A highlight of this year's auction calendar is the offering of a major internationally significant porcelain collection in its entirety. The Timothy Menzel Early English Porcelain Collection is an outstanding example of a lifetime's research and acquisition culminating in a world leading exposition of this important decorative arts form.
On Sunday 30th July 2017, Philips will be offering this superb collection in a special auction to be held prior to our usual Decorative Arts sale event. This historic occasion will be of great interest to ceramics collectors, with its scale encompassing 250 – 300 items of the highest quality and desirability, most in pristine museum quality condition.
Eyes on the Tiger
Extra seating was required to accommodate the large and eager crowd of purchasers at the Philips June Decorative Arts Auction. Strong selling items included an offering of over 40 stunning Clarice Cliff ceramics, and a wide range of furniture that was in high demand.
Taxidermy was a visual highlight of the event and gave the room a unique atmosphere with many fascinating objects on display. Among the list of interesting items was an eight foot tiger rug that was highly sought after and finished well above estimate.
Jewellery in June
With over 290 lots of quality modern and antique jewellery to be sold at the Philips June auction there are many opportunities for great buying from an impressive range of diverse items. This month features a great variety of wonderful rings, many decorative brooches and pendants, and a comprehensive offering of fine watches. For simplicity and elegance, a 1960’s 18ct yellow gold Swiss ladies watch from Clay Montier cannot be overlooked.
At Philips, preparations are under way for another record sales event at the June decorative arts auction. With over 400 individual lots, the choice of high quality collectables will be huge, ranging from substantial furniture items to fine silverware, and whimsical entries including an eight foot tiger skin, a Tasmanian koala pelt rug, and a fascinating presentation of taxidermy items.
Of great historical significance, a comprehensive record of our successful bid for the 1956 Olympic Games will be of great interest to collectors. This kid bound document issued in 1948 to IOC delegates and financial sponsors holds plans of the Olympic venues, correspondence from the Premier and Lord Mayor, and wonderful historic photographs of Melbourne and Victoria.
Glass goes through the ceiling
With a great showing of over 200 eager bidders and a wealth of desirable lots, the May Decorative Arts Auction was a great success, delivering strong results for buyers and sellers alike. Glass was a great performer, with a wide range of Tango and Bohemian artefacts lighting up the room and providing a fantastic atmosphere. Of particular note was a stunning antique French crystal basket chandelier which sold for $3,600, and several Victorian glass epergnes that attracted great interest and competitive bidding.