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Antique Appraisal Experience Returns to AGNS


Bonhams Antique Appraisal Experience Returns to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

June 21, 2013 – HALIFAX, NS –Bonhams, the world renowned fine art auctioneers and valuers are returning to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (AGNS) for the third annual Antique Appraisal Experience taking place on Saturday July 13th and Sunday July 14th.

Members of the public are invited to schedule an appointment at this always popular event to have their family antiques and yard sale finds examined and valued by the Bonhams appraisal team. Space is limited and one-on-one appointments can be booked for both days between 9:00am and 5:00pm.

Part history, part mystery and part treasure hunt, the experts from Bonhams will be on hand to value a wide range of items including paintings, porcelain, furniture and silver pieces not only revealing the value of items but an often surprising history as well.

Bonhams experts this year includes:
• President, Jack Kerr-Wilson (Decorative Arts and 19th century paintings);
• Perry Tung (Canadian Art, Contemporary Art, 19th century paintings and Decorative Arts);
• Victoria Ayres (Silver, porcelain, furniture, American folk art and furniture, English furniture and decorative arts).

Ray Cronin, Director & CEO of the AGNS says:

 “The Antiques Appraisal Experience isn't just about antiques – it’s history, beauty and drama all wrapped up in one. Everyone loves the agony and ecstasy of the “what’s it worth moment” and of course it’s great that all proceeds from this growing event will benefit the gallery’s exhibition and educational programming.”

President of Bonhams Canada, Jack Kerr-Wilson says:

 “The team is really looking forward to a return visit to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, this year we have our silver and decorative arts specialist from our New York head office joining us. Our last two visits have turned up some intriguing objects, such as an exceptional Scottish silver quaich and two early watercolours by the Canadian artist William Ronald, from the period he spent in New York; these rare paintings ended up going to auction and selling for $10,000.”

To arrange a booking time please contact Krista Wadman at 902-424-4862; gov.ns.ca

There is a $20 per item appointment fee with a maximum of three items per person.

The 2013 AGNS Antique Appraisal Experience is sponsored by The Lord Nelson Hotel and Suites. Out of town visitors can access a special AGNS rate by calling 1-800-565-2020; www.lordnelsonhotel.ca


For information contact: Donna Wellard | Art Gallery of Nova Scotia 902.424.2903 | cell 902.483.2019gov.ns.ca

About the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is the largest art museum in Atlantic Canada with a mission to engage people with art. With locations in downtown Halifax and Yarmouth, the Gallery houses the Province’s art collection and offers a range of exceptional exhibitions, education and public programming. For information: www.artgalleryofnovascotia.ca

About Bonhams
Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world’s oldest and largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son and Neale UK. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, the amalgamated business handles fine art and antiques in more than 60 specialist collecting areas. Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street and Knightsbridge, and a further five throughout the UK. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Boston in the USA; Toronto, Canada; and France, Monaco, Hong Kong, Australia and Dubai. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services. By the end of 2009, Bonhams had become UK market leaders in ten key specialist collecting areas. For information visit: www.bonhams.com/canada

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About Jack Kerr-Wilson, President of Bonhams Canada

Jack Kerr-Wilson has enjoyed a long and illustrious career in the art and auction industry. Working in London for the eminent Oriental dealers Bluett & Sons and later at Spink & Son in the 1960s, Jack emigrated to Canada in 1973, where he spent the next decade working for the Marlborough Godard Gallery in Montreal and at Ward-Price in Toronto, which was acquired by Phillips in 1978. Jack swiftly rose through the ranks of Phillips Ward-Price Ltd. to become General Manager in 1979, Vice President in 1980, and the following year was appointed President. He left in 1983 to run the Pagurian Gallery in Toronto, owned by Sir Christopher Ondaatje. In 1988 he was asked to return to Phillips as President for Canada, during which time he single-handedly ran two auctions a year between 1988 and 1992 and achieved several world record prices. Jack took over as President for Bonhams in Canada following the merger with Phillips, and continues to source exceptional items for sale in London, and was responsible for the sale of the Modigliani in June 2004 for £1.4 million. Jack's expertise is such that he was one of only two appraisers selected by the Federal Government on behalf of the Public Archives of Canada to be sent to London to value over 7,000 items from the Peter Winkworth Collection, which now rest in the National Archives of Canada in Ottawa.

About Perry Tung
With over 10 years’ experience in both the primary and secondary art markets; Perry joined Bonhams in December 2009, after spending 9 years with a local Toronto auction house. Educated at the University of Toronto completing a degree in Fine Art History and English Literature, he continued his education in the arts at Humber College, completing courses in Cultural Management while working at the Art Gallery of North York (now the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art). Perry is Vice-President of the C Magazine Visual Arts Foundation and also volunteers his time as an auctioneer for various charity events in Toronto, including Art with Heart benefiting Casey House, Snap! and Fashion Cares for the Aids Committee of Toronto; Mercer Union Stellar Living, the Babes for Baycrest Foundation Bachelor/Bachelorette Auction, C Magazine’s Contemporary Canadian Art Auction and the LGBT Youth Line Contemporary Canadian Art Auction.

About Victoria Ayers
Victoria Ayers has been a Furniture and Decorative Arts Specialist and Appraiser at Bonhams in New York since 2008. She is an authority in the areas of European and American Furniture and Decorative Arts, with a concentration in 17th, 18th and 19th century silver. Ayers completed a master's program at an international auction house's post graduate school and later received her training. She was then employed by that house at its New York headquarters for nearly two decades, valuing and cataloguing the decorative arts of many collections, including the Estates of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Pamela Harriman and Mrs. John Hay Whitney. In 2003, Ayers assumed the role of Senior Vice President of another international auction house where she was responsible for their decorative arts department. Ayers later became an independent Fine Art and Antiques Appraiser, working with national clientele located in Colorado, New York, Connecticut, Oklahoma, Georgia, Florida, Michigan and California.

Ayers is an active member of the American Society of Appraisers, currently serving as First Vice President of its New York City Chapter. She also devotes time to ArtTable, the national organization for Professional Women in the Visual Arts; she is a member of the New York Silver Society; and she is the advisor to the Chief Executive Officer of Cherokee Ranch and Castle. In addition to lecturing to groups and institutions on a wide variety of subjects, Victoria has written scholarly articles that have been published in such magazines as Town & Country and Country Living. In 2006 she was awarded a certificate of Uniform Standard of Professional Appraisal Practice by the Appraisal Foundation, and was recertified in 2012.

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