Antiques Today – Summer 2017

Antiques Today – Summer 2017

Flit across the ages with the 2017 SAADA Antique, Art & Design Expo! It’s that time of year again when it seems that every South African’s focus shifts from their synthetically illuminated cubicle desk’s overstuffed inbox tray, to thoughts of the sun-splashed and cocktail-laden coastline. I’m a little luckier than some, as I got to… Read More >

Antiques Today – October 2016

Antiques Today – October 2016

Have you wondered what it would be like to materialise in an Art Deco music hall, and flow with the flappers, dance a jig in the jazz age? Or perhaps you would prefer to appear in a perfumed and powered Parisian palace with Louis-this and Louis-that, nodding your head wisely to the costumed court counsel?… Read More >

Antiques Today – Summer 2016

Antiques Today – Summer 2016

The upcoming SAADA CPT Expo promises an antiques show with a difference Here at SAADA our obsession is Design… And not just any design: good, innovative design, and from all ages. Our belief is that every item that was ever made (and those yet to come) was either an imitation of something that already existed,… Read More >

Antiques Today – January 2015

Antiques Today – January 2015

Hot, hip and happening… Perky LBD’s, plus glammed and groomed hipsters aplenty, SAADA’s Joburg fair gala evening sparked and dazzled as the perfect manifestation of Utopia’s vision for the South African Antique, Art and Design Association. So it came as no surprise that the evening was an affair to be quietly whispered (but loud enough… Read More >

Antiques Today – September 2013

Antiques Today – September 2013

It is fitting that in 2013, 50 years after SAADA was formed in 1963, a team of Harvard astronomers have published their findings in The Astrophysical Journal. What these findings point to, is that gold is most likely to be produced when two Neutron stars collide. Read More >

Antiques Today – July 2013

Antiques Today – July 2013

Situated in Legacy Corner in the Da Vinci Hotel by Nelson Mandela Mall in Sandton Central, my shop, Bancroft is in effect one of the stores that make up the greater Sandton City complex. We are thus ideally positioned to serve not only our established and growing collection of loyal local clients, but also the business travellers who stay in one of the several adjacent luxury hotels. Read More >

Antiques Today – February 2013

Antiques Today – February 2013

Looking in the mirror I often wonder with a wry smile whether I am becoming an antique faster than the treasures I collect. Yet, despite the receding hairline & corresponding increase of grey in my beard, I have to admit that there is nonetheless an inner child in my soul – it of course accounts for the fresh twinkle in my eyes! – & a plane journey remains something of a thrill-trip no matter how blasé I pretend to be. Read More >

Antiques Today – October 2012

Antiques Today – October 2012

“Once upon a time”… those few magical words that instantly had us, as youngsters, spellbound and transported to a fantastical world of impossible make-believe. And few characters are as symbolic of that world as the mythical unicorn. Read More >

Antiques Today – June 2012

Antiques Today – June 2012

A couple of weeks ago I had the great pleasure of spending a few days at my friend’s holiday house in the Cape, where I chanced upon a particularly imposing ceramic pot near the fireplace in the dining room. Read More >

Antiques Today – February 2012

Antiques Today – February 2012

I thought I was dreaming – or perhaps the victim of a practical joke – when I walked through a shopping mall recently only to be confronted by an array of twinkling lights and sparkling baubles… Until I realized that the end of the year is indeed upon us, and summer and the festive season is knocking on the door! Read More >

Antiques Today – September 2011

Antiques Today – September 2011

I was recently invited into the beautifully appointed home of a long-time collector, and was quite astounded by the superb collection he and his wife have put together over the years. The elegantly designed interiors were a perfect setting for the extensive Ardmore Ceramics collection that commanded attention from each polished surface of the antique mahogany furniture. Read More >

Antiques Today – June 2011

Antiques Today – June 2011

Good heavens, we’re almost half way through the year!!! Is it just me, or does time seem to go faster and faster? One good way of looking at it is that at least some of your treasures at home are closer to becoming antiques. Unfortunately a hundred years doesn’t seem that long the older one gets… Read More >

Antiques Today – January 2011

Antiques Today – January 2011

‘Tis the season of lengthy days and summer holidays, when we finally find ourselves with some leisurely time on our hands. Depending on where you are, it is a perfect opportunity to plan a day visiting one or two antique shops in your search for that elusive collectors’ item you haven’t yet found… or didn’t yet know you needed! Read More >

Antiques Today – October 2010

Antiques Today – October 2010

The Annual South African Antique Dealers Association Fair takes place at the Wanderers Club in Johannesburg from the 15th to the 17th of October 2010. Entrance to the Fair is R50.00 per person. The gala evening will be held on Thursday 14th October and is by invitation only. Read More >

Antiques Today – August 2010

Antiques Today – August 2010

If the definition of an antique is something that was made a hundred years or more ago, then the first Barcelona Chair that the German architect Meis van der Rohe ever designed & made would almost be an antique today. The same could be said of Marcel Breuer’s Wassily Chair, or of Le Corbusier’s classic reclining day bed. The designs of Josef Hoffmann & Charles Rennie Mackintosh are most certainly antique using this definition. Read More >

Antiques Today – January 2010

Antiques Today – January 2010

Anyone interested in antiques, fine art & collecting these items, is constantly on the lookout for exciting objects to add to their collections. Many people do not think of the dealer as a collector, but of course he is. He finds unusual items which he then researches & offers them for sale. They pass through his hands & he gets great pleasure out of handling them, albeit for a short time in some cases. Read More >

Antiques Today – September 2009

Antiques Today – September 2009

The old cliche of not judging a book by its cover is true in more than one sense. Today the dust wrapper is as important as the contents and the edition of the book itself. Sometimes a first edition is not always the best edition. Here a good example is Captain William Cornwallis Harris’ Narrative of an Expedition into Southern Africa (1852). Read More >

Antiques Today – April 2009

Antiques Today – April 2009

Anyone interested in antiques, fine art & collecting these items, is constantly on the lookout for exciting objects to add to their collections. Many people do not think of the dealer as a collector, but of course he is. He finds unusual items which he then researches & then offers them for sale. They pass through his hands & he gets great pleasure out of handling them, albeit for a short time in some cases. Read More >

SAADA is a member of CINOA (The International Confederation of Dealers in Works of Art).
To find out more information about CINOA please visit www.cinoa.org

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