Private collections prove popular at online auction

Despite the inability of buyers to physically attend Gibson’s Auctions Melbourne sale on Sunday October 11 due to current coronavirus lockdown restrictions, 82 per cent of the Interiors Private Collections online only offerings were snapped up with a  148 per cent return by value.

The three private collections involved belonged to antiques trade veteran Edward (Ed) Clark Antiques, diamond merchant the late Bjarne Nielsen and Antiques Selection’s Robyn Allen.

Top selling item, from the Nielsen blue and white porcelain collection, was a 17th century blue and white Chinese Qing Dynasty (Shunzhi period) baluster vase (lot 181) that sold for $25,620 including buyer’s premium.

From the same collection came a circa 1640 pair of blue and white covered Ming Dynasty Chongzheng period covered vases (lot 198 - $11,590) and a large imported 18th century Dutch delft liturgical bowl (lot 243 - $9150).

A Classical Still Life with Parrots and Fruit from the French School (lot 18) sold for the same amount as the liturgical bowl, while more pieces from the Nielsen collection filled most of the remaining top 10 selling items.

These included a circa 1640 Ming Dynasty Chongzheng period blue and white hexagonal vase (lot 212 -$$7320) , an 18th century  Dutch delft blue and white tuli9p vase (lot 241 - $7076) and a delft blue and white jar and cover from the same period (lot 255 - $6832).

Other items included a pair of frosted silver speckled Murano glass vases by Constantini (lot 76 - $6588), six blue and white Qing Dynasty Kangxi period dishes (lot 185 - $6100) and a large Italian carved giltwood salon mirror (lot 54 - $5612).

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