Silver shines for October
With over 260 keen bidders and standing room only all day, the Philips October auction was a resounding success with a striking 95% sale rate bringing great results for buyers and sellers alike. Of particular interest was a strong showing in silver ranging from cutlery, figurines, teapots and comports, and featuring a fine Georgian silver sugar basin by Paul Storr that sold well above estimate.
Of further note was a delightful still life by Frederick McCubbin selling to a private collector, a Russian gem set 14ct gold cigarette case selling for $9,000, and an attractive Napoleon III tortoishell and brass boulle centre table achieving $4,800.
In an amazing result, strong interest and great bidding saw a Jaeger-LeCoultre 'ATMOS' four glass brass clock climb four times higher than estimate. This fascinating timepiece requires no winding, drawing its energy from changes in temperature and atmospheric pressure. Truly a collector’s delight!
Reflecting strong interest in antique furniture this month, a delightful French marquetry desk proved popular with bidders and changed hands comfortably within estimate. With a dark green tooled leather writing surface and three ornately decorated drawers, this fine example is signed EM for E.Mottheau (Maison Mottheau et fils).
Standing 2.8 metres high, a French breakfront walnut bookcase was one of the afternoons loftier items and found a new home in which to display its impressive character. Comprising a large central glass cabinet flanked on both sides by smaller displays all with five shelves, this substantial piece includes frieze drawers and four finely decorated cupboards.
The following evening’s Modern and Antique jewellery auction attracted 160 bidders to vie for 300 lots featuring a wildly sought after offering of emeralds and jade. Highlighting this selection was a handcrafted pear cut emerald and golden diamond ring set in 18ct yellow and white gold surrounding a fully certified Gueblin Muzzo Mine emerald of 2.32ct. With an intriguing reflective quality, the rarity of emeralds sourced from this mine provide for a substantial investment return.
Diamond rings performed well at all price points this month with a diverse range of quality offerings. A great result was seen with an impressive brilliant cut stone of approximately 2ct presented as a vintage solitaire in white gold and platinum.
Our next and final auction for the year will take place in December and represents an ideal opportunity for choosing Christmas presents. The Jewellery sale will showcase items particularly selected with gifting in mind, while the Decorative Arts event will feature a fantastic collection of furniture, porcelain and French antiques and clocks. Keep an eye out for a fascinating singing bird on a silver box!
Fine and Decorative Arts - Sunday 3rd December 2017
Modern and Antique Jewellery - Monday 4th December 2017
Wednesday 29th November 9 am - 7 pm
Thursday 30th November 9 am - 5 pm
Friday 1st December 9 am - 5 pm
Saturday 2nd December 12 noon - 5 pm
Jewellery - Monday 4th December 3 pm - 5.30 pm