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In our News and Opinion and News Bites sections we publish relevant and timely articles on the antiques, collectables and decorative arts markets by respected and independent writers such Peter Fish, formerly the Sydney Morning Herald ArtSmart columnist, Richard Brewster of The Age and other writers. Subscribers are notified by email of the publication of important and time-sensitive articles.

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Doctor’s 70-year art collection going under the hammer for $6m

02-Jul-2015

When gynaecologist and obstetrician Peter Elliott died last year he left a collection of art and antiques that is set to be the biggest single-owner art sale of the year. 
 
Elliott’s trove of remarkable tribal carvings, Chinese ceramics and paintings by William Robinson, Fred Williams, John Brack and Brett Whiteley will be auctioned in Sydney over three days from August 30, with expectations that it will raise more than $6 million, writes Michaela Boland in The Australian.

Philips Auctions continues trend with quality jewellery.

By Richard Brewster on 22-Jun-2015 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

Philips Auctions continual ability to attract quality jewellery items has resulted in another strong offering at its forthcoming sale from 6pm Monday June 22 at 47 Glenferrie Road, Malvern.

While catalogue estimates range from a few hundred dollars to many thousands, resident gemmologist Tanya Philips has once again ensured auction goers will not be disappointed – no matter what their favoured price range.

Multi-function Krimper sideboard in Melbourne auction.

A Schulim Krimper sideboard, containing a radio, record player and speaker will be offered at Philips Auctions forthcoming sale from noon on Sunday June 21. The sideboard was exhibited at the Krimper Retrospective held in 1959 by the National Gallery of Victoria and carries an estimate of $4000-$6000.
By Richard Brewster on 19-Jun-2015 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

A Schulim Krimper sideboard (containing a radio, record player and speaker) will be offered at Philips Auctions forthcoming sale from noon on Sunday June 21, sparking renewed interest in designer furniture of the 1950s and 1960s as many young unit dwellers search for well crafted items with simple but elegant lines to match their modern apartments.

Historic gilt lined snuff box to be offered by Gowans, Hobart.

A sterling silver table snuffbox, linked to an unfortunate tragedy, is bound to intrigue both history buffs and auction goers when Gowans Auctions holds its forthcoming special sale from 10am on Saturday June 20 at 37 Main Road, Moonah in Hobart, Tasmania.
By Richard Brewster on 17-Jun-2015 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

A sterling silver table snuffbox, linked to an unfortunate tragedy, is bound to intrigue both history buffs and auction goers when Gowans Auctions holds its forthcoming special sale from 10am on Saturday June 20 at 37 Main Road, Moonah in Hobart, Tasmania.

Featuring one of the first specimens of silver gilt lining in the Tasmanian colony, the box was made by former convict turned silversmith and medallist in Hobart, Charles Jones, and presented by William Gore Elliston to John Mezger during a special dinner at Mezger’s Hotel in August 1848.

Collectable industrial models and scientific instruments lead Leonard Joel sale.

A single owner collection of industrial models and scientific instruments – part of Leonard Joel’s May Classic Furniture and Objects auction – signals an emerging category within the auction world. With the auction to be held from 11am Saturday May 30 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra, the single owner collection is a reflection of mankind’s industrial and social past.
By Richard Brewster on 28-May-2015 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

A single owner collection of industrial models and scientific instruments – part of Leonard Joel’s May Classic Furniture and Objects auction – signals an emerging category within the auction world.

With the auction to be held from 11am Saturday May 30 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra, the single owner collection is a reflection of mankind’s industrial and social past.

Japanese ivories surpass estimates at Philips Auctions

A collection of Japanese ivory figures proved extremely popular with collectors and sold for four to five times its estimates at Philips Auctions latest sale on May 17. The collection belonged to the late Bonnie Knight, who had been collecting artefacts and jewellery since she was a teenager and viewed netsukes as her favourite items.
By Richard Brewster on 28-May-2015 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

A collection of Japanese ivory figures proved extremely popular with collectors and sold for four to five times its estimates at Philips Auctions latest sale on May 17.

The collection belonged to the late Bonnie Knight, who had been collecting artefacts and jewellery since she was a teenager and viewed netsukes as her favourite items.

Nugget should bring a fair dinkum good price

Mossgreen will auction the “Fair Dinkum” gold nugget weighing 2720 grams and carrying a catalogue estimate of $200,000-$220,000 at their rooms in Armadale on 19 May. Discovered in Victoria near Wedderburn earlier this year, it is one of the most significant nuggets finds since the Hand of Faith in 1980.
By Richard Brewster on 17-May-2015 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

Autograph signatures of every Australian Prime Minister since Sir Edmund Barton will be auctioned from 2pm Tuesday May 19 by Mossgreen at 926-930 High Street, Armadale as part of its Australian & Colonial Antique & Historical sale.

While most of the signatures carry catalogue estimates of several hundreds of dollars, that of the third Prime Minister Chris Watson (1867-1941) is estimated at $10,000-$12,000.

Yellow sapphire pendant sells for $122,000 at Sotheby's Jewels sale in Melbourne

The rare Willows 35.73-carat yellow sapphire pendant – the largest ever offered at an Australian auction – sold for a staggering $122,000 in Melbourne on May 12 through Sotheby’s Australia. Chairman Geoffrey Smith said the yellow sapphire was exceptional and achieved $3414 a carat.
By Richard Brewster on 15-May-2015 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

The rare Willows 35.73-carat yellow sapphire pendant – the largest ever offered at an Australian auction – sold for a staggering $122,000 in Melbourne on May 12 through Sotheby’s Australia.

Chairman Geoffrey Smith said the yellow sapphire was exceptional and achieved $3414 a carat. 

Does Hermes appeal?

By Richard Brewster on 13-May-2015 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

Pre-owned luxury items featuring creations by Hermes, Pucci, Etro, Lulu Guiness, Burberry and many other designers will be auctioned from Thursday May 14 by Leonard Joel at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

Suitcase of surprises

A major collection of estate jewellery recently turned up in a suitcase, much to the surprise of resident Philips Auctions gemmologist Tanya Philips. Within the suitcase were almost 400 pieces – each kept in a box or pouch and many accompanied by original receipts or handwritten notations of purchase date, location and history.
By Richard Brewster on 13-May-2015 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

A major collection of estate jewellery recently turned up in a suitcase, much to the surprise of resident Philips Auctions gemmologist Tanya Philips.

Within the suitcase were almost 400 pieces – each kept in a box or pouch and many accompanied by original receipts or handwritten notations of purchase date, location and history.

News story from 1980s behind the sale of ivory figures at Philips Auctions

Erotic Japanese netsuke figurines, part of a contentious indecency court case in the 1980s, will be auctioned from noon Sunday May 17 by Philips Auctions at 47 Glenferrie Road, Toorak. The figures belonged to the late Bonnie Knight, who died recently aged 84, and are being sold by the family as part of her collection.
By Richard Brewster on 12-May-2015 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

Erotic Japanese netsuke figurines, part of a contentious indecency court case in the 1980s, will be auctioned from noon Sunday May 17 by Philips Auctions at 47 Glenferrie Road, Toorak.

The figures belonged to the late Bonnie Knight, who died recently aged 84, and are being sold by the family as part of her collection.

Bid war pushes pendant to $167,000

07-May-2015

A Sydney auction house enjoyed a rare, Antiques Roadshow-type momen­t this week when an enamel­ and pearl swan pendant, stamped with the insignia of Paris­ian art nouveau jewellery designer Lalique, sparked an international bidding war, writes Michaela Boland in The Australian.

Five keen phone bidders from The Netherlands, Israel, France and the US competed for the antiq­ue, resulting in bidding soaring way beyond its initial estimated value of $3000-$5000 to go under the hammer for $167,000.

Beatles photographic memorabilia to be sold by Leonard Joel

Unique black and white photos taken in 1964 of the Beatles appearing the Ed Sullivan Show, on their way by train to a Washington performance and arriving in Adelaide are among an unusual collection of entertainment memorabilia auction from noon Thursday May 7.
By Richard Brewster on 04-May-2015 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

Unique black and white photos taken in 1964 of the Beatles appearing the Ed Sullivan Show, on their way by train to a Washington performance and arriving in Adelaide are among an unusual collection of entertainment memorabilia auction from noon Thursday May 7.

 

Leonard Joel to conduct antique dealer clearance sale

Leonard Joel will auction the business stock of Wal Johnson Antiques & Collectables of West Melbourne on site, on Sunday May 10 including this 19th century cedar and Blackwood retail display cabinet made for the British artist’s supply company, Winsor & Newton.
By Richard Brewster on 02-May-2015 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

Tom Szekeres and his son Chanon decided on the name of a family dog when they set up their antiques business in West Melbourne 16 years ago – partly because of exasperation, partly timing and partly from subliminal family influence.

“Wally Johnson was the name of my wife Julie’s grandmother’s dog,” Tom explained. “When we went to register the name of our business, frustratingly all the names we had chosen were already taken – so we decided this name was as good as any.”

Mossgreen Interior Decorator auction to cover wide range of periods and styles.

The individuality of items in Mossgreen’s forthcoming Interior Decorator auction from 10.30am Monday May 11 at 926-930 High Street, Armadale is a great opportunity for collectors from all walks of life to obtain a piece of classic history. Right from Lot 1, an 18th century French Louis XV giltwood marble topped console table, collectors should be rubbing their hands in anticipation of some quality purchases.
By Richard Brewster on 01-May-2015 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

The individuality of items in Mossgreen’s forthcoming Interior Decorator auction from 10.30am Monday May 11 at 926-930 High Street, Armadale is a great opportunity for collectors from all walks of life to obtain a piece of classic history.

Right from Lot 1, an 18th century French Louis XV giltwood marble topped console table, collectors should be rubbing their hands in anticipation of some quality purchases.

Yellow sapphire pendant discovered in 1946 to lead Sotheby’s Jewellery sale.

Three high priced items should whet serious collector appetites at Sotheby’s Australia forthcoming jewellery auction from 5.30pm Tuesday May 12 at 41 Exhibition Street, Melbourne. One is the extremely rare “Willows” 35.73-carat yellow sapphire pendant carrying a catalogue estimate of $100,000-$150,000.
By Richard Brewster on 01-May-2015 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

Three high priced items should whet serious collector appetites at Sotheby’s Australia forthcoming jewellery auction from 5.30pm Tuesday May 12 at 41 Exhibition Street, Melbourne.

One is the extremely rare “Willows” 35.73-carat yellow sapphire pendant carrying a catalogue estimate of $100,000-$150,000.

Moorcroft Pottery collection to be sold by Aingers

By Richard Brewster on 29-Apr-2015 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

An outstanding single owner collection of Moorcroft art pottery including a rare Jerusalem vase will be part of a two-day auction from 11am Saturday May 2 and Sunday May 3 by E.J. Ainger Pty Ltd at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

The Jerusalem vase (pictured opposite) – number one in a limited edition run of only 50 – is now worth about $25,000. At the time of its manufacture in 2000, each vase retailed in England for £11,500 and numbers sold quickly.

Glove sofa a knockout at $8000 in Joel’s Modern Design sale.

A Poltronova Glove sofa, knocked down for $8000, was the highest furniture money earner at Leonard Joel’s Modern Design Furniture auction on April 23.
By Richard Brewster on 28-Apr-2015 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

A Poltronova Glove sofa, knocked down for $8000, (hammer) was the highest furniture money earner at Leonard Joel’s Modern Design Furniture auction on April 23.

Other strong highlights were the Charles and Ray Eames lounge chair and ottoman, which went under the hammer for $7000, and a Poul Kjaerholm PKO chair for $6000.

Phar Lap’s shoes fetch $24,400 at Mossgreen.

By Richard Brewster on 28-Apr-2015 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

A pair of horse shoes worn by the legendary Phar Lap sold for $24,400 (including buyer’s premium) at Mossgreen’s April 23 Sporting Memorabilia auction.

They were estimated at $15,000—$20,000.

Originally belonging to Phar Lap’s strapper Tommy Woodcock, the shoes are mounted in a frame, complete with Woodcock’s photograph, which also carries a letter of authenticity from master farrier Dick Bell.

Strong art section in forthcoming Christian McCann sale.

By Richard Brewster on 28-Apr-2015 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

Two works – one of them a major painting entitled The Garden of the Graces – by famous 19th century water colourist Ebenezer Wake Cook (1843-1926) lead a strong art section at Christian McCann Auctions forthcoming sale from noon Sunday May 3 at 426 Burnley Street, Richmond.

The painting was inspired by Greek mythology The Three Graces (in Roman mythology Gratiae) – goddesses of such virtues as charm, beauty and creativity

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