Extraordinaire Christmas shopping at Mossgreen auction
Author: Richard Brewster | Posted: 4th December, 2015
Mossgreen’s Quarterly Collectors Auctions Series should just about wrap up the Christmas shopping for those auction goers looking for relatively inexpensive unusual gifts.
The sale will be held from 2pm Tuesday December 8 at 926-930 High Street, Armadale.
Right from Lot 1 – an art deco enamelled nickel travelling clock – many of the offerings are not part of the normal Christmas fare displayed in large department stores.
The auction is divided into several categories including general collectables, Chinese and Asian art, silver, military, books and printed ephemera, music and recordings, furniture, paintings and artworks, and jewellery and watches.
Several 19th century Russian hand painted iconic religious pictures (part of the one collection) are a strong reminder of the religious significance of this time of the year.
Another intriguing potential gift is an Egyptian carved alabaster figure from the New Kingdom period, while a circa 1910 Bohemian “Knuckle” ruby glass vase Josef Hoffmann and Loetz “Tango” glass vase from the same period are relatively inexpensive and thoughtful presents.
They are part of a large range of glass vases by well-known makers, while other collectables include a French carriage clock and an early metal cased telephone by the Bell Phone Company.
A late 19th century French bronze statue of Napoleon on a rearing horse is worth considering and for those art deco lovers a Bakelite and chrome Kosyaire mushroom heater by Delco is a must.
Other unusual potential gifts include a Royal Copenhagen polar bear – with two other polar bears, a silver plate pincushion elephant and stone hippopotamus as part of the same lot.
A Chinese Qing Dynasty (circa 1850s) famille rose porcelain fan is another auction attraction for those auction goers who love oriental items.