ALMONEDA Antiques Fair 2016 at Feria de Madrid

Any well-meaning expert antique dealer would recommend buying only an item that truly takes your fancy. Indeed, this is true if you’re someone who collects antiques as an investment, like you intend to resell it for profit. This way, you won’t pressure yourself to seeing it sold. If it turned out to be unsold eventually, you wouldn’t mind because you would like to keep it anyway.

In my case, antiques do pique my interest, although not so much as to actually buy any. At any rate, the mere fact that they had existed for decades, or even centuries, is a strong enough reason for anybody to be fascinated by them, including me. I’d say I categorize myself as more of a learner and admirer rather than a possessor of such things.

ALMONEDA at Feria de Madrid, Pavilion 3

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All roads lead to Feria de Madrid for its ALMONEDA Antiques Fair – an annual event put up by IFEMA – from April 2 to 10, 2016

To be frank, I was in awe of the seemingly unlimited varieties of antique items that are showcased at the fair (and so, my kudos to the whole team of organizers and exhibitors). The collection was extensive and grand, to say the least. The pavilion itself is spacious and more than enough to house the participating exhibitors of the fair. Indeed, nowhere else can you find priceless items available for sale and exhibition under a single roof but at ALMONEDA in Feria de Madrid.

What to expect

image For the antique collector, he will be treated to a dazzling array of vintage finds like jewelries made of precious stones, beads, metals of all types, bags and fur coats of vintage make, archeological objects that define a wide spectrum of eras, medieval books by the hundreds, old and finely-made sculptures, historic paintings and other works of arts, archaic toys and knickknacks among many others.

ALMONEDA organizers promise that every item possesses quality of the highest degree. At the same time, they assure that prices are affordable and every visitor will be able to purchase an item or two of his liking without making any dent in the pocket.

Event: ALMONEDA Antiques and Vintage Fair and Art Gallery

Location: Pavilion 3, Feria de Madrid

Duration and time: April 2 – 10, from 12PM to 9PM

Nature: Open to the Public (8 euros per ticket); no auction but direct sale

Needless to say, Almoneda boasts of the finest collections of antiquities, all of which are available at reasonable prices. This is a clear boon not only to established art and antique collectors, but also budding enthusiasts and hobbyists who would want to build their own collection.

This post is online either on Thursday or Friday (April 7 or 8). Hopefully, it would serve to alert aficionados still not in the know that they have only up to the weekend to attend and be treated to a grand antiquedades affair in Madrid.

image Bears of different hues on display at the lobby that leads to different pavilions – including pavilion 3 where ALMONEDA is held

imageThe bears of ALMONEDA bear (pun intended, most definitely) quite a resemblance to the United Buddy Bears, which had its 2007 exhibit in Jerusalem, Israel, among many other places

imageI made sure I had a photo of this Corona typewriter as it reminded me of mine, also of the same brand. The latter was my writing buddy up to late 1990’s (and served its purpose well), until a handed-down 486 desktop took over and proved to be a worthy replacement

imageVarious metallic nautical outfits and gadgets, all shiny and with nary a scratch nor dent. Obviously, these items boast of superior quality condition and appearance despite having been in existence for ages

imageAntique pinball machine – an effective thrill-delivering apparatus of yesteryears that features slots or holes for the balls to fall thru (with corresponding credits to earn). Note how simple nails crudely serve as pins

imageOld rag dolls dressed in traditional costumes. Notice the doll in the middle is priced at 130 euros

imageA number of exhibitors sell high-quality, beautifully designed vintage jewelries of all sorts, sizes, and shapes such as portraits necklace, or ones with a cross or face pendant, metal bangles, pearl earrings, dragonfly brooch, and many others. Jewelry booths are some of the most-flocked at the ALMONEDA fair, especially among women visitors

image Identical female bust sculptures facing each other (probably made of clay or ceramic of high grade)

imageThe spirit of 17th (or 18th century) Colonial America lives on as an exhibitor displays this figure garbed in a costume from that era

image Barber’s chairs of the earlier times. You can say they are old-styled; nonetheless, they are quite eye-pleasing and (hopefully) functional

imagePardon the caption, but I just feel the need to ask: “Will someone please hand this poor guy a belt?”

imageFine paintings displayed in a number of art galleries participating at the ALMONEDA Feria de Madrid

imageFor people from the earlier decades who want to listen to their favorite music, spinning vinyl records on the turntable player was the norm. Are appliances like this still purveyed in the market? I don’t think so, which is why it will surely be the focus of attention of the avowed lovers of such vintage record-playing contraptions

imageMedieval books of text and figures in various fonts and colors, respectively

 

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