From the Editor
There's so much going on in the antiques world at the moment that it's hard to know where to start this column! Maybe with the happy announcement that we were so spoilt for both advertisers and editorial for this issue that we decided to add on an extra eight pages of content. We can't promise we'll be able to do this every issue, but it's definitely been worth it this time and I hope you really enjoy the extended content.
Here's something else you might enjoy: the Eric and Alan Touring Roadshow. It's happening along the eastern seaboard in July and it involves UK TV presenter Eric Knowles (a fixture on The Antiques Roadshow as well as numerous other TV programmes) and Alan Carter touring their way from Coffs Harbour to Melbourne and presenting a series of entertaining shows on the way. You can read all about it on page 33 - it looks like something not to be missed!
I don't know why you'd leave an English summer for an Aussie winter in July, but that's exactly what Moorcroft designer Vicky Lovatt is doing to promote her new Australian designs called The Great Southern Land collection. Vicky and Moorcroft demonstration artist Peter Harrison are travelling all over the country from July 11 to 26, and no doubt may even catch up with Eric somewhere along the way - he's also an ambassador for Moorcroft pottery. You can view the Moorcroft July 2015 itinerary on page 18.
The cover story for this issue is all about one of the most successful jewellery businesses in the world - Van Cleef & Arpels. The tale is of riches and success and plenty of famous clients. But you don't get to be one of the most prestigious jewellers in the world without having exceptional talent and business sense, and the story of Van Cleef & Arpels shows that the right people had both in abundance. The illustrations we've used for the feature are actual advertisements that were placed in glossy upmarket magazines from the 1950s to the 1970s. They were incredibly creative and the agency behind them deserves a mention, but despite extensive searching we weren't able to find a mention of them anywhere. If anyone out there can shed some light, we'd love to hear from you.
And finally, you might notice there are a couple of filler ads in this issue promoting an upcoming Price Guide. That's because Christine and I feel that the market really does need an antiques and collectables price guide that lets collectors know what's on the Australian market and what it's worth. So we're taking over the mantle from our father Alan Carter, who produced the Alan Carter Price Guides for more than 25 years - and the daughters are doing it for themselves! Quite possibly we'll regret this decision when we're working late into the night to meet the printer's deadline, but for now it seems like we have months stretching before us and all the time in the world to produce a fantastic book. Dad - Alan Carter - is going to be our guest editor, just to keep his hand in. We're planning to have the book ready for you, our readers, to purchase in April next year, but I'll keep you posted on its progress.
In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this issue of the magazine and that you find time to enjoy one of the 70+ antiques-related events that are being held in Australia over the next four months!