Something old, something new
October 28, 2014
Richard for 2011

Paul Baker, the man behind Potts Point Galleries

Potts Point Galleries ... Fifteen dealers ... A treasure trove transplanted from the Sydney Antique Centre ... Gina Machado was at the official opening  

WHEN you walk into Potts Point Galleries, be prepared to fall in love with something for which you might need to liquidate your share portfolio. 

Luckily, there's also a wide selection at lower prices, and antiques do make for truly unique gifts. 

"A most amazing treasure trove," is how City of Sydney Lord Mayor described the Macleay Street gallery at the official launch. 

The small space, previously the Video Ezy shop, is packed with objects, from the ancient to the merely old, and from the curious to the extraordinary. 

The Lord Mayor commended the achievement of founder Paul Baker in establishing the galleries so quickly after the closure of the Sydney Antique Centre on South Dowling Street. 

Most of the dealers at the Potts Point Galleries' had been at the Sydney Antiques Centre for many years and they're glad to have found a new home. 

Musician George Washingmachine and Lord Mayor Clover Moore at the opening of Potts Point Galleries

Alan Landis has been trading for 35 years, specialising in English ceramics from 1750-1950. He has more miniatures than his shop can accommodate so he changes his display every three to four weeks. 

He points out that the 15 dealers at Potts Point Galleries share almost 400 years experience between them.

"Judging by the comments of many of the locals, they are as excited to have us as we are to be here."

Landis presented the Lord Mayor with a "surprise memento" he was very excited to have found - a Wedgwood Jasper sweet dish featuring the Australian Coat of Arms, dated 1961 and commemorating the 60th anniversary of federation. 

Paul Baker opened the doors of Potts Point Galleries in August 2014 at 67 Macleay St. 

It's something of a reprise for him: he established the Woollahra Galleries in the mid 1980s, though that closed in 2004.

Baker also announced a partnership with the Hayes Theatre, in which the Galleries will provide vintage costumes and props for the Hayes' musical theatre productions.  

Writer/director Neil Rutherford was on hand to draw the winner of tickets for the musical Beyond Desire.

Marie-Françoise Fatton of Au Lion des Neiges, another 35-year veteran, deals in ancient objects of Tibetan culture and does most of her shopping in Nepal.  

"When I buy, I keep in mind that an item might not sell, so I have to love it," she says. 

Her stock includes 17th century ceremonial horse stirrups and a beautifully ornate museum-quality painted saddle.

From elsewhere in Asia, Sunnie Jia Shene, who was at the Sydney Antique Centre for 22 years, specialises in Japanese and Chinese collectibles, mostly from the Qing dynasty (1644 to 1912).

Many of the dealers offer 20th century collectibles, from Lou Murray's selection of garments, jewellery and accessories to Brettan Wignall's Bakelite phones - reconditioned to working order. 

Potts Point Galleries is open 7 days a week. 

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Photos: Gina Machado

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