Antique appraiser Peter Blundell

Antique appraiser Peter Blundell

Appraisers to uncover treasures at art gallery

It could be a gilt-framed oil portrait that has been passed down in the family, or perhaps a soft pastel landscape neglected on the wall, but to Peter Blundell and Anthony Westbridge, there could be treasures out there worth their weight in gold.

It could be a gilt-framed oil portrait that has been passed down in the family, or perhaps a soft pastel landscape neglected on the wall, but to Peter Blundell and Anthony Westbridge, there could be treasures out there worth their weight in gold.

Westbridge of Westbridge Fine Arts in Vancouver has been invited by Blundell, a Vernon art and antiques appraiser, to join him in the Heirloom Discovery Day at the Vernon Public Art Gallery, Oct. 5.

Westbridge will be performing verbal opinions of value on art with a view of taking some paintings down to Vancouver for inclusion in one of his regular live and online auctions held on a monthly schedule.

Blundell will also be performing verbal opinions of value mostly on antiques and collectables.

He will conduct 15 minute interviews with each person who books an appointment throughout the day.

“You should be prepared to see either of these experts, or both, it will be your choice.” said Kelly McIntosh, the new curatorial assistant at the VPAG.

Westbridge is one of Canada’s leading art experts. He is the publisher of The Collector’s Dictionary of Canadian Artists at Auction and The Canadian Art Sales Index, now in its 25th year.

Westbridge will assess all kinds of art pieces, but says he is particularly interested in Canadian-made paintings and sculpture, and is looking forward to coming to the Okanagan and seeing what locals will present to him.

“Some of Westbridge’s books will be available for sale on the day,” said McIntosh.

Blundell will tackle the antiques that are brought his way, and is prepared to assess most items except jewelry, coins, stamps, guns and wristwatches, however, pocket watches and swords will be accepted.

The public is asked to bring in items no more than 400 years old.

“If you have a large piece of furniture, you can bring a drawer and a picture with measurements. This will give Peter a good idea of the wood and where in the world it came from,” said McIntosh.

Up to three items are permitted per 15-minute booking, and cost for an appointment is $35, with part proceeds going to the Vernon Public Art Gallery.

To make an appointment, visit or call the gallery at 250-545-3173.