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Visit the National Antiques & Decor Faire from September 27 to 29, 10 am-6 pm daily, in the Crystal Court at the Mall Of Africa to shop for exquisite items

For antique aficionados, the beauty of collecting lies in the fact that one can begin collecting on a moderate scale, buying what one can afford, but inevitably moving on to investing in rarer and more valuable pieces.

The collecting bug often comes from the memories one has – perhaps from those lovely tea parties at granny’s complete with the full Royal Albert Moss Rose patterned tea set – or that non-so-great memory of having to help her polish the silver. It is often those memories that are the spark to starting a collection.

In addition to the decor aspect of the Antiques Faire, which will feature beautiful interiors and settings that will have you drooling, dealers who specialise in particular collecting genres will be exhibiting and ready to start you on the road to collecting everything.

Exquisite porcelain and china – from complete dinner sets from the English royal houses of Royal Albert and Royal Worcester to exquisite vases from Moorcroft to intricate Chinese porcelain and earthy Kalahari ware.

Glassware has a magic in the way light bounces off its translucent surface, the eye-catching colours or the fluid shapes and patterns that makes antique and decorative glassware so appealing. Shop for cut-glass crystal, sculptured Murano or Scandinavian art glass.

With the price of precious metals and currencies on the up, our expert coin and currency dealers will advise you about these valuable alternate investments.

Hot on the heels of the gold price is that of silver, and collecting antique silver is now at a premium – not only for its intrinsic metal value but for its added craftsman value – so choose to invest in a rare épergne, some caddy spoons or a stamped candelabra.

Commanding top prices are 20th century designer handbags and accessories which have become collectors’ items.

Jewellery – whether antique mourning jewellery, Art Deco or marcasite – will always be a great investment.

For those who might have that precious heirloom or want to have their antiques valued, our expert valuators will be on hand to appraise antiques.

The highlight of the National Antiques & Decor Faire is the prestigious charity opening night on September 26 from 6.30pm, which will see socialite Caroline Steyn broadcast her Classic 1027 show live from the fair.

The cost to attend this exclusive cheese and wine event is R100 per person, with the full amount going to the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra Company’s Teacher Training and Mentorship Programme which helps young adults from disadvantaged communities find work in the music and education sectors.

To book, visit www.quicket.co.za.

Take a trip into the world of collectables

If you are interested in learning more about collecting or want to know how to decorate with antiques, special ‘Tea & Talks’ will be scheduled for September 27 in the Crystal Court at the Mall of Africa.

For more details, email giuli@gocomms.co.za or call Clyde on 082 883 4933.

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