Theodore Bruce, Sydney is proud to present Art.Asian.Jewels Auction, our triannual important works of art to be held on Sunday 11 October at 11 am.

The Art.Asian.Jewels auction will include the Ken Cavill collection of Australian silver

Professor GWK (Ken) Cavill, well known academic from the UNSW and avid collector and researcher of Australian silver, benefactor and author, who’s titles include with Graham Cocks & jack Grace, Australian Jewellers: gold & silversmiths, makers & marks, 1992 and with Eva Czernis-Ryl, BrillianT: Australian Gold & silver 1851-1950, 2011

Ken Cavill’s main focus has been on the marks and makers and the history of the art form that is silver in Australia and this is evident throughout the collection.

This important offering includes English & Australian silver and incorportes Australian symbols such as the emu, cicada, frog and kookaburra on the internatinal pieces, all with good hall marks, especially from Tasmania.

The pieces range from Lot 2, a c.1740 snuff box through Lot 9, a 1915 ‘kewpie doll’ as well as eggs and commemorative pieces works by Australian–born designer Stuart Devlin to Lot 125 A colllection of exhibition catalogues on silver and includes Chinese export silver and other reference books.

Other highlights include:

A Macarthur family steling silver spoon.
A William Mark, Arts and Crafts christening cup made for Major General Sir C. Herbert Powell for his niece.
An early table snuff box by Frances Clarke of Birmingam & South Australia presented to Henry Rees, head of works at Newcastle 1839.
Spoons by Sarginson and Linton
Stuart Devlin.

A wide selection of Art is on offer from the late 19th century English & European with works by Oswald Brierly, Richard Eschke and Bernard Partridge through mid to early 20th century works by Hans Heysen, Roland Wakelin and Martin Stainforth and onto Contemporary works by Marie Hagerty and Mike Worrall.

Also included are sculptures by Loredano Rosin, Thomas Bucich, Robert Hague & Jenny Green.

Lot 131 a work by British artist and satirist, Sir Bernard Partridge, who was born, coincidentally, in London on 11 October 1861, is of particular note.

Partridge, was a well known freelance cartoonist during the late 19th and early 20th century and worked on many of the magazines of the time including Playgoer, Black & White, Illustrated London News, Vanity Fair, before contributing to Punch in 1891. He became the chief cartoonist in 1910 and remained with Punch for over 50 years.

He exhibited oil paintings, watercolours & pastels and was a member of the New English Art Club, the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, The Chelsea Arts Club & the Athenaeum Club. He was knighted in 1925.

Several centuries are embraced in this offering, pottery from the Han dynasty through to porcelain from the Qing dynasty, including the golden age of the Tang dynasty. This is an eclectic offering from serious collectors with many scholars’ objects, important textiles, a huanghuali table, and eight panel screen and early celadon stonewares.

Many of the lots were acquired by the vendors decades ago who traveled to Asia on business or lived as a resident. Good provenance from a former Australian diplomat, Lot 285, a 19th century tall porcelain vase belongs to the son of a businessman who worked in China in the 1980s, Lots 219 and 220 purchased in Sydney from a Han Dynassty Exhibition and exhibited at the Powerhouse Museum, Lot 201, apair of dishes the mark and period of Guangxu, the infant emperor who ruled under the guidance of the Empress Dowager.

There are also lots from a recent inheritance a collector who traveled throughout China from the mid 1980s and a former resident of Singapore.

Jewellery highlights include a selection of early Australian jewellery including

Lot 353 an interesting Yellow Gold Foliate Locket Brooch, circa 1880,

Lot 382 a Cameo Bangle by Rollason & Co, and Lot 381 a stunning Opal and Diamond ring by Catanach.

Diamond buyers will love Lot 361 a Diamond line bracelet of over 11ct,

Lot 371 a Diamond Halo Ring with the central diamond weighing 1.30ct and

Lot 356 Princess cut Diamond earrings, 1.00ct in total as well as a ring and pair of earrings set with unusual Lily cut diamonds.

Also included in the auction is a selection of classic necklaces and bracelets in gold and a Tiffany & Co necklace, bracelet and rings.

Lot 376, a Platinum, Gold and Diamond bracelet is of particular note, winning the De Beers Diamond Award in 1991, a one of a kind piece.

The auction is on to be held at 11 am on Sunday 11 October in our Sydney Rooms.

On View:

Friday 9 October 10am-4pm
Saturday 10 October 10am-4pm
Sunday 11 October from 10am

Catalogue online here.

Contact: Angela Sandford