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Green proves the new yellow as a man in red leads the charge (The Elliott Collection Day 3)

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.

Ancestor gods prove a blessing on Elliott Collection, Day Two

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.

Flirtatious woman will woo auction-goers

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.

 

Collister estate brings pleasing prices at Philips Auctions

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.

Young's Auctions to sell part-contents of historic Western district homestead

Young’s Auctions in Melbourne will auction the part contents of Glenormiston Homestead at Terang in the Corangamite Shire built in the 1850s, at their special sale on Friday August 7, including a carved box (above) and shelves by Prenzel and furniture by Rojo and Buckley and Nunn.
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.

Philips Auctions to sell fine and early English porcelain from collector's estate.

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.

Sterling silver collection from unamed collector fares well at Philips auction

Sterling silver remained popular at Philips Auctions June 21 sale with bidders competing to pick up items from a quality collection. An 1867 Victorian sterling silver tea and coffee service by Daniel Charles Houle of London created plenty of interest and was knocked down for $4032
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.

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.

 

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