March 2015

Christian McCann Auctions

House contents feature art and antiques for on site auction

Situated in Templestowe’s golden mile, the contents of 152 Serpelles Road, Templestowe includes a fine collection of French and English antiques, Australian art, antique Chinese porcelain furniture and jade and original Persian carpets and object d’art.

These will be auctioned on site from noon Sunday March 22 by Christian McCann Auctions.

The French furniture includes ormolu mounted Boulle antiques, commodes, vitrines, bureau-plats, carved giltwood cabinets, salon and occasional pieces, and mirrors and pedestals.

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Landmark Australian artist's studio works go to auction

A landmark Australian artist, Elizabeth Durack was born 100 years ago this year and died in 2000. 

She was born into one of the pastoral families that opened up the Kimberley region of Western Australia during the 19th century – and was heavily influenced in her artistic development by Aboriginal cave paintings she saw as a girl and by the rituals and ceremonies of the oldest culture on earth.

Despite attending Loreto Convent and studying art at Chelsea Polytechnic in London in 1936, these influences never left her.

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Leonard Joel

Graham Geddes collection to go under hammer

One of Melbourne’s leading antiques traders Graham Geddes is about to see the premises from which he has operated for the past 40 years demolished to make way for a residential development.

Since 1972, the sprawling building at 877 High Street, Armadale has been the haven for many of the finest antiques and collectables ever seen in Melbourne.

As a result of the impending closure, Leonard Joel – in association with Dreweatts & Bloomsbury in London – will auction on site the entire Geddes stock over two days from 11am Saturday March 21 and Sunday March 22.

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Swarovski top line crystal creations an auction delight

The major pieces of a Swarovski crystal collection that Young’s Auctions has been selling in recent weeks will be the highlight of its latest auction from 9.30am Friday March 20 at 229 Camberwell Road, East Hawthorn.

Featured are four myriad pieces (each worth $15,000-$20,000) among the 70 top line crystal sculptures.

These are Long Wang (dragon), Sabu (tiger charging), Lightning (rearing stallion) and a soaring falcon.

Other major works include a bald eagle, elephant, hummingbirds, bluejays and kingfishers.

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EJ Ainger

Antique furniture to draw auction buyers

French, Australian and English antiques are the major drawcard for E.J. Ainger’s latest weekly sale from 9.30am Tuesday March 17 at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

The auction contains retro teak dining settings, two long rectangular farmhouse tables, Egyptian iron based marble top console tables and pine bookcases.

Other attractions for buyers include gilded mirrors, French ceiling lights and chandeliers.

The auction also has a range of Australian and European paintings and an eclectic assortment of collectables.


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Economist and leading art collector auction swansong

An inveterate art collector, Alan Boxer was better known as an economist who, from 1975 as a senior Department of Treasury member, helped shape Australia’s economic future.

Born in Hong Kong in 1927 and educated in Melbourne, Boxer completed Economics degrees at both Melbourne and Oxford universities.

He became an Academy of Science fellow, was a University of Melbourne academic, Economics Record editor and the author of books on foreign aid, tax reforms and the Australian economy.

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Glenelg Auctions

The Australian Club items to intrigue auction goers

Items from one of Melbourne’s oldest establishments The Australian Club will be among pieces to be sold from 10am Sunday March 15 by Glenelg Auction Centre 109 Learmonth Street, Portland.

Established in 1878, The Australian Club is one of nine clubs founded in Melbourne during the 19th century by English settlers.

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Steve Graham Auctioneer

Carousel horses come galloping to auction

Two horses from an 1880s travelling carousel imported from England in the 1950s by South Australian Derek Williams will be a highlight of auctioning Steve Graham’s forthcoming auction from 10am on Sunday March 15 at 64 Urquhart Street, Woodend.

Apparently the carousel (complete with original steam engine) was dismantled for the journey from England and, once here, Derek and his associates had trouble re-assembling it.

They eventually found someone who had worked on travelling carousels but, because he had a criminal record, Derek refused to employ him.

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Swarovski crystal continues to excite auction goers

More Austrian Swarovski crystal is being auctioned at Young’s Auctions from 9.30am Friday March 13 at 229 Camberwell Road, East Hawthorn – prior to the best parts of the collection up for grabs next week.

Headquartered in Wattens, Austria, the company was established in 1892 by Czech-born Daniel Swarovski (formerly Swartz) who died in 1956.

The Swarovski crystal range includes crystal glass sculptures and miniatures, jewellery and couture, home décor and chandeliers.

This week’s auction contains Lladro figurines, oriental vases and crystal ware.

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Fine Arts Auctions

Old timber from HMS Victory to fascinate collectors

An historically important piece of timber from Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson’s flagship at the 1805 Battle of Trafalgar, HMS Victory, will be a major highlight of auctioneer Phillip Caldwell’s first sale for the year from 11am Sunday March 6 at 239 Wickham Road, Moorabbin.

The piece, made of solid oak, is the port side knee brace for a cathead, used as part of the anchor mechanism.

It was one of the timbers replaced during significant ship repairs about 10 years ago in time for the Trafalgar 200 celebrations and released to help pay for the work.

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