Bonhams' auction of Fine Australian Paintings will be unveiling Australian Series of Spring Auctions

Important Australian Art
25 Nov 2013
Sydney, Byron Kennedy Hall

Bonhams' Australian Series of Spring Auctions to be held in Sydney 24 - 27 November will unveil a diverse number of important works of art from respected private collections which have not been seen previously on the market. The sales offer a treasure trove of Australian Aboriginal and Australian paintings, important jewels, rare works of Colonial heritage and Asian works of art.

The auction of Fine Australian paintings includes Herbert Badhams' 'On the Roof', 1928, a sparkling metaphor of the sunny freshness of Sydney Harbour. Also included are a group of rare paintings. By Ethel Spowers, including two oils all of which issue from the estate of the artist and thence by direct descent. A major work by Arthur Streeton, a rare oil by S.T. Gill, a 1913 view of Sydney Harbour by Elioth Gruner are accompanied by a large important landscape by Fred Williams and an excellent offering of notable contemporary works by Tim Storrier, Brett Whiteley and Albert Tucker. Included too is an important collection of Australian Aboriginal artefacts and paintings from an American collector.

Two spectacular diamond rings by Harry Winston; one, a pear-shaped diamond ring weighing 9.97carats, the other, a round brilliant-cut diamond weighing 4.34 carats of D colour, VVS1 clarity. Both from a private Australian collection will excite collectors internationally. Accompanying these is an exceptional offering of fine coloured gemstones and an excellent selection of jewels by such renowned makers such as Cartier, Bulgarie, Tiffany and Co. and Paspaley.
Highlights of the auction of Important Colonial heritage are the rare pocket watch presented to the intrepid explorer John McDouall Stuart by the Royal Geographical Society in 1859 in recognition of his extraordinary achievements in forging routes through the unknown inland deserts from South Australia to Darwin and the Indian Ocean. Another rare and important item is the portrait miniature of Lieutenant –Colonel Thomas Makdougall Brisbane, Governor of New South Wales 1821-1825 attributed to the British miniaturist, Nathaniel Plimer. Included too is an excellent selection of a large cedar library bookcase and pieces by Joseph Sly and Andrew Lenehan.

Following the international trends, the Asian Art auction promises to excite keen interest for such exciting items as a fine gilded bronze Buddha, possibly Ming and a Sino-Tibetan silver inlaid casket and cover 15th-16th century, Wanli mark and period. Collectors will appreciate the mark and period items of late Ching Officialware ceramics and others from the Republic period. The auction also feature a good collection of early and Sung Dynasty ceramics as well as a fine offering of a diverse range of jade from the Republic period.

On behalf of the Australian Ballet, Bonhams is very pleased to be offering the wonderful CREATE Point Shoe collection; a veritable synergy of ballet, art, design and fashion where some of Australia's outstanding designers' inspiration has transformed simple ballet shoes into works of art.


Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street and Knightsbridge; and a further three in the UK regions and Scotland. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Connecticut in the USA; and Germany, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to

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