Australia’s Ravenswick offers objets de vertu, Asian art on May 25

Chiparus silvered bronze and ivory figure titled 'Innocence.' Est. $12,000-$15,000. Ravenswick image.

Chiparus silvered bronze and ivory figure titled ‘Innocence.’ Est. $12,000-$15,000. Ravenswick image.

SYDNEY – Located in the Sydney suburb of Botany Bay, Ravenswick auction house is known as a specialist in the sale of property from fine estates. On May 25, the Ravenswick team will present an auction of select and important objects from three Sydney collections – a private collection from Blakehurst, the collection of a South Sydney gentleman, and a private collection from Sydney’s Inner West. Internet live bidding in the 300+ lot event will be available worldwide through LiveAuctioneers.com.

A number of very special pieces headline the sale, among them a rare, boxed Jaeger Le Coultre singing bird automaton. It dates to around 1920 and could fetch $10,000-$15,000 at auction.

An Art Deco classic, a Chiparus silvered bronze and ivory figure titled “Innocence” is entered with a $12,000-$15,000. Several 19th-century ivory and silver walking sticks will be available, as well.

Silver offerings include French and German enameled silver boxes (Cartier, Boucheron), as well as a Georg Jensen compact, George III sterling silver snuff box and Taxco Mexican silver jewelry. Russian silver is led by a Khlebnikov cigarette case and a silver gilt and enamel kovsh; while Asian Qing silver pieces incorporate a variety of shapes such as a tea pot, bowl, tankard and box.

An abundance of Asian art includes a Republic-period Chinese mallet-shape vase, est. $4,000-$6,000; a superb Chinese Zitan figure of Quan Yin, robably Qing, est. $4,000-$6,000; and a stunning Chinese boxed ivory chess set, probably Republic, est. $5,000-$9,000. Other standouts include ivory cases, a porcelain libation cup, probably Guangxu; a huanghuali scholar’s tray and document box, Qing armchairs with dreamstone inserts and a rare Qing square-topped altar table. Chinese textiles, books, coins, bank bonds and jade jewelry round out the selection.

There are so many beautiful objects in Ravenswick’s May 25 sale, the wise buyer will find it essential to browse the online catalog at an unhurried pace.

For additional information on any item in the auction, contact Alex Renwick by emailing alex@ravenswick.com.au or calling 011 61 411 308884. Visit Ravenswick online at www.ravenswick.com.au.

View the fully illustrated catalog and sign up to bid absentee or live via the Internet at www.LiveAuctioneers.com.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE


Chiparus silvered bronze and ivory figure titled 'Innocence.' Est. $12,000-$15,000. Ravenswick image.

Chiparus silvered bronze and ivory figure titled ‘Innocence.’ Est. $12,000-$15,000. Ravenswick image.

Circa-1920 Jaeger Le Coultre gem-set silver gilt box with singing bird automaton. Est. $10,000-$15,000. Ravenswick image.

Circa-1920 Jaeger Le Coultre gem-set silver gilt box with singing bird automaton. Est. $10,000-$15,000. Ravenswick image.

One of many examples of exquisite Asian art in the May 31 auction. Ravenswick image.

One of many examples of exquisite Asian art in the May 31 auction. Ravenswick image.