Fine Arts Auctions

Racehorses the great love of the shoe man

Horses have long been one of Greg Mance’s great loves and, as part of the Windsor Smith shoe empire, he was able to indulge his passion through Carngham Station – a 2400-hectare horse training stud outside Ballarat.

Greg’s father Clarrie established Windsor Smith in 1946, the year his son was born. His father also loved to train trotters, which is probably how Greg inherited his love of racehorses.

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Leonard Joel

Australiana auction to bring enthusiastic crowds

Leonard Joel’s Australiana auction from 1.30pm on Thursday May 15 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra will have live bidding – both through the Leonard Joel and Invaluable websites – and feature many unusual items bound to intrigue auction goers.

Typical of the offerings is a Macintyre sterling mounted inkwell with a porcelain plaque inset for the 9th Australian Light Horse regiment.

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Sothebys Australia

Rare Tom Roberts painting to go under hammer

One of the finest portraits by the prominent and influential Australian artist Tom Roberts (1856-1931) remaining in private ownership will be among paintings auctioned by Sotheby’s Australia as part of its Important Australian Art sale at the Intercontinental Sydney from 6.30pm on Tuesday May 13.

Most renowned for his pioneering subjects such as Shearing the Rams (1890, National Gallery of Victoria) and A Break Away! (Art Gallery of South Australia), Roberts is regarded as one of Australia’s finest portrait painters.

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EJ Ainger

Drums and dogs make a helluva an auction noise

An unusual pair of Oriental drums and a pair of bronze dogs will be among strong attractions for auction goers at E.J. Ainger’s latest sale from 9.30am on Tuesday.

The auction contains expensive reproduction dining and lounge furniture, along with a fine Edwardian Sheraton mahogany four-door bookcase, burr walnut credenza and cabinet.

There also is Australian and English antique furniture and a good selection of estate jewellery.

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Famous curator auctions art collection

One of Australia’s most respected fine art consultants and curators John Buckley is selling much of his impressive collection of modern and contemporary Australian art by some of the country’s leading artists.

The auction from 6.30pm on Tuesday at Mossgreen 926-930 High Street, Armadale is a great opportunity for art lovers to pick up quality works collected over many years by a professional art curator, according to Mossgreen managing director Paul Sumner.

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Bushfire gives rise to Fred Williams masterpiece

One of the biggest Fred Williams paintings to come onto the secondary market will be auctioned by Bonhams as part of its Important Australian Art sale from 6.30pm Monday May 12 at Byron Kennedy Hall, Moore Park in Sydney.

Painted in 1968, the massive 1.8-metre by three-metre work, entitled Ferns Diptych (in two parts Ferns I and Ferns II) reflects a tumultuous event in Williams’ life.

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Aboriginal art collection traces history of a people

The Milton and Alma Roxanas collection of Aboriginal art – that he began collecting in the 1980s after being introduced to Hogarth Galleries director and scholar Clive Evatt in Sydney – will be auctioned by Bonhams from 4pm on Sunday May 11 Byron Kennedy Hall in Moore Park.

Bonhams Aboriginal art specialists are confident the Roxanas collection will attract plenty of interest as it includes paintings by artists whose prices went through the roof when the auction house sold Clive Evatt’s comprehensive collection in November last year.

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Silver lining to auction sale

A plethora of silver plate items, Moorcroft vases, jewellery and an ivory banana are among attractions at Young’s Auctions latest sale from 9.30am Friday May 9 at 229 Camberwell Road, East Hawthorn.

The auction also contains, antique, retro and modern furniture including a dining table that can seat eight people.

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EJ Ainger

Quality billiard table to tempt lucky players

A full size billiard table and accessories from T. Sowerby & Sons of Liverpool in the United Kingdom will be an auction highlight for E.J. Ainger’s weekly sale from 9.30am on Tuesday May 6 at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

The table is part of a household of contemporary furniture and will complement the Georgian, Victorian, retro and 1920s furniture items up for auction.

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Amanda Addams Auctions

"Nutcase collector" focuses on inkwells

Paul Buckley describes himself as a “nutcase collector” – and for about 50 years has indulged an unusual obsession of collecting inkwells and fountain pens in all shapes and sizes.

Now in their early 70s, he and his wife Eileen have moved into smaller premises and there is no room left for his collection.

“I think Eileen is tired of dusting all the different items,” Paul said – not surprising given there are some 200 inkwells, a similar number of fountain pens and about 5000 gold plated nibs.

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