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By John Perry in New Zealand on 20-Oct-2016 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)
There was never a dull moment when 420 lots of tribal art and taxidermy went under the hammer at Dunbar Sloane's artefact auction held in the Visitor Center at Auckland's Holy Trinity Cathedral at the top of Parnell Rise in Auckland on 19 October.
Consisting primarily of two important private collections and a miscellany of other works from here there and everywhere, the first section of 44 lots comprised material from the African Continent.
By Richard Brewster on 17-Oct-2016 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)
A magnificent collection of antiques that belonged to Toorak couple the late Bruce Reid and his late wife Joy Gertrude Beattie is the highlight of E.J. Ainger’s special two-day sale from 11am on both Saturday October 22 and Sunday October 23 at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.
Bruce’s great-grandfather William Reid, a prominent banking and racing identity of the early 20th century, started the collection, which has been cherished and handed down through several generations.
Likewise, the inaugural head of the Commonwealth Bureau of Meteorology (established in 1908), H.A. Hunt, left part of his collection to his granddaughter Joy.
Her father also was a keen appreciator of fine arts and lived only a few doors away from their home in Power Avenue, Toorak.
According to Aingers, the collection of Victorian furniture is one of the finest it has ever offered at auction.
By Richard Brewster on 14-Oct-2016 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)
Maritime items, folk art, Aboriginal and tribal artefacts and artworks, pottery, books and historical documents, silver, convict memorabilia and antique furniture comprise part two of Mossgreen’s Australian History auction from 10am Monday October 17 at 926-930 High Street, Armadale.
Some of the more interesting items include a circa 1905 naval commander’s dress uniform with Queen Victoria buttons once belonging to T.E.J. Bigg and a 61-centimtere long William Ricketts (1898-1993) pottery coolamon with applied kangaroos and an Aboriginal tribal elder.
By Terry Ingram on 11-Oct-2016 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)
While outside, the weather was extremely blustery - even for Hobart on a winter’s day - Mossgreen’s auctioneers enjoyed relatively smooth sailing inside the Henry Jones IXL Art Hotel when the David and Leslie Frost collection was offered for sale there on October 9.
Only 50 of the 374 lots in the auction went unsold and the sale grossed a comfortably-over-estimate $491,000 including buyers premium.
By Richard Brewster on 05-Oct-2016 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)
The most significant Tasmanian collection to hit the Australian auction market in living memory will be sold from noon Sunday October 9 by Mossgreen at the Henry Jones Art Hotel, 25 Hunter Street, Hobart.
The collection, comprising Tasmanian colonial furniture, maritime objects and antiques, belongs to David and Leslie Frost and has attracted enormous national and international attention.
By Terry Ingram on 01-Oct-2016 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)
Australian sleepers are still being smoked out in foreign fields – internet or not. But it takes lot of hard work, experience and serendipity to find them and place them in an appreciative home that proves they were just that.
Two offerings at various levels of sleepfulness have come to the attention of web based saleroom habitues attention lately. One was a group of attractive pieces of gold-fields jewellery on the well worn paths of traditional sleeper territory, a UK regional auction and in the heart of the Cotswolds, which has one of the strongest concentrations of antique traders in the world.
By Charlotte Stanes on 28-Jul-2016 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)
A rich and diverse family collection of paintings, objects d’art, jewellery and ephemera amassed over some 100 years will go to auction on 7th August at Aingers in Melbourne.
The collection belonged to the well-heeled and well connected McPherson family - headed up by the eminent and respected pastoralist and leader of primary industry, Sir Clive McPherson.
By Richard Brewster on 28-Jul-2016 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)
Mossgreen’s three-day International Decorative Arts auction in Melbourne from Sunday July 31 contains a strong selection of sterling silver including a rare and imposing silver Victorian copy of the Warwick vase on stand, by Benjamin Smith II and dated London 1841.
The vase features relief masks of Hercules and Bacchus and sits on a square marble block containing the arms and motto of its original owner Johann Edwards.
By Richard Brewster on 14-Jul-2016 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)
Fifteen Fred Williams etchings dating from 1954-1967 from the Raymond and Diana Kidd collection will be a strong highlight of Sotheby’s Australia’s forthcoming diverse international arts and design auction from 6pm July 19 at The Hughenden, 14 Queen Street, Woollahra in Sydney.
Acquired during the 1970s and 1980s, the etchings show the great craftsmanship and skill of one of Australia’s greatest landscape artists.
The collection includes works by Australian modern masters Charles Blackman, Robert Dickerson, Jon Molvig, Sidney Nolan, William Robinson and Tony Tuckson.
By John Perry in New Zealand on 22-Jun-2016 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)
A rather crumpled and limp old black cotton ''singlet'' (lot 194) that once belonged to New Zealand's greatest sporting hero of the 20th century Sir Peter Snell K.N.Z.M. O.B.E.sold very well in Auckland at Cordy's June Antique and Art Sale.
By Charlotte Stanes on 18-Jun-2016 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)
The quirky old Copping Colonial & Convict Museum, along the road to Port Arthur in Tasmania, is closing its doors after almost 70 years. The museum was first established in the 1950s by Jack Smith, as a side-interest to his service station operating next door. ‘Scavenger Jack’ as he was locally known, was an eccentric and opportunistic collector who sourced many items of historical importance from local property owners at a time when convict memorabilia was not as widely collected and valued as it is today.
By Charlotte Stanes on 15-Jun-2016 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)
An extremely rare cedar long case clock, made by convict clockmaker Francis Abbott, will be appearing at auction in Hobart on Saturday, 18 June.
By Richard Brewster on 18-May-2016 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)
A 1960 self-portrait of Australian artist Ernest Buckmaster has been discovered as the backing for another of his paintings earmarked for auction at E.J. Ainger’s two-day special sale from 11am Saturday May 21 and Sunday May 22 at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.
Discovered by the restorer who was busy cleaning the auction painting for Aingers (a seascape of Mentone – where Buckmaster lived during the 1930s and 1940s), the self-portrait has been fitted to a canvas, mounted in a beautiful period frame and also will be part of the sale.
By Richard Brewster on 13-May-2016 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)
The 1853 “First Hunt Steeplechase Trophy” – offered for auction for the first time in 163 years – is a major highlight of Leonard Joel’s Asian Art, Classic Furniture & Objects auction from noon Sunday May 15 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.
By John Perry in New Zealand on 19-Apr-2016 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)
With the recent takeover of Webb's auction house established in Auckland in 1976, by Melbourne based Mossgreen Auctions, a new chapter for the business is about to be written.
Like all businesses Webb's has had its ups and downs and most people in New Zealand see the recent sale to Mossgreen as a rescue package for the business
By John Perry in New Zealand on 19-Apr-2016 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)
The major drawcard for me to travel to Wellington recently was the Tim Clemence Poster Collection of New Zealand & international vintage travel, theatrical and advertising ephemera, which were included in Day 2 of Dunbar Sloane's New Zealand & International Fine Art sale.
Over the years, the market for posters in Wellington has always been constant and strong. Many of New Zealand's finest graphic designers and commercial artists worked for the now defunct New Zealand Railway Studios, a Government Department that was based in Wellington from 1920 until it was closed down towards the end of last century, Posters produced by certain artists such as Marcus King and Leonard Mitchell are in high demand and often change hands at auction for many thousands.
By Terry Ingram on 23-Feb-2016 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)
The Melbourne man who must have been the biggest supplier of collectables to local and overseas markets over nearly three quarters of a century died in his adopted city on January 9.
Max Stern was still going into his office in the Port Phillip Arcade when he became a nonagenerian and gave up playing soccer professionally – the oldest registered player in the southern hemisphere -not long before that. He died two weeks short of his 95 birthday for which the Australian Philatelic Traders Association was preparing a big party.
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.