February 2018

Fine Art Auctions

Surprise auction find in old mansion cupboard

When auctioneer Phil Caldwell opened an old cupboard at his latest auction venue – the heritage listed 1874 mansion “Roseneath” at 31 Nepean Highway, Elsternwick – he could not believe his eyes.

There, stashed at the back, was a rare silver emu egg inkstand by German-born silversmith Joachim Wendt (1830-1917), who migrated to Adelaide in 1854.

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Leonard Joel

Gallery owner auctions her Australian indigenous art collection

Sonia Heitlinger first encountered Australian indigenous art in the mid-1980s when she held an exhibition of collaborative paintings by the artists of Yuenduma – followed by an exhibition of batiks and artefacts from Utopia.

The impact was so profound that, after establishing Flinders Lane Gallery in Melbourne’s CBD in 1990, she continued to support indigenous culture.

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Leonard Joel

Enviable auction collection for prominent Melbourne scholar, businesswoman and art diva

Scholar, successful businesswoman and in 1977 one of the founders of the Jewish Museum of Australia, the late June Helmer (who died last year aged 95) spared no expense travelling the world to study Jewish art collections and museums.

Her efforts resulted in June becoming the first adviser on the museum’s Australian collections, curator of its first exhibitions and a vital fundraiser.

In doing so, June also built an enviable art and decorative arts collection – to be auctioned from 10am Thursday February 22 through Leonard Joel 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra. 

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EJ Ainger

Georgian furniture leads Melbourne auction charge

A fine selection of Georgian furnishings including a coffer, six elm Windsor chairs, an oak Bible box and an impressive kitchen dresser are among highlights for E.J. Ainger’s forthcoming auction from 9.30am Tuesday February 20 at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

The furniture range at this auction is comprehensive and includes an Edwardian walnut two-door secretaire bookcase with fitted interior, an early Victorian flame mahogany four-door sideboard and a fine mahogany two-door bookcase.

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Christian McCann Auctions

Signed French antique furniture an auction rarity

One of the best collections of signed antique French furniture to go to auction in Australia – featuring famous cabinetmakers such as Henry Dasson, Mathieu Befort Jeune, Hippolyte-Edme Pretot and Paul Sormani – will be the highlight of Christian McCann Auctions first sale for 2018 from noon Sunday February 11 at 426 Burnley Street, Richmond in Melbourne.

Henry Dasson (1825-1896) was a renowned 19th century Parisian maker of gilt-bronze mounted furniture.

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EJ Ainger

Stone table and chairs lead the auction furniture charge

A set of stone outdoor tables and chairs from a stately home in Harcourt Street, Hawthorn is among the highlights of E.J. Ainger’s opening auction for 2018. It joins particularly fine items from several Melbourne homes and estates to go under the hammer from 9.30am Tuesday February 6 at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

Featured items include a strong selection of English and French bookcases including a quality secretaire.

Other furniture items of note include a dining room table, leather top twin pedestal desks and a massive Edwardian sideboard.

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