Winter Auction Event

A sunny winter's afternoon ensured a large standing room only attendance at Philips’ June auction. Along with Glenferrie Road’s cafes and restaurants, the decorative and fine arts event was the place to be, and an opportunity to secure fine collectables from a remarkably wide range of offerings.

Featuring  the  second instalment of  the  Patrick  Street  collection,  fine  silver  ware  was  high  on  the agenda with many beautiful items changing hands through active contest from 280 bidders. Director, Tony Philips said he was delighted with the attendance which represented a 30% increase on previous auctions.


Porcelain was a strong component of the auction with many elegant examples selling well, including dinner settings and accessories such as Imari candlesticks, Carltonware, Moorcroft, and a rococo shell boat  dish. Great interest was  shown in a  lavish Royal Crown  Derby covered centrepiece vase and a fine royal Worcester signed porcelain plaque worth $1,260.

sterling silver

Putting  on a  sterling  performance,  every  item  of  silver  offered  at  auction  was eagerly  purchased. Predominately  representing  the  Patrick  Street  collection,  highlights  included impressive trays  and cutlery  services,  and  a  set  of  eight George III sterling  silver  nut  dishes.  An  attribute  of  many  silver offerings were the clear authenticating makers marks that added interest and value to these items.

figural clock

Ornamental  clocks  were  a  feature  of  the occasion,  with the striking  examples of an ornate figural French timepiece gilded in the Ormolu technique, a fine Elliott of London mantle clock, a Boulle mantle clock in the Louis XV style, and a highly decorated jewel encircled French spelter figural clock.

Several  significant  paintings were  offered in  this event  with  an Ernest Buckmaster scene of the Goulburn River  realising  $5,790,  and  a  series  of  Russian  Icons providing good  results with one fortunate buyer purchasing six.

A more  intimate  jewellery auction took  place  the  following  day delivering some  very  strong  results including a solitaire diamond by Paul Bram of 1.44ct, an Italian gold collier necklace, a large diamond eternity ring of 7.33ct, and an old cut diamond ring of 2.40ct that sold for $8,400.

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