The quaint Clarice Cliff mask, which features in Philips Auctions latest decorative arts sale, first came to public prominence in the Melbourne Herald of November 28, 1935, when it was mentioned in an article about Dr and Mrs Cecil Raphael’s new home high on the hill in Glenferrie Road, Glenferrie. As well as the mask there are several other interesting items in the sale on Sunday March 29 at 47 Glenferrie Road, Malvern.

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Chinese thrones crown local consignments to New York's Asia Week

By Terry Ingram on 26-Mar-2015 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

Two consignments from Australia appear to have benefitted substantially in the market place from the attention created by the sale of one of the world's finest collections of Asian art in New York this month.

Both Sotheby's and Christie's sold works shipped across the Pacific through the local franchise and the representative offices respectively of the two companies

Brew family collection being sold in Melbourne

By Richard Brewster on 24-Mar-2015 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

Keen collectors of art and other collectables, Dr Peter Brew and his wife Monica lived at 1269 High Street, Malvern for almost six decades.

They bought the turn of the 20th century house in 1959 and in it raised seven children. To some degree, Peter Brew followed in the collecting footsteps of his prominent ophthalmologist grandfather, Dr George Alexander Brew, who, among other items, obtained several prominent pieces that once belonged to Lord Kitchener and notes from Captain Cook’s diary.

Immortal panels at $US1.81 million shows the enduring power of brand Sotheby's

By Terry Ingram on 20-Mar-2015 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

Australia's mineral trade with China may be faltering but the boom in choice Chinese art exports from is very much alive and well as is the brand through which they were consigned.

Sotheby's New York has sold sold for a seven figure sum, a set of four enamel panels consigned through the “unrelated” Sotheby's Australia.

Opulence links clock and old envelope sales with lots and lots of Louis

By Terry Ingram on 12-Mar-2015 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

Three recent antique, decorative arts and philatelic auctions showed that interest in the most unlikely categories can produce satisfactory returns if estimates are adjusted to show that the goods are genuinely for sale. An opulent setting can also help. With bidders now accustomed to the delay occasioned by online bidding, auctioneers additonally have the chance to slow the proceedings for this third player, the phalanx of unseen bidders on the Internet.

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Antonio Frilli. A statue of a young lady inscribed A.… to be offered by E. J. Ainger Pty. Ltd. Melbourne 29/03/2015, Lot No. 170, Est: $30,000—50,000

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A Burmese ruby and diamond cluster ring; centring an oval cut Bu… sold by Lawsons Sydney 26/03/2015, Lot No. 377, Price: $6,136
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