July 2014

Amanda Addams Auctions

Victoria Barracks memorabilia to excite collectors

Early 1900s marine brass lanterns and vintage timber port barrels from Victoria Barracks Officers Mess will be among rare memorabilia items that auction goers can pick up when Amanda Addams Auctions begins to swing the auction hammer at its forthcoming sale from 6.30pm Monday August 4 at 344 High Street, Kew.

The items, now surplus to requirements, include Hecworth plated silver coffee pots, single sconce candlesticks, silver plated shell design serving dish and cake servers, twin handled lidded tureens and stainless steel lidded ice buckets.

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Designer contemporary furniture has auction appeal

Auction goers looking for designer contemporary furniture can do worse than visit Young’s Auctions latest sale from 9.30am Friday at 229 Camberwell Road, East Hawthorn.

A major feature is a ball chair (like a Grant Featherstone egg chair but only round) and creative Herman & Herman pieces that include a dining setting and unusual armchair.

The vendor recently used these to decorate apartments for sale in Melbourne.

Other furniture from a store that is closing is Hampton in style and includes couches, occasional chairs and tables.

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EJ Ainger

Furniture and model steamship among auction highlights

Chinese, French, English, Egyptian and Australian antique furniture will be a highlight of E.J. Ainger’s latest weekly sale from 9.30am Tuesday July 29 at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

Of particular interest to collectors is a superb model steamship “The Waverley”, while auction goers will be interested in the Egyptian iron furniture and a Bluthner ebonised cased boudoir grand piano.

Other items to attract auction goers include four tall, modern upright display cabinets and a Dudley Drew floral oil painting along with works by other Australian artists.

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Sothebys Australia

Famous duck painting Sotheby's auction highlight

Sotheby’s Australia forthcoming Fine Asian, Australian & European Arts & Design Melbourne auction will highlight the painting Ans Ufer (Enten) by German artist Alexander Koester, famous for his painting of ducks.

From a private Queensland collection, the painting shows Koester’s mastery of Impressionist brushwork techniques and depiction of ducks.

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Philips Auctions

Superb art lover opportunities in single vendor auction

Philips Auctions has been asked to sell 58 indigenous artworks as part of a single vendor collection from the former South Melbourne-based Blue Door Gallery.

The auction will take place from noon Sunday July 27 at 47 Glenferrie Road, Malvern and follows recent successes Philips Auctions has achieved with single owner Aboriginal art sales.

Blue Door Gallery started by chance 10 years ago when a lunchtime stroll by owner Steve Ralph resulted in the purchase of a small William Jangala King work as a birthday present for his then girlfriend (now wife) Rachael.

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Ephemera to entice all auction comers

For those auction goers into old Biggles books, 1930s and 1940s advertising and other ephemera like a Fletcher Jones coat hangar, a Mummy Puff Pastry calico flour bag and a 1980s Big M jigsaw, then Young’s Auctions 9.30am Friday July 25 auction at 229 Camberwell Road, East Hawthorn should be right up their alley.

The auction also has a wealth of other items including an antique French speltre statue and landscape paintings by artists such as Wickham Perry (whose works Young’s Auctions sells on a regular basis) and Fred Klix.

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Menzies Art Brands

Whiteley's New York saga brought home to roost

Menzies latest auction of Australian and international fine art and sculpture is not for the faint hearted – with many of the major offerings carrying six-figure estimates.

The sale, from 6.30pm Thursday July 24 at 1 Darling Street South Yarra, contains 150 lots (some with estimates as low as $2000 to cater for first time buyers) – but it is the larger works that are attracting most of the collector interest.

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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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Stand alone multi-vendor indigenous auction a Mossgreen first

Mossgreen’s first stand-alone multi-vendor Australian Indigenous and Oceanic Art auction will be held from 6.30pm Tuesday July 22 at 926-930 High Street, Armadale.

The auction, which continues from 2.30pm the next day, is planned to become an annual event in July each year – giving collectors a special sale to look forward to rather than being bombarded with ongoing mediocre events.

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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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