Philips Auctions

Paintings by former NGV director an auction highlight

Paintings by the man responsible for building the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) in St Kilda Road will be a major highlight of Philips Auctions decorative arts and furniture sale from noon on Sunday, June 16.

Eric Westbrook was appointed NGV director in 1954 and, at the time, the gallery was housed in a decrepit Victorian-era building – later redeveloped as the State Library of Victoria.

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Amanda Addams Auctions

Telephones spread the word

The old and unusual telephones are on display throughout Amanda Addams Auctions rooms at 344 High Street, Kew in readiness for Monday night’s auction, which begins at 6.30pm, and an immediate drawcard to all who enter.

They are testimony to the persevering skills of the late Fred Turner, who spent about 25 years building an eclectic collection of anything remotely scientific, mechanical or instrumental in nature including scales, projectors, microscopes, magic lanterns and telephones.

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EJ Ainger

Boyhood passion burned ever so brightly

Having two grandfathers who are respected antique dealers and silversmiths is bound to influence any young boy in his collecting habits.

Growing up in Worthing, England Graham Chismon was no exception. Although he studied accountancy and later practised at Monsanto in Melbourne, Mr Chismon’s passion for collecting continued to burn – particularly so after 1990 when his family had grown up. An eventual relocation to Victor Harbour in South Australia led to his appointment by Hamilton Museum as an expert in Rockingham porcelain.

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Philips Auctions

Auction houses become retail outlets for buyers

Once upon a time, furniture auction houses were the places people would go to offload their less than desirable items that no one else really wanted. Usually holding weekly sales, often these venues would be crammed to the rafters with either unwanted junk or items that would be sold off at very competitive prices.

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