The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2018-11-25T23:24:01Z GOOD SCOTT! COLLECTION OF A TASMANIAN ENTREPRENEUR FOR SALE 2018-11-25T23:24:01Z good-scott-collection-of-a-tasmanian-entrepreneur-for-sale Media Release November 26, 2018 GOOD SCOTT! COLLECTION OF A TASMANIAN ENTREPRENEUR FOR SALE James Scott was a surveyor of Van Diemen’s Land (later Tasmania) who spent most of the 1850s as the only surveyor in Launceston. While he endured relatively harsh conditions in his solo activity, he also acquired a small empire making him as much an entrepreneur as a government functionary. Now a collection of memorabilia attesting to part of Scott’s life is being offered for sale by Leski Auctions on 2 December. It makes for fascinating reading. Scott arrived from England in the 1830s, not long after island was established as a penal colony. While he might have surveyed the land for the British, he went about buying it for himself. He owned many properties and had an interest in a coal mine at the Don River west of Devonport. He was a director of the British and Tasmanian Charcoal Iron Co., and a foundation director and later chairman of the Mutual Fire Insurance Co. He was politically unaligned when he served the people as an independent in the House of Assembly for George Town in 1869-77 and for South Launceston from 1878 until his death in 1884. Among the items being offered is his personal bible; his family tree; his surveyors’ rolling rule; and a small leather-bound, hand-written, 312-page journal of his surveying activities from late 1835 to 1842, which feature his travels, lands surveyed, iconic homes, and meetings with landed gentry including Governor & Lady Franklin. The book is also an accounting journal from January 1836 to December 1842 in which Scott recorded his expenditures, his income, and the nature of each transaction. Also included is his silver pocket watch referred to in an article in The Mercury in November 1955. “James Scott was not only a witness to Tasmanian history but a participant,” says Charles Leski. “Together with the black painted metal trunk which contained his effects, this remarkable group fills in a gap in the historical record from that period. It is a rare and exceptional record of a slice of Australia’s early history.” Lot 236, James Scott Surveyor of Van Diemen’s Land, has a pre-sale estimate of $60,000 - $80,000. (Image available at https://www.leski.com.au/images/lot/3592/359235_0.jpg?1542420721) The lot will be sold by Leski Auctions (www.leski.com.au) on Sunday, 2 December from 12.00pm. About Leski Auctions Leski Auctions was established in 1973. Today, it is regarded as one of Australia’s leading auctioneers of Sporting Memorabilia, Australian Art & Antiques, Collectibles and World Philately. Among the many significant collections that Leski Auctions has been privileged to sell are those of Shirley Strickland, Ron Clarke, Sir Reginald Ansett and former RSL President, Bruce Ruxton. It has sold more ‘baggy green’ caps than any other auction house in the world. Charles Leski is a registered valuer for the Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts’ Cultural Gifts Program. He is also the valuer of the displayed items at the National Sports Museum at the MCG, Melbourne. Harry Glenn, an industry veteran with more than 20 years experience, has been working with Charles since 2012. The company is located at 727-729 High Street Armadale, Victoria 3143 Australia. Tel+61 3 8539 6150 and www.leski.com.au Issued by: Harry Glenn, Leski Auctions Michael Krape, Michael Krape Consulting Tel: +61 (0) 425 790 735 Tel: +61 (0) 403 135 880 harry@leski.com.au michaelkrape@krape.com.au HIDDEN TREASURE IN THE PUBLIC GLARE 2018-10-31T01:42:13Z hidden-treasure-in-the-public-glare Media Release 29 October, 2018 HIDDEN TREASURE IN THE PUBLIC GLARE Earlier this year, a vendor with a keen eye purchased an elegant art cabinet reminiscent of the Aesthetic Movement at a small auction house in Melbourne for $1,200. He had no knowledge of its history and the auctioneer was none the wiser. But the vendor was prepared to punt on it, if for no other reason than it appealed to his artistic sensibilities. It was a decision he will never regret, with the cabinet achieving a hammer price of $185,000 at an auction held at Leski Auctions on Sunday. The vendor, who has asked not to be named, referred the work to Leski which has a 45-year history of selling the quirky and irreverent alongside the standard fare one normally associates with antiques, art, collectibles, and memorabilia. Fortunately, Harry Glenn and his team at Leski knew the designer Edward William Godwin very well, and even referred the vendor to a handful of pieces by the famed 19th century architect that are held by the NGV. “Leski knew a great deal but what they couldn’t immediately establish was where the level of interest lay among collectors,” the vendor said. Leski started with a pre-sale estimate of $20,000 and finally settled on $40,000 to $60,000 prior to auction once they saw how interest had grown. This was due in part to their decision to place the cabinet in the window of their premises in High Street, Armadale. Says Harry Glenn: “There are many savvy collectors in our neighbourhood and we saw this as an opportunity to pique their interest. This worked very well as we had people calling and dropping in, and adding to our knowledge of Godwin and William Watt, arguably the most important furniture manufacturer of the late 19th century. “Interest grew further once we energised our international networks and placed an advertisement in the esteemed English magazine, Antique Trade Gazette.” Edward William Godwin was a remarkable character whose love of theatre and Japanese minimalism scandalised his conservative peers. He had many friends in art, theatre and literature, among them Irish poet and playwright Oscar Wilde and American painter James McNeill Whistler. Although he died at the age of 53 in 1886, he left behind a significant body of work as an architect, theatre designer and furniture maker. His collaboration with some of the most highly-acclaimed furniture makers in England, like William Watt and Collinson & Lock, resulted in acquisitions by a number of major private and public galleries including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Little did Leski or the vendor realise just how significant the interest was. The auction on Sunday, October 28 produced a remarkable result with bidding in the room and on the phone. Ultimately, it came down to a phone bidder in New York pitted against a phone bidder from London. The latter was successful, buying the cabinet for $185,000 excluding commission. “What appealed to me about Leski is the extent to which they go to discover the back story. That’s been their way for as long as I’ve known them, and no-one could argue with the success of that approach. Pity there aren’t more gems like this waiting to be discovered.” About Leski Auctions Leski Auctions was established in 1973. Today, it is regarded as one of Australia’s leading auctioneers of Sporting Memorabilia, Australian Art & Antiques, Collectables and World Philately. Among the many significant collections that Leski Auctions has been privileged to sell are those of Shirley Strickland, Ron Clarke, Sir Reginald Ansett and former RSL President, Bruce Ruxton. It has sold more ‘baggy green’ caps than any other auction house in the world. Charles Leski is a registered valuer for the Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts’ Cultural Gifts Program. He is also the valuer of the displayed items at the National Sports Museum at the MCG, Melbourne. Harry Glenn, an industry veteran with more than 20 years experience, has been working with Charles since 2012. The company is located at 727-729 High Street Armadale, Victoria 3143 Australia. Tel+61 3 8539 6150 and www.leski.com.au Issued by: Harry Glenn, Leski Auctions Michael Krape, Michael Krape Consulting Tel: +61 (0) 425 790 735 Tel: +61 (0) 403 135 880 harry@leski.com.au michaelkrape@krape.com.au WILDE AND WHISTLER WERE HIS CLIENTS 2018-10-17T05:38:50Z wilde-and-whistler-were-his-clients Media Release 17 October, 2018 WILDE AND WHISTLER WERE HIS CLIENTS Edward Godwin was an English architect, theatre designer and lover of Japanese minimalism. Noted as the father of the Aesthetic Movement in England, Godwin’s enduring legacy is in the furniture and interiors he created for friends including Irish poet and playwright Oscar Wilde and American painter James McNeill Whistler. Today, his works can be found in the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the National Gallery of Victoria. His collaboration with two of England’s finest furniture makers, William Watt and Collinson & Lock, also cemented his reputation at a time when English sensibilities were being rocked by the antics of London’s scandalous arts scene. Leski Auctions is privileged to offer for sale an ‘Art Cabinet’ designed by Godwin and most likely manufactured by William Watt. It was created in the Japanese style that Godwin was noted for, dated circa 1880s. It is made of mahogany and ivory with sabre brass legs. “The Aesthetic Movement was influential in the Art Nouveau period that followed, and we can see elements of that in this rare and highly-sought after cabinet,” says Harry Glenn, an auctioneer and valuer with Leski Auctions. “The work that Godwin left behind after his untimely death at 53 in 1886, is internationally-acclaimed. The NGV has five works, most recently seen in ‘Japonisme: Japan and the Birth of Modern Art’.” Lot 198, Edward William Godwin ‘Art Cabinet’ has a pre-sale estimate of $40,000 - $60,000. (Image available at https://www.leski.com.au/images/lot/3575/357513_2.jpg?1538991842) The lot will be sold by Leski Auctions (www.leski.com.au) on Sunday, 28 October from 11.00am. About Leski Auctions Leski Auctions was established in 1973. Today, it is regarded as one of Australia’s leading auctioneers of Sporting Memorabilia, Australian Art & Antiques, Collectibles and World Philately. Among the many significant collections that Leski Auctions has been privileged to sell are those of Shirley Strickland, Ron Clarke, Sir Reginald Ansett and former RSL President, Bruce Ruxton. It has sold more ‘baggy green’ caps than any other auction house in the world. Charles Leski is a registered valuer for the Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts’ Cultural Gifts Program. He is also the valuer of the displayed items at the National Sports Museum at the MCG, Melbourne. Harry Glenn, an industry veteran with more than 20 years experience, has been working with Charles since 2012. The company is located at 727-729 High Street Armadale, Victoria 3143 Australia. Tel+61 3 8539 6150 and www.leski.com.au Issued by: Harry Glenn, Leski Auctions Michael Krape, Michael Krape Consulting Tel: +61 (0) 425 790 735 Tel: +61 (0) 403 135 880 harry@leski.com.au michaelkrape@krape.com.au SAVING OUR INDIGENOUS HERITAGE ONE PIECE AT A TIME 2018-09-12T00:56:46Z saving-our-indigenous-heritage-one-piece-at-a-time Leski Auctions Media Release 12 September, 2018 SAVING OUR INDIGENOUS HERITAGE ONE PIECE AT A TIME Daryl Blythman was a precocious kid who saw treasure where others saw trash. As a young boy in the late 1950s and living on a family farm in regional Australia, he was surrounded by Aboriginal stone artefacts and axes that dated back to the Indigenous history of the area. Locals, older but hardly wiser, dismissed these historical relics as having no intrinsic value, be it cultural or financial. Daryl thought otherwise. “My father fuelled my interest in Aboriginal history, because he understood that the artefacts we found were part of Australia’s unique heritage,” Daryl said. “His hobby became my obsession when I understood that every piece we found was part of our story as a nation, and the more we collected the closer we came to understanding what that story revealed to us.” In his 30s, Daryl began to actively collect as much Indigenous art as he could to preserve it for future generations. It took him from local second-hand shops to auctions of tribal memorabilia in Australia and eventually to auctions and private sales in London, New York and New Zealand. “The Blythman Collection is a remarkable testament to the vibrancy of a living community that predates European migration to Australia by thousands of years,” says Harry Glenn, an auctioneer and valuer with Leski Auctions. “The preservation of Indigenous art and culture is extremely important to any community that values its history. It’s a privilege for us to offer Daryl’s remarkable collection.” Lot 47 (late c19th Rainforest Shield from Far Nth Qld has a pre-sale estimate of $10,000 - $15,000. (NB: Image available at https://www.leski.com.au/images/lot/3568/356896_2.jpg?1535426881) The lot will be sold by Leski Auctions (www.leski.com.au) on Sunday, 23 September from 2.00pm. About Leski Auctions Leski Auctions was established in 1973. Today, it is regarded as one of Australia’s leading auctioneers of Sporting Memorabilia, Australian Art & Antiques, Collectibles and World Philately. Among the many significant collections that Leski Auctions has been privileged to sell are those of Shirley Strickland, Ron Clarke, Sir Reginald Ansett and former RSL President, Bruce Ruxton. It has sold more ‘baggy green’ caps than any other auction house in the world. Charles Leski is a registered valuer for the Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts’ Cultural Gifts Program. He is also the valuer of the displayed items at the National Sports Museum at the MCG, Melbourne. Harry Glenn, an industry veteran with more than 20 years experience, has been working with Charles since 2012. The company is located at 727-729 High Street Armadale, Victoria 3143 Australia. Tel +61 3 8539 6150 and www.leski.com.au Issued by: Harry Glenn, Leski Auctions Michael Krape, Michael Krape Consulting Tel: +61 (0) 425 790 735 Tel: +61 (0) 403 135 880 harry@leski.com.au michaelkrape@krape.com.au