AN EYE FOR BEAUTY | Private Collection

Live Auction

Sat 22nd Jul 2023

Time: 10:00am


Session One
Saturday 22 July 12.00pm AEST
001-036 Clocks & Timepieces
037-144 Silver
145-262  General
263-272 Religious Icons & Artefacts
273-280 Tribal Artefacts
281-365 Jewellery, Watches & Luxury Accessories
366-479 Chinese & Asian Art

Session Two
Sunday 23 July 12.00pm AEST
480-587 Porcelain & Ceramics
588-733 Glass
734-820 Furniture
821-833 Lamps & Lighting
834-856 Paintings & Artworks
857-892 Collectables
893-898 Military

We are delighted to share with you the details of our forthcoming auction. It’s part one of a wonderful collection, with the second part to follow in a couple of months.

It’s rare for us to be able to work on such a diverse and beautiful range of items, all of which have been assembled by a single collector.  The catalogue is divided into the sections you are familiar with so finding items that are of particular interest to you should be easy.

The two-day sale starts with a lovely section of clocks (Lots 1 – 33) including two attractive grandfather clocks (Lots 16 & 17); followed immediately by a very fine assembly of silver and silver plate items (Lots 37 – 144), with the variety very well illustrated by the delightful baby rattles (Lot 41 and 42), the cruet sets (Lots 48 and 49), the Georgian presentation tankard (Lot 56), two lovely antique silver tea services (Lots 65 and 66), the ornate cart and barrels tantalus (Lot 114), the delightful punch bowl by Walker & Hall (Lot 131), the fine large Chanukiah (Lot 134), the Georg Jensen cutlery set (Lot 139), and an highly ornate Italian decorator piece (Lot 144).

The large “General” section (Lots 145 – 262) covers a very wide range of interests including an early celestial globe on stand (Lot 146), a lovely early 19th Century writing box (Lot 150), an unusual tea caddy (Lot 157), an impressive Exhibition quality thermometer (Lot 164), a lovely Italian micro mosaic panel (Lot 170), a beautiful pair of bronze statues (Lot 176), some fine miniatures on ivory (Lots 190 – 195), a fine bronze statue of Shakespeare (Lot 197) and for those with more classical tastes, an carved marble and alabaster bust of a lady (Lot 202) or David and Goliath (Lot 253). This section also features a fine range of walking sticks (Lots 218 – 240), an area of particular interest to our vendor.

A small offering of religious icons and carvings (Lots 263 – 272 is followed by tribal artefacts (Lots 273 – 280) and jewellery, watches and other luxury items (Lots 281 – 365), where you will find some superb examples – ideal for gifts or for adding to your collection.

The first day is completed by a offering of Chinese and other Asian art and objects of beauty (Lots 366 – 479). We were particularly impressed by the Chinese silver elephant vases (Lot 366), the pair of Chinese blue and white vases (Lot 367), the exquisite Chines carved jade table screen (Lot 371), the group of carved ivory card cases (Lots 383 – 386), the lovely pair of porcelain vases (Lot 391) and the Japanese lacquered writing box (Lot 434). The Satsuma vase (Lot 456) is also particularly beautiful.

Day Two starts with an extensive section of pottery and ceramic pieces (Lots 480 – 587), also demonstrating a wide range of interests and sources. We particularly like the Derby Mansion House dwarf (Lot 483), the Meissen “Europa” piece (Lot 485), the beautiful pair of Derby porcelain mantle urns (Lot 488), the Meissen “Jester” (Lot 490) and the pair of Sevres mantle urns (Lot 503). Our front cover piece (Lot 507) comes from this section; we think it’s stunning! We’ve grouped all the Moorcroft together (Lots 540 – 561) and they look great on display.

An equally impressive range of Glass follows (Lots 588 – 733). Don’t miss the Cedense Roman style amphora (Lot 589), the antique wine glasses (Lots 590 – 593), the Baccarat perfume bottle (Lot 602), the pair of Moser vases (Lot 608), the Galle vases (Lot 619 and 623) and perfume atomizer (Lot 622). The group of Lalique pieces (Lots 638 – 652 and 671 – 675) includes some lovely pieces and there are also many delightful Murano pieces for you to enjoy.

Furniture, Lamps and Lighting make up the next section, Lots 734 – 833. The Georgian two-door bookcase is impressive (Lot 736), as is the ornate bonheur du jour lady’s desk (Lot 739). We were also impressed by the Regency-style cellarette by Gillows (Lot 742) and the fold-over card table (Lot 751). The Wellington chest of drawers (Lot 756)and the French gilded vitrine (Lot 762) are also quite impressive. You will also find a most handsome French boulle fold-over card table (Lot 767) and a lovely pair of English bedside cabinets (Lot 769). A stunning French Art Deco wrought iron hall stand (Lot 809) will impress as will the Italian carved marble figural lamp (Lot 829).

The last section of the sale features a wonderful 19th century Hammond typewriter (Lot 859), an antique coffee grinder (Lot 866), a miniature roll-top desk (Lot 875), an impressive live steam locomotive (Lot 887), an amazing Meccano crane (Lot 890), an antique flintlock pistol (Lot 893), a miniature portrait of Napoleon (Lot 896), literally something for everyone.

We look forward to seeing you during the viewing days and, if you can’t make it in person, do send us your questions.

Featured Lots

Lot 72

An antique Chinese export silver circular box, 19th century, two character mark to base, 5cm high, 14.5cm diameter, 475 grams

Est: $600 - $800
Price Realised including BP: $4,780

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Lot 78

An impressive antique Indian Kutch silver lidded bowl with elephant adornments and original gilt finish, possibly the work of Oomersi Mawji & Sons., 19th century, 17cm high, 755 grams

Est: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realised including BP: $7,170

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Lot 93

Antique English sterling silver cutlery set with beaded edges, by George Angell of London, mid 19th century, 3950 grams (not including knives)

Est: $3,500 - $4,500
Price Realised including BP: $5,497

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Lot 139

GEORG JENSEN "Acanthus" pattern Danish sterling silver cutlery set for six places, including original brochure and cloth bags, mid 20th century, (36 items) oval factory marks, 998 grams silver weight (not including knives)

Est: $2,500 - $3,500
Price Realised including BP: $5,975

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Lot 263

An antique Continental statue of the Virgin Mother and Child, carved wood with polychrome finish, 19th/20th century, 52cm high

Est: $600 - $1,000
Price Realised including BP: $14,340

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Lot 366

A pair of impressive Chinese silver elephant vases adorned with carved jade rings and semi-precious stones, 19th/20th century, an impressive 42cm high, 5520 grams total

Est: $8,000 - $12,000
Price Realised including BP: $6,000

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Lot 390

An antique Chinese reticulated segmented porcelain vase housed in original fitted box, 19th/20th century, underglaze blue factory mark to base, 20cm high

Est: $600 - $1,000
Price Realised including BP: $11,352.50

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Lot 555

MOORCROFT "Fish" pattern English pottery bowl with inscription "God Has Given Us Memory That We May Have Roses In December", impressed "Moorcroft, Made In England", 7cm high, 20.5cm diameter

Est: $1,200 - $2,000
Price Realised including BP: $11,352.50

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Lot 641

LALIQUE "Coquilles" pair of French frosted Art Deco glass hanging lights with original ceiling roses and silk cords, engraved "Lalique, France", 30cm diameter

Est: $3,500 - $4,600
Price Realised including BP: $5,736

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Lot 734

George I antique English bachelor's chest, walnut with oak secondary timbers, fold-over top with baize interior, 18th century, 76cm high, 82cm wide, 36cm deep

Est: $1,200 - $2,000
Price Realised including BP: $7,170

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