Live Auction

Sat 10th Sep 2022

Time: 10:00am

This catalogue is so full of delights – and so many lots – you might find it easier to digest if you think of it as a series of smaller auctions.

Day One begins with an exciting range of silver (Lots 1 -130). We are particularly delighted to be able to offer you several superb examples from the Faberge Workshops and in each case the “workmaster” has been identified. Don’t miss lots 19, 23 – 26, 28 and 29. It’s amazing what treasures are hiding in homes around Melbourne! Those wonderful pieces are followed by an equally remarkable group of Asian silver pieces: from the Chinese “bud” vases (Lot 31) to the Vietnamese offering bowl (Lot 33), the Indian tea caddy (Lot 41) and the Burmese betel nut box (Lot 44), with others in between. For collectors of English silver, (Lot 61) a beautiful pair of five branch candelabra is sure to impress.

The next “mini-auction” (Lots 131 – 272) brings you a diverse range of antique and estate jewellery, watches, necklaces and other objects of desire. Among our favourites are pieces by some early European artisans who had migrated to Australia. Don’t miss (Lot 135 – 140), or (Lot 160) an impressive solid opal set in a gold ring or (Lot 198) a stunning solid boulder opal pendant.

This section is followed by a very fine range of Chinese and Asian art and artefacts (Lots 273 to 429), with incredible variety evident in the consignments. Just compare (Lot 273) a fine Chinese blue and white cup, with (Lot 275) a Tibetan Buddha; or (Lot 278) an antique carved marble Buddha head and (Lot 311) the Qi Bashi woodblock prints.

A fine offering of antiquities follows: (Lots 430 to 459) and is, in turn followed by a small range of religious artefacts (Lots 460 – 466). Porcelain and Ceramics feature in the next large section, (Lots 467 to 549), with European and English works predominating. The collectable glass (Lots 550 to 642) includes three examples of Barbini’s aquarium glass blocks (Lots 590, 594 and 595). You could be forgiven for thinking these are common!

Completing the offerings for the first day are (Lots 643 – 790), a terrific range of paintings, sculptures, prints and etchings. We are sure you’ll find some gems amongst them.

Day Two is even more diverse, so we can only mention the main sections. The Tony and Jenny Bullard Clock Collection (Lots 869 to 1036) is followed by even more clocks and timepieces from other vendors (Lots 1037 to 1057). The range of furniture is stunning (Lots 1058 to 1207) with our favourites being (Lot 1059) a Charles II oak four-drawer chest, (Lot 1077) a George III mahogany servery, (Lot 1092) a mahogany secretaire bookcase, (Lot 1111) a French serpentine front commode, (Lot 1123) an English burr walnut break-front bookcase, (Lot 1151) an exceptional satinwood and cane chair with hand-painted adornments and (Lots 1159 and 1160) a French art-nouveau bed and matching armoire. Simply stunning!

Some fine rugs (Lots 1227 to 1237) lead us to an unusual section for Leski Auctions. We usually include Scandinavian furniture, lighting and home accessories in our general furniture and lighting sections; however, on this occasion we found that we had such an interesting and substantial offering that we have grouped them all together. (Lots 1238 to 1359) will transport you to Copenhagen circa 1975. We hope you enjoy the trip.

The second day also brings you some fascinating military history (Lots 1456 to 1483), books and printed ephemera (Lots 1487 to 1517), posters (Lots 1518 to 1534), some fascinating documents, including an invitation to dinner written by George Washington (Lot 1548) and the day finishes with a lovely range of vintage and antique toys (Lots 1571 to 1604).

We look forward to welcoming you to the viewing days and helping you with your bids during the auction.

Session One (Lots 1 – 790)
Saturday 10th September 10.00am AEST
001-130 Silver
131-272 Jewellery, Watches & Luxury Accessories
273-429 Chinese & Asian Art
430-459 Antiquities
460-466 Religious Icons & Artefacts
467-549 Porcelain & Ceramics
550-642 Glass
643-790 Paintings & Artworks

Session Two (Lots 791-1604)
Sunday 11th September 10.00am AEST
791-868 General
869-1036 The Tony and Jenny Bullard Clock Collection
1037-1057 Clocks & Timepieces
1058-1207 Furniture
1208-1226 Lamps & Lighting
1227-1237 Rugs, Carpets & Textiles
1238-1359 Scandinavian Design

1360-1427 General Collectables
1428-1439 Tribal Artefacts & Artworks
1440-1443 Vintage & Antique Tools
1444-1449 Tobacciana
1450-1455 Cameras & Photographic Equipment
1456-1483 Military
1484-1486 Maps
1487-1517 Books & Ephemera
1518-1534 Posters
1535-1539 Postcards
1540-1544 Photographs
1545-1554 Autographs
1555-1562 Music & Recordings
1563-1567 Movie Memorabilia
1568-1569 Cigarette & Trade Cards
1570-1604 Models & Toys

Featured Lots

Lot 61

An impressive pair of English sterling silver five branch candelabra by William Gibson and John Langman of London, circa 1896, 43cm high, weighted bases.

Est: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realised including BP: $4,302

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Lot 296

Blanc de chine Chinese porcelain statue of a Buddha surrounded by boys 19th/20th century, square seal mark to back, 24.5cm high

Est: $300 - $500
Price Realised including BP: $6,572.50

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Lot 306

Bleu de Hue blue and white porcelain dragon vase mid 19th century, underglaze blue four character mark to base, 25cm high

Est: $1,500 - $2,500
Price Realised including BP: $6,572.50

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Lot 590

CENEDESE "Aquarium" Murano glass fish block by ALFREDO BARBINI, circa 1960, an impressive 24cm high, 32cm wide, 7cm deep

Est: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realised including BP: $6,572.50

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Lot 595

CENEDESE Aquarium Murano glass fish block with four fish, by ALFREDO BARBINI, circa 1960, 15cm high, 26cm wide, 6cm deep

Est: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realised including BP: $4,780

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Lot 739

DAVID HOCKNEY England, 1937 - ), Portrait of John Hockney, 1980, lithograph, 78/100, signed upper right, 40 x 38cm, 62 x 58cm overall

Est: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realised including BP: $5,497

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Lot 870

BLACK FOREST "TRUMPETER" impressive German table clock with spring-driven movement and ornately carved case, 19th century, 110cm high, 62cm wide, 31cm deep

Est: $1,500 - $2,500
Price Realised including BP: $8,365

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Lot 1059

Charles II antique English oak four drawer chest with recessed returned moulding, squat bun feet and tear drop brass handles, 17th century, 85cm high, 93cm wide, 56cm deep

Est: $1,200 - $2,000
Price Realised including BP: $4,541

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Lot 1159

A French Art Nouveau 3/4 bed with floral marquetry inlay, late 19th century, 135cm high, 136cm wide, 220cm long

Est: $600 - $1,000
Price Realised including BP: $4,541

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Lot 1211

SCHNEIDER Art Deco cameo glass table lamp and shade with hand made wrought-iron gallery, early 20th century, engraved signature to base with pictorial amphora mark, 42cm high

Est: $800 - $1,200
Price Realised including BP: $5,138.50

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