Home' Scoop Homes and Art : Insite 25 Winter 2010 Contents BRANS TURNS 35
We celebrate the milestone of
one of Perth's, and Australia's,
leading antiques dealers.
is year the Mosman Park-based Brans
Antiques & Art marks 35 years in the
business. To recognise this milestone, a
35th anniversary exhibition in August
will showcase top-quality antiques from
around the world. It is the first anniversary
exhibition since the store's name change
four years ago when owner Clive Brans'
(above) son John bought into the business.
John had an interest in the business from
a young age. "He was scavenging around
the verges when he was 10 or 12, and he was
making a quid," laughs Clive. "He found
some paintings on a verge once and sold
them to one of the art dealers in Perth for
$500 or $600 or something."
Years later, John is still excited about
antiques, saying that the coming exhibition
will include some top-quality examples
of European furniture, English furniture,
Japanese Meiji period sculpture and
European bronze and marble sculpture.
"We've been holding some items back for
the exhibition for a few years," says John.
"But we've also been selling some of the
items we were trying to hold onto. e global
financial crisis made trading challenging,
particularly for top-end pieces."
He believes August will be a great time
for the exhibition because of the improving
market and also the season. "Traditionally,
winter is a busier time for antiques," says
John. "People are thinking more about
interiors. ey're spending more time inside
and less time distracted by summer things
like boats and the beach... I really like holding
on to things to offer them at the right time."
He describes how the business has gone
through different phases over its 35-year
life. "Dad specialised in silver to begin with,
then in Georgian furniture in the early 80s.
en it was English and European furniture,
particularly French provincial. In the past
10 years, we've become more focused on
improving the quality, as well as dealing a
lot more in works of art, as well as furniture
as objects of art."
Brans Antiques & Art (08) 9384 7300.
e date for August's anniversary exhibition
is yet to be confirmed. For more information
about the Brans evolution, turn to p80 for our
interview with Clive Brans.
t: 08 9227 5502 f: 08 9227 5502
377 Fitzgerald Street, North Perth, WA 6006
OPENING HOURS: MONDAY to SATURDAY 10-4 SUNDAYS 1-4
ANTI UE CENTRE
A quarter of an acre of European & English furniture,
clocks and decorative items
French oak bookcase in the Renaissance style, C.1865.
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