Antiques from Africa #43

London in June is the place to be as the summer art and antiques fair season offers up the best available from across the world. Celebrating its 43rd year the Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair, billed as London’s original art and antiques fair offers a wide choice of high quality, vetted art, antiques, furniture and collectors’ pieces. Bringing Africa on a plate to London will hopefully help my shop, The Old Corkscrew based in […]

Antiques from Africa #42

Divine intervention, coincidence or deliberately planned maybe, but for me this 42 is more likely the “Answer to The Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything”.    A little over a year ago I started this column and it has slowly taken on a life of its own. The rationale behind it was to give some background information on what is often perceived to be a staid and conservative industry. Nothing could be further […]

Antiques from Africa # 41

Summer is here! The weather forecast predicts temperatures moving from 16 with rain, to 22 with sunny intervals, by the weekend in central London. As the weather warms and tourists flock to the capital the Fair Season begins. First up is the Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair which is takes place from the 5th to the 15th of June at the Olympia Exhibition Centre. This is the largest fair in terms of exhibitors and […]

Antiques from Africa # 40

Last weekend in Johannesburg Olive’s parents went under the hammer. This story of an African auction is just like the book by Olive Schreiner The Story of an African Farm , as it had all of the ingredients to make it a bestseller.  Last weekend in Johannesburg Olive’s parents went under the hammer. This story of an African auction is just like the book by Olive Schreiner The Story of an African Farm , as […]

Antiques from Africa # 39

A funny thing happened at the dinner table tonight. It has been suggested that woman may get the vote, can you believe that!  A funny thing happened at the dinner table tonight. It has been suggested that woman may get the vote, can you believe that ! This conversation would have taken place just over a hundred years ago in England before woman had the vote and would have been prompted by this tiny silver pepperrette on the dining table itself. […]

Antiques from Africa # 38

For anyone with a sweet tooth the addition of sugar to our morning tea or coffee is a great way to start the day.  For anyone with a sweet tooth the addition of sugar to our morning tea or coffee is a great way to start the day. In fact the addition of sugar to tea goes back to the 1650’s when tea and coffee were first introduced into England. As the 17th century progressed […]