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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.
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.
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.
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.
A significant sapphire and diamond ring, 18ct yellow and white g… to be offered by Philips Auctions Australia Melbourne 1/08/2016, Lot No. 82, Est: $55,000-65,000
Levendi, South Sea pearl necklace, composed of twenty seven pear… sold by Shapiro Auctioneers Sydney 26/07/2016, Lot No. 34, Price: $17,280