The Stuart Devlin silver creations are expected to be the highlight of Philips Auctions decorative arts sale for on Sunday 14 February, including a silver potpourri (illustrated above) and several silver cups and goblets. Eighty-four-year-old Geelong-born gold and silversmith Devlin is famous for winning the competition to design Australia’s decimal coinage and for his appointment in 1982 as goldsmith and jeweller to Queen Elizabeth II.

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Mossgreen to offer two baggy greens

By Richard Brewster on 07-Feb-2016 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

Demand for sporting memorabilia is stronger than ever – particularly for early items, documents and photographs where the sporting greats have retired or died – and Mossgreen’s first auction of this type for 2016 is a great example.

To be held from 10am Monday February 8 at 926-930 High Street Armadale, the auction features the Australian baggy green Test caps from two former Australian captains – one belonging to the late Richie Benaud from his last Test series in 1963-64 against South Africa and the other to Ian Chappell from the 1973-74 series against New Zealand. 

After 85 years, Youngs Auctions, Melbourne bids farewell

By Richard Brewster on 04-Dec-2015 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

Young people today are more interested in collecting apps on their mobile phones or computers than furniture or other categories of collectables, according to Young’s Auctions director David Young.

“Of course, it is unlikely they will last as long as much of the furniture we have seen pass through our auction business in the past 85 years,” he says.

These insights were being offered as Young’s Auctions (which sold its premises earlier this year) held its farewell sale on Friday December 18 before closing the business for good.

Will lot 88 prove lucky for Philips Auctions final sale of the year

By Richard Brewster on 01-Dec-2015 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

With Christmas just around the corner, Philips Auctions final decorative arts sale for the year features a plethora of items that would make ideal presents for family and friends.

The auction, from noon Sunday December 6 at 47 Glenferrie Road Malvern, features quality items from a Melbourne philanthropist that include a stunning French commode, ormolu pier table, two vitrines and porcelain by Royal Worcester, Dresden and Limoge such as lemon and pink eggs and vases by Grainger & Co and Royal Dux.

Columbian emeralds feature in Joel's final jewellery sale

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

The resurgence of buyer interest in emerald jewellery will be tested when Leonard Joel holds its forthcoming jewels auction from 6pm Monday November 30 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

Joel’s confidence is reflected in the featuring of an art deco style Colombian emerald and diamond bracelet (lot 205) on the auction catalogue front cover.

Other noteworthy pieces are a 4.99-carat Colombian emerald and diamond ring and a Colombian emerald and diamond suite comprising, ring, earrings and pendant (lot 145) with a catalogue estimate of $80,000-$120,000.

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A fine rosewood and mahogany Art Deco dining setting, circa 1940… to be offered by Philips Auctions Australia Melbourne 14/02/2016, Lot No. 420, Est: $13,000-18,000
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