The strong family golfing connection can be found in the Baker-Finch collection (lots 936-991) through former Australian professional Ian Baker-Finch who, in September 1991, was ranked number 10 in the world – with the most famous of his 18 tour wins the Open Championship of that year.
While most of the religious icons and artefacts carry affordable catalogue estimates of several hundreds of dollars, a couple are estimated at $2000-$3000 – including a 19th century hand painted vellum Ethiopian Orthodox religious book “The Miracles of Mary” in its original leather pouch (Lot 955 ).
Lot 991, a 19th/20th century Guanyin antique Chinese cast bronze statue with Damask brass inlay, also is at the top of the religious icons and artefacts estimates.
This particular auction comprises a series of collections, beginning with two porcelain and ceramic (lots 89-121 and 122-337) finds respectively from a Melbourne and Sydney collector.
No doubt of further interest to porcelain collectors will be the circa 1760 antique German porcelain figural group entitled “The Lottery Game” (Lot 199 ) by the most important Meissen modeller Johan Joachim Kaendler (1706-1775) – who in 1749 attained the coveted appointment of Court Commissioner.
Asian artefacts and statues from Judith and the late Barrie Heaven’s collection (lots 1006-1018) are another strong auction interest.
Most carry catalogue estimates of several thousands of dollars with 9th-10th century antique Indian carved grey basalt stele, respectively titled Tara Bihar and Shakyamuni Bihar, (lots 1008 and 1009)) of particular note.
Book collectors interested in superb bindings and fascinating reading matter will be delighted with the Jason Sprague collection (lots 1303a-1317) which includes 18th and 19th century editions of works by Samuel Butler, William Makepeace Thackeray, Samuel Johnson, Edmund Spenser, Walter Scott and William Schwenck Gilbert (Lot 1306 ).
Silver, clocks, furniture, glass, lamps, cameras and photographic equipment, tribal artefacts, radios and gramophones are among the remainder of the more than 1500 items on offer.