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

July 8, 2014 – HALIFAX, NS –Bonhams, the world-renowned fine art auctioneers and valuers, are returning to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia for the fourth annual Antique Appraisal Experience on July 12 and 13. These experts will value Canadian and European fine art and decorative arts, paintings, porcelain, and silver pieces.

Appointments for art and antique appraisal at this event are still available. Last year, many Nova Scotians learned about the history and value of their family antiques and yard sale treasures. Previous visits by the team at Bonham’s turned up an exceptional Scottish silver quaich and two early watercolours by the Canadian artist William Ronald; these rare paintings sold for $10,000 at auction.

“Every year we look forward to this event at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia; meeting the people, hearing the stories and the excitement of discovering a hidden treasure,” said Perry Tung, a Bonham’s art specialist.

Bonhams experts this year include:

  • President, Jack Kerr-Wilson (decorative arts and 19th century paintings);
  • Perry Tung (Canadian art, contemporary art, 19th century paintings, and decorative arts);

“The Antiques Appraisal Experience isn't just about antiques – it’s history, beauty and drama all wrapped up in one,” said Ray Cronin, Director and CEO of the Art Gallery of Nova scotia. “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.”

One-on-one appointments can be booked for both days between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Precision organization allows a short appointment per item, and up to three appointments for those with many treasures. The event is a rare opportunity to hear well-educated information about an object that might have been in their family or a yard sale find.

To book an appointment, contact Krista Wadman at 902-424-4862; wadmanka@gov.ns.ca

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

The 2014 Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Antique Appraisal Experience is sponsored by The Lord Nelson Hotel and Suites.

Media contact
Nicole Watkins Campbell | Communications Advisor | Art Gallery of Nova Scotia | Phone 902-424-2903 | Cell 902-222-1691 | watkinni@gov.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

Notes for Editors

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.

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