The market in rare Chinese antiques just won't lie down with a new auction record for Chinese furniture 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.

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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.

Market puts pressure on trophy prowess

By Terry Ingram on 18-Jun-2014 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

The trophy market is under pressure judging by two transactions which have taken place in the market for objects of desire over the past two weeks.

Saleroom habitués must begin wondering if the markets in art and the classic car, will also feel the pinch.

For it is in these upper reaches of the market, enthusiastic buying of the very rare and special, which increasingly invites the term trophyism, has been most emphatic.

Auctioneers frequently congratulate bidders from the rostrum of having won a lot they have just knocked down to them.

The objects, a stamp and a bank note still sold for a lot of money: $US9.01 million and "around $A1 million" respectively, writes Terry Ingram.

Vintage Demons jumper with $10,000 hopes pulled from sale


A unique Melbourne Football Club jumper, as worn in the 1900 grand final by Austin ''Goosey’' Lewis, has been pulled from sale after a dispute over its worth, writes James Cockington in The Age. The jumper is said to be one of the oldest in Australian football and estimated to be worth between $5,000 and $10,000. It was to be sold on Wednesday by Charles Leski, now part of Mossgreen Auctions in Melbourne. But Mossgreen specialist Max Williamson said vendors - the distant family of Austin Lewis, a member of the 1900 Melbourne side - wanted more than any other football item had been sold for.

Cup runneth over for Bonython family at auction

When the first item from a Bonython estate auction — a painted Chinese bowl estimated to be worth $1500 — sold for $22,000, auctioneer Paul Sumner knew it would be a long and memorable day, writes Michael Owen in The Australian. The remarkable sale price for Lot 1, a blue-and-white dragon bowl 16cm in diameter marked from the Kangxi period, may well have been the result of some early overexcitement from several telephone bidders in China  
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