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Why the new shop? For the past six years we have loved the excitemen t of
trading at the Freman tle Markets, but we decided it was time to have a doo r.
We wanted to offer quality antiques in a more tranquil environment – some
people missed out because they didn’t like the hu stle an d bu stle of the ma rkets.
And we wanted to extend the serv ice we offer.
What is different? Aside from the obviou s differen ce in the setting, we can
provide more of a service from our Nedlands shop. There’s such incredible
local talent in repai ring a nd remodelling old pieces into n ew creatio ns an d by
wo rking with these fan tastic people we can of fe r that level of serv ice to o ur
clien ts. A nd we have a more extensive range of quality a ntiques. We’ve got
a lot of quirky pieces, which we love, but we a re testing the market to see
how this quirkiness will be received.
Why the name Portobello? My gran dfather’s an tique shop in Johan nesburg
was called Portobello Coins and we have used the name to honour his memory.
Also, we love shopping in L on don’s Po rtobello Ro ad. It is full of exciteme nt.
The whole wo rld passes thro ugh and you n ever k n ow what hidden treasu res
you’re going to find or who you’re going to meet.
What do you love about antiques? Co n necting with people – the joy people
show when they find a beautiful piece, or when we can find something rare that
someone is looking for. We also love the challenge of hunting something down
or spotting a treasu re amo ngst dusty relics.
Do you collect? I collect antique musical instruments, especially string
instru men ts. Judith sometimes falls in love with a piece of antique
jeweller y so may end up keeping it.
Por tobello A ntiques, 10 Broa dway, Nedlands (08) 9386 3542,
Francesco Guardi’s (1712-1793)
huge (1.15x2 m) 1760s oil on canvas,
Venice – A View of the Rialto
Bridge, Looking North,
from the Fondamenta del Carbon,
Fetched £ 26.7m ($39.8m). Where
Sotheby’s, London, July. Care
factor Reco rd price fo r a ny Ven etian
view painting sold at auction and
seco n d highest for any Old Master.
Set of three opaque twist wine
glasses decorated by the Beilby
workshop of Newcastle upon
Fetched £16,000 ($23,840).
Where Stride & So n, Chichester,
UK, Ju n e. Care factor Purchased
at a car boot sale in the Portsmouth
area earlier this year for ju st 40 p
17th century English ‘shaft and
Fetched £19,000 ($28,300). Where
BBR Auctions, South Yorkshire,
UK,July. Care factor Touted as
the finest sealed bottle to be sold
Our round up of the biggest sales at auction around the globe
Fre mantle Markets antiques dealers Steve n and J udith Sher recently
opened their new store Portobello Antiques in Nedlands. After two
months of trading , third-generation antiques dealer and forme r
international classical guitarist Steven shares his thoughts
by BBR for 30 years. Intact English
‘shaft and globe’ bottles from the
17th centur y a re among the t rophies
of early bottle and glass collecting.
Set of three George II rococo
casters by Eliza Godfrey,
London, 1752 (below).
Fetched £66,000 ($98,330).
Where Hen r y Adams of Chichester,
UK, July. Care factor Twice widowed
by Lon don goldsmiths, Elizabeth
Godfrey registered her own wo rk
in 1741 and continued producing
fine- quality deco rative silver un til
he r death in 1758. Appealing for
their big size (28cm and 24cm high),
heavy gauge and o riginal conditio n.
WORDS Georgina Walsh
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