June 2015


Martin Brothers pottery an auction steal

A collection of Martin Brothers pottery should bring collectors running to Mossgreen’s ceramics section of its Autumn Auction Series from 10.30am Wednesday June 17 at 926-930 High Street, Armadale.

Located in Middlesex, England, Martin Brothers was famous for making Martinware – a salt-glazed stoneware – between 1873 and 1915.

Many figural jugs and vases were created by the three brothers and of special interest were the fanciful birds, usually made with removable heads and called “Wally Birds”.

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Rare Argyle pink diamond provides auciton sparkle

 A rare and exceptional Argyle pink diamond, estimated at $1.1 million to $1.4 million, is a major drawcard at Mossgreen’s Fine Jewels & Watches auction from 6.30pm Tuesday June 16 at 926-930 High Street, Armadale.

Lot 51 of an Argyle Pink Diamond Tender in 2010, the diamond is accompanied by an Argyle certificate and a Gemological Institute of America diamond grading report from that same year, stating the colour is a fancy deep purplish pink and of clarity l1.

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EJ Ainger

Porcelain joins furniture to entice auction buyers

A Steinway & Sons upright piano and superb Victorian mahogany sideboard lead the furniture highlights at E.J. Ainger’s weekly sale from 9.30 am Tuesday June 16 at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

The sideboard is among a range of highly collectable antique English and French furniture and joins decorative mirrors and iron garden and other outdoor furniture on buyer hit lists.

Among the smaller items is an impressive selection of porcelain including Royal Doulton, Carlton Ware and Royal Winton – along with gold jewellery and a silver travelling clock.

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Christian McCann Auctions

Boulle furniture leads the procession at Christian McCann Auctions

Furnishings from the historic Essendon mansion Rosebank will be part of Christian McCann Auctions forthcoming sale from noon on Sunday June 14 at 426 Burnley Street, Richmond.

Originally built in 1892 by Melbourne pioneer entrepreneur Thomas Napier, the mansion – complete with iron lacework return verandahs, balconies and sweeping central staircase – is a well-known local landmark and was a convent for many years before being recently restored to its former glory.

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