October 29, 2011

Some Service, please!

At the Great Sydney Antiques Fair, we have a number of usable services.

This magnificent example is in remarkable condition. Made by Minton in around 1845, the pale green ground has reserves of beautifully painted flower specimens- roses, tulips, poppies, and fuscia...

There are a lot of pieces!
10 plates, 2 oval footed dishes, 2 rectangular, 4 round, and 2 lovely sauce tureens and stands.

An interesting feature is the occasional printed mark for Daniell, London. This is sometimes mistaken for the firm of Daniel, but was in fact a retailer in London. The pieces made for him by Minton were intentionally left unmarked in order to ensure the clients came to him, not to the Minton factory, for their purchases !

A Fairly unusual case of deja-vue

This large European majolica figure is by the factory of Hugo Lonitz of Neuhaldensleben, dating to circa 1870.

What makes this a case of deja-vue for John, ( the founder of Moorabool) is that it was on his stand at the very first Antique Fair he exhibited in back in 1959!
That was the Antique Dealers Association of Victoria's fair in the Malvern Town Hall, High Street Armadale.
He remembers the piece as being his, as it has a broken foot.
He saw it again a few years ago, at auction but it was too expensive. This time, he was happy to buy it back again, and here it is at the Great Sydney Antiques Fair 2011 - 52 years later!

October 28, 2011

Fair Views....

Fair scenes.....
Here are some views in our cabinets at the 2011 Great Sydney Antiques Fair.
A tribe of Chinese porcelain Foo dogs, Kanxi, circa 1690

A beautiful blanc-de-chine Guanyin, Kanxi period c. 1680.
Framed by a Swato dish, Ming porcelain, recovered from the Bin Thuan shipwreck off Vietnam, which sank around 1608.

Below, a rare Red Anchor Chelsea figure of a boy, c.1755, seems to be feeding a Derby deer, c.1770.

Our scent bottles include this stunning Chelsea example below, circa 1760, modeled as two boys building a house of cards. It is particularly special as it came from the Blohm collection, and would have been one of Mrs Blohm's 'Toys' she carried through war-time Germany when she fled via Sweden.

In the background is a St James / Girl in the Swing - scent modeled as Harlequin & Columbine, circa 1755.

October 26, 2011

Moorabool @ the Great Sydney Antique Fair 2012

Moorabool is back in Sydney once more, with a wide range of lovely articles on display. Over 1,000, in fact!

The fair runs from the 26th - 30th October - see the organizers website here.

We have an emphasis on usable antiques- meaning items that are still perfect for the table, and in fact add a sense of elegance to modern dining.

Our Antiquities include the amazing Tang polo player, (no hooves touch the ground!) and the just as amazing wooden 'fat Lady' , also Tang Dynasty (8th century AD). She is commoner in pottery, and very rare in wood.

Come along & enjoy!