Treasures sought for roadshow

HAMISH CARDWELL
Last updated 12:55 22/11/2012

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If you have any treasures buried in the depths of a cupboard under the stairs, the organisers of an Antiques Roadshow-style fundraiser in Marlborough want to hear from you.

The inaugural Curios and Collectibles Roadshow is being staged to raise funds for a $1.3 million visual arts block at Marlborough Girls' College, in Blenheim.

The event, on March 8 and 9 next year, will feature expert appraisal from Wellington antiques dealer Peter Wedde.

Event organiser Ros Gibson said the first night would feature Mr Wedde explaining the history of treasures donated for viewing by members of the public.

"We want people to contact us if they have pieces hidden away or in private collections. They may be valuable, have an interesting story or have a story that is aligned with Marlborough."

These items could include early commercial New Zealand pottery, folk art, furniture or even kiwiana, she said.

There will be 300 tickets on sale for the event, which will also feature an auction that may include dinners, wine and bach stays.

The following day the public can, for a small fee, bring items of interest to Mr Wedde for appraisal, Ms Gibson said.

Mr Wedde grew up in Blenheim and has an extensive knowledge of New Zealand's antiques and folk art. He cut his teeth in London at the Christies auction house, and is a specialist in Georgian period art and artefacts. He has antique showrooms in Wellington and another in the Wairarapa.

Ms Gibson said the visual arts building planned for the college would have the resources to teach visual arts, graphic design, painting, sculpture, printmaking and photography.

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- The Marlborough Express

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