May 2016

EJ Ainger

Unusual piano in auction furniture bonus

A rare English flame mahogany cased horizontal piano on carved cabriole legs leads the auction items at E.J. Aingers forthcoming weekly sale from 9.30am Tuesday May 31 at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

The auction, which contains the residual contents of estates and private consignments throughout Melbourne and Bendigo, also features a plank and formal dining room suite and set of 12 chairs among the French and English furniture on offer.

There is a superb Victorian carved flame mahogany four-door sideboard and chest of drawers and several new leather and fabric lounge suites.

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Fine Arts Auctions

Auction cross between circus and museum

Auctioneer Phil Caldwell describes his latest sale as a cross between a circus and a museum.

“The way the auction is arranged, everything is next to each other – from stuffed African animals to rare paintings to Chinese vases,” he said.

One of the reasons for the congestion is that there are so many items (more than 500) in the sale, which is being held from 11am Sunday May 29 at 239 Wickham Road, Moorabbin.

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Christian McCann Auctions

Emu Bottom gives up its treasures

Emu Bottom – Victoria’s oldest existing farmhouse – is giving up its antique treasures in a special auction to be conducted on site at Homestead Way, Sunbury by Christian McCann Auctions from noon Sunday May 29.

Well-known these days as a wedding reception centre, husband and wife owners Hedley and Jan Elliott have decided to lease the property and as a result are disposing of the existing furnishings.

Built in 1836 by pioneer and one of Melbourne’s founders George Evans (1785-1876), the homestead was situated on one of the large squatting runs in the area.

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Steve Graham Auctioneer

Quilting auction a soft touch

Quilting clubs and societies stand to gain from auctioneer Steve Graham’s forthcoming auction of quilting materials and accessories from a deceased estate from 10am Sunday at 64 Urquhart Street, Woodend.

The woman, who died recently, was a quilting teacher and her collection includes sewing machines, sewing tables, overlockers, wool spinner wheels and other equipment, along with patterns, books and magazines on the subject. 

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Leonard Joel

Prominent artists a bargain at print auction

Leonard Joel’s specialist prints and photography auction features strong images and bold colours to particularly attract younger buyers keen to hang them in their homes or apartments.

With many of the items carrying estimates under $1000, it is the perfect opportunity for buyers to purchase works by well-known Australian artists at a fraction of the price they would pay for paintings.

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Kim's Auctions

Pro Hart exhibition painting an auction highlight

The Pro Hart painting The Malley Races – exhibited at the 1975 Australian Bush Series Exhibition at the Australian High Commission in Hong Kong – is one of the more interesting highlights at Kim’s Auctions forthcoming sale from 11am Sunday May 22 at 327-329 Warrigal Road, Burwood.

The painting joins works by other renowned Australian artists – including Charles Blackman, Sidney Nolan, David Boyd, Ray Crooke, David Bromley, Evan Mackley and Wykeham Perry at the auction.

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EJ Ainger

Lost Buckmaster self-portrait a lucky auction find

A 1960 self-portrait of Australian artist Ernest Buckmaster has been discovered as the backing for another of his paintings earmarked for auction at E.J. Ainger’s two-day special sale from 11am Saturday May 21 and Sunday May 22 at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

Discovered by the restorer who was busy cleaning the auction painting for Aingers (a seascape of Mentone – where Buckmaster lived during the 1930s and 1940s), the self-portrait has been fitted to a canvas, mounted in a beautiful period frame and also will be part of the sale.

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Leonard Joel

Economist leaves Aboriginal art auction legacy

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

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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Leonard Joel

Early steeplechase trophy part of auction smorgasbord

The 1853 “First Hunt Steeplechase Trophy” – offered for auction for the first time in 163 years – is a major highlight of Leonard Joel’s Asian Art, Classic Furniture & Objects auction from noon Sunday May 15 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

Ironically, the Leonard Joel’s sale takes place only a few blocks from where the trophy (won by colonial pioneer Alexander McLean Hunter’s horse Benedict) was originally presented – the former Prahran Course located in the precinct between what is now Toorak Road and Fawkner Park in Melbourne’s South Yarra.

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Christian McCann Auctions

Four months of organisation brings its own auction rewards

Christian McCann has been flat out organising his latest auction – a challenging task over four months involving 800 items and 150 vendors.

The result is a sale over which auction goers and collectors should be rubbing their hands with glee.

A major highlight is an important palatial Ming Dynasty carved polychrome Quan Yin and a fine collection of jewellery and sterling silver.

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