Vernon Public Art Gallery – November 17th, 2016, Art and Antiques Identification Day

NEW DATE FOR SHOW  – NOW –  

NOVEMBER 17, 2016  –  Verbal Opinions-of-Value

ART AND ANTIQUES IDENTIFICATION DAY 

with Peter and Marian Blundell

The Vernon Public Art Gallery, 3228 31st Avenue, Vernon, 

October 20th, THURSDAY, 10:00 to 4:30

A portion of all proceeds goes to the Vernon Art Gallery for ongoing programmes.

Fee – $40.00 for members, $50.00 for non members – a 15 minute appointment – up to three items or as time allows.

Appointments required – call (250) 545-3173 – 15 minute appointments – the Blundells will look at up to three items – (15 minutes passes very quickly).  Verbal Opinion-of-value.  You will be given paper to take notes.  If you wish to bring in more items – make two appointments for 30 minutes.    

Your Questions  –  What to bring??  Downsizing??  Preparing to move??  Considering future donations??  Mom’s favourite painting? 

These are all very important reasons to consider having Peter and his wife Marian discuss your objects, what is it?, value?, why?, today’s art and antiques retail market? what’s happening? 

The Blundells try to keep up-to-date on the world of art, antiques and collectibles. And it is a huge world!

“What to do with all my stuff??!!”  Our children do not really want it – their homes are full of their own stuff!  Family’s dinner service, only used for special occasions, now I have it!  Now what?

These are all huge questions – And your inherited art pieces – always told they are going to be worth something big!!  Well – today has arrived – is it?  Another important question!

Peter and Marian will be available to help answer so many questions, give advice, and value of course.  Is it worth going the next stage and having it added to your insurance policy?   The Blundells must see it to do the job properly.   No internet photos, No photos – the real object is required.

When you make your appointment, please tell the phone person what you are bringing, if it is an art piece – who is the artist? (if you can read the signature – if you can’t bring it anyways).  Furniture – if it is too big for your car, take some photos; check to see if there is a furniture maker stamp on the back, inside a drawer – if so, take a photo.  Bring a drawer if there is one (then Peter and Marian can really check the age – furniture is so heavily reproduced).

Reminder – Peter does not appraise guns, coins, stamps, jewellery, wrist watches but pocket watches are fine, Oriental rugs and old books (dust allergies), items over 400 years old (often reproductions).

If you are considering having the Blundells come to your home for a proper written appraisal with photos, research, etc., please call or email the Blundells – 250-542-4540 for all the details.

Hope to see you soon in Vernon.

Chilliwack Arts Centre – Art and Antiques Roadshow

  • – – – –        SECOND LAST SHOW FOR 2016        – – – – 

CHILLIWACK ARTS CENTRE – 9201 Corbould Street, 604-391-7469.

Art and Antiques Identification Day

Thursday, October 6th, 2016  – 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Fee – $45.00 – a portion of all proceeds goes to the Chilliwack Arts Centre. 604-391-7469.

Verbal Opinion-of-Value Appraisals

Are your trinkets trash or treasure?

Appointments required – call 604-391-7469 – 15 minute appointments – Peter will look at up to three items – (15 minutes passes very quickly).  Verbal Opinion-of-value.  You will be given paper to take notes.  

Idea – Phone the Box Office – make an appointment, and tell the office people what you will be bringing in to show Peter.  They might ask you to take a photo of it and email it to the Centre who will forward it to Peter.   Peter and Marian will try and do pre-show research.  The photos can be very helpful.  That creates more time to talk with you, look at your items,  and ‘usually‘ works very well.  If you bring in a painting – who is the artist?  Again, pre-show research is needed.   Send a photo with the signature to the Arts Centre.  No signature?  That’s fine.  Peter will examine it and discuss with you what it’s value might be.

If you have a piece of sterling silver, check to see what the marks are.  Take a close up photo – send it to the office who will forward it to Peter – again, pre-show research.  Your item will be weighed and analyzed.

Furniture, check to see if there are any signatures or labels – if it is too large to bring to the show, take a photo, send it to the Arts Centre.

Reminder – Peter does not appraise guns, coins, stamps, jewellery, wrist watches but pocket watches are fine, Oriental rugs and old books (dust allergies), items over 400 years old (often reproductions).

All this will be discussed with the Arts Centre Box Office people when you call.

And of course, don’t just come with your items and leave!! – take time, sit back and enjoy the whole process, see what other people have.

Peter and Marian look forward to meeting you.  This will be the fourth time they have been to the Chilliwack Arts Centre and are really looking forward to returning again this year.

Blundell’s Upcoming Events 2016

 2016 – UPCOMING SHOWS –  CALENDAR OF EVENTS – 2016

For Verbal Opinions-of-Value Appraisals.  

Fees vary.

These are for Verbal Opinions-of-Values – this process cannot be used for insurance legal purposes. Appointments are required for all – payment when registering – to guarantee you a spot.

These assessments give you an idea of its value. Should you go to the next stage for a full written appraisal for insurance, estate, legal purposes, etc., Peter and Marian do complete in-home full written (with photos and measurements) appraisals for insurance, donation, estate, divorce, downsizing, selling and other legal purposes.  Today insurance companies are wanting up-dated policies every five years – something to think about.  The market is changing so quickly, and there is always the threat of fire hanging over our heads.  Peter and Marian are both fully accredited Independent Appraisers – do not buy nor sell – just appraise – so there are no conflicts.

Peter does not appraise guns, coins, stamps, jewellery, wrist watches but pocket watches are fine, Oriental rugs and old books (dust allergies), items over 400 years old (often reproductions).

They appraise just about everything else what with their huge reference library (which comes to the shows with them) – art, silver, furniture (has written 3 books and 1 ebook), glass, china, pottery, collectibles. With their books and the internet – they are able to find just about all the answers you are looking for. Not everything is on the internet.

Bring your items and show them to Peter and Marian.

Spend the day watching and learning what others have brought in.

Are you an organization/fun group looking for a Fund Raising Opportunity?  Call or email Peter for all the details on how this process works.

Come to one of these Events and watch.

  ART AND ANTIQUES IDENTIFICATION SHOW FOR 2016

OCTOBER 6, 2016  –  Verbal Opinions-of-Value

CHILLIWACK ARTS CENTRE – 9201 Corbould Street, 604-391-7469.

Art and Antiques Identification Day

Verbal Opinion-of-Value Appraisals

Thursday, October 6th – 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Are your trinkets trash or treasure?

Fee – $45  – a portion of all proceeds goes to the Chilliwack Arts Centre. 604-391-7469.

Appointments required – call 604-391-7469 – 15 minute appointments – Peter will look at up to three items – (15 minutes passes very quickly).  Verbal Opinion-of-value.  You will be given paper to take notes.  

Idea – Phone the Box Office – make an appointment, and tell the office people what you will be bringing in to show Peter.  They might ask you to take a photo of it and email it to the Centre who will forward it to Peter.   Peter and Marian will try and do pre-show research.  The photos can be very helpful.  That creates more time to talk with you, look at your items,  and ‘usually‘ works very well.  If you bring in a painting – who is the artist?  Again, pre-show research is needed.   Send a photo with the signature to the Arts Centre.  No signature?  That’s fine.  Peter will examine it and discuss with you what it’s value might be.

If you have a piece of sterling silver, check to see what the marks are.  Take a close up photo – send it to the office who will forward it to Peter – again, pre-show research.  Your item will be weighed and analyzed.

Furniture, check to see if there are any signatures or labels – if it is too large to bring to the show, take a photo, send it to the Arts Centre.

Reminder – Peter does not appraise guns, coins, stamps, jewellery, wrist watches but pocket watches are fine, Oriental rugs and old books (dust allergies), items over 400 years old (often reproductions).

All this will be discussed with the Arts Centre Box Office people when you call.

And of course, don’t just come with your items and leave!! – take time, sit back and enjoy the whole process, see what other people have.

Peter and Marian look forward to meeting you.  This will be the fourth time they have been to the Chilliwack Arts Centre and are really looking forward to returning again this year.

If you are considering having the Blundells come to your home for a proper written appraisal with photos, research, etc., please call or email the Blundells – 250-542-4540 for more details soon before they head to Chilliwack.

— NEW DATE – VERNON ART GALLERY – SEE BELOW —

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2016  –  Verbal Opinions-of-Value

ART AND ANTIQUES IDENTIFICATION DAY

with Peter and Marian Blundell

The Vernon Public Art Gallery, 3228 31st Avenue, Vernon,

October 20th, THURSDAY, 10:00 to 4:30

A portion of all proceeds goes to the Vernon Art Gallery for ongoing programmes.

Fee$40.00 for members, $50.00 for non members – a 15 minute appointment – up to three items or as time allows.

Appointments required – call (250) 545-3173 – 15 minute appointments – the Blundells will look at up to three items – (15 minutes passes very quickly).  Verbal Opinion-of-value.  You will be given paper to take notes.  If you wish to bring in more items – make two appointments for 30 minutes.    

Your Questions  –  What to bring??  Downsizing??  Preparing to move??  Considering future donations??  Mom’s favourite painting? 

These are all very important reasons to consider having Peter and his wife Marian discuss your objects, what is it?, value?, why?, today’s art and antiques retail market? what’s happening? 

The Blundells try to keep up-to-date on the world of art, antiques and collectibles. And it is a huge world!

“What to do with all my stuff??!!”  Our children do not really want it – their homes are full of their own stuff!  Family’s dinner service, only used for special occasions, now I have it!  Now what?

These are all huge questions – And your inherited art pieces – always told they are going to be worth something big!!  Well – today has arrived – is it?  Another important question!

Peter and Marian will be available to help answer so many questions, give advice, and value of course.  Is it worth going the next stage and having it added to your insurance policy?   The Blundells must see it to do the job properly.   No internet photos, No photos – the real object is required.

When you make your appointment, please tell the phone person what you are bringing, if it is an art piece – who is the artist? (if you can read the signature – if you can’t bring it anyways).  Furniture – if it is too big for your car, take some photos; check to see if there is a furniture maker stamp on the back, inside a drawer – if so, take a photo.  Bring a drawer if there is one (then Peter and Marian can really check the age – furniture is so heavily reproduced).

Reminder – Peter does not appraise guns, coins, stamps, jewellery, wrist watches but pocket watches are fine, Oriental rugs and old books (dust allergies), items over 400 years old (often reproductions).

If you are considering having the Blundells come to your home for a proper written appraisal with photos, research, etc., please call or email the Blundells – 250-542-4540 for all the details.

Hope to see you soon in Vernon.

 

2016 HAS ARRIVED!

Are you ready? – keeping up-to-date on all the activities in the world of Art and Antiques.  So much exciting things is happening in this world.  All the magazines, all the books (yes the books!!) even watching Philip Mould on the TV and his art discoveries – so exciting – the hunt.  And that is what it is really all about – The Hunt – for the unusual, for Philip – the hidden painting under the painting – for that hidden treasure.

The antiques and collectible shows floating around the country – you must keep up to date on those.  There is one coming at the end of the month here in Vernon and we with a friend are going to participate.  Yes, we have our favourite items purchased way back in time – it is now time to move them along to someone else who will love them dearly for the next little while and give us a chance to find replacements for those.   And the world of antiques and collectibles moves quietly along.

In every store/show we visit, there is always a treasure sitting there waiting for the right buyer.  And the more shops you visit, the more ‘deals’ you find!!  and the more you learn.  Ask questions.  Impossible for the dealers to know everything about their stuff – impossible – we know – we were dealers for many years in Schomberg, Ontario – and yes, we remember for we have learned about some of those deals – and that is the life of an antiques dealer.

The Tradex Antiques Show, Abbotsford (with us doing appraisals in the middle) and the Chilliwack Cultural Centre

Well, we just finished two very successful shows in the Lower Mainland last week and have returned refreshed ready to move on.  This ends our shows until early 2016.  The items that were brought to us were amazing.

One item that came to us was a painting – a very nice European style painting – a country scene, little cottage, flowers growing, hills in background, the little passing stream – all perfect.  But something was not right – there was the signature, a well known European signature – old frame, the colouring of the back canvas was wrong – stained over to make it look old – so we took it out of the frame.  Lots of paint, thick brush strokes – so not a giclee!! – right?? – wrong!! – tucked in the far corner (under the frame’s edge so not visible to the eye without removing the frame) – was a very small patch of obvious print – it had been totally painted over very well with the idea of concealing the fact that it was not an original painting – and the signature of course – forged.  Fascinating.

One always must be careful when purchasing art if not through an established art gallery, a respected antiques shop.  And soon many folks are off on the their annual fall cruise – be careful – the art auctions – don’t be fooled, and don’t be taken in with the sales pitch of “Certificate of Authenticity” – this is a wonderful sales tool – at least make sure it is signed and dated!  So much to watch out for.

And of course, you must love it!!  Original art is the Best!!

Chilliwack Cultural Centre – We are coming – October 8th – all day!

The following is our letter to previous clients from past roadshows we have done at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre.   Please read, and if you live in the area, come on over and listen, enjoy, and learn.  One always learns at these events, and it is free, maybe there will be some tea or coffee or bring your own.

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“Antiques in the Attic” returns to the Chilliwack Cultural Centre, 9209 Corbould Street, Chilliwack, 604-391-7469, on Thursday, October 8th – all day.

Peter Blundell is delighted to have been asked to return for his verbal opinion-of-value Appraisal Days – @ $40.00 for a 15 minute appointment, time rules.   Reservations required – call 604-391-7469 (Box office number) or in person. Please visit www.chilliwackculturalcentre.ca – check the Calendar for more details.

With Fall finally here, a great time to check out those china cabinets, closets, the attic or basement. It is not just art that Peter appraises!!

A reminder – he does not look at jewellery, coins, stamps, guns – swords are good, militaria (medals), no wrist watches but pocket watches are fine, antiquities over 500 years old – they need laboratory testing – not possible here.

If the item is too big – furniture – take a picture and bring it to the show with the measurements; bring a drawer. If it is a china dinner set – bring one piece with the best maker’s mark, count up all the pieces, and bring it to the show. This will save valuable time.

Please check out Peter’s web page.  www.blundellartandantiques.com – (always a little under construction).

A portion of all the sales goes straight to the Cultural Centre.

If you are wishing a full in-your-home written appraisal, please call him soon 250-542-4540 or email. Peter and his wife Marian will be in the lower mainland for two weeks so there is good time to prepare for an appointment.

Peter thanks you very much for allowing him to email this to you re: this upcoming event in Chilliwack. Please tell your friends.

Please email if you wish to have your name removed from Peter’s list.

Peter and Marian look forward to seeing you again. Many thanks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Antiques Show and Identification Clinic At the Tradex Exhibition Centre, Abbotsford, October 3 & 4 9:00 to 5:00 on Saturday; 10:00 to 4:00 on Sunday.

The following is our email to previous clients at past antiques shows held at the Tradex Exhibition Centre or other locations in the Lower Mainland over the past many years – the only antiques shows we bring Identification Clinics to – and for just $12.00 per item, no GST, cash with written receipts.

Four days later after the Tradex, we will be at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre on Thursday October 8th – for another roadshow – Reservations required – call 604-391-7469 or in person for 15 minute appointments, up to three items ruled by the clock, verbal opinion-of-value. Please visit their webpage calendar  www.chilliwackculturalcentre.ca for more details.

For the past two weeks we have done roadshows at the  Kelowna Art Gallery – sold out!! and the Vernon Art Gallery – two spaces to go so almost sold out!!

And now we head to the Lower Mainland

Vintage Retro & Antiques Market – October 3 & 4 – at the Tradex, Abbotsford, B.C. Saturday and Sunday – 9:00 to 5:00 on Saturday; 10:00 to 4:00 on Sunday.

Hello everyone – it is Fall!! Can’t believe it – the days are getting cooler. And now is a great time to check out those china cabinets, closets, the attic or basement. Yes, we are returning to the Tradex this coming weekend!! Saturday and Sunday, October 3 & 4 – adjacent to the Abbotsford International Airport – 1190 Cornell Street, Abbotsford. www.fvtradex.com

This great Antiques Show is back at the Tradex – and “Antiques Identification Clinic” with myself, Peter S. Blundell AA, Independent Art and Antiques Appraiser, and my wife, Marian CPPA, to help you sort out and assess your items – verbal opinion-of-values.

Fee – $12.00 per item – cash with written receipt – no GST!

A little reminder – I do not look at coins, jewellery, stamps, guns – but swords are OK, wrist watches no – but pocket watches are just fine, and anything over 500 years old – that needs to be scientifically examined for age – so not at this show.

If you are wishing a full written appraisal, please email Peter and Marian with all your details very soon, then we can talk and set up an appointment.  We will be in the Lower Mainland for nearly two weeks so time to chose an appraisal day.

And don’t forget, at the show, these are all dealers also looking to buy!

Email – info@blundellartandantiques.com

www.blundellartandantiques.com – needs a little updating! (always)  –  Read my blog with info, my past thoughts.

Check out the show and future shows – www.antiquesbydesignshows.com

Hopefully we will see you at one of the shows!  Cheers – Marian and Peter Blundell

 

 

Art and Antiques Roadshow” – Vernon Art Gallery – Thursday, Sept. 24th – we are back!

We are so delighted to be back at the Vernon Art Gallery this coming Thursday, September 24th to be part of all their fantastic activities.

The following is the ad taken from the VPAG’s webpage – cannot improve upon it!!  but have added an addition at the end!

“Vernon’s Art and Antique Roadshow; a spectator sport; come and watch all day! VPAG welcomes Peter Blundell of Blundell Art and Antiques Appraisals in Vernon, for another fascinating art and antique appraisal session. Bring your artworks, antiques, collectibles to the Gallery and let Peter reveal information about the artist, age, origin, value and so much more. Up to three items permitted per 15-minute booking, $40/members, $50/non-members (+tax) per session, with part proceeds going to the VPAG. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. (Pocket watches and swords are permitted but Peter will not assess jewellery, guns, stamps, coins, wrist watches, militaria, or items over 400 years old).”

Call 250-545-3173 for your appointment.

I add here that this is a “verbal opinion-of-value” day, not a “proper insurance appraisal” day.  However, this process lets you meet him, get to know him, and perhaps a proper appraisal will be required and that can all be discussed at the time.

So, if you are reading this, hope you can come – be a spectator – or make an appointment to come and really be part of it all.  We just finished an Appraisal Day at the Kelowna Art Gallery yesterday – again – another sellout and names were taken for next year’s event.  It was an excellent day.

 

Kelowna Art Gallery – this coming Saturday – September 19th – here we come again!! And at Vernon’s Art Gallery – Thursday, September 24th

Saturday, September 19th – fast approaching – for us to appear at the Kelowna Art Gallery – all day, 15 minute appointments – Verbal Opinion-of-Value – phone 250-762-2226 for appointment, ruled by the clock, up to three items.  This is an unexpected date for us as we completely  sold out back in May – certainly not a first occasion for selling out at the Gallery – but it certainly makes us feel really good!!!  What the heck is all this stuff really worth?  We see all these look-a-likes on the TV roadshows – and 98% of the times the item you think is what you just saw on the TV is probably not quite the same thing or the condition, something is missing, a big scratch, a water mark, or a dry air crack down the side in the wood of the piece of furniture, or it is not quite as old as the one on the TV – this all makes such a huge difference.  Why??  Well, today when we go on the hunt for stuff, we do seem to be looking for perfection today.  Us too!!   Over the years of collecting, owning our own stores for many years, more researching, we have learned, and today, the end result, we are always looking for something better, more unusual, more rare – and on it goes…..

Time to dig out those neat pieces, call for an appointment, and come, watch, learn — won’t write go away happy!  Cannot do that but then you will know and can pass on the information to your family, friends, whoever.

Last weekend we were at the Revelstoke Museum and Archives doing a road show just like Kelowna’s Art Gallery on Saturday will be and next week (Thursday, September 24) at Vernon’s Art Gallery, and o my, we saw some fantastic items.  We were thrilled to have been invited to the Museum to share our knowledge (and to visit their basement and their new rolling shelves – wow!  What a way to gain space for a very over crowded museum (like most museums).

Revelstoke – such a beautifully restored little city – and all the heritage buildings.  Visiting Revelstoke reminds us of the power of restoration and the power of the tourist dollar! – we stayed with friends in a 1912 restored home – what can we say – we were thrilled with the honour.

Hopefully we just might see you in Kelowna or Vernon the Thursday after.  Will keep you posted on how the Kelowna show went.  Until then.

Revelstoke Museum and Archives – We are coming Friday and Saturday, September 11th and 12th

Antiques Roadshow – at the Revelstoke Museum and Archives – Friday Evening, Saturday Morning, with Peter S. Blundell AA, Independent Art and Antiques Appraiser

Can’t believe those hot summer days have almost passed and here it is, September, wow!! and our first Fall Road Show all planned for Revelstoke Museum and Archives, 315 First St. West, downtown Revelstoke, and we can hardly wait.  If you are in the area of Revelstoke, or fancy a weekend getaway – now is the time to call the Museum and book your 15 minute appointment for our Verbal Opinion-of-Value for one of your treasures.  (1-250-837-3067)  There is time for three articles, maybe, depending on what they are.  If one is sterling silver – that takes time in looking up the mark.  If it is an original painting, when you phone for your appointment, please tell the person at the other end the artist’s name, then when we are told all that is being brought in, we can do some preshow research on the artist to save time.   At these shows we do, everything is ruled by the clock!  And don’t forget furniture – if you can carry it – bring it – if you cannot carry – take a photo, measurements or if there is a drawer – bring that with the photo.  All sorts of ways.

Peter does not look at everything – he does not assess jewellery, coins, stamps, guns (but swords are OK),  no wristwatches (but pocket watches are fine), no militaria, and items over 400 years old.  For those, one needs a lab to do proper research – something we do not have at these shows.

These shows are fun to do (for us), for you to learn, whether it is your item or you are just sitting back on the chairs, watching and listening.  There might even be some coffee/tea for your pleasure.

So come on up to Revelstoke, take in all the other weekend activities – this is a Lumbering Show – lots happening.  Check out the Museum’s Webpage – quickly you will see all the upcoming fun things to do – kind of like a Fall Country Fair – so much to do.  See you there!!