Antiques from Africa # 25

They look like real Krugerrands but they are fakes- worthless as they contain no gold whatsoever. Made to catch you out but the Antique Plate Committee at Goldsmiths Hall in London is your guardian angel.           Today when out shopping we all recognise branded merchandise. We know that top brands such as Gucci, Rolex and Cartier are all going to charge prices that match what they deliver. Years of research and […]

Antiques from Africa # 24

As an antique dealer I am often asked how we value many of the pieces we sell. Most of the time the formula is pretty straight forward but sometimes the “The Oprah Effect” comes into play. As an antique dealer I am often asked how we value many of the pieces we sell. Most of the time the formula is pretty straight forward and we consider attributes such as age, condition rarity and desirability. If […]

Antiques from Africa # 23

Last Sunday morning I was watching a series on the History Channel taped during the week called Porn Stars with my nine year old son. Last Sunday morning I was watching a series on the History Channel taped during the week called Porn Stars with my nine year old son. Sorry spell check doing its thing again- it is ‘Pawn Stars’, filmed in downtown Las Vegas and is about the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop […]

Antiques from Africa # 22

This statue of Nelson Mandela was commissioned by Tokyo Sexwale through the Sexwale Family Foundation and was created by the renowned South African artist and sculptor Jean Doyle. Returning to Franschhoek on Monday this week with spring in the air and summer on the way, I stopped off to admire the statue of Nelson Mandela at the entrance of the Victor Verster Prison. Now renamed the Drakenstein Correctional Centre this was where Nelson Mandela walked […]

Antiques from Africa # 21

According to family tradition it was discovered in a crate washed up on a beach at Port Beaufort sometime in the 1840’s. Sourced from the family who needed the money for the children’s university education it stole the show at the latest Strauss & Co. auction sale held in Cape Town on Monday the 21st of October. According to family tradition this cabinet-on stand was discovered after a ship wreck in the 1840’s. Stored in […]

Antiques from Africa # 20

Remember back in the 80’s when Scope magazine had those little boxes, stars and circles placed strategically on the breasts of those stunning models. All of this in order to get around the dreaded publications board and the old conservative apartheid government. Remember back in the 80’s when Scope magazine had those little boxes, stars and circles placed strategically on the breasts of those stunning models. All of this in order to get around the […]