March 2017


History of airmail development in Mossgreen auction

The development of mail being carried by aeroplane and the significance of how individual letters came to be selected for the purpose as a historical narrative is largely revealed in the second auction of well-known Canberra collector Tom Frommer’s extraordinarily diverse aerophilately collection. 

Mossgreen carried out the first auction in September last year and this time has divided the sale into three sections – international pioneer airmails, Australian aerophilately, and the airmails of Papua & New Guinea.

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Kim's Auctions

Valentine vases among auction highlights

Two large Valentine vases are among the highlights of Kim’s Auctions forthcoming on site sale at 15 Gardiner Road, Hawthorn from 11am Sunday April 2.

Owners of the large home have now moved overseas and all contents must be sold at the auction.

The 45-centimetre high vases come from the Valentine factory, founded in 1832 in the central Pyrenees town of Saint-Gaudens on the banks of the River Garonne.

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EJ Ainger

Auction bonanza of wrought iron furniture

An impressive gazebo is among a large selection of wrought iron garden furniture at E.J. Ainger’s forthcoming weekly auction from 9.30am Tuesday March 28 at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

Other architectural wrought iron features include large wooden and cast iron courtyard doors and wooden shutters.

The auction contains Victorian, Edwardian and French antique furniture including a double pedestal partners desk, burr walnut occasional furniture, a set of French style oak and metal industrial shelves, and four iron and brass Victorian beds. 

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Melbourne interior designer picks his favourite auction items

Well-known Melbourne interior designer Toni Maticevski has picked his eight favourite items (displayed at the front of the catalogue) from Mossgreen’s latest Interior Design auction from 6pm Tuesday March 28 at 926-930 High Street, Armadale.

Maticevski’s genius for design has resulted in his label becoming known and stocked internationally in the best boutiques and department stores and his works represented in the National Gallery of Victoria, Powerhouse Museum Sydney, the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles and numerous private collections.

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Fine Arts Auctions

Toorak mansion shows off its auction treasures

A French-style Toorak mansion is the setting for auctioneer Phil Caldwell’s latest on site auction featuring strong collector attractions including rare 17th and 18th century tapestries, early Dutch and Flemish oak and elm furniture and Royal Worcester porcelain.

Belonging to a Dutch couple who have recently sold and are moving to a modern home, the auction at 3 Russell Street from 11am on Sunday March 26 is a haven of treasures for any discerning buyer.

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Leonard Joel

Luxury clothing and accessories for the discerning auction buyer

Luxury handbags, shoes, dresses, jackets and scarves – much of it by Chanel – are among Leonard Joel’s forthcoming luxury auction from 1pm Thursday March 23 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

Included in the sale are Chanel classic flap handbag, a cross body bag and a vintage handbag.

Dresses include tunic and mini dresses and fashionable cardigans and vintage jackets.

Other designers include Givenchy, Cartier and Yves Saint Laurent.   

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EJ Ainger

White marble bust shows particular auction appeal

An unsigned sculptured white marble bust of a lady has particular appeal at E.J. Ainger’s forthcoming auction from 9.30am Tuesday March 21 at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

The bust joins seven life size bronze figures – bound to interest erstwhile collectors – along with the sculpture of an eagle and cement garden urns.

One of the more unusual aspects to this sale is a collection of about 40 New Guinea and Sepik River artefacts and carvings and an old industrial boot maker’s sewing machine.

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Leonard Joel

Australia's leading artists at affordable auction prices

Affordable paintings by many of Australia’s leading artists are the highlights of Leonard Joel’s forthcoming fine art auction from 6.30pm Tuesday March 21 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

Included among the well-known names are Robert Dickerson, David Boyd, James Gleeson, Peter Booth, Charles Blackman, John Coburn, Hugh Sawrey, Pro Hart, D’Arcy Doyle and Clarice Beckett.

Works include Beckett’s Yacht at Sunset and Sherbrook, Doyle’s A Drive in the Countryside, Hart’s River Estuary and Sawrey’s The Blue at Criterion.

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National Trust icon collection for auction

The major James Gleeson surrealist painting Sea-wrack Involving the Heads of Tristan and Isolde is one of the highlights among a collection of his works belonging to the late Rodney Davidson to be auctioned through Mossgreen from noon Tuesday March 21 at 935 High Street, Armadale.

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Christian McCann Auctions

High end auction items follow business relocation

A 1.52-metre high Carrara marble figure is a major highlight of a forthcoming sale by Christian McCann Auctions, which has been asked by the home-based Alphacon Group to auction on site its collection of antique furniture, art and collectables.

The auction, from noon Sunday March 19 at 12-14 Caserta Drive Berwick, follows relocation of the business and sale of the property.

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