Chinese buyers bid strongly at the Sotheby's Australia auction of Fine Asian, Australian and European Arts and Design in Sydney on April 15, with the highest price in the Chinese section of the sale for a rare “famille rose” figure of the god Amitays. Estimated at $10,000 to $15,000 it found its way ultimately to $185,000 hammer with two Sotheby's staffers taking bids over the phone. The "Te Pahi" silver medal made the lower estimate of $300,000 after bidding began at $200,000.

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Australian sale to show London newcomers how to buy

By Terry Ingram on 09-Apr-2014 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

At the invitation of Christie's, a Sydney collection is being bulked up by the Mayfair decorative arts trade to create an innovative type of auction at South Kensington on June 4. The Art of Design sale is being led by two portraits from Australia by the Belle Époque painter Emile Blanche and 18th century British artist George Romney.

The Romney, Mrs Moody ….Holding a dog in her lap is pictured here in an interior from the former Watsons Bay home of French fashion plate designer Alfredo Bouret Gonzalez and the late Lex Aitken who formed the Sydney collection and also were the vendors of the Bridget Riley works sold in Sydney last August.

Puzzle picture finds happy home in New Zealand but will meritable medal follow?, asks Terry Ingram

By Terry Ingram on 05-Apr-2014 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

The surprise inclusion of Christie's auction of Australian and New Zealand art sale in London last October has been acquired by the Alexander Turnbull Library in Wellington.

But visitors to that august public institution, part of the National Library of New Zealand, may have some difficulty in finding it if they look under the artist named in Christie's catalogue.

The inclusion, a watercolour titled A Settler and her Daughter with Maoris at Wanganui, with Mount Ruapehu Behind, was catalogued as the work of John Alexander Gilfillan (1793-1864). 

The door to close on one of the biggest Australian antique trading places of all.

By Terry Ingram on 01-Apr-2014 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

In another defining moment for the antique and art market in Australia, Sydney's oldest antique centre, the Sydney Antiques Centre, is to cease trading on June 30.

The building housing the 40 year old centre is going out to selective tender and the 50 plus stall holding tenants given until that date, that is triple their normal monthly notice, by the owner Anibou Pty. Ltd., to leave. 

Buyers compete for trophy art of the colonies by Terry Ingram

By Terry Ingram on 27-Mar-2014 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

Two pieces of Australiana sold comfortably above their estimates at very different auctions in Melbourne and Sydney this week, writes Terry Ingram .

The confident pictorial expressions of the colonies in different stages of their early development – and almost trophy lots - sold for around exactly the same hammer price which was well over $300,000 and in excess of expectations.

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