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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.

birds in flight

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.

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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.

glass bottle

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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.

secretaire bookcase

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.

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Jewellery Fanfare

As the auction year draws to a close, the October Jewellery event represents an opportunity to secure some wonderful items before the summer break. Brooches are shining examples of the Jewellers’ craft this month, with a standout gold brooch of a young pan taking centre stage.

gold brooch

This detailed Italian representation in the Art Nouveau style features satin finished gold depicting a nymph with outstretched arms, a double pipe and finely formed hoofed legs.

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September highlights Silverware, Jewellery and Glass

Philips' September Decorative Arts and Jewellery auctions were most successful, with great results particularly in the silverware, jewellery and glassware categories. An eager crowd of buyers jostled to acquire some wonderful examples, including a refined Georgian sterling silver swing handled bread basket, and a fine Paul Storr teapot, both of which achieved impressive results.


Quality silver is bringing good money and saw the 6th instalment of the Patrick Street Collection achieving great results, with many items finding new homes with prominent well known purchasers including the W.R. Johnston Collection with funds provided by a generous donor. Following the auction, the vendor thanked Tony Philips and his team, saying 'your firm is Number One for silver sales. I am indebted to you for everything you have done for me.'

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