October 2014

Christian McCann Auctions

Rare bird volumes auction vital for collectors

A rare set of six original Gracius J. Broinowski books entitled The Birds of Australia, dated 1890 and belonging to well-known Melbourne bird enthusiast the late Barbara Tunbridge, will be a major drawcard at Christian McCann’s forthcoming auction from noon Saturday November 9 at 426 Burnley Street, Richmond.

A recognised artist and leading ornithologist of his day, Broinowski was born in 1837 in Poland and 20 years later arrived at Portland, Victoria after swimming ashore from a windjammer following a trying journey from England.

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Melbourne Cup auction to bring in racing fanatics

In the midst of this year’s Spring Racing Carnival, Mossgreen is holding its Melbourne Cup Auction, which, while it offers other sporting items, concentrates largely on horse racing memorabilia.

Given she remained unbeaten in all of her 23 starts, it is probably fitting that a painting of Black Caviar by Brett Jarrett is included among the auction items.

The auction will begin at 10am on Friday November 7 at 926-930 High Street, Armadale.

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Candelabra a reminder of a bushranger past

An impressive sterling silver candelabra centrepiece presented by Australian colonists to David and Amelia Campbell for repelling bushrangers attacking their property on November 19, 1863 is a major highlight of Mossgreen’s Australian & Colonial Antique & Historical auction from 1pm Thursday November 6 at 926-930 High Street, Armadale.

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Glenelg Auctions

Heritage listed home auction venue for fine antiques

Heritage listed historic Ballarat home “Clowance” at 518 Barkly Street will be the venue for Glenelg Auctions sale of superb antiques and art from 11am Sunday November 2.

Built in 1892-3 for then Ballarat mayor and goldmine owner Isaiah Pearce and owned until recently sold by Dr Michael Stubbs, the home is historically significant because it is an innovative example of a transitional design between Victorian and Federation styles.  

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Fine china dinner sets for the more discerning auction goers

Auction goers looking to stock up on fine china dinner sets will find it difficult to go past the Wedgwood and Royal Doulton on offer at Young’s Auctions latest sale from 9.30am Friday October 31 at 229 Camberwell Road, East Hawthorn.

There are several dinner sets to be auctioned along with other Wedgwood and Royal Albert tea set items.

One of the more unusual exhibits is a pair of stuffed cobras fighting a mongoose, while the collection of wines and ports should appeal to wine collectors.

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Sothebys Australia

Window dresser collection to kickstart auction

Darryl Farrelly was one of Melbourne’s premiere window dressers and famous for some of Myer’s most memorable windows.

With the festive season around the corner and the Myer Christmas windows in their final stages of preparation, it is perhaps fitting that his arts and design collection will be part of Sotheby’s Australia forthcoming Fine Asian Australian & European Design auction from 5.30pm Wednesday October 29 at Level 2, 41 Exhibition Street, Melbourne.

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McCubbin painting to wow auction goers

Never seen at auction, Frederick McCubbin’s museum quality painting Mrs McCubbin Picking Blossom (Spring) is a major highlight of Mossgreen’s forthcoming auction entitled Fine Australian & International Art.

The painting is a sensitive, luminous portrait of the artist’s wife Annie – probably in the orchard surrounding their Hawthorn, Melbourne home.

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Philips Auctions

Nellie Melba travelling clock a unique auction opportunity

Auction goers will have the unique opportunity to obtain a gold travelling clock that once belonged to legendary Australian opera singer Dame Nellie Melba when they attend Philips Auctions next jewellery sale from 6pm Monday October 27 at 47 Glenferrie Road, Malvern.

The clock, made by Vacheron Constantin and with “Vacheron Paris” marked on the flap, has the signature “Nellie Melba” engraved on the case.

The diva gave the clock to her friend Thomas Hazelton-Cochrane who then bequeathed it to his niece Margaret Ormond Cochrane.

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Philips Auctions

World War I paintings a timely historical reminder

With centenary commemorations honouring the start of World War I a regular occurrence this year, Philips Auctions has signified its modest acknowledgement of events with two paintings by noted ship portrait artist Arthur Victor (AV) Gregory of vessels that served with Australian forces during the Great War in its latest auction.

Gregory lived from 1867 to 1957 and the two paintings, completed in 1918, are of the AIF hospital ship Karoola and the SS Riverina crossing the Tasman Sea.

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Leonard Joel

Single owner collections a Leonard Joel auction highlight

A series of single owner collections for Leonard Joel’s latest furniture and objects auction from noon Sunday October 26 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra should have auction goers rubbing their hands with glee.

According to Leonard Joel’s head of classic furniture and objects Guy Cairnduff the items for auction are from the some of the most robust categories in the traditional decorative arts market.

“Many items have been kept together as collection to retain an element of their original owner’s intent in their acquisition,” he said.

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