October 2013

Christian McCann Auctions

Young French marquetry furniture an auction crowd puller

The estate of Australian artist Dorothy Plowright, who trained at the Royal Academy in London and married Neville Young of Young & Jackson fame, will be part of Christian McCann Auctions latest sale from noon Sunday October 13 at 426 Burnley Street, Richmond.

Dorothy Plowright-Young, who died in her 90s, was well known for her works and at one stage she and her husband owned historic Mornmoot – the 124-hectare horse stud at Whittlesea constructed in the early 1900s for Russell Chirnside who owned the property until the 1940s.

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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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