of Victorian, Edwardian, Art Deco & Retro jewellery in Australia.

Simpson’s Antiques (NSW)
Early colonial furniture, consulting on, Australian Colonial Furniture and Decorative Arts for collecting institutions and private clients nationally.

Snook & Company Antique Dealers (VIC)
Fine quality traditional 19th and 20th century furniture, clocks, barometers, and decorative items. Always a jaunty selection of unique gifts.

The Antique Guild (QLD)
Importers of fine jewellery, furniture, silver and art. Specialised in jade, glass, silver from across the globe, Chinese art, African art, cocktail jewellery and the eccentric.

The Woodshed Antiques (VIC)
Specialists in quality early Australian Cedar furniture, imported French and English furniture and decorative items.

Valentine’s Antique Gallery (VIC)
Specialising in 19th and early 20th Century English & Australian Furniture, porcelain, glassware and important decorative items.

Wallrocks (QLD)
Specialising in fine 18th & 19th century European antique furniture.

Walter & Co (TAS)
Fine quality 18th – 19th century English, Australian, Chinese and European furniture, silver, porcelain, clocks and objects of virtue.

Westbury Antiques (VIC)
English 17th, 18th and early 19th century oak,mahogany and walnut furniture, Staffordshire pottery, English/Dutch Delft and other decorative arts.

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