March 2019

Deutscher and Hackett

Leading Australian architect's art collection goes to auction

Among the prolific offering of quality works by leading Australian artists at Deutscher and Hackett’s forthcoming art auction from 7pm Wednesday April 10 at Sydney’s National Art School in Forbes Street, Darlinghurst, is a small number of paintings from the estate of Singapore-based Australian architect, the late Kerry Hill.

Hill, who died after a short battle with cancer in August last year aged 75, was well feted by his profession – winning the Australian Institute of Architects’ Gold Medal in 2006 and the Singapore President’s Design Award four years later.

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Kim's Auctions

A Chinese marriage bed that will have auction goers smiling

An 18th century hand carved Cherrywood marriage bed should have auction goers smiling when auctioneer Kim Haolin mounts the podium at 11am Sunday April 7 at Kim’s Auctions 329 Warrigal Road, Burwood.

Obviously designed for generations several centuries ago, the bed is too small for many modern day adult human beings who would struggle to comfortably stretch out on the enclosed mattress space.

Nevertheless, it is a beautifully constructed piece of furniture that is bound to appeal to more than one collector.

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EJ Ainger

Australian Prenzel wood carving to bring auction goers running

An extremely rare Robert Prenzel wood carving of a koala (lot 437) signed by the artist and dated 1917 is a major highlight of E.J. Ainger’s forthcoming two-day special sale from 11am Saturday April 6 and at the same time the following day at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

Woodcarver and cabinetmaker Prenzel (1866-1941) was born in Prussia and in 1888 arrived in Melbourne via a European “carving” sojourn.

Working first for a shipbuilder, he then began designing furniture for Nunan Bros before going into partnership with John Treede.

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Gibsons Auctions

Royal cabinetmaker leaves memorable auction legacy

Among the 776 items up for grabs at Gibson’s Auctions forthcoming Autumn Auction Series – from 6.30pm Monday April at Level 1, 885-889 High Street, Armadale – is lot 298, an unusual George III satinwood, padouk and inlaid tripod table attributed to John Cobb (1710-1778).

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Christian McCann Auctions

Australian antiquities icon holds special warehouse auction

With more than 50 years as an Australian dealer in antiquities and decorative and fine arts, Graham Geddes has become somewhat of an icon and world expert of the industry.

His three distinct showrooms in Melbourne’s High Street, Armadale – a perpetuation of the family business – are an ongoing testimony to his credentials and love of the rare and prestigious pieces which he handles.

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Menzies Art Brands

Australian colonial artist's rare works excite Sydney auction interest

Rare and substantial works by an accomplished Australian colonial artist, providing new perspectives on important aspects of mid-19th century Australian art and life, will be auctioned from 6.30pm Thursday March 28 by Menzies at its Sydney gallery at 12 Todman Avenue, Kensington.

Thomas Tyrwhitt Balcombe (1810-1861) was a well-known colonial identity, field surveyor and professional artist who won many awards and medals for his efforts – and whose works until recently were few and far between.

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Philips Auctions

Faberge silver elephant a great auction investment

A turn of the 20th century Russian silver and gem set elephant match holder by Faberge from St Petersburg (lot 177) and belonging to a former Carlton Australian Football League club president will be the highlight of Philips Auctions forthcoming decorative arts sale from noon Sunday March 24 at 47 Glenferrie Road, Malvern.

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EJ Ainger

Melbourne Ainger auction a reminder for grocery shopping regulars

Those auction goers who knew Eaglemont identity the late Ivan Mason – until March 2013 for four decades the friendly face behind the IGA counter in Silverdale Road – will have the chance to obtain a reminder of his smiling visage when his furniture and effects are auctioned from 9.30am Tuesday March 19 by E.J. Ainger Pty Ltd at 433 Bridge Rod, Richmond.

Ivan, who lived just up the road from the store that as owner and manager became a large part of his life, died aged 77 in April 2017 – a little over four years after his retirement.

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Christian McCann Auctions

Linke commode a major Melbourne auction feature

A 19th century commode signed by master cabinetmaker Francois Linke is one of the more important French furniture pieces to be auctioned from noon Sunday March 17 by Christian McCann Auctions at 426 Burnley Street, Richmond as part of the company’s forthcoming antiques, fine art, porcelain and sculpture sale.

The auction will be preceded at the same venue by a fine quality jewellery sale from 4pm Saturday March 16 featuring rings, necklaces, brooches and bracelets.

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EJ Ainger

HMS Bounty share certificate an historical auction attraction

A certificate for 10,000 $1 shares in the replica of HMS Bounty’s visit to Australia’s 1988 Bicentenary is one of the more intriguing items at E.J. Ainger’s forthcoming auction from 9.30am Tuesday March 5 at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

Dated April 16, 1986, the certificate (number 14) was issued to Rowbar Pty Ltd and refers to the bicentenary of the colonisation of New South Wales in 1788 during the reign of King George III.

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