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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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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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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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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Leonard Joel

Pixie Skase collection goes under the hammer

Items belonging to Pixie Skase, wife of disgraced 1980s tycoon the late Christopher Skase, will be auctioned from 2pm Thursday November 1 by Leonard Joel at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

Jewellery features prominently in the collection including an 18-carat gold two stone emerald and diamond dress ring and an amethyst pendant in 14-carat gold.

Other jewellery items include a pair of antique style miniature portrait earrings, a diamond and sapphire leopard brooch and a Hungarian coin pendant.

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Leonard Joel

Interesting auction mix for artist's collection

Artist Tori Dixon-Whittle’s collection is an interesting mix of art, furniture and collectables that will appeal to a broad range of auction goers.

Leonard Joel is auctioning the collection from 6.30pm Wednesday October 31 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra and there should be plenty of bidding from the opening lot – a painting entitled Woman with Blue Background 2005 by Chinese artist Zhong Chen.

Other paintings of note include McLean Edwards’ Pretty in Pink (lot 3) and David Bromley’s Butterfly diptych (lot 27) and Tulips (lot 44).

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EJ Ainger

Napoleon mezzotint a popular auction choice

A mezzotint of French emperor Napoleon, made about 1800, is among the more fascinating highlights of E.J. Ainger’s forthcoming auction from 9.30am Tuesday October 30 at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

Invented by the amateur German artist Ludwig von Siegen (1609-c1680), mezzotint is a print made from an engraved copper or steel plate – the surface of which has been scraped to give respective areas of shade and light.

The technique was popular and much used in the 17th, 18th and early 19th centuries for painting reproductions.

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