Gibsons Auctions

Christmas gift ideas for first time auction goers

Two William Ricketts sculptures (lot 13 and lot 19) are among a comprehensive range of pottery, paintings, photographs and antique furniture being auctioned as part of Gibson’s Auctions Australian & Exploration sale from 1pm Monday December 2 at Level 1, 885-889 High Street, Armadale.

The auction is bound to attract plenty of attention from even first time auction goers looking for Christmas gift ideas as estimates on all items are very affordable.

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Philips Auctions

17th century Italian cabinet a Christmas auction highlight

A rare mid-17th century northern Italian rosewood, ivory and ebony cabinet on a 19th century stand (lot 387) is one of the strong antique furniture highlights at Philips Auctions forthcoming Decorative & Fine Arts sale from noon Sunday December 1 at 47 Glenferrie Road, Malvern.

The cabinet contains eight cedar lined drawers each with pen engraved ivory plaques depicting hunting, fishing, fowling and hawking scenes and in its centre is a Renaissance style cupboard with the drawers and the base inlaid with ivory neoclassical pictures.

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Deutscher and Hackett

Eye catching works in Deutscher and Hackett auction

Three of the more valuable works catch the eye in Deutscher and Hackett’s forthcoming Melbourne art auction from 7pm Wednesday November 27 at 105 Commercial Road, South Yarra as much for the diversity of the subject matter as for the nationality of the artists behind them.

The first is Yellow Legs, 1969 (lot 13) by iconic Australian artist John Brack (1920-1999) – one of the country’s leading modernists.  

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EJ Ainger

Model boats and art to bring auction goers running

Four model boats complete with blueprints are a major feature of E.J. Ainger’s forthcoming auction from 9.30am Tuesday November 26 at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

One of the boats is in a glass case while two of the others are under full sail and are bound to appeal to model boat collectors.

An exceptional collection or art from a Mirboo North estate includes works by Max Middleton, Joseph Frost, Herman Pekel, Stan Johns, Leon Hanson, Vic Collins, Patrick Kilvington, Brian Kewley, Karlis Mednis and Justus Jorgensen.

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Christian McCann Auctions

Auction a time machine trip back to yesteryear

Christian McCann Auctions has been busy as it prepares for its second auction in seven days – an historic Western Districts homestead called Sylvan Grove and located at 101 Mibus Lane Croxton East near Hamilton, Victoria.

The auction, from noon Sunday November 24, will be a time machine trip back into history as it features a magnificent collection of early English and European antiques lovingly collected over a lifetime to furnish the blue stone homestead built originally in 1866 by German Lutheran migrants Johann Huf Junior and his wife Pauline who had five surviving children.

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Leski Auctions

Australian icons up for auction

A pistol once owned by British explorer Captain James Cook (lot 20) and a cricket stump that played silent witness to the 1933 Bodyline bowling series against England (lot 21) are among the new category of “Australian icons” created by Leski Auctions as part of it latest Australian & Colonial sale from noon Sunday November 24 at 727-729 High Street, Armadale.

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Christian McCann Auctions

Hungarian collection hits Australian auction market

The estate of a North Caulfield-based Jewish-Hungarian collector, who escaped Nazi German clutches during World War II then managed to migrate with her family to Australia before the Russian invasion of 1956, will be auctioned from noon on Sunday November 17 by Christian McCann Auctions.

The onsite sale, at 51 Rosemount Avenue North Caulfield, features the rare and untouched collection of the late Agi Gold – who returned to Budapest following the Holocaust and liberation, only to have to flee once more when Russian occupation of the country was imminent.

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EJ Ainger

Royal Doulton figures part of auction collectors delights

Royal Doulton figure collectors will be in their element next week when auctioneer John Ainger climbs the podium at E.J. Aingers 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

A large assortment of the figures and Royal Doulton display plates will go under the hammer once the auction starts at 9.30am Tuesday November 12.

Moorcroft items are another major attraction with small and large vases, a tea set for six and a display plate among the offerings.

A late Regency mahogany three-leaf dining table is among the furniture along with wrought iron and a buffet lamp.

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Gibsons Auctions

English Reformation painting brings important history to Melbourne auction

Gibson’s Auctions Spring Auction Series has delved deep into English history with its offering of a Reformation work by Sir Peter Lely (1618-1680), leading portrait artist to the English court of his day.

Carrying a catalogue estimate of $15,000-$25,000, the painting (lot 119) is part of the auction house sale that begins on 10.30am Monday November 11 at 885-889 High Street, Armadale.

Painted about 1660, the subject matter is Margaret Waller (1627-1694), eldest child of English Parliamentary general during the 1642-45 English Civil War Sir William Waller (1597-1668).

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Fine Arts Auctions

John Fairfax table a Melbourne auction bonanza

The solid cedar boardroom table that media mogul John Fairfax commissioned renowned early colonial Australian furniture maker Joseph Sly in 1855 to make for the Sydney Morning Herald offices is to be auctioned in Melbourne.

A unique piece of Fairfax Media history and possibly the only one made by the furniture maker still in existence, the table (lot 151) will be part of the Fine Arts Auctions sale from 11am Sunday November 3 at the Morning Star Estate homestead 1 Sunnyside Road, Mt Eliza.

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