Seasons Greetings for 2016
The final Auction for 2016 was a huge success and a fitting way to end the year. With Glenferrie Road adorned with Christmas decorations on a warm sunny summer afternoon, a full house of eager buyers prepared for an exciting afternoon of abundant opportunity.
Among those on offer was a magnificent Toorak estate featuring ivory, porcelain, silk and grand furniture which were very popular with buyers. From another source, a pair of antique oak doors from a winery proved to be a very successful way to close off the year.
Stunning December Jewellery
With Christmas just around the corner, the last Philips’ Jewellery auction for the year is set to provide some delightful gift options for this special time of the year. December’s event presents a particularly strong offering with quality items from three striking collections on show, a selection sourced from the renowned Kozminsky jewellers, and a fabulous presentation of very large high quality diamonds.
Set Sail for December
December launches with a fascinating selection of intricate ivory carvings. From the Meiji period comes an intricate vessel, the treasure boat TakaraBune under sail with gods of good fortune. Believed to dispense good luck for the new year, with the approach of 2017 this fascinating item makes for timely buying.
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.