Deutscher and Hackett

French voyage art finds strong auction following in Australia

In hindsight, it was probably a stroke of luck that two young French artists were the only ones left of the five who in 1800 left France with French explorer Nicolas Baudin on a “Voyage de decouvertes aux terres australes” (Voyage of discovery to Terra Australis).

Three of the artists jumped ship when the two vessels, Geographe and Naturaliste, reached Mauritius as Baudin faced a wholesale exodus of scientists and sailors – eventually rejigging his crews before sailing for what is now Cape Leeuwin on the Western Australian coast. 

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Leonard Joel

Art auction a "breath of fresh air" for first time buyers

With major Australian art auction houses currently enticing both Australian and overseas art lovers to invest in expensive and significant works, Leonard Joel’s forthcoming Fine Art sale is a breath of fresh air for those auction goers looking to enter the market for the first time or simply searching for more modest purchases.

The auction will be held from 6.30pm Tuesday November 27 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

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Leonard Joel

Auctions can bring out the best in sentimental memories

 Leonard Joel’s national jewellery head John D’Agata recently took a sentimental trip down memory lane when he saw a Tiffany & Co ruby and diamond double clip pin earmarked for sale (lot 85) in the company’s forthcoming Fine Jewels auction from 6.30pm Monday November 26 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

The piece reminded him a similar item – a retro Tiffany & Co ruby and aquamarine brooch that sold in November 2007 – D’Agata’s first auction after joining the staff of Leonard Joel.

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Kim's Auctions

Magnificent porcelain sets auction tone

A matching pair of Sevres porcelain cabinet vases with beautiful seascape panels signed by L. Grisee sets the tone for Kim’s Auctions forthcoming sale from 11am Sunday November 25 at 53 Prospect Hill Road, Camberwell.

This superb Victorian home set in a leafy garden has already been auctioned and, according to auctioneer Kim Haolin, the entire contents must be sold on the day.

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Abacus Auctions

Peter Thomson golf clubs swing into auction

When Australian golfer Peter Thomson bought a set of Dunlop Maxfli clubs in 1957, he had already won the British Open Championship the previous three years running – and went on to win two more afterwards in 1958 and 1965.

In a note accompanying the clubs and golf bag – which will be one of the most interesting lots (if not the most expensive) at Abacus Auctions forthcoming Coins, Banknotes & Sporting Memorabilia sale from noon Sunday November 25 at 19A Hampshire Road, Glen Waverley – he says “They were the best one could acquire at the time!”

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Menzies Art Brands

Top line art works for auction at Menzies

Auction goers who frequent Menzies art sales always expect to gaze upon some of the best paintings Australia has produced – however, this time it is French artist Fernand Leger (1881-1955) who has grabbed the limelight.

Other works in the auction should not disappoint with leading paintings by many of Australia’s leading artists of the past 100 years ready to go under the hammer from 6.30pm Thursday November 22 at 1 Darling Street, South Yarra.

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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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Bonhams

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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