A grand duke helps grandstand

Molly and Emma Williams meet Duke Francesco Gonzaga. PICTURE: TARA GOONANAN antique fair at Chiltern at the weekend will help one of the town’s very own antiques — the old timber grandstand that has adorned the Chiltern football ground since 1879.
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The reserve committee is struggling to raise $20,000 for the restoration of the structure.

In June, it was dismayed when Indigo Council knocked back a request for $1500 in June, though there is still hope of some Heritage Victoria funding.

Chiltern Antique Fair co-ordinator Erika Hansen said yesterday the money raised from the three-day fair at the memorial hall would go into the community as organisers planned to donate to the grandstand fund.

More than 1500 people attended the fair to browse among the delicate teacups and a variety of art works, glassware furniture, guns, ornaments, jewellery, clothing and unusual items.

Among the latter was a grand carved timber bust of one Italian duke, Franceso Gonzaga, which fascinated Chiltern schoolgirl Emma Williams, nine.

Ms Hansen said there was something for everyone at the show with antiques ranging from a few dollars to thousands of dollars.

This was the first year Graham Pavey ran a stall at the fair.

The dealer said he had come from Melbourne to offer buyers in the North East something quite different.

Mr Pavey described his antiques as “masculine”, including pre-1940s Victorian and Georgian art, furniture and even hip flasks.

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