Art collectors - this is your lucky auction day

Author: Richard Brewster | Posted: 7th December, 2023

Art collectors can have a field day at Philips Auctions forthcoming Christmas sale that features a collection of limited-edition prints, etchings and lithographs by several of Australia’s best-known artists – assembled by an 89-year-old Melbourne collector keen to pass it on to fellow stalwarts.

The online decorative arts and jewellery auction, finishing from 9.30am Monday December 11 at 47 Glenferrie Road, Malvern, is a great opportunity to acquire a suitable Christmas present for family and friends.

Among the 30-odd prints is a limited edition 34/45 Ben Quilty collagraph entitled Torana (lot 423). Other artists include Charles Blackman, David Boyd, Ray Crooke and John Olsen.

The catalogue front cover features a large late 19th century signed, gilt-bronze mounted Sevres centrepiece bowl (lot 7), while an early 20th century Italian sculptured alabaster figural lamp on a column stand (lot 8) could be just the item to adorn someone’s lounge or dining room.

The range of clocks on offer includes an early 20th century cute brass lantern timepiece in 1700s style (lot 75) – and, for porcelain lovers, a large pair of Japanese Satsuma export vases (lot 123), from the Showa Period (1926-1989) featuring the deity Kanon, could be just the thing to highlight an impressive front entrance.

Among the French and English furniture is a mid-20th century Louis XV-style inlaid tulipwood bombe commode (lot 530) and a George II burr walnut bureau bookcase (lot 543).

On the jewellery side is a range of goodies including a 2.32-carat three stone emerald cut diamond ring (lot 24) and a full ruby set diamond detailed line bracelet (lot 25).

An elaborate Columbian emerald and diamond brooch pendant (lot 28) is another attraction along with a pair of brilliant cut diamond studs totalling 2.2 carats (lot 95).

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