May 2015

EJ Ainger

Nicholas Dattner furniture a rare auction opportunity

A Nichols Dattner seven-piece kitchen setting is a major highlight of E.J. Aingers latest weekly sale from 9.30am Tuesday May 26 at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

Long known for furniture made from Australian timber, in 2008 Dattner hung up his mitre after 25 years in business.

The auction also features two Australian cedar D-end dining tables and a nine-piece circular reproduction mahogany dining suite.

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Steve Graham Auctioneer

Historic mansions house wonderful auction treasures

 Items from historic Alton – the Mount Macedon estate established in the 1870s by Sir George Verdon (at various times Victoria’s treasurer and Agent General) and subsequently owned by Judge Hood and Aspro co-founder George Nicholas before being purchased in 1997 by mining executive Eduard Eshuys and his wife Marjorie – will be auctioned from 10am Sunday May 24 at another historic mountain mansion “Nandi”, 680 Mount Macedon Road by auctioneer Steve Graham.

Alton is famous for its magnificent gardens and is regarded as one of the genuinely exquisite Victorian hill estates.

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Glenelg Auctions

Clearance sale includes tools, furniture and collectables from Portland identity

An unreserved clearance sale from the estate of Portland’s the late Peter Brummell (who died in January this year) will be held on site from 11am Saturday May 23 in his “Man Shed” at 108 Kennedy Street, Portland by Glenelg Auctions.

The auction house conducted a huge clearing sale for Brummell 12 months ago. This time there will be 500 lots plus several from other vendors.

Attractions include a “dream world” of brand new tool sets of every calibre and a new Hitachi 12’ 305mm side compound mitre saw on a stand.

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English china buffs set for auction field day

English china buffs will have a field day when Young’s Auctions weekly sale begins at 9.30am Friday May 22 at 229 Camberwell Road, East Hawthorn.

The auction features a huge selection of Wedgwood, Spode, Royal Doulton, Royal Worcester, Ainslie and Shelley porcelain – enough to keep any collector satisfied.

Crystal is another feature, along with specific Wedgwood china items such as a blue clock.

There is a range of wine and spirits for wine lovers including Penfolds Bin 2, RWT and Thomas Hyland.

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Perth couple share love of collecting artefacts

An extraordinary collection of Australian indigenous, Indonesian, Papua New Guinea and oceanic artefacts will go under the hammer from 6.30pm Wednesday May 20 at Mossgreen 926-930 High Street, Armadale.

The collection is owned by Perth-based couple Marc and Elena Pinto who share diverse cultural backgrounds, a passion of travel and inherited love of collecting.

Of Singaporean, Portuguese, British, Indonesian and Chinese descent, Marc was raised in Singapore.

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Luxury steam yacht to go to highest auction bidder

The Steam Yacht Ena is a lasting testament to the luxuries of the Edwardian era.

Designed in 1900 by Walter Reeks Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron commodore Thomas Dibb, Ena is the finest Edwardian steam yacht in Australia and one of only three of its kind still in existence worldwide.

The steam yacht has been operating since mid-2014 on the Yarra River and Port Phillip Bay and is now up for auction.

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EJ Ainger

Three grand pianos lead to a musical auction extraordinaire

Three grand pianos should bring musicians running to E.J. Ainger’s latest sale from 9.30am Tuesday May 19 at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

The mahogany cased grand pianos are manufactured by Schiedmayer and Sohne, and the baby grand by Allison.

The auction contains a good French cherrywood library bookcase and an English porcelain cabinet, along with Victorian mahogany and walnut furniture.

There also is a big range of Edwardian and 1920s furniture and a large number of oil and watercolour paintings and graphics.

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Prime Ministers autographs and giant gold nugget share auction billing

Autograph signatures of every Australian Prime Minister since Sir Edmund Barton will be auctioned from 2pm Tuesday May 19 by Mossgreen at 926-930 High Street, Armadale as part of its Australian & Colonial Antique & Historical sale.

While most of the signatures carry catalogue estimates of several hundreds of dollars, that of the third Prime Minister Chris Watson (1867-1941) is estimated at $10,000-$12,000.

This is because he was the first prime minister from the Australian Labour Party and the first in the world from the labour movement.

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Philips Auctions

Estate jewellery turns up for auction in a suitcase

A major collection of estate jewellery recently turned up in a suitcase, much to the surprise of resident Philips Auctions gemmologist Tanya Philips.

Within the suitcase were almost 400 pieces – each kept in a box or pouch and many accompanied by original receipts or handwritten notations of purchase date, location and history.

The collection will feature in Philips Auctions forthcoming jewellery auction from 6pm Monday May 18 at 47 Glenferrie Road, Malvern and is one of three major estates and items from a handful of private vendors.

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Philips Auctions

"Indecent" Japanese netsukes an auction highlight

Erotic Japanese netsuke figurines, part of a contentious indecency court case in the 1980s, will be auctioned from noon Sunday May 17 by Philips Auctions at 47 Glenferrie Road, Toorak.

The figures belonged to the late Bonnie Knight, who died recently aged 84, and are being sold by the family as part of her collection.

Bonnie, who had been collecting artefacts and jewellery since she was a teenager, viewed netsukes (be they wood, stone or ivory) as her favourite items.

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