Our 16th BIRTHDAY SALE November 2019 went off like a rocket! Unfortunately, we had to cancel our 2020 sale due to the Chinese Communist Party Virus epidemic. There's a HUGE amount of preparation involved in conducting these sales and with things the way they currently are there's simply too many chances that, after loads of preparation and $$$s, the event could be called off at a moments notice. Sadly, due to ongoing Covid uncertainty, our 18th Birthday Sale scheduled for November 2021 has also been abandoned.
Annual Charity Valuation Day
In 2004 Canberra Antiques Centre hosted it’s first annual charity antiques & collectables appraisal day. Donate Life Australia (the organ donation organisation), has been the sole beneficiary of the thousands of dollars we raised between 2004 and 2014.
Each February Canberra Antiques Centre’s dealers donated their time and expertise to discuss/research and appraise the treasures (or otherwise!) brought along, with a $5 per item donation aiding Organ Donation Awareness. Our most recent appraisal day in 2014 raised $750 for the Organ Donation cause.
For the time being, our Valuation Days have been ‘put on ice’, but we may re-introduce them some time in the future. THANK YOU to everyone who took part.
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Recent Appraisal Day Photos:
Sisters Christine and Deborah of Queanbeyan with their William Moorcroft "Orchids" baluster vase. Value approximately $1,700. Pictured with Doug Mulley of Ellavale Collectables.
Linda from Palmerston brought in a few figurines including a Coalport Paddington Bear valued at $80 - $100 by Sue Boyce of Upwell Antiques.
This Royal Doulton series ware plate dated 1929 nearly went out in a garage sale as owner, Dawn of Isabella Plains, doesn't particularly like it. It's worth about $120 said Sue Boyce of Upwell Antiques. But Dawn's daughter is happy because she likes the plate!
Kristie from Richardson was pleased to learn from Denise Bird of Nana's Pearls that her prized amethyst carnival glass "Magpie and Flannel Flower" master bowl is valued at $300 - $400.
Is it Sevres or not - that is the question. Well, three of our experts concluded, unfortunately for Carolyn of Hughes, it was NOT genuine Sevres but a copy with minimal value. Andrew Whitehead of Urban Archaeology has a final look.
Marguerite and Lawrence, our volunteers from Donate Life, our fundraising beneficiaries, back again for another enjoyable event! Thanks for a job well done, guys.
Don Hanson, our guest jewellery valuer, chatted with Margot from Weetangera about her sovereign case. Margo had been thrilled to find this sovereign case with her initials "MH" already engraved. Don advised that it's rolled gold and worth about $150...without the engraving it would be worth up to perhaps $250.
Karin from Chapman showed us this large oriental vase she had been given, only to learn from Andrew Whitehead of Urban Archaeology that it's only worth around $100. Karin said in one way she was relieved - she can have it out on display without needing to worry about it being broken!
This sweet little pair of hand blown white glass Murano figures date from the 1950s - 60s and were brought to Australia from the island of Murano (Venice) by an aunt of Janice, pictured, of Kambah. Doug Mulley of Ellavale Collectables said that the figures were made in large quantity in different colours, sizes and national costumes. Doug advised that over the last several years the value of such figures has dropped, so the pair would be worth about $350.
Michael Doulton Visits Canberra Antiques Centre
On Sunday July 18 2010, Upwell Antiques, Canberra Antiques Centre's Royal Doulton specialists, hosted a special event with a very special guest...Michael Doulton, 5th generation descendent of Royal Doulton founder John Doulton.
Michael mingled with around one hundred collectors and enthusiasts, discussing Doulton past, present and future and personally signing special pieces purchased on the day.
Our guests enjoyed complimentary wine, orange juice and nibblies in a buzzy atmosphere which allowed lots of new friendships to be made and stories to be shared.
The day was a huge success, prompting Michael Doulton to suggest we repeat the event. We hope to!
(Bottom Photo - Left to Right)
Doug Mulley, Manager Canberra Antiques Centre, Michael Doulton, Terry and Sue Boyce of Upwell Antiques.