Mossgreen

Finest ever decorative arts collection an auction for the ages

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.

The vase is indicative of the quality of the items on offer and testament to Kennedy’s early interest in Australian history (from colonial times to the present day) and his zeal for collecting – helped by an enquiring intellect and years spent as the now defunct Bulletin editor, published from 1880 to 2008.

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Leonard Joel

The auction curtain closes on an historic Aboriginal art collection

Over the past 60 years, Europeans and Americans – not Australians - have been in the majority when it comes to significant collections of Aboriginal art.

Chief among them is Dutchman Thomas Vroom, who in the late 1980s first encountered Australian indigenous art in New York.

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EJ Ainger

Georgian grandfather clock leads to auction furniture bonanza

A Georgian mahogany and oak cased eight-day grandfather clock is one of the highlights of E.J. Ainger’s forthcoming weekly auction from 9.30am Tuesday February 21 at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

Auction goer attractions among the plethora of Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian chests of drawers, dressing tables and other furniture are the Edwardian walnut and mahogany hallstands and trees.

Retro teak furniture and reproduction dining suites are further drawcards along with farmhouse tables and sets of chairs and luxurious leather and fabric lounges.

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Fine Art Auctions

Stone lions a perfect entree to auction mecca

The massive and heavy pair of stone and metal lion figures that greet visitors to Delamere Farm at 20 Old Moorooduc Road, Dromana make a perfect entrée to the 20 hectares of classic walks and French parterre gardens (a concept that originated in 15th century Renaissance France) in which can be found a bronze dancing girl and two-metre tall horse figures.

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Christian McCann Auctions

Dragons give auction added fire

A rare Chinese silk robe emblazoned with gold embroidered dragons is one of the highlights of Christian McCann Auctions first sale for the year in which more than 700 lots are due to go under the hammer.

The auction, from noon Sunday February 19 at 426 Burnley Street Richmond, features items consigned over six months from 120 vendors and is bound to attract plenty of auction goers.

Chief among them is a large number of Ernest Buckmaster paintings and a private collection of Pro Hart works purchased about 20 years ago.

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Leonard Joel

Influential British artist features in specialist print auction

British artist David Hockney’s major solo exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria until March 13 is expected to generate plenty of interest in Leonard Joel’s first specialist print and photography auction for 2017 because two of his works will feature in the sale.

Now 79, Hockney is regarded as one of the most influential living artists and the exhibition features more than 1200 works from the past decade of his career including paintings, digital drawings, photography and video works.

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EJ Ainger

Fine French furniture for the discerning auction buyer

French furniture from a private Melbourne home is among the highlights of E.J. Ainger’s forthcoming weekly auction from 9.30am at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

The furniture includes two superb armoires, a servery, two Victorian mahogany dining tables and a set of eight mid-Victorian dining chairs.

Other auction furniture attractions are Australian cedar narrow bookcase, chest and dressing table, an outstanding Victorian burr walnut mirror back credenza and a Victorian twin pedestal desk.

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Mossgreen

Porcelain collection the auction envy of many a passionate collector

Beautiful 1920s Wedgwood ‘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.

The couple’s original focus had been first period Worcester but soon moved to 20th century English ceramics like Doulton, Worcester and Wedgwood with a particular emphasis on individual designers such as Keith Murray, John Skeaping, Charles Noke, the Barlow sisters and Makeig-Jones.

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Menzies Art Brands

French master leaves lasting auction impression

Art lovers who visit Stonington mansion in Malvern over the next few days to view paintings earmarked for Menzies forthcoming February auction will be struck on entry by the strong colour and highly stylised rendering of modern urban life in French 20th century master Fernand Léger’s 1943 work China Town, which takes pride of place in the foyer.

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EJ Ainger

Comprehensive furniture range at Ainger's first 2017 auction

E.J Ainger’s first auction for the year is notable for its comprehensive range of Victorian, Edwardian and 1920s furniture from estate and private consignments throughout Melbourne’s eastern suburbs.

Consignments include homes in Toorak, Camberwell, Hawthorn, South Yarra and East Melbourne, as well as Dromana on the Mornington Peninsula.

The auction, from 9.30am Tuesday February 7 at 433 Bridge Road Richmond, contains a large selection of collectables including carnival glass, Goebel, crystal, sterling silver, jewellery, ivory and walking sticks.

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