October 2013

EJ Ainger

Hairdressing guru and her love of antiques

Madame Verna Greene is probably one of the best-known names in world hairdressing and stylist circles who, when she died on November 1 last year aged 96, left an enduring legacy as a business pioneer, visionary and world judge.

While hairdressing was her life, so too was her magnificent home at Wonga Park (built in 1982 and decorated by the well-known interior designer Colin Bowman), filled with magnificent furniture and collectibles – much of it brought back from the United States.

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Leonard Joel

Linus Onus among Aboriginal auction highlights

A Linus Onus painting of cross-hatched frogs and a large Tommy Watson painting will be among highlights of a range of Aboriginal art and artefacts to be auctioned from 6.30pm Thursday by Leonard Joel at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

The sale features a collection of far north Queensland artefacts gifted to the late Dr Tim O’Leary while he was a Flying Doctor in the 1950s and 1960s.

Of particular note is the bull-roarer with a female torso carved into it.

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Amanda Addams Auctions

Large William Ricketts sculpture to attract auction goers

One of William Ricketts larger Aboriginal sculptures is up for auction at Amanda Addams Auctions latest sale from 6.30pm on Monday October 7 at 344 High Street, Kew.

The sculpture of an Aboriginal elder is 93 centimetres long, 31 centimetres wide and 40 centimetres high and has been in the one family for many years.

Ricketts (1898-1993) is famous for his sculptures of Aboriginals following his frequent trips 1949 to1960 to central Australia to live with the Pitjantjatjara and Arrernte peoples – whose traditions and culture inspired his works.

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