Australian clock collector auction a must for everyone

Author: Richard Brewster | Posted: 11th October, 2021

For those auction goers who are avid clock collectors, the forthcoming online auction of timepieces, amassed over a lifetime by a collector (who wishes to remain anonymous) living in Kangaroo Ground, by Melbourne-based Christian McCann Auctions is not to be missed.

Because of continuing Victorian lockdown COVID-19 restrictions, the auction, from 12pm Sunday October 17, will be held online with absentee and telephone bidding also available.

More than 100 very fine clocks are in the collection – the result of the vendor’s keen interest in collecting as a young man while still living in England.

At the same time, he became a passionate artist and many of his pastel works are in the auction.

Among the clocks on offer lot 76, a 19th century English mahogany and oak long case example with hand painted dial and signed by Fenton of Macclesfield, is of particular note.

Another is a rare 19th century English mahogany twin dial railway clock (lot 85), while a 19th century English mahogany cased mantel clock with satinwood stringing and pull repeat double fusee movement (lot 87) is bound to attract massive interest.

These join a magnificent array of timepieces from the 18th and 19th centuries including English and French carriage, bracket, mantel, railway and grandfather clocks and clock sets.

Australian art is another strong auction feature with Charles Blackman’s (1928-2018) Woman and Flowers (lot 24) one of the more expensive lots at $65,000-$97,500 catalogue estimate and John Perceval’s (1923-2000) painting of fellow artist Clifton Pugh’s House, Hurstbridge (lot 25 – estimate $35,000-$52,500) among the highlights.

Other artists to appear include Hans Heysen, Pro Hart, Maurice Halford, Walter Withers and Pablo de Tommasi.

A superbly carved marble and alabaster figure of a maiden reclining on a chaise (lot 81) by Italian sculptor Adolfo Cipriani (1857-1941) is certainly worth viewing at a catalogue estimate of $6000-$9000.

Likewise, a tall 19th century French bronze showing a maiden and gent peering into the distance (lot 198 – catalogue estimate $8000-$12,000).

At the same estimate is an outstanding and rare Japanese Meiji period (1868-1912) bronze figure depicting a Samurai archer on a rosewood base (lot 221).

Outside, a composite stone garden figure of Venus standing in a clam shell (lot 418) is another attraction among various outdoor items on offer.

Included in the French and English antique furniture is a fine 19th century English amboyna two-door cabinet with fine inlaid decoration and ormolu mounts (lot 223). The bottom drawer is fitted with a lift up writing slide.

The auction also contains modern design and mid-20th century Australian furniture and Persian carpets, prints and household goods. 

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