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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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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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An auction collection well worth advertising

Like his efforts for advertising industry giant Ogilvy and Mather – where during the 1980s he became the company’s highest paid Australian executive – Michael Ball AO has left an indelible impression on the collecting of antiques and antiquities.

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Auction items fit for a queen

The cream brick veneer exterior – admittedly with magnificently manicured large lawns and gardens – belies the plushness of the interior at 14 Otway Street, Holland Park in Brisbane with furnishings to rival those seen in Buckingham Palace, according to Mossgreen’s antiques and decorative arts specialist Jennifer Gibson.

Many of the items to be auctioned – from 2pm Sunday December 18 – are fit for a queen, including a pair of William IV sterling silver Rococo Revival soup tureens made in 1835 by Henry Wilkinson and Co in Sheffield.

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Collector waves an auction goodbye to his European antiques

Some of the finest European antiques Australian collectors have ever seen will go under the hammer at Mossgreen’s forthcoming auction from 6pm Wednesday December 14 at 926-930 High Street, Armadale.

The antiques belong to Mark Koronowicz who for more than 20 years ran an antique shop under his own name in High Street, Prahran and has now decided to move onto a new venture.

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Centuries old banknote discovered inside auction sculpture

A rare 700-year-old banknote discovered by Mossgreen specialists inside an ancient Chinese sculpture will be a major drawcard to the auction house’s sale of The Raphy Star Collection of Important Asian Art from 6.30pm Sunday December 11 at 36-40 Queen Street, Woollahra in Sydney.

The banknote was found inside the head of the large wooden sculpture Luohan – a Chinese word for a ‘perfected person’ or one who has reached Enlightenment.

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Auction goers intrigued by antique jewellery

A diamond bracelet comprising 10 panels, each with a baguette diamond set scroll and a pear-shape and marquise diamond, is one of the more valuable items (catalogue estimate $60,000-$70,000) at Mossgreen’s forthcoming Fine Jewels & Watches auction from 2pm Sunday December 4 at 36-40 Queen Street, Woollahra in Sydney. 

The auction is notable for several interesting pieces including a South Sea pearl necklace (estimate $25,000-$30,000) featuring 128 baroque pearls that can be worn as a double opera length strand or as shorter necklaces and bracelets.

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Rare Titanic parcel label a first time auction item

A rare and previously undiscovered parcel label set to be delivered on board the infamous ocean liner Titanic but arriving after it sailed will be offered for the first time as part of the forthcoming Mossgreen Stamps & Postal History auction from noon Monday November 28 and continuing from 10am the following day at 926-930 High Street, Armadale.

Bought by a collector in England, who initially had no idea of its remarkable historical significance, the label is addressed to “Marconi Operator/RMS Titanic/co The White Star Line/Southampton”.

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Unique racing cars set auction tongues wagging

The Chamberlain 8, an innovative racing car built in 1928-29 with a space frame chassis, front wheel drive and independently sprung suspension, is the unique highlight among an extraordinary selection of sports and racing cars, magnificent vintage tourers and motorcycles that will go under the hammer at Mossgreen’s forthcoming Collectors’ Cars, Motorcycles & Automobilia auction in Melbourne.

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Jeffrey Smart painting to set auction scene alight

Jeffrey Smart’s Dividing Line, Study 1 from 1978-9 leads the auction charge at Mossgreen’s final multi-vendor Australian and International Art sale for 2016 from 6.30pm Monday November 21 at 36-40 Queen Street, Woollahra in Sydney.

This domestic sized work is as striking as it is memorable, according to Mossgreen’s chief executive officer Paul Sumner.

“Painted at the height of Smart’s powers, this is a near identical study for the image chosen to decorate the first edition of his memoir, ‘Not Quite Straight’”, he says in the auction catalogue introduction.

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