AUSTRALIAN & HISTORICAL
Session One (Lots 1-745)
Saturday 18th November, 10.00am AEST
444-470 Convicts and Historic
Session Two (Lots 746-1497)
Sunday 19th November, 10.00am AEST
746-935 Scrimshaw and Maritime
936-967 Polar Exploration
1002-1063 Books and Historical Documents
1174-1497 Paintings and Other Artwork
Welcome to our latest catalogue, which, more than ever, could have been a series of stand-alone auctions, each on a particular theme. With so much to look at and inspire your collecting interests, we hope you will be able to join us during the viewing days. And if you can’t make it, please call, or write and let us know how we can help you.
The first section, (Lots 1 – 291) is easily one of the finest assemblies of Australian pottery ever offered at auction. Drawn from several collections and estates, we are proud to be able to continue to attract such beautiful and good quality pieces for your consideration.
The General section (Lots 292 – 411) is full of surprises and delights. We love (Lot 300) the stunning Queensland specimen wood writing box by John Wilson Carey; (Lot 316) the Eureka Clock Company mantle clock with strong Manly, New South Wales connections, and (Lot 357) the exceptionally rare Calyx “Johnnie Walker” ceramic jug, demonstrate just how diverse this section really is.
The Convicts & Historic offering (Lots 444 – 470) is full of reminders of the earliest days of European presence in Australia and is followed by the always popular Goldfields section (Lots 471 – 497) which focusses on the discovery of gold and the consequences – both good and bad – that arose from that tumultuous period. And continuing the theme of discovery, growth and change, the Silver section (Lots 498 – 529) and the Jewellery (Lots 530 – 645) offering, presents you with some very beautiful and evocative examples of the craftsmanship and entrepreneurship that was attracting artists and artisans from all over the world.
Some fine examples of Australian furniture – and, in particular, Australian timbers, follow in the final section for day one (Lots 646 – 745). Our favourites are two very different pieces, the Robert Prenzel signed pedestal firewood box (Lot 719) and the Jakob Rudowski sideboard (Lot 742). Let us know what you think.
Day Two begins with an exceptional offering of Scrimshaw and Maritime History (Lots 746 – 935). While the equipment used for whaling during the 19th and early 20th Century can be quite confronting (see Lots 786 – 789, for example), we think it is important that the history is preserved and remains available for future generations to study and understand. The artistic endeavors of the sailors and others living and working at sea, also give us an exceptional insight into their lives and times.
The Polar Exploration photographs of Frank Hurley (Lots 938 – 967) lead us to the fabulous section of early Australian Photography (Lots 968 – 1001), many offered in complete presentation albums. Followed by Books & Historical Documents (Lots 1002 – 1063) and a small section featuring Australian Politics (Lots 1064 – 1074) and Maps (Lots 1075 – 1081), we come to the next “mini-auction”, the section devoted to Military History (Lots 1082 – 1173), which features a Victoria Volunteer Forces medal (Lot 1099), an Egypt Medal to an Australian serving in Sudan (Lot 1102) and a First & Second World War family group (Lot 1128).
Day Two is rounded out with a fine offering of Australian Artworks (Lot 1174 – 1497) with many pieces brought to market for the first time or after several decades in a private collection.
The third session, on the Monday evening (Lots 2001 – 2072), is devoted to the final offering of Artworks and Fine Wines from the estate of the late Martin Sachs of Melbourne. We are sure that those of you who participated in the first two sales of Martin’s art collection and wine cellar, will be delighted to discover the gems that were held-over for this farewell group.
We look forward to sharing all 1550+ lots with you and look forward to helping you with your enquiries.
V.A.P. (VICTORIA ART POTTERY) rare green glazed pottery grotesque by WILLIAM FERRY, 19th/20th century, stamped "V.A.P. W.F.", 17cm high
Est: $6,000 - $8,000
REMUED rare green glazed pottery vase with koala and branch decoration, incised "Remued Hand Made, F8", 23.5cm high
Est: $8,000 - $12,000
JOHN WILSON CAREY stunning Queensland specimen wood writing box with fitted interior, handsomely inlaid with starburst top in tulip wood, water gum, scrub ebony, breadfruit tree, forest oak, deep yellow wood, pale yellow wood, cypress pine, scented myall, Morton Bay pine and beech, with Australian cedar secondary timbers, circa 1870.
Est: $6,000 - $8,000
EARLY BHP INTEREST: HENRY YOUNG (of Collingwood in Melbourne) antique Australian silver serving tray with inscription "MANUFACTURED FROM THE FIRST SILVER FROM THE BARRIER RANGES" with central monogram, further engraved on the reverse in a thick shield cartouche "BARRIER RANGES". The Barrier Ranges Silver-Mining Association was formed in June 1884, headed by W.R. Wilson out of Adelaide, and a Melbourne syndicate represented by Messrs Brigham and Marshall. Stamped "H. YOUNG, ST. SILVER", 31.5cm diameter, an impressive 1,154 grams
Est: $4,000 - $6,000
WENDT antique Colonial 18ct gold brooch, housed in original Wendt box, 19th century, 4.5cm wide, 15 grams
Est: $2,000 - $3,000
HILL & SONS of Sydney, fine antique Colonial twin pedestal sideboard with Thomas Hope scroll back, acanthus carved corbels, and lobed pilastered panelled doors, circa 1850s. Maker's label affixed to back, plus stamped initials to drawers. 125cm high, 183cm wide, 71cm deep.
Est: $2,500 - $3,500
ROBERT PRENZEL fine Australian carved blackwood octagonal lidded pedestal wood box with impressively carved female portrait to the top, and beautifully carved stylized lion handles, signed "R. Prenzel" on the lid, early 20th century.
Est: $10,000 - $15,000
A pair of scrimshaw whale's teeth with hand-coloured decoration as well as British and American flags. One engraved "Peace, Liberty, Unity" and the other "I Love Thee Still" with Queen Victoria sypher and signed on reverse "W. Kelly". (2 items). 15cm and 14.5cm
Est: $2,500 - $3,500
A whaler's antique bomb lance gun in bronze with skeletonised stock, 19th century, 94cm long
Est: $5,000 - $7,000
WILLIAM FORD (1823 - 1884), A Clearing Near Mount Macedon, "The Saddle", oil on canvas, signed lower right "W Ford, 1875", remains of original paper label verso (partially legible), further inscription visible to stretcher "A Clearing Near Mount Macedon, "The Saddle", by William Ford, 35.5 x 53.5cm, 61.5 x 79.5cm overall
Est: $10,000 - $15,000