Collectable Fairs is a group of antique dealers who have, for the past 25 years, brought the excitement of collecting to South Africans with their monthly and annual antique, collectable and decorative art fairs held throughout the country.
The antique fair at Nelson Mandela Square is the oldest and biggest monthly exhibition of antiques and collectables.
It regularly attracts close to 50 antique dealers from all over the country who bring a wide selection of European, Oriental, African and popular collectables to the public.
This antique fair takes its place among the leading table-top fairs anywhere in the world – be it in London, Rome, Lisbon or Buenos Aires.
Locals, out-of-towners and tourists flock to see not only the iconic statue of Nelson Mandela on the square in Sandton but venture inside to browse on two levels laden with the most fascinating display of treasures from the past.
The antique fair on Sunday will be jampacked with new stock, great finds and will have a dedicated focus exhibition on Chinese antiques with dealers also referencing the ‘pig’ that is the Chinese zodiac animal for 2019 and, of course, there will be a splendid array of unique and traditional gifts to buy your loved ones ahead of Valentine’s Day on February 14.
We might be at the bottom end of Africa but our legacy of antique collecting goes back to the Dutch.
They were the biggest traders in Chinese and Japanese porcelain in the 17th and 18th century in the world and who stopped off at the tip of Africa on their journeys with ships laden with trunks filled with rice that protected the exotic Chinese blue and white, enameled and monochrome porcelains that were all the rage in European capitals.
According to Heather Knight, a specialist in Oriental antiques: “Chinese antiques are a fascinating collecting discipline and while one can still find some early pieces at the upper end of the market, Chinese 18th Century porcelain is more common and more affordable.”