Woodlands Auctions

Highland Royal Worcester a real auction crowd pleaser

A three-piece Royal Worcester highland cattle garniture set by Stinton joins 20 pieces of Moorcroft (some with a Spanish pattern) Royal Doulton and 19th century Staffordshire figures as a highlight of Woodlands Auctions opening sale for 2014 from 10.30am Sunday January 5 at 16 Grubb Road, Ocean Grove.

Other porcelain items include Royal Crown Derby and Beswick animals along with 19th century cut glass pieces, sterling silver, caddies and boxes.

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Danish retro furniture to keep auction buyers busy

Young’s Auctions latest sale from 9.30am Friday at 229 Camberwell Road, East Hawthorn features a collection of Danish retro furniture that should have many buyers keen to purchase.

One of the major highlights is a Hermon & Hermon dining suite that cost $10,000 when new.

The auction also contains new furniture from a shop that has closed along with a selection of English porcelain, art, electrical goods and new and as new leather lounge suites.

Estate jewellery includes a Rolex watch and two one-carat diamond rings.

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EJ Ainger

Dining furniture worth an auction look

An excellent range of teak dining furniture will be a highlight of E.J. Ainger Pty Ltd last sale for the year from 9.30am Tuesday at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

The auction also offers 19th and 20th century furniture including a conversational settee, davenport, sewing and loo tables, large marble clocks and ceramics.

Another feature is the genuine Persian rugs and the paintings and graphics.

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Leonard Joel

Historic photographic images a collector's dream

More than 400 images by many of the world’s best-known photographers from the mid-19th century to the late 20th century will be auctioned from 2pm Sunday at Leonard Joel 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

The images belong to Dr Dinesh Parekh who has been collecting photographs for most of his adult life.

His interest in photography developed as a teenager growing up in Rajhisthan, India and he began collecting in earnest after qualifying in 1962 as a doctor.

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New furniture auction great for Christmas

More than $80,000 worth of brand new classical and modern style furniture from a shop that has closed down is a major highlight for Young’s latest auction from 9.30am Friday at 229 Camberwell Road, East Hawthorn.

The auction also contains jewellery from three estates including gold brooches, gold rings set with diamonds and semi-precious stones and two one-carat diamond rings.

Other jewellery on offer includes brand new rings to be sold under instructions from a liquidator.

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Original Commonwealth stamp designs for auction

In 1911, the Commonwealth Government announced the Commonwealth Stamp Design Competition to create a uniform national stamp.

Previously, stamps were designed and issued by each of the six States (or colonies until 1901) but the Federal Government then believed it was time for a national identity stamp that contained “features characteristic of Australia”.

Curiously, the winning designs never made it to print and, instead, artist Blamire Young was commissioned to prepare alternative designs.

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Christian McCann Auctions

Auction paradise for Christmas

Auction goers looking for a slightly more unusual Christmas present for family or loved ones should check out Christian McCann Auctions sale from noon Sunday at 426 Burnley Street, Richmond for fine 19th century French furniture and clocks.

The furniture features Amboyna and inlaid items such as vitrines, commodes, sofa tables and salon cabinets, Boulle and ormolu mounted marquetry pieces.

English furniture includes George III (including a settee) and Regency mahogany

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EJ Ainger

Conroy collection to go under the hammer

David Conroy was studying surgery in London more than 50 years ago when he first met the much older antiques expert and dealer Bill Johnston.

He and his wife Judith had only recently married and had not long arrived in England to further his medical studies.

During their four years in England they became firm friends and Bill Johnston was able to advise and mould what was to become a lifelong interest in antiques and collectibles.

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Four of The Don's Test bats on auction market

Four highly significant bats used by Sir Donald Bradman during his Test playing career, in which he scored 6996 runs in 52 Tests at an average of 99.94, will be auctioned from 2.30pm Thursday at Mossgreen 926 High Street, Armadale. 

The most important is his first Test bat used in the 1928 series between England and Australia and signed by both teams.

Despite only scoring the princely sum of 19 runs (18 in the first innings and one in the second), the bat is estimated to sell for between $120,000 and $150,000.

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Leonard Joel

Norman Lindsay tableau on market after 40 years

Norman Lindsay’s striking tableau Race of the Centaurs has re-emerged after 40 years in a private Sydney collection and is a major feature of Leonard Joel’s final fine art auction for the year from 6.30pm Tuesday at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

Another major attraction is James Gleeson’s Landscape with Self-Portrait in Parenthesis 1994, originally acquired from Watters Gallery in Sydney. 

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