Joys of Collecting
Did you know it is basic human instinct to collect things? We are all curious creatures, who by collecting particular items, learn more about historical or general things that fascinate us. Collecting specific things reflects our interests and style which strikes a sentimental cord. Iris, our Founder, recently wrote about the Joy of Collecting.
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Our gift cards offer your nearest and dearest access to our catalogue of beautiful, antique prints for every room in their home. *eGift Cards are not in conjunction with any sales.
Welcome to the Antiquarian Print Shop!
My interest in all things old began at an early age. I grew up on a farm, money was tight but I was surrounded by pieces of old farm machinery. I lived with my grandparents and was fascinated by my grandfather, who was blind, telling his many stories of the early days on his sugar cane farm.
Their home was full of “things” that would keep me captivated for hours. My grandmother was a school teacher and a beautiful dressmaker. She also was a
great storyteller. To this day I treasure dearly her silver shoe pin cushion and recall her stories of dressmaking back in the days in the “big” houses.
With the farm having an abundance of memorabilia, I discovered that everything had a story. This has been a theme that has kept me interested for a very long time.
My interest in prints began during a time whilst I lived in Rockhampton, renovating old period homes, called "Queenslanders”. When it came time to styling, I looked specifically for old prints and discovered this whole new area of collecting which was initially botanical prints.
The discovery of botanical prints led to the discovery of maps of the voyages of our earliest ocean explorers, the botanicals of Australia, the birds, the animals. The work of people that we learnt about in primary school, like John White, Surgeon General on the first fleet with Captain Arthur Phillips, Sir Joseph Banks....the list goes on and so does the fascination with antique prints as every collection of prints tells a story.
The collection we offer through Antiquarian Print Gallery has been carefully selected. They are of the highest quality, and authenticated through hundreds
of hours of research. They make a great addition to any collector's catalogue or a beautiful work of art to display on the walls of your home.
We offer a personaI and friendly service. Please enjoy searching through our site and if you are not able to find what you are looking for, or if you have any questions, please reach out.
We add prints regularly so keep checking back or stay up to date by joining our club list at the website pop up.
What is the definition of Antiquarian?
Connected with trade, collection, or study of old and valuable or rare objects.
Featured Prints to buy
"A perfect thing to happened: Recently bought two Gould prints.... was so impressed they arrived the same week I ordered. I have framed them and given them pride of place in my spare bedroom, they look perfect."
"It is a beautiful picture, outstanding quality. It arrived very speedily and packed safely. Now to choose my next one!"
Phoebe, Mountain Creek QLD
"My husband and I just moved into our brand new home. I had no idea how to work with such a bank canvas. I was recommended Iris at the Antiquarian Print Shop. She was so kind giving me lots of advice as to what prints would work in various parts of our home. She even gave me the best tips on how to frame the prints I bought. I cannot thank Iris and the team at Antiquarian enough. My new home looks amazing thanks to their help."
Margaret, Geelong VIC
“I love this place and have brought a few prints, not just for myself, but also as gifts. Such an incredible selection of antique prints and their delivery process is seamless.”
Jason, Kiama NSW
“My mum loves nothing more than a potter in her garden. I gave her some Frederick Manson Bailey botanical prints for Christmas and she was so thrilled.
Antiquarian Print Shop were excellent with rapid delivery, I will certainly be visiting this site again for Mother’s Day.”
Amelia, Perth WA
“I recently purchased some prints from their Bird Collection. Service was excellent, delivery was much quicker than I had expected. I highly recommend them.”
Vicky, Brisbane QLD
“I’m a fashion student and love the selection of prints on this site from eras gone past. I have purchased a few prints and plan to buy some
more. Great online store, thank you.”
Amy-Lee, Sydney NSW
“My husband recently renovated half our garage into a man cave. I found some wonderful sporting prints at the Antiquarian Print Shop and surprised him. He has them proudly on display. Thanks for great service.”
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