Antiques from Africa # 31

Show me anyone eating biltong and you can bet the farm he or she will have a penknife close at hand. Growing up in South Africa most kids soon learn the value of a simple tool like the penknife. Show me anyone eating biltong and you can bet the farm he or she will have a penknife close at hand. There can be nothing more satisfying than slicing off bite size pieces of Kudu, Ostrich […]

Antiques from Africa # 30

These dealers are at the cutting edge of the art and antiques trade in South Africa. The South African Antique Dealers Association (SAADA) was established in 1963 and today represents 53 specialist dealers nationally. In 2013 it celebrated its golden jubilee and this weekend, the 8th and 9th of February, this golden anniversary theme continues at the Cape Town fair. This takes place at the Kirstenbosch Gardens Exhibition Center and the hottest invite this summer […]

Antiques from Africa #29

  Sometimes, something pops up that leaves us flummoxed. One of the most frequently asked questions in my antique shop is where does all of your knowledge come from ? A good question that makes us look more impressive than we really are. The short answer is research and when something comes into stock we will research it until we know everything there is to know about it. This information then goes onto the ticket […]

Antiques from Africa #28

A blind man walks into an antique shop and asks “Can I have a look around”… .. sounds like a very bad bar joke and totally politically incorrect, but this happened to me recently. In the hour he spent there I was humbled as to how he had not only overcome his disability, but had attained something that perhaps a lot of us are missing. On a recent Saturday morning a visually impaired man walked […]

Antiques from Africa # 27

As for predictions in the year ahead I think it will be a lot like looking into a crystal ball. 2014 has arrived and as usual in January I contemplate the year ahead and begin to plan what antique fairs I will be doing. This year is fairly full with fairs planned for Cape Town, Johannesburg, London and Birmingham. It is also now that I review the trends and fashions within the antiques trade in […]

Antiques from Africa # 26

Between 1640 and 1666 when the Great Fire decimated London a cache of jewels was buried in a cellar in Cheapside. For the first time since its discovery a century ago the entire hoard is on view at a special exhibition in the Museum Of London Between 1640 and 1666 when the Great Fire decimated London a cache of jewels was buried in a cellar in Cheapside. Discovered in 1912 by workmen this hoard rates […]