Music hits a high note!
The penultimate Philips auction for 2018 was a great success with terrific results in all categories, reflected in particularly good sales of silver, furniture and jewellery, plus a great deal of interest in a wide range of silver vinaigrettes and perfume bottles. Director, Tony Philips said “Nice quality items were available at realistic prices. Discerning buyers seek quality over quantity, and we are able to offer the cream of the crop, providing rewarding outcomes for buyers and sellers alike.”
Unusual items enjoyed popularity, including an extraordinary shoulder mounted taxidermic New Zealand red deer that shot beyond estimate, and a wonderful antique table music box with an inlaid walnut case that generated a lot of enthusiasm from buyers, and also hit a great note by selling well above expectations.
With festivity in the air and the spring racing carnival just around the corner, now is a great time to celebrate with some fine decorative arts, fantastic silver tableware for entertaining, or some amazing jewellery that adds sparkle and excitement to this time of year. Rising to the occasion, the Philips October auction is jam packed with an amazing variety of high quality offerings ranging from superb furniture, fine Oriental porcelain, stunning plates and beautiful dining settings.
Leading the pack is a truly wonderful rock crystal letter opener from Fabergé. This stunning creation presents with a distinctive dagger shape, and is wonderfully embellished with a horse head that has been fashioned from .875 silver, with the addition of gold horseshoe decals on either side. Complete with the mark of K. Fabergé in Cyrillic and a double-headed eagle imperial warrant, this is a most exceptional example of the Fabergé oeuvre, and would make a wonderful and appropriate presentation piece at this time of year.
Heaven Scent Sales
The Philips September auctions proved to be real winners with 187 bidders for the Decorative Arts auction, and 116 bidders at the Modern and Antique Jewellery auction held the following night. Both auctions enjoyed packed rooms, with buyers moving in and out to suit their particular interests as the sales progressed. Great results were seen in the areas of English porcelain, carriage clocks, furniture and copper ware, including notable interest in copper saucepans.
Highlighting the success of the Decorative Arts auction was the fantastic result achieved for a premium collection of perfume bottles. Showcasing a wide and fascinating range of this great decorative arts category, the Baker-Finch & Grech Collection was a major success with only three items remaining from the entire offering of over 40 lots. Outstanding prices were achieved well above estimate, with a rare Chelsea Porcelain 'toy' perfume bottle, 'Cupid On The Donkey' topping the range at $2,928, an inlaid enamel sterling silver perfume bottle reaching a rewarding $890, and a remarkable result for a group of six porcelain bottles selling for 6 times greater than high estimate.
Celebrating the arrival of spring, Philips launches into September with a fantastic auction featuring a glorious offering of fine perfume bottles from a single well respected collection, a great range of French glassware, copperwares, and antique porcelain. Also of interest is a delightful showing of paintings, rugs, and many items of quality French furniture.
Comprising over 40 lots of diverse and wonderful examples of a very special decorative arts genre, the Baker-Finch & Grech Collection of Perfume Bottles is an amazing presentation that represents the best available in Australia. Director Tony Philips says “These are really fine pieces from well-known collectors and represent the crown jewels of the September auction”. Of particular note is a very early and rare Chelsea piece depicting Cupid on the Donkey, of which it is believed there are only four examples available in the world.
The Thrilling Three
Philips record breaking run of three major auctions in a row has been a great success with a huge attendance of over 500 bidders and thrilling outcomes for buyers and sellers alike. Beginning with a most successful Decorative Arts auction on the Sunday afternoon, Philips followed with their customary jewellery auction the following Monday evening, and then completed the stunning trifecta with a massive, single estate fob watch sale on Tuesday that saw an amazing clearance rate of 99%.