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Antiques Fair at Nelson Mandela Square

Sunday 7th April – 10am to 4pm
With several important religious holidays scheduled for April, including Easter for Christians, Pesach for the Jewish faith, Ram Navami and Hanuman Jayanti for the Hindi faith and Lailat Al’Miraj and Lailat Al’Bara’a for the Muslim faith, the Antique Fair at Nelson Mandela Square on the 7th April 2019 focuses on the collecting of religious antiques and iconography.
Whether a person collects to show devotion to a faith or simply because of the value and beauty of the pieces, this collecting discipline can be very rewarding.  Antique collecting per se can be traced back to the preservation of valued religious objects in antiquity and this line of collecting continues to this day.  With so much history and spiritualism attached to religious icons, the value of an item transcends the fiscal worth and aesthetic appeal and takes on a deeper, more spiritual meaning.
Collectors should look for quality pieces that reflect their uniqueness and that show distinct inspiration in design.  Usually the more elaborate and rare the piece, the more valuable it will become. According to Jeremy Astfalck, silver expert from The Old Corkscrew in Franschhoek who comes up to do the NMS Antique Fair, silver made for religious purposes has always been popular, particularly the field of Judaica.  “Many of these items are one-off commissions and reflect the style of the day while the basic form has remained unchanged since first conceptualized.
The market for religious iconography is currently strong with quality pieces showing an increase in prices worldwide.  A note of caution, however, is that this is an area that has a lot of fakes and forgeries so we advise you only buy from an accredited dealer that belongs to an antique dealers’ representative organization like the NAADA Association.
The Antique Fair at Nelson Mandela Square boasts over forty dealers from all over the country who exhibit on the Upper and Lower Levels of Nelson Mandela Square – from 10am to 4pm.
For further information contact Clyde Terry on 082 883 4933 or Giuli Osso (Media Liaison) on 083 377 6721 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .








It started with the wildly successful ‘Downton Abbey’ and subsequent historical series and movies, as viewers were absorbed in the goings on in the Victorian manor kitchens full of copper pots, stoneware bowls and wooden rolling pins. If you are a TV foodie that watches Jamie Oliver and the Nonna’s in Italy, you will see Jamie going back to the old days when the old ‘nonna’s’ made those delicious pasta dishes often using decades old vintage kitchenalia. Whether whisking eggs by hand in an earthenware bowl, grinding herbs in a stoneware mortar & pestle or storing in wooden or tin boxes -  collecting ‘culinary antiques’ or ‘vintage kitchenalia’ is all the rage.
The Antiques Fair at Nelson Mandela Square on Sunday 3rd March will be focusing on this unusual collecting genre as the over forty antique dealers, who come from all over the country, will be showcasing their best finds – from Bakelite, enamelware to copperware – from collectable kettles to advertising tins and Italian kitchen design decor.
According to Eve Cowan, of Eve’s Antiques in Johannesburg who specialises in kitchenalia, there has been renewed interest in going back to basics – both in cooking styles and in using tried and tested kitchen implements. “There is nothing more satisfying than using a good, solid turn of the century wooden rolling pin or cookie cutter or folding in a cake mix in a classic blue-and-white Cornishware mixing bowl. These kitchenware items were made to last and we often see items such as copper pots, cannisters or old cast-iron potato press or apple peeler being passed down through the generations, with many fond memories of distinctive smells coming out of grandma’s kitchen as she prepared Sunday lunch or a Christmas feast.”
The term kitchenalia covers both antique and more recent vintage items. An antique should be 100 years old, while vintage items should generally be from the 1930s to 1950s. Modern design classics by Italian design companies Alessi or Guzzini cater to those wanting to add a more ‘modern’ and quirky look to their kitchen. Collecting kitchenalia is popular because it's affordable, practical and brings back feelings of nostalgia, family gatherings and good food.
There are serious collectors only wanting the top end of the market, those who collect by function, manufacturer or value, whilst at the other end are fresh young buyers who are just starting out and want to give their kitchen a unique and quirky feel with a few storage jars on a shelf or an advertising sign on the wall. Kitchenalia plastic items are finding their fans too as they prefer to re-cycle, re-use and preserve old plastic rather than buy new. From the ubiquitous Tupperware, the great find of the 1950s, to Bakelite, another, earlier type of plastic, is collected as are novelty items such as the plastic mugs with moulded faces made for Cadbury’s Bourneville, plastic egg cups in the shape of chickens, or kitchen timers resembling fruit, animals and food items.


Some of the items that can be seen at the Antiques Fair at Nelson Mandela Square on Sunday 3rd March include;

- A large 36cm heavy copper cooking pot c1850

- A miniature Cape ‘Piet fluit’ kettle

- An Art Nouveau Victorian brass trivet

- Victoria cast iron apple peeler

- 6 French aluminium canisters

- A large selection of vintage enamelware – bread tins, platters, canisters

- Various copper items – from pots, jugs, coffee pots and jelly moulds.

- A pair of rare English Victorian novelty silver jelly moulds in the form of Japanese masks – c1822 by Louis Dee

Kitchenalia is a vast subject that covers so many different kinds of collectables. You never know what may be lurking the drawer of an old kitchen dresser. Even if it’s just an old knife with the blade worn thin by constant use, or a wooden rolling pin shiny smooth from seventy years of making pastry, think of the hundreds of meals they’ve helped prepare, all those carrots they’ve chopped and all the pies they’ve made. That’s what brings a bland kitchen to life. History – it’s what collecting is all about.


The Antiques Fair on the Upper and Lower Levels of Nelson Mandela Square takes place on Sunday 3rd March from 9am to 4pm.

For more information contact:  Clyde Terry on 083 377 6721 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit

Media Liaison: Giuli Osso – 083 377 6721 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it







Sunday 3rd February 2019
9am to 4pm
Upper & Lower Levels
Nelson Mandela Square

The Antique Fair on Sunday 3rd February will be jam-packed with new stock, great finds and will have a dedicated focus exhibition on Chinese antiques with dealers also referencing the ‘pig’ that is the Chinese animal zodiac for 2019 and of course there will be a splendid array of unique and traditional gifts to buy your loved ones ahead of Valentine’s Day on the 14th February.

Collectable Fairs is a group of antique dealers who have, for the past 25 years brought the excitement of collecting to South Africans with their monthly and annual Antique, Collectable & Decorative Art Fairs held throughout the country. The Antique Fair at Nelson Mandela Square is the oldest and biggest monthly exhibition of antiques & collectables, attracting close to fifty antique dealers from all over the country who bring a wide selection of European, Oriental, African & popular collectables to the public.
This Antique Fair takes its place amongst the leading table-top fairs anywhere in the world – be it in London, Rome, Lisbon or Buenos Aires. Locals, out-of-towners and tourists flock to see not only the iconic statue of Nelson Mandela on the Square in Sandton but venture inside to browse on two levels laden with the most fascinating display of treasures from the past.
Focus on Chinese Antiques & saluting the Year of the Pig

We might be at the bottom end of Africa but our legacy of antique collecting goes back to the Dutch who were the biggest traders in Chinese and Japanese porcelain in the 17th and 18th century in the world and who stopped off at the tip of Africa on their journeys with ships laden with trunks filled with rice that protected the exotic Chinese blue and white, enameled and monochrome porcelains that were all the rage in European capitals. Orders for large dinner services with family armorials and European forms such as sauce boats and table salts were shipped to wealthy clients and royalty and by virtue of our Dutch settlers, some of those treasures ended up in South Africa.
According to Heather Knight, a specialist in Oriental antiques, “Chinese antiques are a fascinating collecting discipline and whilst one can still find some early pieces at the upper end of the market, Chinese 18th Century porcelain is more common and more affordable.”
Ricus Dullaert, a renowned antique dealer from Amsterdam, Holland and a regular exhibitor in South Africa, brings in a wide range of Chinese antiques, porcelain, lacquer, jade, ivories, woodcarvings and paintings. He has built up a strong following of Chinese collectors, who live and work in Southern Africa and who, because many of their antiquities were demolished during the communist period, look to buy something from their cultural heritage.

From the Focus on Chinese antiques at the Fair on Sunday 3rd February collectors can expect a splendid array, a wealth of knowledge, an international taste and years of experience from experts in the field of collecting. From imposing Buddhas to delicate porcelain and jade objects, if it’s Chinese antiques you love, you cannot miss the Fair on Sunday 3rd February 2019.
Give something of traditional value for Valentine’s Day

They say St Valentine wrote a note of thanks to the young girl who had consoled him just before he was executed and signed it “Love from your Valentine”. That is the legend and lovers all over the world make the 14th February that special day give their loved something from the heart. Antiques offer probably one of the widest range of gift ideas – not just any gifts, but gifts that carry special meaning for both him and her and in many cases hold the secrets of many lovers who owned them in the past.
Jewellery heads the list in gifts and the specialist dealers in jewellery and accessories have the best of the best on offer.  From a beautiful 18ct gold, ruby and diamond ring – if you’re about to pop the question to delicate gold filigree butterfly brooch to rings, lockets, cameos and more affordable costume jewellery.
For the man in your life give a man-cave gift of an antique telescope or a surgeon’s travelling case, a beautifully decorated silver mounted walking stick or a vintage music box. For the retro man how about a designer collector’s watch or some 1930’s Schuco collectable toy cars.
Clyde Terry – 082 883 4933 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Media Liaison:  Giuli Osso – 083 377 6721 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it