August 2017

Leonard Joel

Affordable auction art for veterans and beginners

Leonard Joel’s forthcoming fine art auction offers an affordable and desirable range of contemporary, modern, aboriginal, international art and sculpture suitable for both veteran art collectors and those entering the market for the first time.

Beginning at 6.30pm Tuesday September 5 at 333 Malvern Road South Yarra, one of the more intriguing and eye-catching works is Tim Storrier’s Palette 1982 – comprising mixed media with found objects.

Interesting is Still Life With Fruit 1866 by colonial artist W.E.D. Stuart (1826-1873). 

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Burch photographic collection among fine auction art works

The photographic collection of distinguished Australian arts administrator Peter Burch is part of Mossgreen’s forthcoming Fine Australian & International Art auction from 6.30pm Monday September 4 at 926-930 High Street, Armadale in Melbourne, Victoria.

The first professional administrator of Victorian Opera and state manager for more than three decades of Musica Viva Australia, his interest in the visual arts is most clearly demonstrated through the accumulation of important photographic images.

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Leonard Joel

Cocktail jewellery to dazzle the auction market

Cocktail jewellery is the theme for Leonard Joel’s forthcoming quarterly Fine Jewellery auction following a regular client – who over the years has amassed a wonderful and eclectic collection of this type of piece – consigning several items to the sale.

Of the 35 items (lots 340-375) the collector has consigned to the auction, from 6pm on Monday September 4 at 333 Malvern Road South Yarra, a gold, ruby and diamond brooch (lot 365) with stylised floral design featuring round cut rubies to the stamen and diamond detail to the leaves, is typical of his discerning eye.  

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Christian McCann Auctions

Sevres porcelain auction a reminder of Catherine the Great

A Melbourne porcelain lover’s 18th century Sevres porcelain collection is comparable to that of Russian Empress Catherine the Great (1729-1796), according to auctioneer Christian McCann. 

Items from her collection, on loan from Russia's Hermitage Museum, were viewed last year by the Australian public at the National Gallery of Victoria. The museum began as Catherine's personal collection built up during her 34-year rule and now occupies the entire Winter Palace in St Petersburg. 

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Leonard Joel

Media baron auctions collection for charity

A director of the media empire founded in 1841 by his grandfather John Fairfax, the late James Fairfax (who died in January this year aged 83) was a passionate collector, philanthropist and supporter of the arts.

Although the family publishing business played an important role, it also was his extensive business travels and visits to his United Kingdom residence, when he often stopped for extended periods in Asia, that influenced and informed Fairfax’s decorative arts collection.

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Deutscher and Hackett

Philanthropist leaves his art collection to charity

A generous philanthropist and supporter of the arts, Australian media proprietor the late James Fairfax spent many years donating art works to major Australian institutions such as the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the National Gallery of Victoria.

In 1841, his grandfather John Fairfax founded the Sydney-based media empire known today as Fairfax Media.

James Fairfax, who died in January this year aged 83, used both his publishing business and extensive business travels to build an extensive and iconic art and decorative arts collection.

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Historical sterling silver pieces add huge auction interest

A rare Victorian gilt sterling silver suite of a Warwick vase and cover and four matching bowls made in 1842 by London silversmith Benjamin Smith for British politician, traveller and author James Emerson (1804-1869) is the highlight of an extensive sterling silver collection – part of Mossgreen’s International Decorative Arts auction from 10am Tuesday August 29 at 926-930 High Street, Armadale.

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EJ Ainger

Furniture aplenty for auction

A plethora of English, French and Australian cedar will be available for auction goers when auctioneer John Ainger climbs the podium at E.J. Ainger Pty Ltd forthcoming sale from 9.30am Tuesday August 29 at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

Victorian formal dining furniture is a big drawcard with several extension dining tables and sideboards up for grabs.

The auction contains several hallstands including a fine late 19th century ornately carved oak mirror back version.

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Diamonds, sapphires and opals sparkle at auction

A 4.30-carat solitaire diamond ring with a $25,000-$35,000 catalogue estimate – one of the highlights of the Jannece Tapsall collection – will be auctioned from 6pm Monday August 28 at Mossgreen 926-930 High Street, Armadale.

While her jewellery is part of a live Fine Jewels & Watches auction, the auction house is offering the remainder of her collection online – with the sale finishing at 5am on Friday August 25.

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Kim's Auctions

Auction wine collection discovered in cellar of demolished home

A 300-bottle wine collection – discovered by accident in the cellar of a demolished Melbourne home – is a strong highlight of Kim’s Auctions forthcoming sale from 11am Sunday August 27 at 327-329 Warrigal Road, Burwood.

The collection contains leading Australian wines including several bottles of 1995 and 1996 Penfolds Grange, 1992 Henschke Hill of Grace, 1994-1997 Rockford Basket Press, and 1995 and 1996 Pipers Brook.

International brands include 1998 Chateau Deson and 1993 Pol Roger champagne.

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