The Vancouver Island Oxford & Cambridge Society invites alumni to attend a talk by Alison Ross M.A, owner of Kilshaw’s Auctioneers, to be held at the company’s premises on Victoria’s Fort Street at 7pm on Wednesday, 24 June.
In her talk entitled ‘What’s Hot, What’s Not’, Alison – who has taught History in Art as well as Antique and Collectibles courses at the University of Victoria, Malaspina and Camosun College – will examine trends in antiques, fine art and collectibles.
Alison has lived throughout North America as well as in England. She completed her Master’s degree in History in Art in 1994 with a specialty in Northwest Coast art. She started her auction career with Kilshaw’s in 1997. In January of 2006, Alison purchased Kilshaw’s from Don Kilshaw, a seventh generation auctioneer.
Constantly upgrading her knowledge, Alison has attended many ceramics seminars and became a Canadian Personal Property Appraiser in 2007. Beyond being an owner, auctioneer and appraiser, Alison’s departments include jewellery, First Nations art, antiques and fine art. In 2008, Alison was pleased to research, publicise and auction a painting of Tsar Alexander III, by Johann Koler, for $80,000.
Talk attendees are asked to arrive early to view the items being auctioned the next evening at Kilshaw’s ‘Jewellery, Fine Arts, Antiques and Later Furnishings’ auction. Please inform the group via the contact details on the ‘Booking’ tab if you would like to attend a pre-talk Indian meal at Masala Bites (1015 Fort St, a block from Kilshaw’s) and it will be arranged ($20 per person, drinks extra). Please also view the ‘Booking’ tab for details on how to book for the talk.