• Gregory Bickford

Adelaide Antique Fair 2019

With only a few days away to the Adelaide Antique Fair, we are providing some details on some of the high valued special antique pieces that will be displayed or available for puchase this Thursday to Sunday.

The Northwood Edition of the Portland Vase

Wedgwood C1880. 10” high without stand

Valued at $55,000.

This edition is the closest in quality to the first edition of 1790. John Northwood was a glass engraver, who was the first to copy the original Portland Vase in glass. He was contracted by Wedgwood to shade and polish 30 vases, but the amount of work involved was so great that only 12 were produced. The details on the vase were sharpened using engraving tools, the relief was shaded using a First Edition as a guide; and the whole of the vase was polished to the point that it is like silk to the touch. Certainly the finest edition after the First.

Bow Porcelain Factory, Pair of Candlesticks

C1766. 13” high

Valued at $15,000

An extraordinary pair of candlesticks, apparently the only surviving pair of this design.

Flamboyantly modelled in the rococo style, they feature cherubs representing the Four Seasons, posed playing with goats and their kids, the whole completed by a bocage of metal and porcelain and topped by sconces for candles. As would be expected from such an unusual pair, they boast an excellent provenance and have been featured in a number of reference books.

Provenance: Taylor Collection, from Peter Foster; Stonor & Evans, NY; Leyland LeGanke, NY.

With only 3 days to go, it is time to get excited, and get out to the Adelaide Antique Fair. Held at the Ridley Centre, Wayville showgrounds, this Thursday to Sunday with Antiques and Collectables that are perfect for the home, collection, or decoration.