What are your collectables worth?
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
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
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
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