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Antique Appraisal Experience Visits Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
July 4, 2012 – HALIFAX, NS – Following a successful first visit in 2011, Bonhams, the world renowned fine art auctioneers and valuers are returning to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (AGNS) on Saturday July 21st and Sunday July 22nd.
Part history, part mystery and part treasure hunt, the Bonhams appraisal team will be back in Halifax to value items you and your family may have always been curious about. Space is limited and one-on-one appointments for this popular fundraising event can be booked for both days between 9:00am and 5:00pm.
Some of Canada’s leading antiques and fine art specialists will be on hand to offer advice and valuations to visitors, who are invited to raid their basements and attics and bring along their family heirlooms, household treasures and yard sale finds for inspection by the experts.
The Bonhams appraisal team visiting the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia includes: President, Jack Kerr-Wilson (British and European paintings and Decorative Arts); Perry Tung (Canadian and European Art); Loraine Turner (Silver); and Kristin Hayashi (Jewellery). The team will also be evaluating Collectables.
President of Bonhams Canada, Jack Kerr-Wilson says:
“The team is all looking forward to visiting Halifax for the second time. We did see some great and interesting things last year and it will be exciting to see what else will come to light over the two days we spend at the AGNS this year. If we can help in identifying an object, whatever the value, the owner can go away with more information about some family treasure.”
Bernard Doucet, AGNS Director of Institutional Advancement says:
“Watching the experts from Bonhams at work is fascinating and hearing about the legendary finds first-hand is a real eye-opener. We had a few great stories from last year and are hoping for more this year. The AGNS and the Friends of the AGNS are delighted to welcome Jack Kerr-Wilson and his team of specialists back for another fun-filled fundraising weekend.”
Space is limited and there is a $20 per item appointment fee with a maximum of three items per person. To arrange a booking time please contact Krista Wadman at 902-424-4862; gov.ns.ca
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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
Perry Tung has worked in the art world since 1998. He has a BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art History and English Literature from the University of Toronto and completed post-graduate courses in Cultural Management at Humber College. Perry has worked with Bonhams Canada as a specialist and auctioneer since 2009. He assists Jack Kerr-Wilson, the President of Bonhams Canada, in sourcing goods for international sales within the Bonham Group. Prior to Bonhams, Perry worked for a local Toronto auction house for nine years. Starting as a porter, within six years he had become Assistant Director and auctioneer in the Canadian Art department later rising to Director of International Art and a principal auctioneer at the Toronto office, managing the bi-annual International Art and select Canadian Art auctions. In addition, Perry regularly volunteers his time as an auctioneer with various charitable organizations and their fundraising events throughout Toronto.
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
About the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is the largest art museum in Atlantic Canada. With locations in downtown Halifax and downtown Yarmouth, the Gallery houses the Province’s art collection and offers a wide array of exhibitions and programming. For information visit: www.artgalleryofnovascotia.ca
For information contact: Donna Wellard | Art Gallery of Nova Scotia 902.424.2903 | cell 902.483.2019 gov.ns.ca
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
ANTIQUES APPRAISAL EXPERIENCE VISITS ART GALLERY OF NOVA SCOTIA
Bonhams the world renowned fine art auctioneers and valuers will be at the Art Gallery of
Nova Scotia on July 21st and 22nd to value items you and your family may have always been
curious about. Part history, part mystery and part treasure hunt AGNS encourages visitors to
raid their basements and attics and bring along their family heirlooms, household treasures and
yard sale finds for inspection by Bonhams specialists. Space is limited and one-on-one
appointments for this popular AGNS fundraiser can be booked for both days between 9:00am
and 5:00pm. There is a $20 per item appointment fee with a maximum of three items per person.
To arrange a booking time please contact Krista Wadman at 902-424-4862;