Included in the rich and diverse family collection amassed over some 100 years by the McPherson family, to be auctioned by E J Ainger in South Yarra on 7 August is a 17th century Italian secretaire (above) reputedly originally belonging to an Italian diplomat, expected to bring $8,000-12,000. Sir Clive McPherson, Lady Sidney and their daughter Marion collected extensively throughout the 20th century, on their travels to Europe and locally and fastidiously held onto everything that they bought.

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Mossgreen to sell 1841 silver copy of the Warwick vase.

By Richard Brewster on 28-Jul-2016 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

Mossgreen’s three-day International Decorative Arts auction in Melbourne from  Sunday July 31 contains a strong selection of sterling silver including a rare and imposing silver Victorian copy of the Warwick vase on stand, by Benjamin Smith II and dated London 1841.

The vase features relief masks of Hercules and Bacchus and sits on a square marble block containing the arms and motto of its original owner Johann Edwards.

Australian art and rare objects to be offered by Sotheby's in Sydney.

By Richard Brewster on 14-Jul-2016 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

Fifteen Fred Williams etchings dating from 1954-1967 from the Raymond and Diana Kidd collection will be a strong highlight of Sotheby’s Australia’s forthcoming diverse international arts and design auction from 6pm July 19 at The Hughenden, 14 Queen Street, Woollahra in Sydney.

Acquired during the 1970s and 1980s, the etchings show the great craftsmanship and skill of one of Australia’s greatest landscape artists.

The collection includes works by Australian modern masters Charles Blackman, Robert Dickerson, Jon Molvig, Sidney Nolan, William Robinson and Tony Tuckson.

Sir Peter Snell's sixties sporting ''singlet'' steals the show at Cordy's monthly sale

By John Perry in New Zealand on 22-Jun-2016 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

A rather crumpled and limp old black cotton ''singlet'' (lot 194) that once belonged to New Zealand's greatest sporting hero of the 20th century Sir Peter Snell K.N.Z.M. O.B.E.sold very well in Auckland at Cordy's June Antique and Art Sale.

A Treasure Trove of Convict & Colonial Memorabilia Unlocked as Copping Museum Closes its Doors

By Charlotte Stanes on 18-Jun-2016 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

The quirky old Copping Colonial & Convict Museum, along the road to Port Arthur in Tasmania, is closing its doors after almost 70 years.  The museum was first established in the 1950s by Jack Smith, as a side-interest to his service station operating next door.  ‘Scavenger Jack’ as he was locally known, was an eccentric and opportunistic collector who sourced many items of historical importance from local property owners at a time when convict memorabilia was not as widely collected and valued as it is today.

 

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Hugh David Sawrey (1919-99) Australia, The Beguiling Hour, oil o… to be offered by Vickers & Hoad Auctioneers Sydney 27/08/2016, Lot No. 208, Est: $4,000-6,000
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