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Antiques of the month with Ross Mercer of Gorringes

PUBLISHED: 12:58 03 May 2011 | UPDATED: 19:17 20 February 2013

Antiques of the month with Ross Mercer of Gorringes

Antiques of the month with Ross Mercer of Gorringes

This month we take a close look at the Southern African knobkerrie. The name originates from the Afrikaans word 'knop', meaning knot or ball and the word 'kierie', meaning cane or walking stick...


This month we take a close look at the Southern African knobkerrie. The name originates from the Afrikaans word knop, meaning knot or ball and the word kierie, meaning cane or walking stick. The knobkerrie is essentially the weapon of choice for many tribes in East and Southern Africa and is used primarily as a close quarter weapon in times of war, as well as an effective hunting weapon. However, Im pleased to report that nowadays they are collected as ethnic works of art. The knobkerrie pictured is one of the finest examples seen in recent years and would likely to have been made for a tribal chief. Fashioned from a single rhinoceros horn and very carefully shaped, this example dates from the end of the 19th century and attracted competitive bidding from collectors all over

the world, fetching

22,000 at Gorringes.


This month we take a close look at the Southern African knobkerrie.

The name originates from the Afrikaans word knop, meaning knot or ball and the word kierie, meaning cane or walking stick. The knobkerrie is essentially the weapon of choice for many tribes in East and Southern Africa and is used primarily as a close quarter weapon in times of war, as well as an effective hunting weapon.

However, Im pleased to report that nowadays they are collected as ethnic works of art. The knobkerrie pictured is one of the finest examples seen in recent years and would likely to have been made for a tribal chief. Fashioned from a single rhinoceros horn and very carefully shaped, this example dates from the end of the 19th century and attracted competitive bidding from collectors all overthe world, fetching22,000 at Gorringes.


The May Open Weekend at the Edenbridge Galleries will see a book launch and exhibition by artist Jenny Wheatley, who lived for many years in Kent, to celebrate the publication of Adventurous Watercolours.

Visitors will be able to see some of the paintings featured in the book, Jennys first, in which she discusses her travels to India and the Far East. There will also be a collection of

new oils and watercolours.

The exhibition and book launch take place during the Galleries May Open Weekend on 7 May, 10am-7pm and

on 8 May, 10am-5pm.

For further details, contact The Edenbridge Galleries %01732 864163


Adventures in watercolours

The May Open Weekend at the Edenbridge Galleries will see a book launch and exhibition by artist Jenny Wheatley, who lived for many years in Kent, to celebrate the publication of Adventurous Watercolours.Visitors will be able to see some of the paintings featured in the book, Jennys first, in which she discusses her travels to India and the Far East. There will also be a collection ofnew oils and watercolours.

The exhibition and book launch take place during the Galleries May Open Weekend on 7 May, 10am-7pm andon 8 May, 10am-5pm.

For further details, contact The Edenbridge Galleries 01732 864163


Kent artist Mariusz Kaldowski is exhibiting his paintings of the most stunning National Trust places at the Orangery at Knole, Sevenoaks. The Beauty of the National Trust is a selling exhibition of some two dozen views of Knole and its neighbouring National Trust properties in the south east.

Kaldowski, based in Westerham, makes sketches and takes photos of the National Trust places he visits, then paints the image on to canvas.

The free exhibition is open daily (except Mon),17 May-12 June, 10:30am-5pm. For more information please contact marketing manager Jane Maltby %01732 462100


Take home the beauty

Kent artist Mariusz Kaldowski is exhibiting his paintings of the most stunning National Trust places at the Orangery at Knole, Sevenoaks. The Beauty of the National Trust is a selling exhibition of some two dozen views of Knole and its neighbouring National Trust properties in the south east.Kaldowski, based in Westerham, makes sketches and takes photos of the National Trust places he visits, then paints the image on to canvas.

The free exhibition is open daily (except Mon),17 May-12 June, 10:30am-5pm. For more information please contact marketing manager Jane Maltby 01732 462100


Holy Trinity was the first parish church of Tunbridge Wells, designed in fine Gothic style by Decimus Burton. The last religious service was held in 1972 and two years later the church was declared redundant to pastoral needs and its demolition was planned.

Saved by petitions raised by local residents, it became an Arts Centre and opened its doors in 1982.

Nearly 20 years later, Trinity looks back to its roots with Word Incarnate, an exhibition exploring the concept of incarnation.

Featuring works by Kent artist Jess Levine and Karen Gardner, it includes works in mixed media and is accompanied by a free workshop, run by the artists. To reserve a space ) anna.mcnay@gmail.com.

Word Incarnate takes place from 24 May-1 June at Trinity Arts Centre, Church Road, Tunbridge Wells TN1 1JP. Private View:

25 May, 5.30-7.30pm, Workshop: 30 May, 2-4pm. For further information, %01892 678 678


Word Incarnate

Holy Trinity was the first parish church of Tunbridge Wells, designed in fine Gothic style by Decimus Burton. The last religious service was held in 1972 and two years later the church was declared redundant to pastoral needs and its demolition was planned.Saved by petitions raised by local residents, it became an Arts Centre and opened its doors in 1982.Nearly 20 years later, Trinity looks back to its roots with Word Incarnate, an exhibition exploring the concept of incarnation. Featuring works by Kent artist Jess Levine and Karen Gardner, it includes works in mixed media and is accompanied by a free workshop, run by the artists. To reserve a space ) anna.mcnay@gmail.com.

Word Incarnate takes place from 24 May-1 June at Trinity Arts Centre, Church Road, Tunbridge Wells TN1 1JP. Private View:25 May, 5.30-7.30pm, Workshop: 30 May, 2-4pm. For further information, 01892 678 678

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