Fine and Decorative Arts, Jewellery & Furniture Auction – 17th October 2017

Welcome to McKenzies Auctioneers Spring Auction. It is a sale that genuinely has something for a wide range of tastes and budgets.

Australian modernist artists are well represented. Works by Robert Dickerson, Ray Crooke, Pro Hart and Jasper Knight as well as well-known and regarded Western Australian artists such as Allan Baker, William Boissevian, Howard Taylor, George Haynes, and Elizabeth Durack.

The sale then moves to Jewellery. Each item has been examined by our gemologist and in some cases comes with the seller’s insurance valuation certificates. There is a good range of diamonds, up to 7.9cts as well as coloured gemstones. Featured items include Lot 145, a 7.9ct diamond ring and Lot 194, a 1.86ct natural light pink diamond ring. As most of the jewellery comes from estates, who have a genuine wish to sell, antique items are also included. For example, Lot 229, is a piece by the famous South Australian maker, Henry Steiner.

Next is over 20 watches. Each is guaranteed to be authentic. The offering includes some of the world’s most famous brands, such as Rolex, Cartier, Omega and Le Coultre. Modern and vintage models are included.

Antique and collectable furniture is up next. This section of the sale represents the best value for money. Good furniture is always useable and is virtually timeless, impervious to fashion. We generally sell about 90% of the furniture we offer as we start the bidding low in order to let each item find its own market level. “Australiana” is next, including, “West Australiana”, defined as items of specific interest to Western Australia, such as jarrah pre-1900 furniture.

A collection of Antique Australian glass and ceramic bottles is a new field for us. Apparently, it’s an area that has a dedicated core of collectors. We have estimated these bottle lots conservatively and will be interested to see how they go.

Militaria is next, (our previous sale, the “Leo Laden Collection’’, sold over 85% of the offering, demonstrating this is also a strong collecting field). Then decorative arts, this category includes a good range of Oriental (mostly Chinese), pottery and porcelain, from a range of vendors. This is a subjective area to catalogue. We tend to catalogue this section broadly but can forward images of seal and character marks as well as provide condition reports to those who cannot personally inspect.

The sale ends with a range of silver and ceramics. Two featured items from this field are, Lot 429, a casket by the famous British maker and designer, Omar Ramsden and Lot 435, one of William Moorcroft’s most famous designs, a ‘Moonlit Blue’ pattern ballaster shaped vase from the 1920s, in perfect condition.

We look forward to seeing you at the sale and welcome your enquiry on any of the items.

Kind regards,

Peter McKenzie
Managing Director