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What are your col­lecta­bles worth?

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How much are your col­lecta­bles worth?

FIND OF THE MONTH

Paul Mrkusic of Ban­croft An­tiques says, “This is a de­light­ful late 19th-cen­tury Euro­pean dresser in the Arts and Crafts style, pre­cur­sor to the

Art Nou­veau aes­thetic of 1890–1910. This style cel­e­brated the nat­u­ral world – hence the sin­u­ous, plant-like shapes and curves. Fur­ni­ture of­ten in­cluded hand-crafted de­tails, like the spe­cial brass in­lays seen in this ex­am­ple. This is an heir­loom to be trea­sured – some­thing sim­i­lar in good con­di­tion might sell for around R12 000 or more in an an­tique shop.” Can you give me some in­for­ma­tion about this set of four signed prints

(41/500), which

I pur­chased from

Malachi Smith in about 1984?

They’re still in the orig­i­nal box.

The orig­i­nals were com­mis­sioned for the Jo­han­nes­burg cen­te­nary and in­clude The Cas­tle Brew­ery (pic­tured), Bar­clays Bank, Ma­sons Build­ing and the

Cuth­bert Build­ing.

Ed­die Petrie

George Cur­tis of Quagga Rare Books and Art says, “Works by Malachi Smith (1948–2012), which in­clude orig­i­nal oils and wa­ter­colours, sel­dom fetch more than R2 000 on auc­tion, or go un­sold when es­ti­mates are too high. Your col­lec­tion, although a signed lim­ited edi­tion, was mass-pro­duced by pho­tolithog­ra­phy, the same process used for mag­a­zines. They would pos­si­bly sell for be­tween R300–R500 each.” Please tell me more about the ori­gin and the value of this small vase and jug which be­longed to a great-aunt. They are both 13cm high and in­scribed Corona Ware (with crown un­der­neath) Shan­cock & Sons, Stoke-on-Trent, Eng­land, Hand painted Molly

Han­cock (Des).

Vaughan Thorndike

In­grid Aron of Kalk Bay An­tiques Cen­tre says, “Coron­aware was made at three dif­fer­ent pot­ter­ies in Stafford­shire, Eng­land. The crown mark dates the pieces to around the 1930s and ’40s. The artists who painted them used very dif­fer­ent colours. As they were ab­stract pieces with no real sub­ject mat­ter their de­signs were unique. There’s a slight re­sem­blance to Tun­stall and Moor­croft be­cause of the deep rich colour­ing. I’d value them at around R600 each.”

EXPERT FACT “THE ARTS AND CRAFTS MOVE­MENT WAS A RE­AC­TION BY CRAFTS­MEN TO IN­CREAS­ING IN­DUS­TRI­AL­I­SA­TION AND MASS PRO­DUC­TION,” SAYS PAUL MRKUSIC

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