Collecting trends are cyclical — what goes around comes around. And this is especially true in the world of antiques. Buying and selling of antiques ebb and flow with demand and availability, but a good buy will always hold its value.

Furniture has been the cornerstone of antique collecting, and while classic 18th-and 19th-century furniture was the mainstay of the market, in recent years furniture from the 1920s and the Art Deco period have been in vogue.

SA has a great tradition of antique collecting, and the National Antiques & Decorative Arts Faire has been at the heart of this.

This year the fair, which has a new home in the Crystal Court at Midrand’s Mall of Africa, takes place from July 28-30.

Furniture will feature prominently, from the traditional "ball and claw" mahogany pieces to the lighter Scandinavian collectables.

Art trends are moving eastwards, with Chinese and Japanese paintings, Tibetan tangkas and bronzes now all the rage.

Two international antique dealers will be exhibiting this year: Dutch dealer Ricus Dullaert, who specialises in Dutch furniture and Chinese porcelain, and American specialist dealer Ed Pascoe, whose range of English ceramics includes Royal Doulton, Royal Crown Derby and Moorcroft.

This year the opening-night cheese and wine event will benefit the Nelson Mandela charity, 67 Blankets. Tickets are R150 and include cheese and wine.

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