Special Sale - Swinton Kew Sale
21st October 2012 12:00 PM
Swinton Street Kew

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\"\"One of Kew’s oldest and most stately homes “Swinton” is the setting for E.J. Ainger’s latest special sale on Sunday October 21. Although it is difficult to determine the exact age of the home, it can be traced to at least 1876 and belonged to the Johnson family who migrated from England in 1852.

The Johnsons were linked by marriage to their neighbours the Syme family (original owners of The Age newspaper) when Annabelle Johnson wed David Syme on August 17, 1858.

The street is named after the property, in turn a reminder of Annabelle’s birthplace Swinton in Yorkshire. The house is set on a large block that winds its way down to the banks of the Yarra River.

Antique collectors from Eagle Point in Victoria have purchased this piece of Melbourne heritage, are now planning to renovate and are selling some of their antiques, paintings and collectables before they begin. Among these is a fantastic collection of Aboriginal art including works by such well-known artists as Clifford Tjapaltjarri Possum, Billy Stockman, Turkey Tolson.

In addition, Aingers is offering several other estates and collections as part of the sale. One of these, a collection of works by famous Australian painters like Albert Tucker, Rubery Bennett and John Loxton, belonged to the late Walter Jona – the Liberal Member for Hawthorn in the Victorian Parliament from 1964 to 1985 and under Premier Rupert Hamer, Victoria’s first Ethnic Affairs Minister. Until his death in 2007, Walter Jona also was a patron of the Hawthorn Football Club. There also is a large collection of paintings by Llewellyn-Jones, Australia’s forgotten painter, who trained with leading colonial artists Fred McCubbin and Tom Roberts.

Of particular interest to buyers will be the significant number of 18th century Bow, Chelsea, Dr Wall Worcester and Lowestoft porcelain items from the personal collection of the late New Zealand couple Mr and Mrs Rhodes. A graduate of Dartmouth Naval College, Mr Rhodes served on Royal Navy submarines during World War II (having followed in his father’s footsteps) and migrated with his wife to New Zealand after the war.

In 1973, the couple opened an antique shop in Palmerston North after consolidating their interests in antiques some years earlier. Their reputation as highly trusted and reliable dealers throughout New Zealand’s antique trade, became synonymous with the quality of the items found in their shop. Over the years, during frequent trips back to the United Kingdom for their business, Mr and Mrs Rhodes also added to their private collection. The items for sale are part of this collection – brought by their daughter to Australia after they died.

Other items of significance include a spectacular pair of Royal Derby Campana vases, which has been in the one family for several generations. There also is a large Regina orchestral music box along with a consignment of contemporary impressive marble statues and a life-size bronze stallion.

From Anne Madden’s Cotham Road Kew property come items of George III silver (originally part of the Forest family – her maiden name – collection in East Melbourne) – while an unoccupied house for the past 10 years in Wellington Street Brighton has a large number of items from a fine French Boulle cabinet to an Imari charger and a Satsuma tea service, both from Japan’s Meiji Period (1868-1912).

Buyers also should be interested in a grand Newmarket home’s fine collection of silver acquired in the late 19th century and passed down through the first daughter of each generation. This includes a pair of William III 1698 candlesticks, George II coffee pot and George III silver tray.

Viewing Times

Date Time Start Time End
Sunday 14 October 01:00 PM 05:00 PM
Thursday 18 October 02:00 AM 05:30 PM
Thursday 18 October 02:00 PM 05:30 PM
Saturday 20 October 10:00 AM 05:00 PM
Sunday 21 October 10:00 AM 11:30 AM


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2. All lots are subject to a Buyers Premium of 22% including GST.

3. All items MUST be removed from the Auction Rooms by Wednesday midday - items may not be taken until paid in full.

4. Unless otherwise notified payment in full may by made by CASH, CHEQUE, BANKCARD, MASTERCARD or VISA only.