Live Auction

Sat 18th Nov 2023

Time: 10:00am

Session One (Lots 1-745)
Saturday 18th November, 10.00am AEST
001-291 Pottery
292-411 General
412-443 Glass
444-470 Convicts and Historic
471-497 Goldfields
498-529 Silver
530-645 Jewellery
646-745 Furniture

Session Two (Lots 746-1497)
Sunday 19th November, 10.00am AEST
Session Two
746-935 Scrimshaw and Maritime
936-967 Polar Exploration
968-1001 Photographs
1002-1063 Books and Historical Documents
1064-1074 Politics
1075-1081 Maps
1082-1173 Military
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.

Featured Lots

Lot 28

ERNEST FINLAY impressive pottery vase, adorned with Australian landscape scene, incised "Ernest Finlay, 1915", illustrated in "Australian Art Pottery 1900-1950" by Fahy, Simpson and Cooke, [Sydney Casuarina Press, 2004], 19cm high, 20cm wide

Est: $3,500 - $4,500
Price Realised including BP: $10,755

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Lot 29

MERRIC BOYD & DORIS BOYD stunning art pottery vase with applied trees and hand-painted landscape scene, incised "Merric Boyd, Decorated By Doris And Merric Boyd, 1930", 19cm high

Est: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realised including BP: $15,535

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Lot 85

REMUED rare pottery jug with applied pomegranates and leaves, incised "Remued", 18cm high, 22cm wide

Est: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realised including BP: $10,157.50

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Lot 93

REMUED rare green glazed pottery vase with koala and branch decoration, incised "Remued Hand Made, F8", 23.5cm high

Est: $8,000 - $12,000
Price realised including BP: $13,145

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Lot 300

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
Price Realised including BP: $15,535

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Lot 498

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
Price Realised including BP: $16,730

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Lot 759

NARWHAL TUSK, an exceptional antique example mounted on a fine carved mahogany base, 19th century, 213cm high

Est: $15,000 - $20,000
Price Realised including BP: $46,605

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Lot 1222

WALTER WITHERS (1854-1915), Twickenham River Crossing, Burnley, C.1898, oil on wood panel, signed lower left "Walter Withers", partially inscribed with title on handwritten label verso "Twickenham", 16.5 x 25 cm, 28 x 36cm overall

Est: $15,000 - $25,000
Price Realised including BP: $15,535

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Lot 1324

LEONARD WILLIAM FRENCH (1928 - 2017), The Soul Cages No.2, enamel on hessian-covered plywood, signed lower left, 107 x 122cm; framed 112 x 128cm overall.

Est: $15,000 - $25,000
Price Realised including BP: $14,340

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Lot 1329

REX BATTARBEE (1893-1973), Waterhole, Central Australia, 1939, watercolour, signed lower right "Rex Battarbee, 1939", 38.5 x 56.5cm, 59 x 75cm overall.

Est: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realised including BP: $11,352.50

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