||Anne Schofield A.M. is probably the best known dealer in Antique Jewellery in Australia. An Arts graduate from Sydney University, she commenced her career as an English and French teacher. In 1961 she travelled to London where she lived for three years close to the famous antique centre, Portobello Road. She became increasingly interested in antique costume and jewellery.
On her return to Australia in 1965 she began dealing in vintage clothing and antique jewellery. It was during this period that she assembled the celebrated Anne Schofield Collection of Antique Costume, over a thousand items of female costume and accessories from 1790 - 1940. The collection was exhibited in Sydney in 1972 for the National Trust and in Adelaide at the 1974 Adelaide Festival and was subsequently acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
Anne Schofield opened the first specialist antique jewellery store in Sydney in Queen Street, Woollahra, in 1970 and continues to trade as Anne Schofield Antiques, offering the discriminating collector a remarkable collection of Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and retro jewels, each one being personally chosen for its beauty, design, quality and wearability. She has exhibited at International Art and Antique fairs in Singapore and Hong Kong and in various states in Australia.
A member of the international Society of Jewellery Historians, she lectures frequently on antique jewellery and costume and has appeared on the Australian ABC's television programme 'For Love or Money'. In 2005 she was a member of the team of experts for the U K television programme ‘The Antiques Roadshow’.
Anne is a valuer for the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program. She is a Life Fellow and Honorary Associate of the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.
Anne has contributed to numerous magazines including 'The Australian Antique Collector', 'The Australian Connoisseur & Collector', 'Craft Australia', ‘World of Antiques and Art’, and in 1990 published a book with co-author, Kevin Fahy. 'Australian Jewellery - 19th and Early 20th Century' published by David Ell Press -. the first comprehensive study of this subject.
Anne was a member of the Official Establishments Trust, set up in 1979 by the Keating Government as an independent non-statutory body to provide objective advice on the Commonwealth’s four official residences - Government House & The Lodge Canberra, and Kirribilli House & Admiralty House, Sydney. The role of the Trust was to advise on the conservation & development of the buildings & grounds. She remained on the Trust until 1995.
In 2003 Anne was appointed as a Member of the General Division of the Order of Australia for her services to the performing arts and to the decorative arts, particularly antiques, as an author and consultant.
Anne assisted the Sydney University Nicholson Museum’s 2010 Exhibition ‘ Beauty and Betrayal – Ancient and Neo-Classical Jewellery’ by loaning a number of important items including a cornelian intaglio identified as having once belonged in the great collection of Ancient and Neo-Classical gems assembled in the 18th century by George, the 4th Duke of Marlborough, and housed at Blenheim Palace, near Oxford.