Tony has been operating for forty-five years in the auction business. Beginning at Abbeys, his family’s second-hand auctions business in Box Hill, he has made a career in the antiques world, successfully auctioning estates for The State Trustees, and has conducted the total dispersal of the famous ‘Georges’ on Collins Street. Twenty years ago Tony bought the bank chamber in Glenferrie Road, and Philips Auctions moved from McKillop Street and began trading from its current iconic location. Educated at Xavier College Melbourne, Tony has attended Monash University, Sotheby's Institute of Art, studied Business Management in the Art World and has been an international art auctioneer in Jakarta, and at The Orientalist in Singapore. Highly regarded within the industry and with long standing clients, Tony is well known for the style and professionalism of his auctions.
Office and General Enquiries
With many years experience in the finance industry, Robyn brings a high level of business and administrative skills to Philips Auctions. She has been a familiar and welcoming face to clients for over ten years, providing first contact, professional customer service, and vital auction day support.
She has an eye for the 'quirky' objects, adoring kitsch furniture from the fifties and sixties and has a personal collection of Lea Stein brooches and Barsony figurines.
Decorative Arts Manager
Dennice holds a Bachelor in Music and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons), majoring in Fine Art from the University of Melbourne, and a Master of Arts in Museum Studies from Monash University, specialising in material culture. She began her corporate and commercial career at the Melbourne based Centre for Professional Development (Thomson Reuters), professional publishing specialists in tax, law, accounting, and business. Joining as a writer, she became Commissioning Publisher, managing existing titles and was involved in product development and project management of print and electronic products.
Since joining Philips Auctions early in 2013, Dennice has brought a wealth of arts knowledge and her signature attention to detail through research, cataloguing and presentation across varied antique and Decorative Arts categories from porcelain, silver, paintings and glass, to oriental items and furniture. Highlights include cataloguing the 18th and early 19th century porcelain collection of the late Neil Collister, and the extensive silver collection of former Deputy Chief Magistrate Patrick Street.
With over fifteen years experience as a qualified gemmologist and advanced diamond grader, Tanya is able to provide expert confidential auction appraisal and written jewellery valuations for probate and family law. As a third generation member of the family business, Tanya joined in 2003 with a great appreciation for all periods of jewellery, and brings her personal interest in coloured gemstones and jewellery from the 1940’s. Tanya enjoys face to face contact with her clients, and is able to provide direct advice to prospective sellers.
She describes her Modern and Antique Jewellery auctions as 'visually fabulous', in which clients often ‘lose themselves in the colour’. Understanding the subtleties of the wide range of offered items, she consistently achieves outstanding results, with both single items and larger collections of fine and exclusive jewellery.
Melina has worked at Philips Auctions for over five years and has a keen interest in antiques and jewellery. She has the substantial undertaking of photographing each of the hundreds of items on offer at each auction. Having previously worked in the events industry, she also provides general support to both jewellery and decorative arts.
Melina is delighted with the wide range of objects that appeal to all types of people at Philips Auctions, her most memorable being the Staffordshire porcelain event that saw many figurines lined up in the grand entrance foyer.
Marketing and Media Consultant
Caroline has extensive experience in the commercial and public fine art sectors. In addition, to her strong academic qualifications, she has undertaken scholarships and internships at both the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. In 2016 she completed a history of the Australian Galleries.
Caroline's reputation and her success in the promotion of Australian contemporary art has been built on her initiative, strong commitment and the highest levels of integrity. She specialises in expert advice, collection development and management, commissioned projects, exhibitions, research and writing.
Elliot has been looking after the Philips website for over 10 years and also provides online marketing strategies to help the business grow.
View his website http://www.temeritydigital.com.au