Outstanding October Offerings
With a full house of motivated purchasers, many of whom stayed for the entire auction, the October Philips’ Decorative Arts auction was a great success with a high clearance rate. Aboriginal art with 112 items for sale was a strong performer with offerings from the now closed Alison Kelly and Blue Door galleries. All lots changed hands for good prices, featuring works by Clifford Possum, William Sandy and Minnie Pwerle.
As part of a significant collection that is being presented at the October Philips’ Decorative Arts auction, a substantial Sèvres inlay salon table on an ornate pedestal base will be an interesting highlight. Renowned porcelain designers, Sèvres date back to 1740 and are synonymous with fine decorated ceramics. This table features 18 portraits of French notables including Louis XVI, Madame de Pompadour, and Marie Antoinette, all presented in a beautiful golden bronze and giltwood setting.
Coburn carves a niche
The iconic work Birds in Flight by renowned Australian painter John Coburn is a very special presentation in the Philips’ October auction. Coburn is synonymous with Australian abstraction and spiritual themes, and is represented in all major public collections and many high profile private holdings.
Highly sought after for his flat patterned technique and vibrant use of colour, his works continue to grow in value and represent a sound investment in a vibrant piece of our cultural heritage.
The flight of birds has been a continuing theme in Coburn’s output from the 1970’s and the work on offer is a genuine example of this acknowledged oeuvre. In perfect condition and signed by the artist, this artwork presents a great opportunity for aesthetic enjoyment that will increase in value over time.
Venetian Glass and Asian Treasures
Venetian glass is making a big entrance in the month of October. From the Murano Islands comes a stylish and colourful presentation of glass decanters, and a glamorous Latticino ewer. With amazing raspberry pink colouring, this spiral ribbed decanter makes a bold impression with its four textured berry like prunts and corresponding elaborate stopper, and hides a foil Murano label on the underside.
Furniture on a grand scale
Dating from circa 1870, with the maker's mark of A. Blain & Son, Liverpool, the grand Victorian bookcase on offer at the Philips' October auction is an item to treasure. Complete with four arched and glazed cupboards, this magnificent piece has a central secretaire, boasts many drawers and a superbly presented interior.
With a height of 280cm and width of 250cm, this is a truly extraordinary piece of monumental proportions. A shining example of fine craftsmanship on a grand scale.