November 2018

Deutscher and Hackett

French voyage art finds strong auction following in Australia

In hindsight, it was probably a stroke of luck that two young French artists were the only ones left of the five who in 1800 left France with French explorer Nicolas Baudin on a “Voyage de decouvertes aux terres australes” (Voyage of discovery to Terra Australis).

Three of the artists jumped ship when the two vessels, Geographe and Naturaliste, reached Mauritius as Baudin faced a wholesale exodus of scientists and sailors – eventually rejigging his crews before sailing for what is now Cape Leeuwin on the Western Australian coast. 

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Kim's Auctions

Magnificent porcelain sets auction tone

A matching pair of Sevres porcelain cabinet vases with beautiful seascape panels signed by L. Grisee sets the tone for Kim’s Auctions forthcoming sale from 11am Sunday November 25 at 53 Prospect Hill Road, Camberwell.

This superb Victorian home set in a leafy garden has already been auctioned and, according to auctioneer Kim Haolin, the entire contents must be sold on the day.

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Abacus Auctions

Peter Thomson golf clubs swing into auction

When Australian golfer Peter Thomson bought a set of Dunlop Maxfli clubs in 1957, he had already won the British Open Championship the previous three years running – and went on to win two more afterwards in 1958 and 1965.

In a note accompanying the clubs and golf bag – which will be one of the most interesting lots (if not the most expensive) at Abacus Auctions forthcoming Coins, Banknotes & Sporting Memorabilia sale from noon Sunday November 25 at 19A Hampshire Road, Glen Waverley – he says “They were the best one could acquire at the time!”

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Sothebys Australia

Rare 1889 exhibition works make it to auction

The renowned The 9 by 5 Impression Exhibition of 1889 will once again be brought into sharp focus when Sotheby’s Australia auctions two of its rare paintings from 6.30pm Tuesday November 20 in Sydney’s Intercontinental Hotel at 117 Macquarie Street.

The wood panel paintings – Charles Condor’s Arcadia, June 28th 1889, and Tom Roberts Mentone (1889) – have not been displayed together since the original Melbourne exhibition.

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Christian McCann Auctions

Roman marble statues to fascinate at auction

Followers of early Roman times will be fascinated by Christian McCann Auctions forthcoming on site sale of a Brighton collector’s important selection of five Roman marble statues which once belonged to French barrister Alexandre Nicolai (1865-1952).

The auction will take place from noon Sunday November 18 at 24 Grosvenor Streeet, Brighton.

A collector and enthusiastic archaeologist, Nicolai was a barrister at the Bordeaux Bar while actively participating in many excavations and publishing books on the Gallo-Roman period.

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Victorian Auctions

Historic setting for eclectic auction

The historic Leura Hotel at 175 Manifold Street, Camperdown in Victoria is the setting for Victorian Auctions latest sale from 11am Sunday November 18.

After being empty for six years, the hotel was bought from previous owner Dean Montgomery in May last year by colourful town character Lawrie Voutier.

With its iron lacework verandahs, the Victorian era hotel is the perfect venue for the Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian and art nouveau furniture the auction has to offer.

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Bonhams

Australian art auction features famous abstract artist

An untitled work (lot 58) painted in 1941 by Ralph Balson (1890-1964) carries the highest catalogue estimate at Bonhams forthcoming Important Australian Art auction from 6pm Wednesday November 14 at 36-40 Queen Street, Woollahra in Sydney.

Coming direct from the artist’s estate to a private Sydney collection, the painting carries an estimate of $250,000-$350,000.

The year it was painted, the work was part of Balson’s solo exhibition of 21 paintings at the Fine Art Galleries in Anthony Horden’s George Street, Sydney department store.

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Leonard Joel

Prints auctions more popular than ever

Leonard Joel’s Prints and Multiples auctions have become increasingly popular as auction goers realise they present the perfect opportunity to pick up a work by a prominent Australian artist for an affordable price.

This forthcoming auction – from 6.30pm on Wednesday November 14 at the company’s converted warehouse venue of 200A Argyle Street, Fitzroy – is no exception.

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EJ Ainger

Model train collection an exciting auction bonus

An extensive model train collection including engines, rolling stock, and accessories is an unusual highlight for E.J. Ainger’s forthcoming auction from 9.30am Tuesday November 13 at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

Normally the auction house is busy selling furniture, collectables and art but this collection has come from a deceased estate and is bound to whet the appetite of many Australian model train collectors.

Items from a retired Richmond antique dealer’s warehouse are another drawcard along with the superb Georgian contents of a South Yarra estate.

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Leonard Joel

Natural light venue shines warmly on modern design auction

A converted Fitzroy warehouse with an abundance of natural light is the setting for Leonard Joel’s November Modern Design auction, which features a stunning and eclectic range of European design furniture.

The auction, from 6.30pm Monday November 12 at 200A Argyle Street, Fitzroy is an adventurous move from Leonard Joel’s traditional South Yarra venue and modern design head Anna Grassham says it pays tribute to the many layers, hidden spaces and hybrids of cultures Melbourne offers.

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