Philips Auctions

Pocket watch auction not just passing the time

A Melbourne surgeon, who died several years ago from asbestosis contracted when he worked as a student on a building site, has left a lasting legacy in the form of antique English pocket watches collected for relaxation while he was alive.

His wife, who wishes to remain anonymous, has given the collection – comprising 170 pocket watches – to Philips Auctions to be sold at a special auction from 6.00pm Tuesday August 14 at 47 Glenferrie Road, Malvern.

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Christian McCann Auctions

Lifetime collection goes under the hammer at palatial home

Emmeline McFadyen was a well-known customer at leading Melbourne antique shops and auction rooms in the late 1980s and early 1990s and over her life amassed a fantastic collection of antiques and collectables for her palatial home “Lindsay” at 31 Wrixon Street, Kew.

Now Christian McCann Auctions has been asked to auction her comprehensive collection – the entire contents of the home – on site from noon Sunday August 12.

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Gibsons Auctions

Gibson's fronts Melbourne auction scene with single owner collection

New Melbourne auction house Gibson’s Auctioneers & Valuers has picked up the collection of the late Dr Robert Wilson for its inaugural auction from 11am Sunday August 12 at Level 1, 885-889 High Street, Armadale.

Born in 1945 in Camberwell, Wilson (who died last year) studied science at the University of Melbourne before completing a doctorate in theoretical physics at Monash University in 1972.

After a stint as 3MBSFM’s general manager and time spent with then Victorian Minster for the Arts Race Mathews, he joined the National Gallery of Victoria’s staff.

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EJ Ainger

Historic racing car among decorative arts auction mix

A ‘Clement’ Austin Seven Special is a major highlight of E.J. Ainger’s forthcoming two-day auction from 11am each day Saturday August 11 and Sunday August 12 at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

In 1963, John Clement built this historic Australian racing car and competitively raced it in South Australia for the next three years at the Mallala Motorsport Park and Collingrove Hillclimb track in the Barossa Valley.

Throughout the 1960s, the car appeared in different body configurations including being fitted with a Renault 750cc powerhouse.

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Menzies Art Brands

Leading Jeffrey Smart painting makes its first appearance at auction

Jeffrey Smart’s Bus by the Tiber 1977-78 (lot 37) is a major highlight of Menzies forthcoming art auction from 6.30pm Thursday August 9 at Menzies Sydney gallery 12 Todman Avenue, Kensington.

Described by Menzies managing director Cameron Menzies as one of Smart’s best compositions from his finest decade of artistic endeavour, Bus by the Tiber is a painting resplendent with primary colour and captivating geometry and makes its maiden appearance at auction.

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Leonard Joel

Auction excitement around modern design Italian furniture

Italian furniture from major manufacturers such as Cassina, Poltrona Frau, B&B Italia and Artemide will comprise much of the latest Leonard Joel Modern Design auction from 6.30pm Monday July 30 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

Early pieces from such designers as Paolo Buffa and Silvo Cavatorta – including card tables, mirrored sideboards and marble credenzas – will be among the items on offer.

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Christian McCann Auctions

Paul Sormani commode an Australian auction drawcard

Christian McCann Auctions is proudly offering a 19th century kingwood commode made by master cabinet maker Paul Sormani (with a catalogue estimate of $80,000-$100,000) at its forthcoming auction from noon Sunday July 29 at 426 Burnley Street, Richmond.

One of Europe’s leading cabinet makers at the time, Sormani was recognised for his expertise in fruitwood marquetry, producing furniture in both the Louis XV and Louis XVI styles.

Born in 1817 in Venice, at age 30 he opened his first shop in Paris where he specialised in making necessaries and fantasy furniture.

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EJ Ainger

Books, pub signs and furniture in the mix at Aingers auction

Antiquarian and other books (lot 401) and vintage pub signs (lots 446 and 448) join a range of antique furniture at E.J. Ainger’s latest auction from 9.30am Tuesday July 24 at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

The furniture includes two upright art nouveau display cabinets (lots 603 and 604)and a selection of French queen and double beds (lots 771 and 777).

There are bureau and swivel bookcases in various sizes (lots 745 and 630), a selection of mahogany sideboards and serveries (lots 754 and 827) and English oak and mahogany grandfather clocks (lots 826 and 828).

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Kim's Auctions

Kew auction to attract collectors

Kew resident Henry Tang is selling his 1930s two-storey Tudor-style home at 75 Studley Park Road and has asked Kim’s Auctions to handle the sale of the contents.

As a result, the onsite auction will be held from 11am Sunday July 22 and features a comprehensive range of antiques and collectables.

One of the more impressive features is a 20th century Italian gilt blackamoor lamp with matching glass coffee table.

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Abacus Auctions

Abacus Auctions the new auction guru on the Melbourne block

The newly created Australian auction house Abacus Auctions has launched its second sale with a Coins, Banknotes, Sporting Memorabilia & Collectable flavour from 10am Sunday July 22 at 19A Hampshire Road, Glen Waverley, Victoria.  

For sporting lovers, the auction will commence with sporting memorabilia and collectable items including cricket, football, boxing, horse racing, motor racing before devoting the afternoon to coins and banknotes.

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