March 2014

Sothebys Australia

Diamond and turquoise suite - an auction for jewellery lovers

A striking diamond and turquoise suite by ground-breaking American jewellery designer David Webb (1925-1975) will be a major attraction at Sotheby’s Australia jewellery auction from 6pm Tuesday at the company’s new premises Level 9, 41 Exhibition Street, Melbourne.

David Webb, who made the suite (catalogue estimate $230,000-$280,000) about 1970, was renowned for his bold, powerful and colourful designs and paved the way for contemporary designers by creating jewellery as art.

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Blackman auction a rare chance for art lovers

The Charles Blackman Fundraising Auction presents art lovers with a once in a lifetime opportunity to buy one of the iconic artist’s works at prices not likely to be seen again for a long time.

The auction, from 2.30pm Tuesday April 1 at Mossgreen 926-930 High Street Armadale, comprises the bulk of Charles Blackman’s drawings, paintings and editions now left in his studio.

The collection is being auctioned to help pay for the round-the-clock carers the 86-year-old artist now requires for health reasons.

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Swarovski crystal a popular auction item

Several Swarovski crystal ornaments will be part of Young’s Auctions latest sale from 9.30am Friday March 28 at 229 Camberwell Road, East Hawthorn.

Popular particularly among Asian buyers, the crystal ornaments include a pair featuring the wonders of the sea and several other individual silver crystal creations.

There are still several Royal Doulton character jugs remaining from last week’s massive sale, however, auction goers will no doubt be interested in some of the latest art offerings – which include paintings by A.A. Prout, Brian Nash and Brian Cox.

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Deutscher and Hackett

Ainsworth collection offers several large canvases

Several large scale canvases by some of the most well-known Australian indigenous and non-indigenous artists are among highlights of the K.D.H Ainsworth collection to be auctioned from 7pm Wednesday March 26 by Deutscher and Hackett at 105 Commercial Road, South Yarra.

Three works by leading Kimberley artist Paddy Bedford, who died in July 2007, are in the sale.

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Leonard Joel

Unseen von Guerard heads to auction after 145 years

An unseen colonial Western District painting by Eugene von Guerard entitled View of Mt Sturgeon and Mt Abrupt from the Crater of Bald Hill 1856, 1869 and still housed in its original Isaac Whitehead frame has emerged from obscurity to be the major feature of Leonard Joel’s fine art auction from 6.30pm Tuesday March 25 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

The painting was never exhibited and until now was unknown to academics and institutions.

Instead, it was cherished for four generations within the one family.

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Leonard Joel

Jewellery auction a showcase for classics

An antique Victorian locket featuring a classic bird and nest design from Harry Emanuel in London and still in its original fitted box is a highlight of Leonard Joel’s jewellery auction from 6.30 Monday March 24 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

The auction is in two parts with the second segment continuing at 10.30am on Thursday March 26.

Other features include an antique diamond locket and chain, a tourmaline and diamond necklace and a loose pink diamond weighing almost half a carat and with a catalogue estimate of $125,000-$150,000. 

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Philips Auctions

Russian silver an auction drawcard

Among Philips Auctions latest decorative arts sale (from noon tomorrow at 47 Glenferrie Road, Malvern) are two collections – one, 19th century milk glassware and small “end of day” vases by various well-known glassmakers, the other Russian and English silver dating from the 17th century.

The glassware belonged to solicitor the late Robert McCracken, whose ancestors, brothers Robert and Peter, migrated from Scotland in 1841 and established a brewery that was eventually taken over by Carlton United.

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Royal Doulton character jugs to bring auction goers running

This week, Young’s Auctions has a massive collection of more than 150 Royal Doulton character jugs occupying several cabinets as its main auction feature from 9.30am Friday at 229 Camberwell Road, East Hawthorn.

The jugs, from a deceased estate and collected over 30 years, include graphic faces of pirates, masked bandits and young maidens and should be enormously popular among auction goers, who have already had a taste of what was to come in the past couple of weeks.

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Menzies Art Brands

Menzies predicts another good art auction result

Menzies Art Brands was so enamoured with the results of its October auction last year (when it set a new artist auction record of almost $4 million for Brett Whiteley’s The Armchair) that it is predicting a very positive outcome for its first 2014 sale – from 6.30pm Thursday at 1 Darling Street, South Yarra.

Art specialist Tim Abdallah believes when records are set (particularly for Brett Whiteley paintings) confidence is returning to the market.

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Out with the old in with the new - street art becomes the latest craze

Sandra Powell and Andrew King are no strangers to collecting art. She from a fashion background, he financial, the husband and wife team started collecting works by some of Australia’s leading artists in the early 1990s – all the while building a wholesale importing business supplying clothes to the Australian teenage market.

Sandra sourced iconic modernists such as Sidney Nolan and Joy Hester, while Andrew preferred the likes of Clarice Beckett.

Then about seven years ago, they began to focus on a very different genre – street art.

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