Leonard Joel

"Designing man" genius to be seen at auction

Keith Clarke is fondly remembered as the wardrobe supervisor for Channel 2 – for which he earned his nickname the “designing man”.

A man of great style and talent, in addition to his agility with needle and thread Keith was a costume designer for the Australian Opera, Australian Ballet and the ABC.

His most well known design was for Dame Joan Sutherland’s 1976 performance in Idomeneo for which he still had the original costume sketches when he died.

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Menzies Art Brands

Top art works to boost auction coffers

Menzies chief executive officer Justin Turner is confident the company’s forthcoming auction could realise almost $10 million (including buyers’ premiums) when 154 art lots go under the hammer from 6.30pm Thursday August 10 at 1 Darling Street, South Yarra.

There are plenty of strong works by top line Australian artists to back up his claim, starting with the catalogue cover piece – Frederick McCubbin’s Pastoral 1904 – purchased in 1971 by the current owners’ family at auction in Melbourne and expected to sell for $500,000-$700,000. 

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EJ Ainger

Royal Worcester porcelain among desirable auction collectables

A collection of rare and highly collectable hand painted Royal Worcester porcelain pieces by the company’s most prestigious artists will be the highlight of E.J. Ainger’s forthcoming special two-day auction from 11am Saturday August 5 and Sunday August 6 at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

The collection comes from a prestigious Kew apartment, which also boasts a selection of decorative Australian paintings including works by J.A. Turner and Jan Scheltema among many other fine Australian and overseas artists.

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Philips Auctions

Museum quality porcelain collection an auction rarity

An internationally significant Australian-based early English porcelain collection – the result of decades of research and acquisition – should give serious collectors the opportunity of a lifetime when it is auctioned from noon Sunday July 30 by Philips Auctions at 47 Glenferrie Road, Malvern Victoria as a pre-cursor to the company’s normal decorative arts sale.

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Leonard Joel

Modern design auction to intrigue buyers

Furniture, lamps, chandeliers and other collectables are among the highlights of Leonard Joel’s latest Modern Design auction from 6.30pm Thursday July 27 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

Among the more interesting items is a Castiglioni Snoopy lamp for Flos and a Toshiyuki Kita island armchair for Moroso.

An intriguing design feature is the Peter Mali Zyklus chair while two
Dori cylindrical ceiling lights should attract plenty of attention.

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Thoroughbred racing stud contents go under the hammer

Horse racing devotees and auction goers will have the opportunity to obtain a slice of Australian thoroughbred racing history when the contents of historic Wood Nook Farm, near the Victorian town of Nagambie, go under the hammer from 2pm Tuesday July 25 at Mossgreen 926-930 High Street, Armadale.

A thoroughbred nursery for more than six decades, Wood Nook was extensively developed by former Moonee Valley Race Club chairman Bob Scarborough and his wife Rosemary.

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Kim's Auctions

An auction feast of antiquities

A huge line up of antiquities is a striking feature of Kim’s Auctions forthcoming sale from 111am Sunday July 23 at 327-329 Warrigal Road, Burwood in Victoria.

One of the major highlights is the upper section of an Egyptian cedar wood and bronze inlay anthropoid sarcophagus lid about 600B.C. from the Late Period Dynasty XXVI.

A solid cedar casing for a nobleman, the sarcophagus is gesso covered and painted with a black tripartite wig, visage in red – the lips drawn into a slight smile above a rounded chin and false beard.

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Christian McCann Auctions

"Weary" Dunlop's furniture among strong auction delights

A Boulle credenza and table from Sir Edward “Weary” Dunlop’s estate – among superb examples of 19th century French and English Regency furniture – should set auction goers into raptures when auctioneer Christian McCann climbs the podium to begin his latest sale from noon Sunday July 23 at 426 Burnley Street, Richmond Victoria.

During World War II, the medically trained Sir Edward enlisted in the Australian Army Medical Corps and, in 1942 when Java fell to the Japanese, was a Lieutenant Colonel in command of No. 1 Allied General Hospital at Bandung.

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EJ Ainger

Wrought iron furniture to satisfy auction appetites

An impressive range of wrought iron garden furniture and décor – including two large garden gazebos – are among highlights of E.J. Ainger’s forthcoming weekly auction from 9.30am Tuesday July 18 at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

Garden arbours, benches, gates, balustrades and architectural features are among other wrought iron attractions.

A cast iron garden fountain is bound to appeal to auction goers, while wrought iron planters, wrought iron and marble buffets and side tables also are on offer.

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Leonard Joel

Seekers grand piano can be sought at auction

A grand piano purchased in 1973 in Switzerland by Judith Durham, lead singer of the famous Australian group The Seekers, will be part of Leonard Joel’s weekly Interiors & Jewellery auction from 10am Thursday July 13 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

The piano – an ebonised C. Bechstein circa 1898-1902 – was shipped to Australia and has remained in her personal posession until now.

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