Wine, motorcycles and silver to excite auction goers

Author: Richard Brewster | Posted: 28th November, 2014

Wine lovers will be thrilled at the comprehensive collection of Penfolds Cabernet Sauvignon Bin 707 being offered at Philips Auctions forthcoming sale from noon Sunday December 7 at 47 Glenferrie Road, Malvern.

Of various vintages from 2004 to 2010, the wine is part of single collection and is the third in as many months to be sold by Philips Auctions.

Unusual for the auction house is the 1996 Harley Davidson Dyna Wide Glide convertible motorcycle in the rooms ready for inspection.

The auction also contains a large collection of sterling silver, mainly dating from Victorian times.

Of significance is a pair of 1830s Regency Sheffield plate wine coolers and a sterling silver saucepan carrying the Central School of Arts & Crafts mark from London, 1940.

Another interesting piece is a Victorian Grecian style sterling silver wine ewer by Joseph and Albert Savory London 1853.

A Victorian four piece sterling silver tea and coffee service carries an estimate of $3500-$4500 and a rare Irish provincial sterling cup from 1812 $2200-$2600.

Christmas is just around the corner and many of these items would make ideal gifts for the male of the household – not least the mounted heads of several native African and American animals.

Some of the more intriguing include an African waterbuck, a South African blesbok and a white tailed north American deer.

Clocks are another attraction and the auction contains several fine examples including an art deco figure clock by Demetre Chiparus (1886-1947) and a 19th century French ormolu piece by F. Moreau.

The oriental section, covering both Chinese and Japanese items, continues to grow strongly – driven largely by Asian buyers keen to obtain as much of their heritage as possible.

Many of the items carry modest estimates, but a fine Chinese early to mid 20th century cloisonné covered box is estimated at $1500-$1800 and a pair of hanging scrolls signed by Qi Baishi (1863-1957) $2000-$4000.

An antique Japanese six panel screen from the Meiji period (1868-1912) is another highly collectable item with a $3000-$4500 estimate.

A range of English and French antique furniture also carries moderate estimates, typified by a mid-19th century Victorian mahogany extension table. 

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