Gibsons Auctions

Melbourne creates unwanted record with its COVID-19 lockdown auctions

As Melbourne enters its fourth COVID-19 lockdown in 15 months – this one hopefully only for seven days – fine and decorative arts auction houses are once more in online mode, both for viewing and bidding.

This is certainly true for Gibson’s Auctions sale, entitled The Autumn Emporium, which ends from 10am Monday May 31 at 885-889 High Street, Armadale.

The auction comprises 464 lots – many of them very affordable for first time buyers – and covering such categories as art, porcelain, ceramics, sculptures, furniture and other collectables.

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Christian McCann Auctions

Parian porcelain a feature of Australian auction

A norther Tasmanian connoisseur’s collection of quality porcelain is the centrepiece of Christian McCann Auctions forthcoming sale from 12pm Sunday May 30 at 7 Harper Street, Abbotsford which now will be held online due to the current Victorian COVID-19 seven-day lockdown.

According to auctioneer Christian McCann, the auction includes the most extensive and rare collection of Parian porcelain Australia has ever seen.

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Leski Auctions

Prize gold beer glass part of historical Melbourne auction

In 2010, a couple purchased a promotional carton of Carlton Draft beer as part of a special “Win a Prize” competition.

The prize – a beer glass in 18-carat gold by Hardy Brothers Jewellers (silversmiths to Queen Elizabeth) engraved with the words “SINCE 1864 CARLTON DRAFT Brewery Fresh”.

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Philips Auctions

Bvlgari diamond flabbergasts Melbourne auction goers

A Marquise cut 4.10-carat Bvlgari diamond ring (lot 80) is bound to flabbergast auction goers for its beauty and quality at Philips Auctions timed online Prestige Modern & Antique Jewellery auction which ends from 12pm Monday May 24 at 47 Glenferrie Road, Malvern.

The diamond carries a $90,000-$140,000 catalogue estimate and is the most valuable item in the sale.

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Christian McCann Auctions

A feast of delights at Melbourne auction

Auction goers are looking at a veritable feast of collectable items at Christian McCann Auctions forthcoming on site estate sale from 12pm Sunday May 16 at 17 Fairview Street, Hawthorn.

According to auctioneer Christian McCann, the entire contents of the home must be sold on the day along with items from the vendor’s Toorak mansion.

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Gibsons Auctions

Unusual Chinese antiquities a Melbourne auction drawcard

Chinese antiquities such as a rare 19th century late Qing dynasty cinnabar lacquer table screen (lot 23) are among the higher value items at Melbourne-based Gibson’s Auctions forthcoming Autumn Auction Series sale from 11am Sunday May 16 at 885-889 High Street, Armadale.

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Leski Auctions

A special Australian collection goes to auction

Joseph Greenberg doesn’t fit the mould of the everyday collector.

Born in 1923 in the Melbourne suburb of Richmond after his family escaped the anti-Semitism of eastern Europe, Greenberg studied graphic design under prominent established Australian artist Sir William Dargie and alongside fellow student and lifelong friend Ray Crooke – before in 1942 enlisting in the Australian Army and seeing service during World War II against the Japanese in New Guinea and New Britain.

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Deutscher and Hackett

Streeton's Grand Canal Venice looks like the real auction deal

To anyone who has never been to Venice, Australian artist Arthur Streeton’s (1867-1943) painting The Grand Canal, 1908 is a marvellous almost lifelike portrayal of waterways, gondolas and orange stepped terracotta tiled roofs from the lofty heights of Palazzo Foscari.

So good is the work that experts place it alongside paintings of the same subject by such international greats as French Impressionist Claude Monet (1840-1926) and 18th century Venice School Italian Giovanni Antonio Canal (1697-1768) – commonly known as Canaletto.

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Philips Auctions

Mother's Day gifts auctions include Australian celebrity items

Items belonging to two well-known Australian celebrities are part of Philips Auctions timed online Fine & Decorative Arts and Modern & Antique Jewellery auctions finishing from 12pm Monday April 19 at 47 Glenferrie Road, Malvern.

Although neither celebrity wishes to be named, the items themselves are an impressive part of both sales.

One, lot 364 in decorative arts, is a mahogany Bechstein grand piano with a $5000-$10,000 catalogue estimate and a current bid of $5300 and would be perfect for any aspiring concert pianist.

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Gibsons Auctions

Large buyer choice in Australian art auction

Australian artist Fred Williams (1927-1982) is one of the highlights at Melbourne-based Gibson’s Auctions forthcoming Australian & International Art auction from 2pm Sunday April 18 at 885-889 High Street, Armadale.

The work on offer, a 1968 gouache on paper entitled Desert Landscape (lot 14) with a solid provenance and part of his 2011 National Gallery of Australia exhibition called Infinite Horizons, while nowhere near the money paid for one of his major paintings still has a healthy $30,000-$50,000 catalogue estimate.

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