The James Fairfax Collection of Decorative Arts sells for $1.74 million
Categories both new and traditional were well represented in Leonard Joel’s first single owner auction for the year, when a boutique single owner collection was offered in an evening auction on Tuesday 5th February. Viewed in-situ at the late vendor’s Armadale property and dispersed to a packed saleroom at Leonard Joel’s South Yarra premises, the collection included pre-owned luxury goods, traditional decorative arts, silver and furniture and collector’s cars, offered the type of variety auctioneers dream of.
A veritable gold mine of designer accessories and furs discovered in a wardrobe prompted heated competition amongst bidders, with only a few lots failing to find a home. Highlights included a Louis Vuitton Evasion monogrammed sports bag, which sold for $850 (IBP) and a full-length black and brown panelled mink coat, which realised $1,100 (IBP).
The recent surge in silver prices was reflected in the results realised for the fine quality offering of English sterling silver in the collection, with an outstanding silver and crystal centrepiece by Walter and John Barnard leading the results with a hammer price of $10,300 (IBP), closely followed by an extensive Victorian Queen’s pattern silver flatware service which realised $8,500 (IBP).
While the category of collector’s cars is commonly known for being plagued by ‘tyre kicking’ browsers, two bidders showed no such reserve in Tuesday night’s auction when a beautifully presented 1999 S-Type Jaguar sedan was competed to a hammer price of $14,600 (IBP), rounding out a thoroughly enjoyable evening and contributing to a total hammer price of $164,700 (IBP) and 89% clearance by lot.
Selected jewellery from the collection will be offered as a single owner component of Leonard Joel’s March Fine Jewellery Auction. For enquiries about an appraisal of your single owner collection or important individual item contact:
The Specialist Collector, Head of Department
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