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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.
By Charlotte Stanes on 15-Jun-2016 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)
An extremely rare cedar long case clock, made by convict clockmaker Francis Abbott, will be appearing at auction in Hobart on Saturday, 18 June.
By Richard Brewster on 18-May-2016 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)
A 1960 self-portrait of Australian artist Ernest Buckmaster has been discovered as the backing for another of his paintings earmarked for auction at E.J. Ainger’s two-day special sale from 11am Saturday May 21 and Sunday May 22 at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.
Discovered by the restorer who was busy cleaning the auction painting for Aingers (a seascape of Mentone – where Buckmaster lived during the 1930s and 1940s), the self-portrait has been fitted to a canvas, mounted in a beautiful period frame and also will be part of the sale.
By Richard Brewster on 13-May-2016 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)
The 1853 “First Hunt Steeplechase Trophy” – offered for auction for the first time in 163 years – is a major highlight of Leonard Joel’s Asian Art, Classic Furniture & Objects auction from noon Sunday May 15 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.
Royal Worcester urn and cover ovoid body painted with highland c… to be offered by Dunbar Sloane Ltd. Wellington 13/07/2016, Lot No. 107, Est: NZ$7,000-10,000
English School (19th Century), Portraits of Officer George Thoma… sold by Mossgreen Auctions Melbourne 28/06/2016, Lot No. 363, Price: $16,120