September 2018

EJ Ainger

Auction clocks for all collectors

A brass art nouveau timepiece (lot 529) is a major drawcard among the huge selection of French, English and American mantel and wall clocks to go under the hammer from 9.30am Tuesday September 25 at E.J. Ainger 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

Furniture items are highlighted by a mid-20th century style Space furniture desk (lot 680) purchased at the time for $15,000.

The 1960s and 1970s have not been forgotten in this auction with impressive teak sideboards (lots 815 and 823) on offer – along with a nests of teak tables (lot 793) and dining suites (lot 782).

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Leski Auctions

Rare Australian tribal artefacts collection reaches auction market

As a boy in the 1950s on the family property in the southern Mallee region of Victoria, Daryl Blythman became fascinated with Australian indigenous artefacts that predated European migration by thousands of years.

“My passion for collecting began thanks to my father who collected stone artefacts and axes that dated back to the Aboriginal tribes who lived or travelled through this area,” he said.

“It wasn’t long before this hobby became mine and ultimately my obsession, when I recognised that these items revealed a story that was unique to Australia.

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Leonard Joel

Picasso heads specialist prints auction

Two works by iconic Spanish-French artist Pablo Picasso should boost auction goer numbers to Leonard Joel’s Specialist Prints auction from 6.30pm Wednesday September 19 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

The first of these is the famous Peintre Neo-Classique dans son Atelier (Neo-Classical Painter in his Studio).

One of the 20th century’s most influential artists, Picasso etched the work in 1963 at Mas Notre Dame de View, a house in Mougins in the south of France where he and his wife Jacqueline moved to in June 1961 when the artist was 80 years old.

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Leonard Joel

Vast model train collection turned into auction bonanza

Not many schoolboys would forego their lunch money to start collecting model trains, cars and vintage toys.

More likely, they would buy lunch and then pester their parents for more funds to indulge their childhood passion.

But not Melbourne man Martin Bodinar. As a young boy, he haunted local garage sales, swap meets and markets to discover a new treasure – having often gone hungry to ensure he had enough money to bring the new item home.

As a result, he has amassed one of the largest and most diverse collections ever seen in Australia.

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Leonard Joel

Portrait miniatures a stroll down auction memory lane

Intriguing furniture pieces, portrait miniatures and shadow and wax portraits are among some of the more impressive items at Leonard Joel’s forthcoming decorative arts auction from 6.30pm Monday September 17 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

The miniatures are part of the Neil Robertson collection, which includes many curious insights into 18th and 19th century romanticism and life in Great Britain and Europe.

Peaking in popularity in the mid-19th century, portrait miniatures became a casualty of the advancing photographic technology.

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Philips Auctions

Unusual perfume bottles make for an aromatic auction

A fascinating collection of perfume bottles is among the highlights of Philips Auctions forthcoming decorative arts sale from noon Sunday September 16 at 47 Glenferrie Road, Malvern.

The collection – 44 18th and 19th century bottles in all – belongs to long-time collectors Peter Baker-Finch and Walter Grench and features many unusual porcelain creations by leading manufacturers.

Typical is the 1850-60 “Provender for the Monastery” figure attributed to Meissen. Another is the 1880s gilded cornucopia perfume bottle attributed to Moser.

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Gibsons Auctions

Gibson's spring sale to put "spring" in auction goer steps

Gibson’s Auctions Spring Collection sale from 11am Sunday September 16 at 885-889 High Street, Armadale is designed to put a “spring” in the step of auction goers, according to founder Jennifer Gibson.

“These are irresistible pieces designed to freshen up the home for Spring,” she says. “They are all affordable items and a nice mix of traditional and 20th century pieces.”

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Christian McCann Auctions

McCann Auctions establishes its own jewellery department

Eight years after establishing Christian McCann Auctions and with a solid reputation in dealing with both high-end decorative arts and fine art, founder Christian McCann has acceded to client requests for a separate fine jewellery department within his auction premises at 426 Burnley Street, Richmond.

“We have been dealing with high-end jewellery for some time and now felt like the right time to do it,” he explained. “And it is a natural progression from our decorative arts and fine art sales.”

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