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Estate & Collector - March 2022 Highlights

by DA | December 17, 2021

Session I: Lot 380, WWII Poster, 'One In - All In.' Australian Commonwealth Military Forces Second World War recruitment billboard poster by L G McPherson. 
est. $1,000-3,000, one of a large group of war and travel posters de-accessioned by the Australian War Memorial

Estate & Collector

Session I 'Australian & International Art, Tribal Arts, War Posters' (Lots 1-524):
Sunday March 13th, commencing 10am

Session II 'Asian & Decorative Arts, Silver & Jewellery' (Lots 525-end):
Wednesday March 16th, commencing 2pm

L1, 41-43 Parramatta Rd, Annandale, Sydney

Session II, Lot 525, CHEN, Wen Hsi (Wenxi) (Singapore 1906-1991), Two Squirrels
est. $4,000-7,000 (one of four to be sold)


Lot 722, Hand Built 1:24 Scale Model of the HMS BOUNTY, merchant vessel of the Royal Navy, est. $3,000-5,000

A fully rigged three-masted scale model built by veteran modelmaker Wayne Masters in 1993 as a special commission for Peter Pickles, late of Sydney. Built using Black Bean and Tasmanian Oak, and using the traditional ship building technique of plank and frame construction, The Bounty is fully fitted with internal decks and bulkheads, and displays superb attention to the fine details, with all masts, blocks and tackles handmade. The construction utilised a copy of the original ship’s plans, acquired from the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich. According to the maker,“it took months, years to build. I never keep track of the actual hours.” 

Also in this sale, a fine collection of late 18th Century jewellery, the owner being a direct descendant of the Bonaparte family via King Louis Bonaparte of Holland, brother of Napoleon I and father of Emperor Napoleon III. Louis Bonaparte married Hortense de Beauharnais, daughter of Empress Josephine Bonaparte. The family collection has existed for over 200 years and includes jewellery, art and personal items belonging to the Bonaparte family spanning the period leading up to the French Revolution until 1873. It was kept away from public view in a private collection in the family chateau in France for most of the 20th century. 

Lot 846, Late 18th C 14ct Yellow Gold Emerald &
Diamond Articulated Drop, est. $500-1,000
Lot 844, Late 18th C Diamond Gold & Silver Necklace and Diamond Set Portrait Pendant, est. $4,000-7,500 Lot 845, Late 18th C 18ct Yellow & Silver Twin Portrait Ring
est. $2,000-4,000

Other highlights include a large group of original Norman Lindsay etchings and sketches from the collection of the Late Norman Hetherington OAM, cartoonist at the Bulletin, creator of Mr Squiggle. The collection also includes other Australian early 20th C cartoons and etchings.

Lot 1, LINDSAY, Norman (1879-1969), 'Priestess of the Magi,' 1934,
est. $3,500-5,500

Lot 308, LINDSAY, Norman (1879-1969), 'Your Face
Seems Mighty Familiar', est. $700-1,100

Three beautiful large diamond rings, one at 3.5ct, and two at 2ct.


Lot 811, 18ct White Gold & Diamond Ring
est. $4,500-7,500

Lot 812, 14ct White Gold & Diamond Ring
est. $28,000-45,000

Lot 813, 18ct White Gold Diamond Cluster Ring
est. $5,000-8,000

Numerous quality pieces of jewellery including shell cameos and opals, porcelain and Russian icons from a large and diverse Sydney estate. Also from this collection, traditional Australian paintings by John Allcot, Pro Hart, David Boyd and Hans Heysen.

Lot 18, HART, Pro (1928-2006)
'Death by a Waterhole'
, est. $5,000-8,000

Lot 12, BOYD, David (1924-2011)
'The Chase,' 1974
, est. $7,000-11,000

Lot 695, 19th Century Russian Icon
Mary with infant Jesus, in a vintage ogee arched box frame, 
est. $1,500-2,500

Lot 731, Royal Worcester Twin Handle Vase & Cover
, est. $700-1,000

A large group of war and travel posters, de-accessioned by the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

Lot 376, WILLIAMS Rhys (1894-1976), 'Out of a Great Past a Greater Future', est. $400-800

Lot 377,JARDINE Walter (1884-1970), 'The Skyways are today's Highways', est. $200-400

Lot 378, WILLIAMS Rhys (1894-1976), 'A New Air Map from the Australian Viewpoint...', est. $300-600

Session I Catalogue

Session II Catalogue

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