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Clarice Cliff mask to feature at Philips Auctions

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.
By Richard Brewster on 26-Mar-2015 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

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.

The mask was mentioned in an article about Dr and Mrs Cecil Raphael’s new home high on the hill in Glenferrie Road, Glenferrie – and referred to because it was reflected in an immense circular mirror that hung on the wall above the living room fireplace.

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

Two consignments from Australia appear to have benefitted substantially 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. Christie's consignment produced a useful $US905,000 IBP for a pair of Zitan armchairs of the later Qing period, three times the top estimate.
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

Melbourne auction house E.J. Ainger Pty Ltd will auction the collection of the late Dr Peter Brew on site in Malvern on Saturday March 29. Included in the sale is a white marble statue of a young lady, by Antonio Frilli made and inscribed by the artist in 1881, on a verde marble pedestal, purchased for $58,000 from Bonhams and Goodman in Sydney.
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

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

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 have the chance to slow the proceedings for this third player, the phalanx of unseen bidders on the Internet writes Terry Ingram
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.

Whale of a sale creates a big splash in the Australiana market.

The Caressa Crouch and Carl Gonsalves Collection of Australiana sold for $1.07 million or more than three times expectations at Mossgreen's rooms in Melbourne on February 22. Highest price was for an important early colonial cedar sideboard sold to a phone bidder for $122,000 including buyers premium against estimates of $20,000 to $30,000. A whalebone.chair (above) realised $34,160, more than three times the estimate of $10,000 to $15,000 but less than the $84,000 paid for it at Bonhams & Goodman in 2008.
By Terry Ingram on 24-Feb-2015 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

The Caressa Crouch and Carl Gonsalves Collection of Australiana sold for $1.07 million or more than three times expectations at Mossgreen's rooms in Melbourne on February 22. The result was helped by strategically low estimates designed to sell, writes Terry Ingram.

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