February 2017

EJ Ainger

Melbourne historic mansion fittings bite the auction dust

Expensive fixtures once part of Melbourne’s largest late 19th century residence, Cliveden – and salvaged to reside in the dining room of the same name at the Pullman (formerly Hilton) Hotel built on the East Melbourne site – are the historic highlights of a massive E.J Ainger warehouse clearance auction from 11am Sunday March 5 at 16 Baker Street, Richmond.

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Leonard Joel

Auction end for historic jewellery collection

After 165 years, Australia’s oldest jeweller Kozminsky has closed while owner Kirsten Albrecht considers the next chapter in the company’s business development.

The forthcoming on site auction – from 11am Saturday March 4 at 421 Bourke Street, Melbourne – will be the largest single owner jewellery sale in Australia since the 1981 auction of the Claire McKinnon collection, with a conservative auction estimate of $1 million.

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EJ Ainger

18th century oak trunks and Dame Nellie Melba letter great auction finds

Two Scottish 18th century oak trunks and an 18th century oak and mahogany low boy are among the highlights at E.J Ainger’s forthcoming weekly auction from 9.30am Tuesday February 28 at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

Once again, the auction is a bonus for furniture lovers with an Australian cedar two-door bookcase, an Edwardian walnut mirror back sideboard and dining room suite bound to attract plenty of attention.

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Leonard Joel

The auction curtain closes on an historic Aboriginal art collection

Over the past 60 years, Europeans and Americans – not Australians - have been in the majority when it comes to significant collections of Aboriginal art.

Chief among them is Dutchman Thomas Vroom, who in the late 1980s first encountered Australian indigenous art in New York.

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Mossgreen

Finest ever decorative arts collection an auction for the ages

A William Moorcroft flambé Waratah exhibition vase dated 1939 adorns Mossgreen’s catalogue front cover – signifying the forthcoming auction of Australian journalist and businessman Trevor Kennedy’s massive decorative arts collection.

The vase is indicative of the quality of the items on offer and testament to Kennedy’s early interest in Australian history (from colonial times to the present day) and his zeal for collecting – helped by an enquiring intellect and years spent as the now defunct Bulletin editor, published from 1880 to 2008.

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EJ Ainger

Georgian grandfather clock leads to auction furniture bonanza

A Georgian mahogany and oak cased eight-day grandfather clock is one of the highlights of E.J. Ainger’s forthcoming weekly auction from 9.30am Tuesday February 21 at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

Auction goer attractions among the plethora of Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian chests of drawers, dressing tables and other furniture are the Edwardian walnut and mahogany hallstands and trees.

Retro teak furniture and reproduction dining suites are further drawcards along with farmhouse tables and sets of chairs and luxurious leather and fabric lounges.

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Christian McCann Auctions

Dragons give auction added fire

A rare Chinese silk robe emblazoned with gold embroidered dragons is one of the highlights of Christian McCann Auctions first sale for the year in which more than 700 lots are due to go under the hammer.

The auction, from noon Sunday February 19 at 426 Burnley Street Richmond, features items consigned over six months from 120 vendors and is bound to attract plenty of auction goers.

Chief among them is a large number of Ernest Buckmaster paintings and a private collection of Pro Hart works purchased about 20 years ago.

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Fine Art Auctions

Stone lions a perfect entree to auction mecca

The massive and heavy pair of stone and metal lion figures that greet visitors to Delamere Farm at 20 Old Moorooduc Road, Dromana make a perfect entrée to the 20 hectares of classic walks and French parterre gardens (a concept that originated in 15th century Renaissance France) in which can be found a bronze dancing girl and two-metre tall horse figures.

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Leonard Joel

Influential British artist features in specialist print auction

British artist David Hockney’s major solo exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria until March 13 is expected to generate plenty of interest in Leonard Joel’s first specialist print and photography auction for 2017 because two of his works will feature in the sale.

Now 79, Hockney is regarded as one of the most influential living artists and the exhibition features more than 1200 works from the past decade of his career including paintings, digital drawings, photography and video works.

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EJ Ainger

Fine French furniture for the discerning auction buyer

French furniture from a private Melbourne home is among the highlights of E.J. Ainger’s forthcoming weekly auction from 9.30am at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

The furniture includes two superb armoires, a servery, two Victorian mahogany dining tables and a set of eight mid-Victorian dining chairs.

Other auction furniture attractions are Australian cedar narrow bookcase, chest and dressing table, an outstanding Victorian burr walnut mirror back credenza and a Victorian twin pedestal desk.

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