Food For Thought: - A message from the Directors.
With regards to the buying and selling of ivory and the discourse surrounding such an important global issue, Vickers & Hoad abide by rules outlined inconjunction with CITES 1975 prohibiting the trade of ivory products there after and wish to help proliferate the sentiments attached to these laws in an effort to stamp out and ultimately end the contemporary ivory trade.
We do however also adopt the mantra that ivory artefacts in existence prior to 1975 can exist in an artistic capacity and rather than let an animal’s death be in vain, certain pieces can serve or function as a historical reminder of the past, not dissimilar to all forms of antiquity that of which we have come to appreciate, respect and admire. An example of such is the Royal Collection in Buckingham Palace with over 2,376 works of art made of ivory.
We further acknowledge how various industries have and continue to function in ways that sit well below the spectrum of morality and lack culpability for the ways in which they exploit our world, the environment and the animals and people that reside within it. Some extreme & stubborn headed people will always be able to source reasons to find grievances with respect to the integrity of standards and practices in relation to any and all items, including but not limited to anything pertaining to war memorabilia, fur, clothing, furniture, food and just living day to day. The hypocrites who auction & sell contemporary fake oriental porcelain made in state run factories with poor working conditions at bare minimum wages in alignment with a long line of recorded and documented human rights abuse; but wont sell old ivory. Excessive manufacturing of furniture from trees synonymous with deforestation; not withstanding the many elements of the fashion industry that function in direct conflict with the rights of people, animals and the environment i.e. the problems encountered inconjunction with sweat shops, leather and fur. Exploitation of the poor in third world counties : Even the production of seemingly benign or innocuous accessories like the iPhone is linked to several factory deaths each year, which is no doubt something we are all accountable for.
The most important thing to remember is the need for us to all exercise our critical faculties as individuals and as a society as well as utilise discretionary approaches to each and every item we encounter in order to give it the full and unimpeded attention and moral scrutiny that it deserves. We at Vickers & Hoad operate with such discretion and approach every situation differently with a carefully nurtured set of values we hope maintains a moral equilibrium for the betterment of society.
Vickers & Hoad Auctioneers – We are Australia’s leading supplier of real French antique & vintage furniture & collectables,sourced & sent directly from our agents in Europe with regular 40ft container shipments. These antiques and collectables are sold on behalf of our agents with auctions held every 2 -3 weeks at our Waterloo premises. We also conduct special quarterly Directors’ Selection auctions, which feature rare & unique items, selected from local and international estates & collections.
Saleroom Notice from The Directors of Vickers & Hoad
Our Policy regarding Selling ivory items by auction.
Vickers and Hoad is committed to its due diligence program. This allows its clients to be comfortable in the knowledge that Vickers and Hoad does not, will not, and never accept any article for sale at its auctions that is in breach of the International Convention for the protection of endangered species.
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A lavishly decorated Japanese hand scroll sold for $74,000 plus buyers premium for more than 10 times its top estimate at Vickers and Hoad Auctioneers in Sydney on November 11. Sold to a telephone bidder against competition from one of the several locally based Japanese players in the room, the interest suggests there is life yet in the faded Japanese antiquities market although the scroll was also important as a piece of Buddhist art which sometimes has a following of its own.
The saleroom has produced many big sleepers over the last couple of years but they have mostly tended to be Chinese.
Estimated to make $5000 to $7000 the richly decorated and written in gold scroll consisted of a chapter of the Lotus Sutra and belongs to the Shogun Tokugawa part of the Edo Period.
According the Vickers’ catalogue, the present owner, a Sydney collector, purchased it and another scroll in Italy in 1972.
Mr A R Davis, Professor of Oriental Studies at the University of Sydney, examined the scroll in 1974 and found it had identical mounts and art work to a scroll held in the British Museum. Another is held in Harvard University.
The Lotus Sutra presents itself as a discourse delivered by the Buddha toward the end of his life. The tradition in Mahayana states that the sutra was written down at the time of the Buddha and stored for five hundred years in a realm of snake gods. According to Wikipedia text S?tra has also been highly regarded in a number of Asian countries where Buddhism has been traditionally practiced.
Auctioneer Mr Colin Vickers kicked off the two night 600 lot sale in which the three metre long scroll was offered at 6pm on Tuesday noting that it was 7am where some of phone the bidders were based.
It provided a robust start for the first ever evening sale Vickers and Hoad had conducted, other than as continuation of day sales running late.
The under bidder, who prefers to be known as Bill and is a regular at such sales, said he was a wine exporter with a particular focus on the Chinese market.
He said that even compared to estimates of $5000 to $7000 the scroll was not expensive. Although the auctioneer appealed to bidders in the room to keep the scroll in Australia and that it not be lost to Tokyo, Bill thought it unlikely that the Japanese would be buying, rather it could have gone to Western Europe fitting in with the time zone occupied by some of Mr Vickers’ bidders.
The second night did not begin so propitiously although this had been expected. An oil painting catalogued as Robert Wilson, the leading Welsh artist of the 18th century, attracted an online of $15,000 but that was all.
Mr Vickers said he had expected the work, estimated at up to $60,000, to have a difficult passage as landscapes of this type (women milking cows on riverbanks) were not in high fashion in London these days, even with a view of Carnarvon Castle in the background.
The painting came to Australia in 1984 from the family of Sir Charles Michael Duff of Bangor.
The second lot did surprise. A Portrait of Sir Charles in 1947 was expected to make $400 to $600 but was keenly contested between one of the local punters and another suited man in the room, who gave $3500 plus premium.
Duff was a British statesman and socialite who clearly meant something to the competing buyers.
A fine figure … Colin Vickers and the bronze of Zeus that sold for $225,000. Photo: Ben Rushton
IT TOOK six burly men, three trucks and two full days to shift the life-long collection of the late Denis Warrington-Fry from his old Stanmore home.
The 80-year-old pensioner had never married and rarely travelled. Instead, his one true love was a repository of statues, chandeliers, urns and figurines that consumed his energy, and his income, for six decades.
The collection was considered remarkable more for its size than its worth. A 64-centimetre-tall figure of the Greek god Zeus. There were classical busts made of plastic, and concrete statues buffed to shine like marble.
But the bronze figurine of Zeus that lay among the reproductions is thought to be Renaissance treasure. It was snapped up by an anonymous London buyer at a Sydney auction on Sunday for more than $225,000.
"When we finished [bidding] there was a bit of applause and everyone was in shock," he said.
"I needed to take a drink of water and compose myself."
Mr Warrington-Fry died in July, and how the piece fell into his hands remains a mystery.
The former clerk had long been a regular in bric-a-brac shops and antique dealer showrooms across Sydney, filling eight rooms and two hallways with his beloved finds, said a friend, Geoff Northausen.
"He spent all his money on his collection. He never travelled to see all the old palaces and museums he loved but he had all the books," Mr Northausen said.
"He knew all about the things he was collecting."
As his house deteriorated around him, Mr Warrington-Fry grappled with how to pay the bills - unaware he was sitting on a bounty. "There were problems with the house,'' Mr Northausen said. ''It had white ants in the floor [but] he didn't have the money to have it repaired.
"It's hard to imagine what he might have done with the money had he known [the figurine] was worth this much."
Among those most pleased at the princely sale price will be the estate's three beneficiaries - a carer, a neighbour and his 65-year-old niece, Keryn Dibble.
Ms Dibble recalled visiting her uncle's museum-like home.
"There were very large statues, very heavy solid furniture, heavy chandeliers. It was cluttered, it was hard to see," she said.
"[But] he didn't want to part with any of them."
A spokesman for the London art dealers Tomasso Brothers, who unsuccessfully bid for the figurine, believed it was crafted by a European artist working in Italy during the Renaissance and was inspired by ancient Roman and Greek sculpture.
But the figurine's extraordinary story may not end there.
Asked about its resale value, the spokesman replied: "It has a profit in it, let's put it that way''