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Treasures Revealed at Christchurch Antique Affair

Treasures Revealed at Christchurch Antique Affair on CTV

Antique Affair will debut on CTV next Thursday 5 August with repeat screenings until August 8.

Recorded at the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu in late June, four antique experts, John Palmer - Books, Neil Roberts - Paintings, Peter Vangioni - Paintings, Rebecca Stewart - Jewellery and Teresa Macintyre - Ceramics and Silverware, pored over items brought to them by members of the public.

CTV’s General Manager Liz Whiteford, says Antique Affair is a must for those of us who enjoy similar programmes, such as the BBC’s Antique’s Roadshow.

“Perhaps most importantly is that the appraisers, people with items and the location are all local. That means local, relevant history is also revealed as items are appraised,” she says. “The event at the Art Gallery is always very popular with a continuous stream of people bringing their treasures in to be appraised. It makes interesting and entertaining television as some items are revealed as not being very valuable but others can be worth a great deal of money which can come as real surprise to the owner.”

Christchurch Art Gallery Senior Curator and Manager of Collections Neil Roberts says the Antique Affair, which was last held in 2002, often reveals some surprises.

“One year a woman brought in a portrait of a small child, which she bought at a garage sale for one dollar. It was actually a painting by Girolamo Berli, an Italian-born painter who lived and worked on New Zealand in the 1890’s, and it was quite valuable,” he says.

Antique Affair debuts on CTV on Thursday 5 August at 8:30pm, Friday 6 August at 11:30am, Saturday 7 August at 2.30pm and Sunday 8 August midday.

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