A 19th century French gilt gesso rope pattern ottoman was the top lot (hammer price $3800, $4719.60 with buyer’s premium) in Gibson’s Auctions Melbourne Spring Auction on September 16.
With plenty of buyers looking for items to decorate the home, many of the lots on offer quickly changed hands – often well above catalogue estimate.
Typical was the 19th century Spanish School’s Portrait of a Winged Figure in a Classical Landscape, which brought $3477.60 ($1500-$2000 catalogue estimate).
Australian-born artist John McQualter’s Day on the Beach, Sorento 1977 was another, realising $2235.60 against an $800-$$1000 estimate.
A pair of reconstituted stone sedated hounds was almost as popular bringing $2111.40.
Other highlights included a 19th century cedar cased carved ivory model of a Cantonese flower boat ($1738.80) and a pair of Neo-Classical reconstituted stone urns ($1614.60).