The James Fairfax Collection of Decorative Arts sells for $1.74 million
On Sunday 15th July at 10am Leonard Joel undertook the rather mammoth task of dispersing some 1000 lots from the Granny’s Market collection. The Specialist Collector department was delighted to be engaged by the proprietors to catalogue and market this unique offering of literally “everything”. Granny’s Market became synonymous in Melbourne as the “go to place” for that rare thing that couldn’t be found anywhere else. It was also not long before set designers for movies, TV series and large retail chains realized that they could satisfy every quirky or challenging decorating whim at the High Street establishment.
To walk in to Granny’s Market was to walk in to an interior that felt and looked like a Dickensian antiquarian dealer that always had something hidden away for a special visitor. The auction brought out collectors from all walks of life and they were treated to an extraordinary array of objects and furnishings, from rare enamel vintage signs from around the world, to antique desk sets through to items as diverse as pigeon clocks!
The collection was completely sold by 6.30pm with a sale total just shy of the expected $200,000 total excluding buyer’s premium. Highlights from the auction included a rare Victorian Cadburys chocolate counter (lot 371) that tripled its estimate to realize $3,200 plus buyer’s premium and a rare Victorian printing press (lot 16) by J. RICHARDSON of Fleet Street London that realised $2,400 plus buyer’s premium. Guy Cairnduff of the Specialist Collector department is now inviting owners of interesting thematic collections interested in selling to contact him for a confidential appraisal.
Head of The Specialist Collector
Tel: +61 (3) 8825 5611
Email: Guy Cairnduff
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