The May Auction; Synopsis

‘Art, Collectables, Furniture, Luxury, Jewellery, Watches & Silver’

Tuesday 23 May 6pm, and Wednesday 24 May 6pm (AWST)

Catalogue Now Online

We are pleased to announce our May auction, held over two nights in our showrooms at 8 Stirling Road, Claremont WA, and world-wide online at, featuring more than five hundred Lots of important Australian and International art, rugs, art-glass, fine furniture, luxury, jewellery, watches, clocks and oriental art.

Some notable art entries on the first night include an iconic example of Ray Crooke’s work from his time in the South West Pacific “The Islanders” (Lot 12); three portraits by Margaret Benoit, including the quietly lovely “The Waitress” (Lot 7), and a fine painting by Percy Lindsay “The Green Boat, Sydney Harbour” (Lot 14). West Australian artist, Larry Mitchell continues to attract buyers locally and inter-state, with his scenic depictions of ocean and sky, such as “Moses Rock” (Margaret River region, WA – Lot 19), and “Murchison River – Looking North” (Lot 10).

Lot 12 Ray Crooke “The Islanders”

The Indigenous art section is very strong, with works by Rover (Julama) Thomas (“Texas Downs” Lot 111), Queenie McKenzie (“Purnalulu” Lot 124), Tjumpo Tjapanangka (“My Country” Lot 126), and a collection of selected, early 20th century carved shields, woomeras and boomerangs.

Lot 14 Percy Lindsay “The Green Boat, Sydney Harbour”

Lot 111 Rover (Julama) Thomas “Texas Downs”

Appealing to collectors of fine ceramics are two signed duos from the Royal Worcester factory, depicting pheasants and fruits in warm autumnal tones (Lots 164 and 165), and an impressive pair of circa 1825 Mason’s Ironstone Covered vases, decorated in the Japonaise style on a deep-red ground, (Lot 168).

Lot 168 Mason’s Ironstone Covered Vases

The Luxury section, which continues to expand as this area grows in popularity, includes an iconic blue saffiano leather Prada ‘Bibliotheque’ Tote Bag (Lot 175), a Hermes ‘Trim’ Shoulder Bag (Lot 176), a canary-yellow Gucci ‘Hysteria’ clutch (Lot 179) and a Louis Vuitton ‘Rosalie’ Coin Purse (Lot 181).

Lot 176 Hermes ‘Trim’ Shoulder Bag

Oriental arts include a selection of very interesting carved ivory figures (Lots 187, 188, 189, 203, 216 and 218), and a marvellously detailed, late Qing Chinese carved ivory dragon racing boat (Lot 194).

Four Bottles of Penfolds, including a 1995 Grange Bin 95 (Lot 227), will appeal to the wine collectors, and lovers of art glass will be delighted by some exceptional Lalique (Lots 253, 255, 256, 257, 258, and 259) and Murano (Lots 251 and 271). Also of note is a very good, fully signed, circa 1910 Muller Freres (Luneville) Vase, hand painted and etched with winter trees in the Art Nouveau-style.

Lot 227 Four Bottles of Penfolds, Including Grange Lot 269 Muller Freres (Luneville) Vase

Increasingly hard to find, are some interesting examples of West Australian Colonial Jarrah furniture – a handsome wardrobe (Lot 285), a c1870s ‘single plank’ side table (Lot 294), and two scroll-backed West Australian Jarrah Miner’s Couches (Lots 309 and 310).

Other notable entries in the furniture section include an extremely fine and richly inlaid Northern Italian rosewood cabinet (Lot 313), an elegant, late 19thc French ormolu desk (Lot 314) and an exceptional Louis XVl marble-topped sideboard (Lot 315). The early 20thc “Aesthetic” style English-made music cabinet (Lot 329) with vertical sheet-music storage bays is as good an item of it’s kind ever offered by Mckenzies, and represents a rare opportunity.

Lot 313 Northern Italian Inlaid Rosewood Cabinet

Completing the first night is a selection of fine Persian wool and silk hand-loomed rugs, in varied sizes including four of room-size.


Lot 315 Louis XVl Style Ormolu Mounted Sideboard

Starting off the second night (Wednesday 24 May, 6pm) with Jewellery , Watches and Silver, are some heart-stopping diamonds of good range (including whites, colours, ‘fancies’ – see Lots 452, 444, 408, 410 427), and some exceptional coloured stones such as the stupendous sapphire halo cluster ring (Lot 436), and a wonderful large emerald and diamond cluster ring (Lot 417).

Lot 436 A Stupendous Sapphire Halo Cluster Ring


Gents and Ladies watches include the gentleman’s Rolex ‘Sea Dweller’ (Lot 492), and the Breitling ‘Transocean’ watch (Lot494), a ladies Tag Heuer (Lot 496) and a sweet early 20thc diamond set, 15ct yellow gold wristwatch (Lot 497).

Lot 492 Gents Rolex ‘Sea Dweller’



The silver section includes a fantastic sterling silver, boxed, complete cutlery service by Cooper & Sons of Sheffield (Lot 516), a 1770 sterling silver coffee pot of elegant shape, with rattan-covered handle by Robert Smith and Robert Sharp of London (Lot 508), and a very charming, boxed set of six sterling silver gilt coffee spoons with colourful enamel work by Turner & Simpson, Birmingham 1948 (Lot 519).

Lot 516 Boxed Sterling Silver Cutlery Lot 508 Sterling Silver George lll Coffee Pot

Browse the catalogue for further items of interest – click here for all the details.

Bid in person on the night at our showrooms, submit an absentee bid form, or a request to bid by phone on the night. Alternatively, bid live, any time and in advance at (you must register with them in advance of the auction).

We look forward to welcoming you for pre-auction viewing at McKenzies Showrooms, 8 Stirling Road Claremont WA for pre-auction viewing on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 May 11am-4pm, and Monday 22 May 10am-5:30pm.