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By Richard Brewster on 06-Oct-2015 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)
A 50-year-old collection built up by one of Melbourne’s leading businessmen will be auctioned on site from 11am Sunday at 46 Monomeath Avenue, Canterbury.
Kim’s Auctions has been asked to handle the sale which features quality sterling silver including a 1774 George III swing handle basket, a 1697 pair of William III lighthouse castors featuring the London coat of arms, a George IV oval shaped Scottish soup tureen by J McKay, an 1830 William IV ewer and basin, and George III dinner plates (London 1762) and six-piece tea service (London 1817-18).
For wine buffs there is a selection of early Penfold Grange wine from the 1950s to the late 1970s.
By Richard Brewster on 22-Sep-2015 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)
A world-class collection of 19th century French Sevres leads the charge at Christian McCann Auctions forthcoming sale from noon Sunday September 27 at 426 Burnley Street, Richmond. The Sevres collection, comprising 40 mainly ormolu mounted Celeste and Cobalt blue pieces, is unlikely to be matched in the foreseeable future.
By Richard Brewster on 17-Sep-2015 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)
Mossgreen Quarterly Collectors Auction Series always throws up an interesting array of collectables and this latest effort – over two days from 10am Monday September 21 at 926-930 High Street, Armadale – is no exception.
While porcelain, glassware and sculpture feature prominently, the auction also is notable for rather unusual antique items.
Of particular note is an Austrian (Franz Bergman manner) cold painted bronze of a camel led by an attendant and ridden by a Bedouin playing drums, and also a stoneware two-headed sculpture by Alexander Leckie.
By Richard Brewster on 16-Sep-2015 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)
A fascinating collection of elephants and tribal artefacts belonging to collector Bob White will be auctioned from 2pm Thursday September 17 at Leonard Joel 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.
By Richard Brewster on 10-Sep-2015 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)
A 5.73 carat Tiffany & Co heart-shaped diamond ring – originally sold at auction by Leonard Joel in 1998 – is once again being offered by the company at its forthcoming jewellery auction from 6pm Monday September 14 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.
By Terry Ingram on 01-Sep-2015 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)
There is no recession in China, if the results of the buying for the last major section of the auction by Mossgreen of the collection of the late Dr Peter Elliott is anything to go by, writes Terry Ingram. On the Internet, phones and in the room, overseas Chinese and members of the local Chinese community repeatedly paid over the odds for the work of members of the art and craft of their forebears.
By Terry Ingram on 31-Aug-2015 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)
Carved wooden statues from the Philippines were the star performers in the third session of the dispersal of the collection of the late Dr Peter Elliott in Sydney this week. The statues contributed nearly $200,000 to a further blow out in the total sold on the day of $982,490, bringing the total so far to $5.34 million IBP.
By Richard Brewster on 26-Aug-2015 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)
A rare William White 1920 Royal Doulton figure The Coquette wearing a blue dress is a major feature of Abbeys Auctions forthcoming special sale from 10am Saturday August 29 at 480-482a Station Street, Box Hill.
By Richard Brewster on 13-Aug-2015 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)
The late Neil Collister collection – comprising 163 lots of high quality furniture and rare old English porcelain – brought auction goers flocking to Philips Auctions August sale determined to buy items rarely seen on the auction market.
Names such as Dr Wall Worcester, Bow, Longton Hall, Nantgarw, Chelsea and Derby were the impetus for prices that well exceeded vendor expectations.
By Richard Brewster on 04-Aug-2015 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)
Young’s Auctions special sale from 9.30am Friday August 7 will be a strong reminder to auction goers of two famous Victorian families – one who was instrumental in the development of medal and sterling silver manufacture in the State and the other a pioneer of the Western District.
By Richard Brewster on 21-Jul-2015 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)
The late Neil Collister was the sort of collector most auction houses would pay good money to have in the room at sale time.
There was always some item – be it smalls or antique furniture – that would grab his interest every time he frequented his favourite Melbourne or Victorian regional auction houses and his collection grew steadily.
By Richard Brewster on 06-Jul-2015 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)
Sterling silver remained popular at Philips Auctions June 21 sale with bidders competing for items from a quality collection.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.