June 2016

Kim's Auctions

Unique sterling silver pieces part of eclectic auction

A unique pair of sterling silver William IV rococo soup tureens, made in 1836 in Sheffield by Henry Wilkinson, is one of the major attractions of an on site Kim’s Auctions sale at 9 St Georges Road, Toorak featuring an eclectic and extensive collection built up over more than 30 years.

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"Dunny" commode to bring favourable auction aroma

A rare and original cedar “dunny” commode circa 1869 is part of an impressive collection of early Australian colonial furniture, belonging to renowned antique dealers Suzanne and Chris Morris, that will go under the hammer from 10.30am Tuesday June 28 at Mossgreen’s Australian & Colonial History auction 935 High Street, Armadale.

Reverend Henry Moulle (1801-1880) invented the dry earth compost toilet or closet following London’s “Great Stink” of 1858, when a defunct sewer system led to several cholera outbreaks.

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Leonard Joel

Unusual estates add excitement to auction sale

Two significant estates are part of Leonard Joel’s forthcoming Jewels & Objets D’Art auction from 6pm Monday June 27 at the NCJWA Hall, 11 Queen Street, Woollahra in Sydney.

One of the estates belonged to Hungarian-born Vera Salgo who spent her time residing in both Australia and Monaco.

Well travelled, it took her many years attending auction houses and haunting dealer premises to amass her collection, which features mainly decorative arts that incorporates a European (mainly Hungarian) art component – an interesting and curious mixture of portraits and landscapes.

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Kim's Auctions

Egyptian antiquities provide special auction appeal

An Egyptian limestone carved figure of a human Pharaoh headed sphinx from the Ptolemaic period 300BC-30BC join several other Egyptian antiquities at Kim’s Auctions forthcoming sale from 11am Sunday June 26 at 327-329 Warrigal Road, Burwood.

The other antiquities include two faience amulets and one faience New Year’s pilgrim flask from the late to Ptolemaic period 600-BC-300BC and two Greek silver tetradrachms of Alexander the Great 336BC-323BC.

The amulets depict Ureus the Royal Cobra and the god Isis with baby horns.

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Christian McCann Auctions

Toorak mansion gives up its auction treasures

Furniture and collectables from one of Melbourne’s most prestigious Toorak mansions will be auctioned on site at 159 Kooyong Road from noon Sunday June 26 by Christian McCann Auctions.

Sergeant Major Tivey built Nauroy at the beginning of the 20th century after returning from the Boer War and when he died his daughter turned the home into a boarding house.

Boarding house guests included members of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

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Glenelg Auctions

Pro Hart exhibition painting to bring auction crowds

Five paintings by Australian artist Pro Hart – including one purchased directly from “The Australian Bush Series” exhibition in October 1975 in Hong Kong – are a key component of Glenelg Auctions two-day auction from 11am Saturday June 25 and Sunday June 26 at 109 Learmonth Street, Portland.

The exhibition painting, entitled The Mallee Races, is an oil on board signed by the artist and comes complete with certificate of authenticity.

Other Pro Hart paintings in the sale include The Rabbit Trappers and Street Scene, Double Bay NSW.

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Menzies Art Brands

Strong colonial presentation at Menzies auction

Eugene von Guerard’s View of Hobart Town, with Mount Wellington in the Background is the centrepiece of a strong presentation of early and colonial works at Menzies forthcoming Sydney auction of Australian & International Fine Art & Sculpture from 6.30pm Thursday June 23.

Menzies head of Australian art Tim Abdallah believes the work, painted in 1856, is clearly a museum quality magnum opus, which the auction house expects to sell for more than $1.25 million. 

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EJ Ainger

Outstanding collectables at weekly auction

Moorcroft and Royal Doulton are among an outstanding selection of collectables at E.J. Ainger’s forthcoming weekly sale from 9.30am Tuesday June 21 at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

The collectables include sterling silver, jewellery, china and crystal items – much of it from estates and private consignments in Kew, Balwyn, Hawthorn, Glen Iris and Toorak.

The auction contains a large consignment of paintings and items of interest stored for many years and a range of Victorian, Edwardian and 1920s furniture.

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Iconic Australian photographer collection up for auction

The auction of estate photographs by renowned Australian photographer Max Dupain (1911-1992) from noon Sunday June 19 will earmark the official opening of Mossgreen’s new Sydney premises at Woollahra.

Housed in the Bond, the iconic 1880s heritage building and former Masonic Hall at 36-40 Queen Street in the heart of Sydney’s art district, Mossgreen is situated on all three levels and will focus on the auction of single owner collections and gallery exhibitions – the first of which is a commercial display of works by New Zealand 2017 Venice Biennale representative Lisa Reihana.

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Colonial auction collection unrivalled in history

A set of 10 watercolours dating from about 1813 and depicting the customs and rituals of New South Wales Aborigines is a major highlight of the three-day auction of the remarkable Denis Joachim collection from 2pm Sunday June 19 by Mossgreen at 926-930 High Street, Armadale.

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