Sotheby's Australia

Fine Asian, Australian & European Arts & Design

Arts & Design

The department of Arts & Design conducts three sales a year.  The auctions include many fine examples of Asian, Australian & European Art, Decorative Arts and Furniture.  Items include fine silver, glass, Chinese porcelain, carved jade, ornamental bronzes and antiquarian books.

Our knowledgeable team can help you buy and sell Chinese art, finding the perfect piece for your collection or the right price for the items you are electing to sell.  The catalogues for our Asian art sales contain exquisite works of art and design from across the continent, from Chinese porcelain and jades to Japanese watercolours. Those seeking to buy Asian art would do well to view our auctions regularly.

Recent sale highlights in Asian Art include $115,900 for a gilt copper figure of Hevajra and Nairatmya Sino-Tibetan or Mongolian, late 18th century or later.  $91,500 for a large cloisonné enamel yenyen vase late Ming/early Qing dynasty and $67,100 for an impressive blue and white 'Three Friends' jar Wanli mark and period.  Contact our specialists to discuss consigning with Sotheby's Australia and impress you with our results.

We also have experts in Australian and European arts and design including furniture, silver, glass, ceramics and antiquarian books, who assemble an impressive selection for our highly regarded auctions.  We frequently feature noteworthy design pieces from renowned European designers and artisans. 

Sale highlights from Australia and Europe include the Highly Important Adelaide Hunt Club Cup of 1881 which achieved $207,400, and, continuing with racing in October 2016 we realised $109,800 for the 1985 Foster's Melbourne Cup which was presented to the winner by HRH The Prince of Wales.  The figural sculptures by Demétre Chiparus epitomise the elegance and dynamism of the Art Deco style and and a fine example of this was Antinea circa 1925 which sold for $115,900.  The market has responded well to significant antiquarian books with a first edition of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species selling for $58,560.  Contact our specialists to discuss consigning with Sotheby's Australia and impress you with our results.

For collectors of local and international works of art including paintings, our auctions feature the finest in historical and contemporary Australian art, including pieces significant to the development of art in this country and overseas. 

In 2018, outstanding results were achieved for pieces from the private collection of actor, film producer, director and musician Russell Crowe, auctioned by Sotheby’s Australia on 7 April 2018.  The sale took place on the actor’s birthday and wedding anniversary.  Aoncert violin by Leandro Bisiach Snr (1864-1946), used by Russell Crowe as 'Captain Jack Aubrey' in the film, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003), Milan, dated 1890 achieved $164,700.  The stunt Cuirass / Gladiator costume worn by Russell Crowe as 'Maximus Decimus Meridius' in the scene of his death, in the film, Gladiator (2000) sold for $152,500, almost eight times the low estimate.

For further information
enquiries@sothebysaustralia.com.au
Melbourne +61 (0)3 9508 9900  |  Sydney +61 (0)2 9302 2402
 

Specialists

 

Guy Cairnduff

Guy Cairnduff

Head

Arts & Design
Melbourne  |  Sydney
T: +61 (0)3 9508 9900
T: +61 (0)2 9302 2402
E: Guy Cairnduff

Geoffrey Smith

Geoffrey Smith

Chairman

Australian & International Art
Melbourne  |  Sydney
T: +61 (0)3 9508 9900
T: +61 (0)2 9302 2402
E: Geoffrey Smith
       

Ann Roberts

Ann Roberts

Consultant Specialist, Asian Art

Arts & Design
Melbourne
T: +61 (0)3 9508 9900
E: Ann Roberts

Anthony Hurl

Anthony Hurl

Consultant Specialist

Arts & Design
Adelaide
T: +61 (0)8 7225 7836
E: Anthony Hurl
       

Brett Ballard

Brett Ballard

Senior Specialist

Australian & International Art
Sydney
T: +61 (0)2 9302 2402
E: Brett Ballard

Fiona Hayward

Fiona Hayward

Senior Specialist

Australian & International Art
Melbourne
T: +61 (0)3 9508 9900
E: Fiona Hayward
        

Marlene Cartlidge

Administrator

Arts & Design
Melbourne
T: +61 (0)3 9508 9900
E: Marlene Cartlidge
   
 

Result Highlights

Adelaide Hunt Club Cup

The highly important Adelaide Hunt Club Cup of 1881, 18ct gold, by Henry Steiner

Sale Date: 25 October 2016

Sale Price: $207,400

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Two famille-rose 'figural' plaques, 20th century

Two famille-rose 'figural' plaques, 20th century

Sale Date: 24 October 2018

Sale Price: $122,000

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A gilt copper figure of Hevajra and Nairatmya

A gilt copper figure of Hevajra and Nairatmya Sino-Tibetan or Mongolian, late 18th century or later

Sale Date: 21 June 2017

Sale Price: $115,900

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Demetre H. Chiparus (1886-1947) 'Antinea', circa 1925

Demetre H. Chiparus (1886-1947) 'Antinea', circa 1925

Sale Date: 21 June 2017

Sale Price: $115,900

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The 1985 Foster's Melbourne Cup, 18ct gold, Fortuanato Rocca for Hardy Brothers, won by What A Nuisance

The 1985 Foster's Melbourne Cup, 18ct gold, Fortuanato Rocca for Hardy Brothers, won by What A Nuisance

Sale Date: 25 October 2016

Sale Price: $109,800

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An unusual carved wood moon flask Qing dynasty

An unusual carved wood moon flask Qing dynasty 

Sale Date: 18 July 2018

Sale Price: $87,840

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