A Successful Mosman Fine Art & Antique Valuation Day

Theodore Bruce specialists were at Mosman Art Gallery on Saturday 1 April to appraise fine art, rare books & prints, Asian & European decorative arts, jewellery & silverware as part of the Hunters and Collectors Valuation and Conservation Day. Thanks go to the gallery for organising this wonderful event – and exciting opportunity for lovers of fine arts, antiques & collectables.

Mosman Art Gallery’s annual Hunters and Collectors Valuation and Conservation Day

Discovering fine art & antiques in Mosman

Theodore Bruce specialists had a fabulous day appraising fine art, decorative arts, silverware, jewellery & rare books, as part of the Mosman Art Gallery annual Hunters and Collectors Valuation and Conservation Day.

The team met hundreds of enthusiastic gallery goers who each brought one or two pieces in for appraisal.

As usual, we loved meeting so many fine art, antique & book enthusiasts – and seeing so many interesting pieces.

The Theodore Bruce Auctioneers team at 2023 Mosman Art Gallery antique & valuation day

Appraising Fine Art, Books & Antiques 

Theodore Bruce specialists Sally Hardy, James Badgery, Tory Page, Casi Prischl & Amelia Scott were on hand to appraise a diverse mix of items including prints & paintings, books, silverware & jewellery – plus Asian & European decorative arts.

Fine art, book & antique appraisals include a discussion and visual assessment of the object to determine it’s origins and check the condition, before providing an estimate of what the item/s might bring at auction.

Some of the items viewed at the 2023 Mosman Art Gallery antique & valuation day

A few of our favourite pieces

For our team, the day is also a great opportunity to see all of your interesting items – and hear the stories that often bring these objects to life.

Among the selection, we saw a Japanese Meiji period Mille Fiori lidded bowl, engraved & hand painted in gilt, a Russian silver tea set from the late 1800’s, and a stunning pink, white & black porcelain tea service by Shelley, England.

There were colonial paintings of Mosman Bay, a lovely 18th framed silhouette and collectable prints by artists including John Olsen & Pablo Picasso.

Some of the items viewed at the 2023 Mosman Art Gallery antique & valuation day

From British military paintings… to Bishop’s Rings

The selection was eclectic. A gentleman shared the story of some of his cherished aircraft paintings by a British military artist, acquired in the UK in 1967 – and we saw a striking pot by Peter Travis, an Australian potter & colourist who worked on the New Parliament House in Canberra.

Perhaps our favourite piece of the day was an amethyst & seed pearl gold Bishop’s Ring from the 1880’s – which we are pleased to advise will feature in an upcoming Jewels & Timepieces auction.

The Theodore Bruce Auctioneers team at 2023 Mosman Art Gallery antique & valuation day

Expert & Discreet Valuation Service

If you were unable to attend the Mosman Art Gallery Valuation Day, we will be at valuation days in North Sydney in July & Wollongong in October – with more detaIls to come.

Our specialists can also assist with appraisals for auction – and formal valuations – at any stage.

Sally Hardy, Fine Art Valuer, and Tory Page, Rare Book Expert, are both registered under the Commonwealth Governments Cultural Gift Program. Our jewellery specialist, Casi Prischl, is also a highly qualified gemologist and a Registered Valuer with the National Council of Jewellery Valuers.

Our fine art and antique valuation services are professional & discreet. We provide detailed valuations for single items and single vendor collections – for Replacement & Reinstatement, Probate & Estate Planning, and Superannuation & Taxation.

Please contact the Theodore Bruce team directly to discuss fine art, rare books, decorative arts, jewellery and antique valuation & appraisals.

All images © Mosman Art Gallery