November 2022

Elder Fine Art

Namatjira leads Australian artist greats at South Australian auction

With three spectacular watercolours by Hermannsburg School Aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira (1902-1959) to help entice buyers to its Important Australian and European Paintings Sunday December 4 sale, South Australian-based Elder Fine Art also has plenty of other works by big name Australian artists to satisfy the current booming interest in art by both first-time purchasers and established collectors.

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Christian McCann Auctions

Exhbition antique furniture and porcelain in Australian auction

An exhibition quality 19th century French kingwood seven drawer bureau plait (lot 71) is a highlight of the outstanding offering of 18th and 19th century antiques and fine art from 12pm Sunday December 4 by Melbourne-based Christian McCann Auctions at 7 Harper Street, Abbotsford.

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Leski Auctions

Australian historical auction pays tribute to convict days

In a fascinating look at Australia’s convict past, Melbourne-based Leski Auctions two-day Australian & Historical sale has a section on convicts and bushrangers that pays tribute to the country’s penal settlement days.

One of the items is an 18-carat gold pocket watch (lot 249) presented to the former Chief District Constable of Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) George Brown “as a token of respect and esteem on his leaving the colony”.

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Deutscher and Hackett

A painting that helped Arkley to international fame goes for auction

Howard Arkley’s (1951-1999) painting High Fenced, 1996 – exhibited in November that year by Tolarno Galleries at the prestigious German art fair Art Cologne – was an important milestone in his efforts to achieve international recognition, culminating in his representation of Australia at the 48th Venice Biennale in 1999, a month before he died.

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Gibsons Auctions

Antique sterling silver among Australian auction attractions

A large 1772 Scottish George III sterling silver hot water urn by Edinburgh silversmith Patrick Robinson (lot 344) is one of the leading items in Melbourne-based Gibson’s Auctions comprehensive two-part Spring sale from 11am Sunday November 27 and continuing the next day at 885-889 High Street, Armadale.

With a catalogue estimate of $11,000-$13,000, this neoclassical covered urn features a fruiting finial above a sweeping fluted neck and body decorated with swags, rosettes and macarons.

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Menzies Art Brands

Australian migrant businesswoman success extends to auction art collection

The number of pre and post-World War II European migrants who have built a successful life in Australia could probably fill a book of Who’s Who.

Among them is Sydney businesswoman the late Millie Phillips who with her Jewish family in 1938, aged nine, fled Poland and Nazi persecution to emigrate to Sydney.

Like many of her fellow migrants, Millie displayed an indomitable spirit helping her to overcome many near insurmountable challenges, including the loss in 1978 of her eldest daughter Lynette in a very tragic and public death.

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Fine Arts Auctions

World class Australian porcelain collection to see auction light

If one of their daughters had not been severely allergic to the dust of Western Australian mining town Kambalda near Kalgoorlie, 1960s English migrants analytical chemist Terry Wheeler and his wife Tena might never have embarked on a collecting journey that has resulted in the assembly of a multi-million dollar Royal Worcester collection the rival of anything ever seen in the world.

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