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Marquetry Gems Discovered at Bonhams & Goodman Auction

marquetry.jpgTwo marquetry wood panels, made from Australian native timbers by an unknown maker in the 1860s, were the undisputed highlights at the Bay East Auctions over the weekend. These hidden gems were thought to be from the late 19th century and are considered to be highly unusual pieces of Australiana, given their origin, materials and level of detail.

The first panel depicted the HMS Galatea which was ship commanded by Queen Victoria’s son, Prince Alfred, on his trip to Australia in 1867 – this was the first time a member of the British royal family had visited the country. Estimated prior to auction at $700 – 1,000, it was knocked down for a total of $15,600 including Buyer’s Premium. The other panel depicting two horses was from the same period and sold for $16,200.

Other Auction Highlights:

Pro Hart (1928-2006)
Holding up the Coach
Sold for $14,400

Charles Blackman (born 1928)
Untitled (1964)
Sold for $8,400

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