A Fine Fascination: The Cameo in Victorian Jewellery

Category: Jewels

The Victorian fascination with all things historic is never more apparent than in the cameo jewel. Cameos of this era embody the interest Victorians held for all manner of Grecian and Roman subjects as depicted in the myriad of allegorical, mythological, historical and religious images of the time. Gods and goddesses, rulers, historic scenes, biblical […]

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Exploring British watercolours within August Fine Art

Category: Fine Art

By the late 19th Century, British watercolours had shifted from the delicate drawings of a draughtsman to emotive and personal expressions of an artist’s response to nature. The artists, too, were increasingly ambitious, with their compositions on paper now competing with the previously preferred “master works” on canvas. Our August Fine Art auction presents works […]

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Diamonds shine bright at Important Jewels auction, with new records set

Category: Important Jewels

Our August Important Jewels Auction, conducted completely virtually with no in-room attendance and no in-person Sydney viewing, proved once again that an online environment was no obstacle for lovers of jewellery. The auction delivered sensational results, with rare GIA certified diamonds and signed designer pieces coveted. The sale of an extraordinary 9.67 carat diamond and […]

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The truth about white tigers

Category: The 22nd Report

As a Global Ambassador for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), I’ve known for years that there are more tigers in captivity in the United States than remain free in the wild today. Hearing this stunning fact never fails to shock me. I’ve had the privilege of seeing two white tigers up close during […]

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In Conversation With Sarah Fletcher

Category: In Conversation

We sat down with art dealer, advisor, and self-confessed auction devotee Sarah Fletcher at her eclectic, perfectly imperfect Melbourne home, to ask her how she approaches collecting, and what she is looking for next. Could you tell us a little bit about your consultancy service Fletcher Arts? At Fletcher Arts, we connect artists with space, […]

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Barbara Brash: Colour & Gesture

Category: Prints & Multiples

Barbara Brash was part of a key generation of influential women artists who made a significant contribution to the Modernist printmaking revival in the 1950s and 60s. Beginning her artistic career under the National Gallery School’s first Modernist instructor, Alan Sumner in 1946, the analytical approach taught by the Gallery School assisted her to find […]

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Hermès: Tradition and Innovation

Category: Luxury

The Hermès story has always been one of innovation, yet it is tradition and confidence in their products that has kept the house successful over its 184 year history. The Hermès horse and carriage logo is testament to this; created by Robert Dumas-Hermès in the 1920s, it still stands proud and is ‘to-the-minute’ as a […]

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La Maison Hermès

Category: Private Collections

Hermès is a brand that needs no introduction. With its seamless success in ultra-premium luxury, it comes as no surprise that in 2011, Hermès began to enter a new market in home furnishings. Under the direction of Pierre-Alexis Dumas, Hermès launched a collection of furniture, lighting, and objects for interior spaces.   Each piece within the […]

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An Important Private Collection of Asian Art

Category: Asian Art

It is a rare occurrence these days to come across a fine, single owner collection of Chinese ceramics in the Melbourne art market. This particular collection was formed over two decades and covers the Neolithic Period and Bronze Age through to the Qing Dynasty, with many pieces having excellent provenance. Personally, I am particularly taken […]

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A Painting Mystery Solved and a Victorian Woman Artist Revealed

Category: Sydney

Recently, a client contacted me with a painting he had inherited from his father that he knew nothing about except that it was very old, likely “over 100 years”. He asked if I would be able to do some research on it and although I happily agreed, (I do love a good research project!) I […]

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