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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.