May 2015

EJ Ainger

Strong French theme in Ainger auction

A strong French theme is evident in E.J. Ainger’s forthcoming weekly sale with a large selection of walnut and oak armoires and tallboys, double beds and a trumeau mirror from the European nation all up for grabs.

The auction, from 9.30am Tuesday May 30 at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond, also offers retro teak sideboards, leather top desks and drop front bureaus, a pair of Chesterfield armchairs and several large four-door wardrobes.

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Mossgreen

Auction features early newspaper accounts of New South Wales settlement

An intriguing archive of newspapers from 1788-1789 featuring printed accounts of the first faltering steps to establish the Colony of New South Wales are part of Mossgreen’s Australian History auction from 10am Tuesday May 30 at 935 High Street, Armadale.

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Leonard Joel

Famous French artist leads specialist print auction

A rare colour aquatint on paper by French artist Pierre Soulages called Untitled 1957 is one of the major attractions at Leonard Joel’s forthcoming Specialist Prints & Photography auction from 11.30am Thursday May 18 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

Born in 1919 in Rodez, Aveyron, Soulages is known as “the painter in black” owing to his interest “both as a colour and non-colour”.

According to Soulages, when light is reflected on black, it transforms and transmutes it, opening a mental field all its own.

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EJ Ainger

Mahogany servery and wine sarcophagus on offer at Aingers

A large Victorian mahogany servery and a Regency wine sarcophagus are two of the highlights of E.J. Ainger’s forthcoming weekly sale from 9.30am Tuesday June 2 at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

The auction – essentially estate furnishings, collectables and iron furniture – contains antique French and English furniture and a good selection of Carlton Ware and oriental items.

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Mossgreen

Mossgreen holds its most valuable art auction

Mossgreen will hold its highest ever value auction when works in its Fine Australian & International Art sale go under the hammer from 6.30pm Tuesday June 2 at 926-930 High Street, Armadale.

With a mid-estimate of more than $4 million, the auction features works from several important private collections including one of Australia’s greatest entrepreneurs Ian Gowrie-Smith who, as a passionate art collector, has been particularly fascinated by Brett Whiteley.

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Leonard Joel

Unique Asian and Oceanic collection goes under the hammer

More than 850 lots of oceanic and Asian works of art belonging to 92-year-old Mark Lissauer will go under the hammer from 11am Sunday May 31 at Leonard Joel 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

Lissauer has dedicated almost his entire adult life to collecting and researching niche ethnographic material – reflected in this magnificent and unusual collection, regarded in Australia as one of a kind.

A veteran traveller of more than 40 countries – and fluent in five languages – he acquired his first tribal artefact in 1948 while on a business trip to New Guinea.

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Fine Art Auctions

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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Blackburn Auctioneers

American Civil War militaria for auction buffs

A massive array of militaria including muskets and carbines from the American Civil War will be a major feature of Blackburn Auctioneers two-day sale from 10am on Saturday May 30 and Sunday May 31 at Unit 5, 66 Railway Road, Blackburn.

Large and small cannon are some of the more intriguing American Civil War items along with swords, bayonets and an 1860s surgeon’s medical box originally belonging to S. Clay Brown, a surgeon with the 18th Independent Regiment.

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Leonard Joel

Single owner industrial models collection ushers in new auction era

A single owner collection of industrial models and scientific instruments – part of Leonard Joel’s May Classic Furniture and Objects auction – signals an emerging category within the auction world.

With the auction to be held from 11am Saturday May 30 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra, the single owner collection is a reflection of mankind’s industrial and social past.

Several intriguing working models are part of the collection – including a museum quality model of an English Beam engine from the 1940s.

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Youngs

Pocket knives and Michelin man a rare double for auction collectors

Unusual antique pocketknives join early 20th century Michelin man memorabilia as major attractions for auction goers at Young’s Auctions latest weekly sale from 9.30am Friday May 29 at 229 Camberwell Road, East Hawthorn.

Belonging to one collection, horn handles on the knives come in interesting shapes – including that of a key, lady’s boot, fish and axe handle.

The Michelin man memorabilia is notable for several renditions of the famous mascot in various materials including frosted glass.

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