Antiques from Africa # 37

Tea grown in the Far East notably China has been imported into England since the 1600’s. In those early days when the tea chests arrived one can imagine the delight for those, who upon opening them would have discovered a scallop shape sea shell within.  Tea grown in the Far East notably China has been imported into England since the 1600’s. In those early days when the tea chests arrived one can imagine the delight […]

Antiques from Africa # 36

Ever since the arrival of tea into Britain from the mid 1600’s it has evolved its own traditions.    Ever since the arrival of tea into Britain from the mid 1600’s it has evolved its own traditions. Originally drunk in Coffee houses and first served as something of a curiosity it soon found popularity. When King Charles II entered into marriage with the Portuguese princess Catherine of Braganza in 1662, she was to bring the […]

Antiques from Africa # 35

This thoroughbred auction house with a gentleman at the helm is at the forefront in the South African auction scene.  This thoroughbred auction house with a gentleman at the helm is at the forefront in the South African auction scene. Established in 2004 in Bree Street Cape Town, Rudd’s Auctioneers celebrate their 10th anniversary this year. Headed by Charles Rudd a master auctioneer he is an ‘Appointed Appraiser for Estates, Insurance & Family Division in […]

Antiques from Africa # 34

The old saying ‘Knowledge is power’ is especially true in the antiques and art industry. The old saying ‘Knowledge is power’ is especially true in the antiques and art industry. Being able to recognise something more in any item gives you the edge when buying as a dealer. I have many visitors to the shop who ask the same question every time, “Where does all of your knowledge come from?” The short answer is books, […]

Antiques from Africa # 33

He was a ghost designer, in the shadows and unrecognized during his life. The name Archibald Knox and the designs he did for Liberty & Co, the famous London store will be out for all to see. He was a ghost designer, in the shadows and unrecognized during his life and now the largest collection of his work will be out on show for all to see. The name Archibald Knox and the designs he […]

Antiques from Africa # 32

Fake‘n Forgery !! They are part of our industry, pieces made to deceive and con you out of your money. They are part of our industry, pieces made to deceive and con you out of your money. When you first see it and it looks the part you lay down your hard earned cash and sit back and congratulate yourself on what a smart buy it was. Then you either see another identical or another […]