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Surprise auction find in old mansion cupboard

When auctioneer Phil Caldwell opened an old cupboard at his latest auction venue – the heritage listed 1874 mansion “Roseneath” at 31 Nepean Highway, Elsternwick – he could not believe his eyes.

There, stashed at the back, was a rare silver emu egg inkstand by German-born silversmith Joachim Wendt (1830-1917), who migrated to Adelaide in 1854.

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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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Massive carved jade boulder an auction marvel

A giant two-coloured early to mid-20th century carved Chinese jade boulder weighing a massive 400 kilograms is the highlight of auctioneer Phil Caldwell’s forthcoming on site auction from 11am Sunday September 24 at 25 Gladstone Parade, Elsternwick.

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Auction highlights rare cabinetmaker piece

 

A rare walnut and gilt bronze mounted what-not by renowned Parisian cabinetmaker Gabriel Viardot (1830-1906) is a major furniture attraction at auctioneer Phil Caldwell’s forthcoming on site sale of the contents of one of Brighton’s most elegant period mansions.

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Toorak mansion shows off its auction treasures

A French-style Toorak mansion is the setting for auctioneer Phil Caldwell’s latest on site auction featuring strong collector attractions including rare 17th and 18th century tapestries, early Dutch and Flemish oak and elm furniture and Royal Worcester porcelain.

Belonging to a Dutch couple who have recently sold and are moving to a modern home, the auction at 3 Russell Street from 11am on Sunday March 26 is a haven of treasures for any discerning buyer.

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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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Buddhist temple cabinet a jewel among spectacular auction items

An extremely rare and important 19th century Japanese But Sudan-ki gold leaf Buddhist temple cabinet should really set the collector market buzzing when auctioneer Phil Caldwell climbs the podium from 11am Sunday October 23 to auction the contents of the beachfront home at 204 Esplanade, Brighton.

This is the first Caldwell auction for three months and features not only this deceased estate (belonging to a Russian immigrant engineer who migrated in the 1950s to Australia) but also three others.

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Auction cross between circus and museum

Auctioneer Phil Caldwell describes his latest sale as a cross between a circus and a museum.

“The way the auction is arranged, everything is next to each other – from stuffed African animals to rare paintings to Chinese vases,” he said.

One of the reasons for the congestion is that there are so many items (more than 500) in the sale, which is being held from 11am Sunday May 29 at 239 Wickham Road, Moorabbin.

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Russian imperial family descendants send items to auction

Related to the Russian imperial family and with ancestors who came to Australia after the 1917 Russian revolution, the vendors have lived at “Sark” 32A Hopetoun Road, Toorak for more than 15 years and in the general area for much longer than that.

Now they have decided to downsize and have asked auctioneer Phil Caldwell to auction the contents of their property on site from 11am on Sunday March 20.

Many of the items in this auction are unlikely to be for sale again.

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Aviator and collector who took East Timorese plight to heart

A single engine Navion Rangemaster that, stuffed with hospital equipment, in 2000 flew an emergency aid mission to Dili in East Timor after the retreating Indonesian Army had stripped and ransacked homes and hospitals will be auctioned from 11am Sunday May 31 by auctioneer Phil Caldwell as part of a much bigger diverse and eccentric collection at 239 Wickham Road, Moorabbin.

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