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By Richard Brewster on 21-Feb-2023 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)
English Royal Worcester porcelain has always been prized by collectors but Australian husband and wife Ken and Gloria Ely took it to another level with their extensive array of painted plaques (one of the world’s largest) and vases by revered painters such as Harry and John Stinton, Harry Davis, Richard Sebright and Raymond Rushton.
By Richard Brewster on 15-Feb-2023 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)
Perhaps it was the strong links to his homeland that inspired Dutchman Karl Hulsberggen to amass a significant collection of Gouda pottery after he migrated in 1951 to Melbourne.
Or it could have been his passion for antique furniture, gold, diamonds jewellery, stamps and general collectables that led in the early 1970s to him establishing a second-hand dealership – first in Oakleigh, then later Burwood and East Kew before he finally decided in his late 60s that it was time to call it a day.
Karl died in 2008, aged 84. However, despite his enormously successful dealerships, he never sold any of the Gouda pottery he and his wife Hilda, now 82, collected over more than 50 years – ever since he brought several pieces back to Australia after a trip home to the Netherlands in 1956.