The trading platform in antiques has changed from the days when you consulted an antiques dealer sitting in his dusty shop amongst all those treasures. Today new ways of buy and selling have takeover the industry – you can now buy from antique fairs, at auctions or trade online.

Antiques have come into their own and every great de- cor se ing needs a stunning statement piece, whether it’s a beautiful antique dining table or a more modern Scandinavian chair, a great piece of art or simply some beautiful silver or glassware.

South Africa has a fine tradition of antiquing and the monthly table top antique fairs in Johannesburg and Pretoria have been going since the 1970s with antique fairs at Nelson Mandela Square, Hyde Park Corner, Brooklyn Square and Melrose House Museum in Pretoria.

The annual National Antiques and Decorative Arts Faire, which has thrilled antique lovers for the past 17 years, now has a new home in the Crystal Court at the Mall of Africa and it’s on from July 28 to 30.

The presentation and glamour of the National Antiques and Decorative Arts Faire is unmatched in South Africa, from the decor design presentation style to the glamour of the opening night which attracts the who’s who of the collecting world.

Both collectors and the public will be seduced by the variety of antiques, collectables and decorative arts that will be on show in the Crystal Court. It’s the place to find that statement piece that will be the talking point of your home. Younger col- lectors will love trying on retro clothing, find- ing funky costume jewellery or seeing the latest in the steam punk trend that is all the rage. More modern collectables such as 70s furniture, advertising billboards and art deco pieces are the antiques of tomorrow and are very sought a er by new-age collectors.

Two international antique dealers will be exhibiting: Dutch dealer Ricus Dullaert who specialises in Dutch furniture and Chinese porcelain and Amercan specialist dealer Ed Pascoe whose range of English ceramics includes Royal Doulton, Royal Crown Derby, Moorcro and other English ceramics. Louise Irvine, international author and specialist in ceramics, will give a talk to the Royal Doulton Collectors Club on July 29.

Any idea what your antiques are worth? How many of you have something given to you tucked away in a cupboard that you would love to have valued.

Is that silver tea-set solid silver or plated?

Do you have some military items that could be of value?

Is the porcelain collection left to you by your great aunt worth anything?

Have you inherited some old coins and want to know what they are worth?

That dusty painting that be- longed to your great-aunt could well be a long-lost SA old master. Even that 70s designer bag you bought in Paris could be worth more than you paid for it.

Speculate no more. Bring your valuable items to the Fairetobe appraised by an expert from auctioneers Stephan Welz & Compa-OPENING NIGHT IS IN

AID OF 67 BLANKETS

One of the must-a end and talked-about functions on the Johannesburg social and investment calendar is the prestigious opening night event of the Nation- al Antiques Faire on Thursday 27 July at 7pm.

This charity cheese and wine event will benefit 67 Blankets, which is hard at work supplying much-needed and lovingly knitted blankets to those less fortunate.

Join the who’s who of the collecting world and buy up the very best in antiques and collectables.

Tickets are R150 per person and include cheese and wines and can be booked online at www.naada.co.za.
The faire is on from Friday July

28 to Sunday July 30, 9am to 8pm daily at Crystal Court, level five in the Mall Of Africa.

For more information

contact Giuli on 083-377-6721 or Clyde on 082-883-4933

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OPENING EVENT

July27
7pmto9pm

NATIONAL ANTIQUES FAIRE

July28–30
9amto8pmdaily
CrystalCourt,level5,Mallof Africa
Bookingisessential.Visitnaada. co.za for information and to book for the opening night