Leonard Joel

Pro Hart auction paintings convey the very essence of Australian life

Kevin Charles (Pro) Hart is probably best remembered for his outrageous Stainmaster advertisements, where he was busy creating works of art from food on carpet by sliding around on his stomach on the floor before an enterprising female cleaner vacuumed up the creation without leaving a trace.

However, Pro Hart was much more than an advertising stunt. Born in Broken Hill in 1928, this prolific artist created and sold thousands of works during his lifetime and is possibly one of the most recognisable painters of his day.

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EJ Ainger

Historic Lal Lal Estate furniture a collector's dream

The historic Ballarat property Lal Lal Estate is auctioning the contents of its grand dining room through E.J. Ainger from 11am Sunday July 20 at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

Furniture from the Edwardian homestead includes a magnificent mahogany banquet table with four extension leaves, a set of 12 Victorian balloon back mahogany dining chairs and a William IV serving table.

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Clowns and figurines to entice auction collectors

An interesting collection of Royal Doulton figurines and another of Armani clown statues (both from the same collector) is a major highlight of Young’s Auctions latest sale from 9.30am Friday July 18 at 229 Camberwell Road, East Hawthorn.

The auction also features Waterford crystal including 12 champagne flutes each containing different scenes from the iconic 12 days of Christmas song.

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Christian McCann Auctions

Queens Burmese glass to bring collectors running

About 70 pieces of rare Victorian Queens Burmese glass (hardly ever seen at auction) will be a major highlight of Christian McCann Auctions sale from noon Sunday July 13 at 426 Burnley Street, Richmond.

The Queens Burmese glass, belonging to collector Harold Price, sits among many fine examples of 18th and 19th century antique furniture, porcelain and art from major collections and more than 100 vendors and includes such delights as rare boulle furniture, temple vases and a carved walnut bedroom suite.

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Unusual pottery figures to attract collectors

Pottery figures by Prahran artist Jenny Gibney feature in Young’s Auctions latest sale from 9.30am Friday July 11 at 229 Camberwell Road, East Hawthorn.

The collection of female figures in period dress is bound to interest collectors, according to Young’s Auctions director Ian Young.

“She is a contemporary Australian pottery artist and they are quite unusual,” he said.

The auction contains more examples of Waterford crystal from a collector who has submitted champagne flutes, glasses and various other crystal creations each week for the past three weeks.

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Amanda Addams Auctions

Melbourne artist works among strong auction attractions

Some of the works by well-know artist Jean Carson Gray (who died in 2012) will be part of Amanda Addams Auctions latest sale from 6.30pm Monday at 344 High Street, Kew.

Born in 1927, she completed a diploma in commercial art at what was then Swinburne Technical College, before finishing postgraduate studies in fine arts in Glasgow.

Back in Australia, Gray taught art at Victorian Arts and Geelong Grammar and from the mid-1960s regularly mounted regular exhibitions – with much of her work acquired by regional galleries throughout Victoria.

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Menzies Art Brands

The Cammack collection - global items for the enterprising collector

Norman Lindsay’s The Introduction – full of the artist’s classic nudes and suggestions – will be a major highlight of Dr Bill Cammack and his wife the late Dr Eileen Cammack’s collection to be auctioned from 1pm Saturday July 5 and Sunday July 6 by Lawsons at Menzies Gallery, 12 Todman Avenue, Kensington in Sydney.

With a catalogue estimate of $120,000-$150,000, the oil painting is an example of Norman Lindsay at his best – featuring the familiar sumptuous Ruben-esque goddesses waiting idly for their potential suitors to greet them.

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Glenelg Auctions

The Ashes birthplace gives up its treasures

After more than seven years, Margaret McLelland is retiring as the managing director and custodian of Rupertswood Mansion – birthplace of The Ashes – and handing it back to its owners The Salesian Order Victoria to run.

During this time, Rupertswood gained an enviable reputation as a boutique bed and breakfast and reception centre.

Many of the items currently in the old mansion at 3 Macedon Street, Sunbury will be auctioned from 11am Saturday July 5 and Sunday July 6 by Glenelg Auctions.

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African and PNG masks to entice tribal artefact collectors

African and Papua New Guinean masks, bowls and statues join Australian Aboriginal didgeridoos as features for Young’s Auctions latest sale from 9.30am Friday July 4 at 229 Camberwell Road, East Hawthorn.

The collection, which includes travel books and hats from all parts of the world, belongs to vendors who travelled extensively during their working life. 

The auction contains more Waterford crystal (including toasting flutes, carafes, clock, dolphin and harp) from the same vendor who auctioned several quality pieces last week.

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EJ Ainger

Melbourne and Mornington Peninsula homes source of fine auction furniture

Items from homes throughout Melbourne and Mornington Peninsula including retro, antique Australian primitive, French and English furniture will feature at E.J. Ainger’s latest weekly sale from 9.30am on Tuesday July 1 at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

The auction also contains an excellent collection of ceramics, jewellery, silver and kerosene table lamps.


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