An auction bonanza for Christmas

Author: Richard Brewster | Posted: 1st December, 2015

With Christmas just around the corner, Philips Auctions final decorative arts sale for the year features a plethora of items that would make ideal presents for family and friends.

The auction, from noon Sunday December 6 at 47 Glenferrie Road Malvern, features quality items from a Melbourne philanthropist that include a stunning French commode, ormolu pier table, two vitrines and porcelain by Royal Worcester, Dresden and Limoge such as lemon and pink eggs and vases by Grainger & Co and Royal Dux.

The auction also contains another Royal Worcester collection that includes a Chamberlain ‘Jabberwocky’ plate (1816-1820), a 1904 Persian style blush ivory vase and a 1926 Harry Stinton signed vase.

Moorcroft pieces are in abundance including a 1915-1930 pomegranate vase, an ‘anemone’ vase from the 19563-1978 period and a 1997 ‘verely’ vase which designer Nicola Slaney made for the New Forest range to mark the Moorcroft centenary.

Chinese porcelain, ivory, jade and figurines are another attraction with a Chinese Tibetan gilt bronze deity figure one of the leading examples.

An exceptional mid-19th century rosewood, ivory and silk Cantonese screen has a catalogue estimate of $20,000-$40,000.

Sterling silver once again features prominently including several 20th century picture frames and George III, George IV and Victorian examples.

A maritime collection of scrimshaws and chronometers and other memorabilia is another buyer drawcard.

These include an antique Swedish maritime lantern, a ship’s wheel, miscellaneous maps and an antique whalebone walking cane.

Other auction attractions include two 1970s drop prism chandeliers – and two massive chandeliers 1.5 metres in diameter.

Unusual are the 1999 Davis Cup winner’s trophy (won by Australia for the 22nd time) and the 2001 Davis Cup runner up trophy (again awarded to Australia).

Several paintings by Geoffrey Richard Mainwaring (1912-2000) including The Traders should attract first time art enthusiasts.


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