Berrys' Antiques was a wonder heap! Your correspondent replays many memories of child-time regained amidst the shared toy box of Fran Berry - ever holding court over a pot of tea - and her son Richard.
(photo from THE AGE)
Along with Fran and Richard, the business has gone to legend.
Last year Young's Auctions dispatched part one of the Berry Family Collection. Part two, the Richard Berry Collection, will be auctioned by Young's at the end of this month.
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The Berrys' Antique Shop in Melbourne's Flinders Lane was an Australian landmark from the 1960s to 1993 when it sadly closed.Among the varied lots is a scene of looking and measuring that tickles the fancy of bLOGOS/HA HA : an 18th Century fan, 'Chinese estimate of an Englishman, lighter than a feather'.
It was the way all antique shops should be - "an Aladdin's cave of unusual collectable and interesting items covering such a great range that it seemed to be a mixture of department store and museum," says David Young. He should know.
As the director of Young's Auctions in East Hawthorn, it was his challenging task to sort through the Berry family's private collection of antiquities and sell them at auction. (full article here)
The Berry family jewels
18 March 2009