DECORATIVE ARTS & COLLECTABLES
A few words of welcome to introduce you to our wonderful new catalogue. The variety and quality of items that have found their way into Australian homes and collections never ceases to amaze us. And among the many items you will find in the following pages, we thought we might mention a few of the most surprising or unusual.
In the Silver section, a collecting area which seems to be growing in popularity, we were particularly excited by Lot 95, An Arts & Crafts English sterling silver fruit bowl by Reid & Sons, 1905, and Lot 118, a probably unique example of Marianne Brandt’s “Napkin Holder”.
The Porcelain and Ceramics section is replete with colourful and beautiful pieces, not the least of which are Lot 213, a WEDGWOOD “Fairyland” orange lustre vase by Daisy Makeig-Jones, circa 1920, Lot 220 a superb example of LIEBERMANN’s “SCHREK” porcelain Pan statue by Rosenthal, and Lots 241 and 242, rare examples of the delicate work of Shoji Hamada.
For collectors of glass we have a veritable feast on offer this time. We love the delicate “dolphin” candelabra by Baccarat, Lot 329, and, at the colourful and fun end of the genre, Lots 347 and 348, delightful examples of “fish blocks” by Barbini.
There are many lovely and affordable pieces in the jewellery and luxury accessories section, typified by several examples of Georg Jensen’s lovely silver pieces (Lots 463 and 465 – 467). The very early and beautiful Breguet pocket chronometer, Lot 510, is of a quality and rarity that is rarely seen in this country.
The Chinese and other Asian section is larger than usual, thanks to the inclusion of a fine range from a single Melbourne collection, (Lots 560 – 661). Some of our favourites are Lot 570, a Kangxi period porcelain bottle vase, Lot 571 a moon flask Douchai vase, Lot 617, an antique Chinese Guanyin statue superbly carved in ivory, Lot 666 and 703, both fine examples of the blue & white ceramics recovered from the Binh Thuan, and Lot 668, a large Chinese celadon porcelain censer with incised geometric design resting on three feet with a finely carved timber stand, Ming Dynasty. Truly spectacular!
And that only get’s us to the end of Day 1.
The Second session begins with the Garry Lipshut collection of religious icons. Lot 838, a depiction of the prophet Elijah, and Lot 847, which depicts St. Seraphim of Sarov praying in a forest, particularly appealed to us because of their unusual subjects and treatments. Lot 862, depicting Saint Anthony of Kiev, seems remarkably appropriate just at the moment.
Lots 955 and 956, which begin the Painting and Artworks section, are spectacular examples of the very earliest depictions of flora in the new medium of the printed image. It was fascinating to learn that these pages are printed on the largest sheets of paper that it was then possible to use in a printing press. Beautiful condition and extremely rare; perfect collector pieces with a fascinating history dating from 1613. Lot 992, “The Cardinal’s Letter” is also a delightful artwork with an historical theme. “Water Jump” a spectacular linocut by SYBIL ANDREWS (1898-1992), Lot 1002, would enhance any art collection and is in superb condition.
A beautiful DAUM “EUCALYPTUS” French cameo glass lamp and shade, Lot 1070, is a fabulous start to the Lamps & Lighting section, which also features another heart-stopper, Lot 1072 an extremely rare WILHELM WAGENFELD (1900–1990) and CARL JACOB JUCKER (1902–1997) ME1 table lamp, circa 1924, which has spent more than ten years on display at the National Gallery of Victoria. We hope you will find our presentation and write-up of this piece as interesting as it was for us to research.
There’s also plenty to see for the Furniture buyers. We love Lot 1210, an ÉMILE GALLÉ French Art Nouveau nest of four coffee tables with floral marquetry tops, each signed “Gallé”, and Lot 1211, an English Arts & Crafts dropside occasional table, finely crafted in walnut with string inlay, mother of pearl and tooled leather top.
Finally, please be sure to take a look at day three; the Maruska Aughterson Collection. A diverse offering of Australian Pottery, Ceramics, Glass, Silver and much more!
Perhaps that’s enough from us. We hope you enjoy wandering through the following pages and we hope to see many of you during the viewing and the auction.
Session One (Lots 1 – 837)
Saturday 26th March 10.00am AEDT
160-287 Porcelain & Ceramics
429-559 Jewellery, Watches & Luxury Accessories
560-824 Chinese & Asian Art
Session Two (Lots 837-1531)
Sunday 27th March 10.00am AEDT
838-875 Religious Icons & Artefacts
954-1031 Paintings & Artworks
1032-1050 Rugs, Carpets & Textiles
1061-1084 Lamps & Lighting
1085-1112 Clocks & Timepieces
1244-1274 Tribal Artefacts & Artworks
1275-1338 General Collectables
1377-1380 Aviation Memorabilia
1381-1381 Railways & Steam
1391-1448 Books & Ephemera
1465-1473 Music & Recordings
1474-1475 Movie Memorabilia
1476-1511 Cigarette & Trade Cards
1512-1528 Models & Toys