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The trading platform in antiques has changed from the days when you consulted an antiques dealer sitting in his dusty shop amongst all those treasures. 

Today, new ways of buying and selling have taken over the industry – you can now buy from antique fairs, at auctions or trade on-line. Antiques have come into their own and every great decor setting needs a stunning statement piece – whether it’s a beautiful antique dining table or a more modern Scandinavian chair, a great piece of art or
simply some beautiful silver or glassware.

South Africa has a fine tradition of antiquing with a number of monthly table top antique fairs in Johannesburg and Pretoria – earning its place among the great cities of the world like Paris, London, Barcelona & Buenos Aires who are famous for their antique fairs.

The annual National Antiques & Decorative Arts Faire (NAADA Faire), which has thrilled antique lovers for the past seventeen years, now has a new home in the Crystal Court at the Mall of Africa and takes place from the 28th to the 30th July. 

The presentation and glamour of the National Antiques & Decorative Arts Faire is unmatched in South Africa – from the decor design presentation style to the glamour of the opening night which attracts the who’s who of the collecting world. The result is the most talked about antiques, art and collectibles fair in the country and a must attend event for serious antique lovers, decorators and people who simply love and appreciate treasures of the past.

Both collectors and the public will be seduced by the variety of antiques, collectibles, and decorative arts that will be on show in the Crystal Court of the Mall of Africa. It’s the place to find that statement piece that will be the talking point of your home, perhaps an impressive side-board for your new home or an antique piano to fill that space in your lounge. Add to your collection of silver, find a unique porcelain dinner or tea set, pick up a unique piece of jewellery or simply find something special that catches your eye.

New and younger collectors will love trying on retro clothing, find funky costume jewellery or see the latest in the steam punk trend that is all the rage. Take a selfie wearing a vintage hat or designer shoes and post it online. More modern collectibles such as 70’s furniture, advertising billboards and Art Deco pieces are the antiques of tomorrow and very sought after with new-age collectors.

Two international antique dealers will be exhibiting: Dutch dealer Ricus Dullaert who specialises in Dutch furniture and Chinese porcelain and American specialist dealer
Ed Pascoe whose beautiful range of English ceramics includes Royal Doulton, Royal Crown Derby, Moorcroft and other English ceramics. Louise Irvine, international author and specialist in ceramics will impart her extensive knowledge and do book signings.


How many of you have something tucked away in a cupboard that was given to you that you would dearly love to have valued.
- Now sure if that silver tea-set is solid silver or plate?
- Do you have some military items that could be of value?
- Is the porcelain collection left to you by your great aunt worth anything?
- Have you inherited some old coins and want to know what they are worth?
- That dusty painting that belonged to your great-aunt could well be a long-lost South African old masters.
- Even that 70’s designer bag you bought in Paris could be worth more than you paid for it.

Speculate no more... bring your valuable items to the NAADA Faire to be appraised by an expert from auctioneers Stephan Welz & Company... you just might strike


One of the must-attend and talked-about functions on the Johannesburg social and investment calendar is the prestigious opening night event for the National Antiques Faire takes place on Thursday 27 th July at 7pm. This charity cheese & wine event will benefit 67 Blankets, who at this time of year are hard at work supplying much-needed and lovingly knitted blankets to those less fortunate. Join the who’s who of the collecting world and be the first to buy up the very best in antiques and collectibles.

Tickets are R150 per person and include cheese & wines and can be booked online at www.naada.co.za. We will be giving away 10 double tickets to readers – simply email your contact details to [email protected] or sms 083 377 6721.

Guests booking for the Charity Opening Night and visitors to the Faire can fill in a form to win R10 000 in Gift Vouchers to spend at any of our Faires.

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