Find out what your antiques are worth
Experts on hand for free appraisals at Cape fair Modern family home in Ottery has two separate flatlets
MOST families with traceable roots have a memento from a bygone era that could have intrinsic value. It could be a chintz tea set, a Jewish Menorah or Kiddish Cup, rare books, or a piece of furniture or work of art that has been handed down for generations.
Clyde Terry, organiser of antique fairs around the country, says many people have such heirlooms tucked away in cupboards and have no idea they could be quite valuable.
Many families who own collections handed down from generation to generation may wonder if they are worth anything, or whether the porcelain figurine gathering dust in a cupboard may be from one of the well-known British china and pottery works, such as Royal Doulton, Royal Worcester and Moorcroft, but may not know where to go to have these items valued.
Others may not be sure whether the silver tea set they inherited is solid silver or plate, or whether the coins their great-grandfather collected could include the rare one the world is looking for, he says.
“The dusty painting that belonged to their great-aunt could be a long-lost South African Old Master’s painting. An ancestor’s military memorabilia might be worth something, and that 1970s designer bag they bought in Paris could be worth more than they paid for it. Many people would love to have such items valued, but do not know where to go for an expert appraisal.”
The valuations service at the upcoming National Cape Antiques Fair, to be held in Constantia from November 17 to 19, will offer a one-off opportunity for the public to bring in their most cherished items to be appraised, he says.
Anton Welz, of wellrespected auctioneers Stephan Welz, and his team of experts in collecting field will be on hand to appraise items at the event.
Valuators usually charge a percentage of what an item is worth, but at the National Cape Antiques Fair the valuations will be done in aid of SA Riding for Disabled (Sarda), a charitable organisation that does valuable work. There will be no fixed valuation fee, but those who make use of the service are encouraged to make a donation when having an item valued.
Anton Welz says: “The valuations service at the National Cape Antiques Fair will provide an opportunity for people to know what prized items are worth, or who simply want to know the piece’s provenance to consult with us. We are always amazed at what people bring. Many have no idea that an ‘old ugly figurine’ is actually a rare example of Royal Doulton, or that their silver tea set is highly collectable Cape silver.”
Clyde Terry says doing the rounds at antique shops, auctions and fairs is part of being an avid collector. “Many say the fun is often in the journey to find that elusive piece that will complete your collection or get you started on another.”
The National Cape Antiques Fair will be held from 10am to 6pm on November 17, 18 and 19 at the Great Cellar, Alphen Estate, Main Road, Constantia. The entrance fee is R50 per person in aid of Sarda. Valuations will take place daily from 10am to 4pm, with donations in aid of Sarda.
A Charity Opening Night will be held on Thursday for the “Who’s Who” of the collecting world. Tickets at R100 per person can be bought at the door or through www. quicket.co.za.
For more information, call Clyde Terry on 082 883 4933 or visit www.naada.co.za A LARGE, five-bedroomed modern family home with two separate flatlets, all sited on a 537m² erf in Ottery, will be auctioned by Rawson Auctions Western Cape on November 29.
Located at 8 Charles Road, the property could potentially bring in a monthly rental income of R22 000, according to Tanya Jovanovski, franchisee of Rawson Auctions Western Cape.
All five bedrooms are located upstairs. Each has built-in cupboards, and the main bedroom has a balcony. On this floor there is also a full bathroom. The downstairs section comprises a lounge, guest toilet, and an open-plan dining room and kitchen. The two flatlets each comprise a bedroom, bathroom and kitchenette.
The property also includes staff quarters, a small garden, a borehole, a pool, a double garage and three secure parking spots.
The auction will take place at noon on November 29 at the Rawson Property Group head office at 222 Main Road, Rondebosch. The reserve price is available on application, but all offers will be reviewed.
No registration fee is required to bid. However, the buyer will be expected to pay a deposit of 5% of the purchase price, as well as 10%commission plus VAT over and above the purchase price on the seller’s acceptance of the bid. Bidders are required to be registered and must have with them certified copies of their identity documents and proof of residence.
All offers should be submitted on Rawson Auctions’ Offer to Purchase form. A copy of can be obtained by emailing info@ rawsonauctions.com or calling 021 837 1700.
For more details or an appointment to view, call Derek Grant on 082 377 5599 or Tanya Jovanovski on 021 837 1700.
The Great Cellar at Alphen Estate in Constantia, where the National Cape Antiques Fair will be held, was immortalised in this painting by renowned South African artist Errol Boyley.
This two-storey Ottery home has ‘an urban chic design that exudes luxury’, according to Rawson Auctions Western Cape.