Collecting treasures, including antiques and art, is a pleasure indulged in by a vast number of people from very different backgrounds and all walks of life. Many hone their ‘eagle eye’ for finding a treasure by browsing dealer’s establishments, haunting auction houses and swatting books and magazines so that they can carefully plan their expenditure and enjoy owning significant objects.
Items being offered for sale at the Sydney Antiques Fair in August 2013 will be fully vetted for authenticity and backed by the reputation of Australia’s finest antique and art dealers, members of the AAADA (Australian Antiques & Art Dealers Association).
Jewellery dealers always have a dominant presence. Brisbane dealer’s Martha & TC Good of The Goods Fine Jewellery have a stunning be-jewelled piece of ‘objet d’art’ dating from circa 1910. It is a handsome hand carved raptor head, which is in this case probably an eagle, a bird of prey that primarily hunts vertebrates, including other birds. Its beak and eyelids are made of 18ct gold and the stunning ‘diamond’ eyes are of fine quality. Martha Good believes it is of Russian origin, a wonderfully unique piece used as a desk ornament originally.
While we are on the subject of jewellery, renowned Sydney dealer Anne Schofield Antiques collection for this fair includes some wonderfully elegant items from the Georgian, Victorian, Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods, each one chosen for its beauty, design, quality and wearability.
Her French gold and red enamel pendant necklace, the pendant in the form of a heart set with diamonds dating from 1875 will surely set many hearts a pounding in hope that St Nicholas soon will be here.
Today major museums around the world are acquiring many superb pieces from the 1920s and 1930s and the period described as ‘antique’ has been extended.
Most major antique associations, including B.A.D.A. and L.A.P.A.D.A in England and the A.A.&A.D.A in Australia, now recognise items of merit and great aesthetics for goods from the Art Deco period (1920 – 1940)
As a style Art Deco is a classic: simple, restrained, of high quality always fashionable and elegant.
It was the perfect expression of Paris during the 20’s to the 30’s and embraced every area of design and the decorative arts including architecture, interiors, furniture, jewellery, painting and graphics, bookbinding, costume, glass and ceramics.
Guest dealers Deco Diva have a rare lead Spelter figure on offer of a dancing girl, which they believe might be a prototype for similar bronze and ivory statues.
Austrian sculptor Josef Lorenzl (1892-1950) whose Art Deco style slender ladies are instantly recognizable signed this piece.
He learned his trade working in a foundry at the Vienna Arsenal, and apart from his ladies, also made chryselephantine pieces for the Goldscheider Manufactory and Majolica Factory, which also produced objects from terracotta, faience and bronze.
The Art Deco style attained great status because, just like the original classicism of the ancient Greeks and our own contemporary design, it was originally based on lines that were clean-cut and pure.
It came to full fruition through the Paris Salons of the 1920’s manifesting itself emotionally with zest and playfulness until lit died in the fires of World War II quite overspent and like all great styles, in decline
Much like in our own time people of the Art Deco period were fashion conscious art lovers who enjoyed living in luxurious environments, eating out in elegant restaurants and being admired for the couture clothes they wore.
They sought to reinforce their avant-garde status by living art.
Elizabeth Kwan is offering an Art Deco pendant, featuring an emerald, diamonds, sapphires and onyx. Of arched design with a central fluted cabochon cut oval emerald with forty five old cut diamonds, twelve square cut sapphires and four square onyx pieces which are set in platinum on a fine platinum chain it is a stunning jewel.
It has a French platinum import mark from 1927.
Becoming an antique collector may seem fraught with danger for the inexperienced.
However, if you do make and follow a few rules of your own you can protect your interests when purchasing, and enjoy a hobby that will become a richly rewarding part of your life.
Carolyn McDowall, The Culture Concept Circle 2013
SYDNEY ANTIQUES FAIR GIVEAWAY
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with subject message SYDNEY ANTIQUES FAIR 2013 and their Name and Address
ONE X TEN (10) General Admission Double Passes allowing FREE Entry to the Fair from Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th August, 2013.
Tickets will be posted to the Winners.
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The Kensington Room, on the ground floor of the new Royal Randwick Grandstand, Royal Randwick Racecourse, Alison Road, Randwick NSW 2031.
Gala Preview: Wednesday 21st August 6 – 9pm.
General Admission: The fair will be open from 11 am to 7 pm on Thursday 22 August, 11am to 6pm Friday 23 to Saturday 24 August and from 11 am to 5 pm on Sunday 25 August.
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