Leonard Joel

Enviable auction collection for prominent Melbourne scholar, businesswoman and art diva

Scholar, successful businesswoman and in 1977 one of the founders of the Jewish Museum of Australia, the late June Helmer (who died last year aged 95) spared no expense travelling the world to study Jewish art collections and museums.

Her efforts resulted in June becoming the first adviser on the museum’s Australian collections, curator of its first exhibitions and a vital fundraiser.

In doing so, June also built an enviable art and decorative arts collection – to be auctioned from 10am Thursday February 22 through Leonard Joel 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra. 

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EJ Ainger

Georgian furniture leads Melbourne auction charge

A fine selection of Georgian furnishings including a coffer, six elm Windsor chairs, an oak Bible box and an impressive kitchen dresser are among highlights for E.J. Ainger’s forthcoming auction from 9.30am Tuesday February 20 at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

The furniture range at this auction is comprehensive and includes an Edwardian walnut two-door secretaire bookcase with fitted interior, an early Victorian flame mahogany four-door sideboard and a fine mahogany two-door bookcase.

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Christian McCann Auctions

Signed French antique furniture an auction rarity

One of the best collections of signed antique French furniture to go to auction in Australia – featuring famous cabinetmakers such as Henry Dasson, Mathieu Befort Jeune, Hippolyte-Edme Pretot and Paul Sormani – will be the highlight of Christian McCann Auctions first sale for 2018 from noon Sunday February 11 at 426 Burnley Street, Richmond in Melbourne.

Henry Dasson (1825-1896) was a renowned 19th century Parisian maker of gilt-bronze mounted furniture.

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Leonard Joel

Victorian farm perfect setting for antiques

A derelict Victorian farm was the perfect setting for long-time collector Daryl Manley to indulge both his love of farming and passion for antiques and collectables.

Over many years, he restored the homestead to its original grandeur – while filling it with antiques both purchased and inherited.

Recently, the entire contents were moved to his art deco Kooyong apartment, El Tovar. 

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EJ Ainger

Stone table and chairs lead the auction furniture charge

A set of stone outdoor tables and chairs from a stately home in Harcourt Street, Hawthorn is among the highlights of E.J. Ainger’s opening auction for 2018. It joins particularly fine items from several Melbourne homes and estates to go under the hammer from 9.30am Tuesday February 6 at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

Featured items include a strong selection of English and French bookcases including a quality secretaire.

Other furniture items of note include a dining room table, leather top twin pedestal desks and a massive Edwardian sideboard.

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Fine Art Auctions

Classic mansion treasures grab buyers attention

Phillip Caldwell has once again grabbed buyer attention with his tradition for holding auctions in Melbourne’s grand old residences.

The forthcoming on site sale of the contents of “Cumnock” at 160 The Avenue, Parkville, from 11am Sunday January 28, is his latest effort and offers a range of quality collectable items.

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Leonard Joel

Appealing weekly sales open 2018 auction season

Leonard Joel opens its 2018 auction season on Thursday January 18 with four weekly sales covering furniture, jewellery, art salon and collectables.

The first of these – furniture – begins at 10.00am with the remainder starting respectively at 10.30am, 11.30am and noon.

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Oldies Collectables

Bendigo antiques dealer auction treasures

Until last year, Bendigo’s Amanda’s Obsessions C.1994 was a popular haunt for the passionate collector looking for that unusual antique or collectable.

Porcelain collectors and those looking for rare Victorian or art nouveau jewellery were among those who found themselves drawn irresistibly to it doors.

Then after more than 20 years in the antiques trade, owner Amanda Tonkin decided to call it a day and has reluctantly closed the business.

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EJ Ainger

Opal mine company coughs up its auction treasures in time for Christmas

It could be the ideal Christmas gift for a special loved one – superb opal jewellery from the Melbourne Opal Mine that is part of E.J. Ainger’s forthcoming weekly sale from 9.30 Tuesday December 19 at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

An even more unusual gift idea is the collection of Aboriginal didgeridoos and Papua New Guinea Sepik River items.

Architectural pieces and industrial furnishings, including glazed French doors, are other attractions in the weekly auction, which also comprises the usual array of French, English and Australian furniture.

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Eureka flag fragment highlights Australian history auction

A fragment of Australia’s infamous Eureka flag will be auctioned as part of Mossgreen’s Australian History sale from 10am Monday December 11 at 926-930 High Street, Armadale.

The flag flew at Eureka Stockade, also known as the Eureka Rebellion, which took place on December 3, 1854 at the Eureka Diggings in Ballarat, Victoria when disgruntled goldminers fed up at being ill-treated by authorities and forced to pay high mining licence fees decided to rebel.

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