September 2015

Philips Auctions

Unique dinner gong to intrigue auction goers

A mid-20th century Ethiopian hippopotamus tooth and silver dinner gong is a unique auction item in what is rapidly becoming one of Philips Auctions more unusual sales - earmarked for noon Sunday October 25 at 47 Glenferrie Road, Malvern.

Auciton goers should also find a late Qing Dynasty (late 19th to early 20th century) large Cantonese pedestal bowl of great interest.

Limited edition boxed unusual shaped Limoges porcelain decanters are another major feature of this rather eclectic decorative fine arts sale.

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Kim's Auctions

50-year-old priceless collection goes under the hammer

A 50-year-old collection built up by one of Melbourne’s leading businessmen will be auctioned on site from 11am Sunday at 46 Monomeath Avenue, Canterbury.

Kim’s Auctions has been asked to handle the sale which features quality sterling silver including a 1774 George III swing handle basket, a 1697 pair of William III lighthouse castors featuring the London coat of arms, a George IV oval shaped Scottish soup tureen by J McKay, an 1830 William IV ewer and basin, and George III dinner plates (London 1762) and six-piece tea service (London 1817-18).

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Auction goes ahead despite AFL football public holiday

Friday’s inaugural public holiday to allow Victorians time off to soak up the AFL Grand Final parade hasn’t stopped Young’s Auctions from plying its auction wares as normal.

Accordingly, it is full steam ahead for the auction house with the sale due to start at the normal time of 9.30am at 229 Camberwell Road, Hawthorn.

The auction contains s massive assortment of items – including a full size Ace billiards table.

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Animated cels auction a boon for collectors

Mossgreen will auction one of the largest collections of hand-painted animated cels ever assembled in Australia from 2pm Sunday September 27 at the Henry Jones Art Hotel in Hobart.

Mainly limited edition, there are about 300 cels featuring such cartoon classics as Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and The Flintsones – and family favourites such as Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, 101 Dalmatians, The Jetsons, Top Cat and The Simpsons.

Recent blockbusters Lion King, Star Wars, Frozen, Toy Story and Avatar also are included.

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Christian McCann Auctions

French Sevres collection unlikely to be seen again at auction

A world-class collection of 19th century French Sevres leads the charge atChristian McCann Auctions forthcoming sale from noon Sunday September 27 at 426 Burnley Street, Richmond.

The Sevres collection, comprising 40 mainly ormolu mounted Celeste and Cobalt blue pieces, is unlikely to be matched in the foreseeable future.

The Sevres collection is supported by European and English porcelain, including Royal Worcester, Dresden vases and figures and rare porcelain clocks.

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Steve Graham Auctioneer

Macedon nursery goes under the hammer

Auctioneer Steve Graham is in charge of an on site clearing sale at the Macedon nursery at 10 Margaret Street from 10am Sunday September 27.

Earmarked to go is a huge number of garden and nursery plants, trees and ferns.

The auction includes the sale of planters, nursery trolleys and stands, garden ornaments, shade sails, gazebos, wheelbarrows, hoses and outdoor furniture – perfect for anyone looking to spruce up their garden. 

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Abbeys Auctions

Rare 19th century German piano to tempt the finest musicians

A G. Schwechten burr walnut upright piano is a major highlight of Abbeys Auctions latest sale from 9am Friday September 25 at 480-482a Station Street, Box Hill.

Schwechten was a Berlin-based manufacturer of fine pianos, which began production in 1854 and continued until 1925.

These pianos are now rare and, reflective of the high quality workmanship in 19th century German and Austrian workshops, among the finest ever built.

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Antique instruments to excite auction collectors

A comprehensive range of antique instruments – many belonging to the one collector – should bring auction goers running to Young’s Auctions latest weekly sale from 9.30am at 229 Camberwell Road, East Hawthorn.

The instruments include an antique brass theodolite and English octant from the 1890s.

There also is an expanding brass telescope, microscope, bellows camera and binoculars.

Other interesting items include a Constellation globe, model of a DC3 aircraft and a desk tidy with slots for fountain pens and a pipe.

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Menzies Art Brands

Australian art giants feature in big ticket auction items

Fred Williams was the first Australian artist to be honoured with a major exhibition at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

The year was 1977 and he already was regarded as Australia’s most important artist.

This exhibition introduced Williams to an international audience and the following year he began a series of new paintings on the Werribee Gorge – now regarded as among the most important of his career.

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Steve Graham Auctioneer

The Blacksmiths Market a craftsman's auction paradise

The late Mark Whitmore was a skilled metal and timberwork craftsman who owned the successful The Blacksmiths Market at 14 High Street, Maldon.

Whitmore died last year and both the building and contents are up for auction.

Auctioneer Steve Graham is handling the contents auction on site from 11am Wednesday September 23.

Whitmore fashioned items to order and for general sale in his expansive workshop – which, in the 19th and early 20th centuries, was occupied by wainwrights G.S. Little who made carriages, buggies and drays for public use.

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