Still the only venue in Fyshwick, Canberra for both Antiques and Art, now 6 years old and going from strength to strength, Collectorium on Newcastle, run by Ruth & Robert, is a gallery which buys and sells a diverse range of genuine Antiques, Collectables, Decorative and Fine Art.

Explore the individual gallery pages on this website, or the archive section to see examples of the diverse range of antiques and collectables available in our shop.

New Opening Hours

Collectorium is taking careful re-opening steps aimed to keep COVID 19 “out there” while welcoming more customers “in here”.

Wednesday to Sunday
12 noon to 5pm

We will continue to make appointments for visits at mutually convenient times.
There is a limit of four socially distanced people inside the shop at any one time.

If we are at capacity inside, door will be locked even during opening hours.
If this is the case when you arrive, please phone us on 6280 0589 from outside and tell us what you are looking for.
If it is something we have in stock we will endeavour to be of assistance.

Call 02 6280 0589

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A copper with lovely old patina and tin lined kettle with early ebonised wood knob to the lid and original wicker binding to the swing handle.

Designed by Johannes “Jan” Wigbold Eisenloeffel (1876-1957).

Dated to 1908 when Eisenloeffel was in Germany for a short time by the markings to the bottom of the pot “Ges Gesch” an abbreviation for Gesetzlich Geschuetzt meaning registered design.

Approx. 11 inches (28cm) from the tip of the spout to the rear of the body which itself is about 8 inches (20cm) diameter; with the handle up it is 10 inches (25cm) high. 

Jan Eisenloeffel is considered one of the most important Dutch designers of the early 20th century where he was a leader in the field of the applied arts.

His work is characteristic of the “Nieuwe Kunst” the Dutch version of Art Nouveau.

He was an innovator who worked with silver, base metals, enamel, jewellery and glass but essentially achieved fame with his early 1900s, simple, metallic utensil designs.

He was educated at the Rijks Normaalschool voor Teekenonderwijzers (National School for Drawing Teachers) in Amsterdam.

In 1896 Eisenloeffel started to work at the studio of Hoeker and Zoon an important silver and jewellery company.

Hoeker and Zoon encouraged him to visit Russia for several months in order to acquire knowledge about enamelling and neillo techniques.

He was inspired by artworks in Russian museums especially the Greek jewellery and Eastern artworks.

When he visited the workshop of goldsmith Peter Carl Fabergé he made himself unpopular when he described the work he saw there as “confectioner’s work”.

Eisenloeffel realised he wanted to make every day utensils which were affordable by the common people in designs that were aesthetically sound, with a modern design and able to be produced in series.

After the Russian sojourn Eisenloeffel went back to work at Hoeker & Zoon and started to create the sober objects that made him famous.

From 1902 he was employed at different workshops where he worked with precious and base metals.

Finding the cost of producing his work too expensive in Holland, he went to Munich in 1908 to work at the Vereinigte Werkstätten für Kunst im Handwerk.

(United Workshops for Art in Craft).

However production costs were no less in Germany, which led Eisenloeffel to return home later the same year.

These disappointments led to a significant turning point in his thinking and major change in the style of his subsequent designs.

He started to produce unique, abundantly decorated objects which he manufactured at his own workshop for individuals, the government, church associations and socialist organizations.