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Among the highlights of the collection is a series of magnificent 19th century sets by English ornithologist and bird artist John Gould (1804-1881) with hand coloured plates. These include the eight-volume The Birds of Australia, the three-volume The Mammals of Australia, the five-volume The Birds of New Guinea and the seven-volume The Birds of Asia.

Leading conservationist's rare books being sold

By Richard Brewster on 18-Oct-2017 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

An outstanding collection of rare and valuable books belonging to one of Australia’s leading conservationists and founder of the Australian Wildlife Conservancy Fund, the late Martin Copley (1940-2014), will be auctioned on October 22 by Mossgreen in Armadale.

By buying and managing land throughout Australia, the fund has played a vital role in preserving the habitats of endangered mammal and bird species. 

At a packed, standing room only Philips Fine & Decorative Arts auction on 10 September in Melbourne auction, the standout lot was a vibrant green circular Faberge tray with silver gilt and ruby guilloche enamel rococo handles set with cut diamonds; formerly from the John Traina collection.

Faberge nephrite tray brings six times upper estimate

By John Furphy on 19-Sep-2017 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

At a packed, standing room only Philips Fine & Decorative Arts auction on 10 September in Melbourne  auction, the standout lot was a vibrant green circular Faberge tray with silver gilt and ruby guilloche enamel rococo handles set with cut diamonds; formerly from the John Traina collection.

The catalogue cover piece, the now iconic Graff 'Disco Butterfly' ruby and diamond wristwatch is one of the auction’s most costly and whimsical items – with a catalogue estimate of $100,000-$150,000.

Cocktail jewellery the theme for Leonard Joel’s forthcoming quarterly Fine Jewellery auction

By Richard Brewster on 31-Aug-2017 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

Many of the 35 lots of cocktail jewellery comes from a regular client – who over the years has amassed a wonderful and eclectic collection of this type of piece – consigning several items to the sale.

Of the 35 items (lots 340-375) the collector has consigned to the auction, in Melbourne on 4 September 4 a gold, ruby and diamond brooch (lot 365) with stylised floral design featuring round cut rubies to the stamen and diamond detail to the leaves, is typical of his discerning eye.

A rare Victorian gilt sterling silver suite of a Warwick vase and cover and four matching bowls made in 1842 by London silversmith Benjamin Smith for British politician, traveller and author James Emerson (1804-1869) is the highlight of an extensive sterling silver collection to be sold as part of Mossgreen’s International Decorative Arts auction on August 29 in Melbourne.

Rare Victorian silver gilt suite and other historical silver to be offered by Mossgreen

By Richard Brewster on 25-Aug-2017 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

A rare Victorian gilt sterling silver suite of a Warwick vase and cover and four matching bowls (lot 618) made in 1842 by London silversmith Benjamin Smith for British politician, traveller and author James Emerson (1804-1869) is the highlight of an extensive sterling silver collection – part of Mossgreen’s International Decorative Arts auction on August 29 in Melbourne.

The late James Fairfax, who died in January this year aged 83, was a passionate collector, philanthropist and supporter of the arts, and his extensive business travels and visits to his United Kingdom residence, during which often included lengthy stopovers in Asia, that influenced and informed Fairfax’s decorative arts collection.

Antiques & Decorative Arts collection from the estate of James O. Fairfax AC to be sold by Leonard Joel

By Richard Brewster on 23-Aug-2017 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

A director of the media empire founded in 1841 by his grandfather John Fairfax, the late James Fairfax (who died in January this year aged 83) was a passionate collector, philanthropist and supporter of the arts.

Although the family publishing business played an important role, it also was his extensive business travels and visits to his United Kingdom residence, when he often stopped for extended periods in Asia, that influenced and informed Fairfax’s decorative arts collection.

The three Brownlow Medals (awarded each year to the best and fairest Australian Rules Football player) won by Essendon legend Dick Reynolds will be part of Mossgreen’s forthcoming Sporting Memorabilia auction on 15 August at their rooms in Armadale.

Essendon to the fore in Mossgreen's Sporting Memorabilia auction

By Richard Brewster on 11-Aug-2017 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

The three Brownlow Medals (awarded each year to the best and fairest Australian Rules Football player) won by Essendon legend Dick Reynolds will be part of Mossgreen’s forthcoming Sporting Memorabilia auction on 15 August at their rooms in Armadale.

One of the best rovers the game has seen, Reynolds played 320 games (a Victorian Football League record that stood until 1974) for Essendon between 1933 and 1951.

He won the Brownlow Medal – the highest acknowledgement to which an Australian Rules player can aspire – in 1934, 1937 and 1938.

An internationally significant Australian-based early English porcelain collection will be sold on Sunday July 30 by Philips Auctions in Melbourne. The museum quality collection belongs to Hamilton based Timothy Menzel, formerly a trustee with the City of Hamilton Art Gallery who, through his grandfather developed an interest in collecting, specialising in porcelain.

Lifetime collection of early English porcelain to be sold by Philips Auctions in Melbourne

By Richard Brewster on 24-Jul-2017 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

An internationally significant Australian-based early English porcelain collection – the result of decades of research and acquisition – should give serious collectors the opportunity of a lifetime when it is auctioned from noon Sunday July 30 by Philips Auctions at 47 Glenferrie Road, Malvern Victoria as a pre-cursor to the company’s normal decorative arts sale.

The museum quality collection belongs to Timothy Menzel, born and raised in the Victorian Western District town of Hamilton where he ran three menswear stores and through his grandfather developed an interest in collecting, particularly porcelain.

Horse racing devotees and auction goers will have the opportunity to obtain a slice of Australian thoroughbred racing history when the contents of historic Wood Nook Farm, near the Victorian town of Nagambie, go under the hammer on July 25 in Armadale. A thoroughbred nursery for more than six decades, Wood Nook was extensively developed by former Moonee Valley Race Club chairman Bob Scarborough and his wife Rosemary.

Mossgreen to sell contents of historic horse racing property

By Richard Brewster on 18-Jul-2017 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

Horse racing devotees and auction goers will have the opportunity to obtain a slice of Australian thoroughbred racing history when the contents of historic Wood Nook Farm, near the Victorian town of Nagambie, go under the hammer on July 25 in Armadale.

A thoroughbred nursery for more than six decades, Wood Nook was extensively developed by former Moonee Valley Race Club chairman Bob Scarborough and his wife Rosemary.

A grand Sevres porcelain and gilt bronze centrepiece is a major highlight of the Peterson Collection, formed over a lifetime by the late husband and wife team Burton “Pete” and Melda Peterson and housed in their Brisbane family home. Mossgreen has been asked to auction the collection in two sessions on Sunday June 18 at the Brisbane City Hall.

Mossgreen goes north

By Richard Brewster on 14-Jun-2017 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

A grand Sevres porcelain and gilt bronze centrepiece is a major highlight of the Peterson Collection, formed over a lifetime by the late husband and wife team Burton “Pete” and Melda Peterson and housed in their Brisbane family home. Mossgreen has been asked to auction the collection in two sessions on Sunday June 18 at the Brisbane City Hall.

An extravagant ivory conductor’s baton, once belonging to the great French composer Claude Debussy, will go under the auction hammer on 30 April 2017 at Ainger's sale of 'The Estate Of A Gentleman together with the Richard Divall AO OBE Collection', with expectations of reaching between $10,000-20,000. Also included in the sale is an important early Colonial Australian cedar table (above), inlaid with exotic Australian woods, and carrying an estimate of $14,000-18,000.

A Stroke of Genius: Debussy Conductors Baton up for Auction

By Charlotte Stanes on 26-Apr-2017 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

An extravagant ivory conductor’s baton, once belonging to the great French composer Claude Debussy, will go under the auction hammer on 30 April 2017 at Aingers sale of 'The Estate Of A Gentleman together with the Richard Divall AO OBE Collection', with expectations of reaching between $10,000-20,000.

The baton (lot 329) is being sold as part of the estate of Richard Divall AO OBE, a celebrated conductor, composer and scholar who passed away in January this year.   He was given the baton by an old student and great friend of Debussy, whom Divall befriended while studying in Paris in his youth.   

Expensive fixtures, once part of Melbourne’s largest late 19th century residence, Cliveden are the historic highlights of a massive E.J Ainger warehouse clearance auction on Sunday March 5 at 16 Baker Street, Richmond. They include a fine 19th century Italian stained and leaded glass mural of Madonna with arms outstretched (above) and text ‘Thou Art as Welcome as the Flowers in May’ flanked by two smaller panels of courtiers.

Remaining onsite remnants of Cliveden mansion, East Melbourne, to be sold by Aingers

By Richard Brewster on 02-Mar-2017 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

Expensive fixtures once part of Melbourne’s largest late 19th century residence, Cliveden – and salvaged to reside in the dining room of the same name at the Pullman (formerly Hilton) Hotel built on the East Melbourne site – are the historic highlights of a massive E.J Ainger warehouse clearance auction from 11am Sunday March 5 at 16 Baker Street, Richmond. One of the saved fixtures is a fine 19th century Italian stained and leaded glass mural of Madonna with arms outstretched and text ‘Thou Art as Welcome as the Flowers in May’ flanked by two smaller panels of courtiers.

Amongst the offerings as leading Melbourne jeweller Kozminsky is farewelled is a Victorian Etruscan-style revival gold necklace with an $18,000-$24,000 estimate.

After 165 years, Australia's oldest jewellery store closes with final auction.

By Richard Brewster on 02-Mar-2017 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

After 165 years, Australia’s oldest jeweller Kozminsky has closed while owner Kirsten Albrecht considers the next chapter in the company’s business development.

The forthcoming on site auction – from 11am Saturday March 4 at 421 Bourke Street, Melbourne – will be the largest single owner jewellery sale in Australia since the 1981 auction of the Claire McKinnon collection, with a conservative auction estimate of $1 million.

In the sale of Part 1 of the Trevor Kennedy Collection in Sydney on 21 February 2017 Moorcroft ceramic wares dominated, pre-sale accounting for 73% of the lots by value, based on the low estimates. Highest price was for a Moorcroft vase decorated in Tasmanian blue gum on a green ground 42 cm high which sold for $16,740 (IBP).

Moorcroft shines as expected in sale of Part 1 of Trevor Kennedy Collection

By John Furphy on 01-Mar-2017 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

Mossgreen tested the market's appetite for the Trevor Kennedy Collection by selling "Part 1" in Sydney on 21 February 2017.

Subtitled "Important Moorcroft and Australian Pottery and Porcelain", the Moorcroft brand was to be found on 84 of the 226 lots, and was estimated at $160,000 - $250,000 compared with the total estimates for sale of $220,000 - $346,000 – 37% by number but 73% by value, based on the low estimates.

Grant Featherston’s best known work, designed in the early 1950s that most people are familiar with is the R160 (pictured). It is the most commonly found and frequently copied, however his most successful designs were those created for the commercial market, with offices, community halls, universities, cafes and restaurants ordering hundreds at a time. A book exploring the life and work of this famous Australian has not been available until now.

First Book on Australia’s Most Successful Industrial Designer

By John Furphy on 26-Feb-2017 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

Have you sat in a Featherston-designed chair?

With original Grant Featherston contour chairs frequently fetching well over $5,000 most people probably think that they have never sat in a Featherston chair but they are most likely wrong. Most Australians would have experienced at least one Featherston chair, arguably making him Australia’s most successful industrial designer.

Auction habitués must have thought the boom times for Victorian furniture had returned on Sunday 12 February when Philips Auctions in Melbourne sold a Victorian mahogany extension table for $12,000 hammer, even if it was only $2,000 above the low estimate.

Victorian table price benefits from divine associations

By John Furphy on 23-Feb-2017 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

Auction habitués must have thought the boom times for Victorian furniture had returned on Sunday 12 February when Philips Auctions in Melbourne sold a Victorian mahogany extension table for $12,000 hammer, even if it was only $2,000 above the low estimate.

Admittedly it was a large table, almost 5 metres with 6 leaves and had a made-in-heaven provenance, having been purchased by the vendor from Church Guild of St Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne in about 1968.

A William Moorcroft flambé Waratah exhibition vase dated 1939 adorns Mossgreen’s catalogue front cover – signifying the forthcoming auction of Australian journalist and businessman Trevor Kennedy’s massive decorative arts collection.

First tranche of Trevor Kennedy Collection about to hit the market.

By Richard Brewster on 17-Feb-2017 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

A William Moorcroft flambé Waratah exhibition vase dated 1939 adorns Mossgreen’s catalogue front cover – signifying the forthcoming auction of Australian journalist and businessman Trevor Kennedy’s massive decorative arts collection.

Wedgwood 1920s 'Fairyland' lustre fruit and octagonal bowls by Daisy Makeig-Jones are the highlight of an inspiring collection of quality ceramics built up over many years by passionate collectors Lachlan and Kerry Ely on their country Victorian property at Yea.

Country collection of 18th - 20th century English ceramics to be sold by Mossgreen

By Richard Brewster on 08-Feb-2017 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

Wedgwood 1920s 'Fairyland' lustre fruit and octagonal bowls by Daisy Makeig-Jones are the highlight of an inspiring collection of quality ceramics built up over many years by passionate collectors Lachlan and Kerry Ely on their country Victorian property at Yea.