Christian McCann Auctions

Sevres porcelain auction a reminder of Catherine the Great

A Melbourne porcelain lover’s 18th century Sevres porcelain collection is comparable to that of Russian Empress Catherine the Great (1729-1796), according to auctioneer Christian McCann. 

Items from her collection, on loan from Russia's Hermitage Museum, were viewed last year by the Australian public at the National Gallery of Victoria. The museum began as Catherine's personal collection built up during her 34-year rule and now occupies the entire Winter Palace in St Petersburg. 

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Leonard Joel

Media baron auctions collection for charity

A director of the media empire founded in 1841 by his grandfather John Fairfax, the late James Fairfax (who died in January this year aged 83) was a passionate collector, philanthropist and supporter of the arts.

Although the family publishing business played an important role, it also was his extensive business travels and visits to his United Kingdom residence, when he often stopped for extended periods in Asia, that influenced and informed Fairfax’s decorative arts collection.

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Deutscher and Hackett

Philanthropist leaves his art collection to charity

A generous philanthropist and supporter of the arts, Australian media proprietor the late James Fairfax spent many years donating art works to major Australian institutions such as the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the National Gallery of Victoria.

In 1841, his grandfather John Fairfax founded the Sydney-based media empire known today as Fairfax Media.

James Fairfax, who died in January this year aged 83, used both his publishing business and extensive business travels to build an extensive and iconic art and decorative arts collection.

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Historical sterling silver pieces add huge auction interest

A rare Victorian gilt sterling silver suite of a Warwick vase and cover and four matching bowls made in 1842 by London silversmith Benjamin Smith for British politician, traveller and author James Emerson (1804-1869) is the highlight of an extensive sterling silver collection – part of Mossgreen’s International Decorative Arts auction from 10am Tuesday August 29 at 926-930 High Street, Armadale.

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EJ Ainger

Furniture aplenty for auction

A plethora of English, French and Australian cedar will be available for auction goers when auctioneer John Ainger climbs the podium at E.J. Ainger Pty Ltd forthcoming sale from 9.30am Tuesday August 29 at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

Victorian formal dining furniture is a big drawcard with several extension dining tables and sideboards up for grabs.

The auction contains several hallstands including a fine late 19th century ornately carved oak mirror back version.

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Diamonds, sapphires and opals sparkle at auction

A 4.30-carat solitaire diamond ring with a $25,000-$35,000 catalogue estimate – one of the highlights of the Jannece Tapsall collection – will be auctioned from 6pm Monday August 28 at Mossgreen 926-930 High Street, Armadale.

While her jewellery is part of a live Fine Jewels & Watches auction, the auction house is offering the remainder of her collection online – with the sale finishing at 5am on Friday August 25.

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Kim's Auctions

Auction wine collection discovered in cellar of demolished home

A 300-bottle wine collection – discovered by accident in the cellar of a demolished Melbourne home – is a strong highlight of Kim’s Auctions forthcoming sale from 11am Sunday August 27 at 327-329 Warrigal Road, Burwood.

The collection contains leading Australian wines including several bottles of 1995 and 1996 Penfolds Grange, 1992 Henschke Hill of Grace, 1994-1997 Rockford Basket Press, and 1995 and 1996 Pipers Brook.

International brands include 1998 Chateau Deson and 1993 Pol Roger champagne.

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A muscle car auction to get the motor running

The late Clem Smith owned and promoted South Australia’s historic Mallala Motorsport Park 55 kilometres north of Adelaide from 1977 until his death in February this year.

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Sothebys Australia

First time works to spark intense auction interest

Charles Blackman’s The Pink 1953 – acquired directly from the artist’s solo exhibition of that year and held in a private collection ever since – will be auctioned for the first time in Sotheby’s Australia’s forthcoming Important Australian Art sale from 6.30pm Wednesday August 16 at Intercontinental Sydney, 117 Macquarie Street, Sydney.

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EJ Ainger

Georgian secretaire bookcases among auction furniture highlights

Three Georgian flame mahogany secretaire bookcases are highlights of a comprehensive range of English, French country and Australia cedar, silky oak and blackwood furniture from homes throughout Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula at E.J. Ainger’s forthcoming weekly sale from 9.30am at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

The auction features twin pedestal and other desks, a fine selection of contemporary gilded and French design mirrors and a pair of light brown leather Chesterfield settees.

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