A precious link in the Australian saleroom has been broken with the death on August 17 2014, and after a long illness, of Bruce Rutherford. What was conceivably the most prestigious sale held in Australia at the time – and possibly to this day – was held by Sotheby's in 1973 four years after Rutherford's appointment as the firm's representative for Australia.

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Lawson's gives vendor and buyer alike a three quarters of a million dollar lift to Lotus land

By Terry Ingram on 14-Aug-2014 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

If a Lotus land is an idyllic place of contentment as it is sometimes defined, Lawson's must have whisked a Sydney North Shore vendor away there on August 14 when it auctioned a bronze Buddha figure on that consignors behalf, in its rooms in Leichhardt, writes Terry Ingram

Oriental flavour to deceased estate auction in Toorak

By Richard Brewster on 28-Jul-2014 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

Classic antique furniture, porcelain, paintings, silver and glass will be a collectors’ paradise for auction goers when E.J. Ainger places the estate of the late Patricia Jackson under the hammer from noon Sunday August 3 on site at 52 St Georges Road, Toorak. 

Both Patricia Jackson, who died earlier this year aged 89, and her husband Gordon were well known for entertaining and collecting (his passion was Australian ceramics donated after his death to the Geelong Art Gallery in appreciation of his family’s long association with the city through Jackson Tanneries) and the home reflected her style and personality.

Hybrid sale's curious offspring - a Chinese day bed - is much loved

By Terry Ingram on 13-Jul-2014 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

The market in rare Chinese antiques just won't lie down. A new auction record for Chinese furniture is now being claimed by Lawson's for a 17th century Ming/Qing love seat or day bed sold at a house contents auction it held in Vaucluse, Sydney yesterday writes Terry Ingram

Unlike many of the previous high prices the record was not entirely unexpected. Indeed It seems to have fallen a little short.

Yet various prospective buyers enlivened the weekend viewing by examining the bed thoroughly with magnifying glasses and ultra violet light undaunted by its anonymous offering in a curious openly hybrid (an offspring of room and house contents) auction of carpets, Australian paintings and other Chinese antiques.

In named collection frenzy binned old timers bloom again

By Terry Ingram on 06-Jul-2014 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

Flights by still trending or new-to-the-market traditional artists helped lift results of the auction of the Bill and Eileen Cammack collection by held by Lawson's Auctions in the Menzies rooms in Sydney's Kensington on July 5 and 6.

Works by Neville Cayley (the son) soared above their modest estimates and very special paintings by John Allcot cruised away.

Also keenly bid were watercolours by a rarely seen at auction 101 year old painter of Central Australian Aborigines, Helen Baldwin, while many artists thought to have been lost to the culture bin reappeared with a surprising spread of takers.

But the big contribution to the unexpected excess value in the sale came from its 60 lots of carved Chinese ivories which were chased by members of the local Chinese community in the heavily packed room.

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