Gibson’s inaugural auction offers a unique collection of unusual pieces & eclectic delights

Posted on August 8th, by Bourse Communications in News and Announcements. Comments Off on Gibson’s inaugural auction offers a unique collection of unusual pieces & eclectic delights


Headed by one of Australia’s leading Decorative Arts specialists, Jennifer Gibson, the recently opened Gibson’s Auctioneers & Valuers (“Gibson’s”) in Armadale, Melbourne, will be auctioning The Collection of the late Dr Robert Wilson as Gibson’s inaugural sale on Sunday, 12th August at 11am.

Gibson’s operations commenced in June with the auction house priding itself on a strong client relationship focus, with acute care taken to uncover the unique story behind each piece, its origin and its owner. It is this dedication to detail and an item’s affect that Jennifer Gibson will be intent on uncovering at Gibson’s inaugural sale.

Gibson’s inaugural sale will offer the collection of Dr Robert Wilson, which contains a unique collection of ceramics and glass. Dr Wilson was a passionate supporter of the decorative arts and is acknowledged as one of the most significant benefactors to the Decorative Arts Department of the National Gallery of Victoria.

Ahead of Gibson’s inaugural sale, Jennifer Gibson, said:

“It is an honour to be entrusted with the auctioning of our first major collection, that of the late Dr Robert Wilson, as our inaugural sale. This is such an interesting and eclectic collection.”

Lot 20
“Many of the ceramic pieces in the collection are Minton, with Lot 20 being a fine example of Minton pâte-sur-pâte. This pair of late 19th century Minton pâte-sur-pâte bleu celeste ground vases are similar to the pieces that Dr Robert Wilson donated to the NGV.”

Lot 161
“Another piece in the collection of particular interest is Lot 161, ‘Birds in Landscape (Abstract)’. This 1989 watercolour with paper cut-out, was painted by one of Australia’s leading living abstract artists, Yvonne Audette.”

Lot 342

“Lot 342 is a 72mm, 176g bronze medal illustrated by L C Wyon and struck at the Sydney Mint. What makes this an unusual item in the collection is that there were only 96 of these medals produced with the Exhibition held as a prelude to the 1855 Paris Exhibition, indicating how far Australia had come in its short history and at the height of the gold rush when it was the wealthiest colony in the British Empire.”

Explaining what differentiates Gibson’s from other auction houses, Jennifer Gibson, said:

“Gibson’s is all about the collector. Our focus is on the person who forms the collection and the buyer who is creating a new one.

“Our mission is to satisfy those higher needs and desires that drive us all and allow us to indulge in a passion not clothed in the ‘everyday dusty garb’.

“Our collections do not necessarily define us but they are a reflection of who we are and what we seek. In some cases it is beauty and a certain style, in others it is functionality, but in all it is driven by a desire to stimulate our senses and fulfil our interests outside of the ordinary.”

The collection of the late Dr Robert Wilson will be available for viewing from 9th to 11th August from 10am to 4pm, with Gibson’s inaugural auction to begin on Sunday, 12th August at 11am. A brochure of The Collection ahead of the auction can be viewed here:

About Gibson’s Auctioneers & Valuers
Gibson’s offer a wealth of industry experience with a focus on strong client relationships. All of Gibson’s senior specialists and consultants have worked for top International and Australian auction houses ensuring that our clients receive the best advice that only this level of market competence can provide. Gibson’s expertise includes Furniture and Decorative Arts, Fine Australian & International Art, Australian History, Australian Indigenous Art, Chinese & Asian Art and Jewels & Watches. The auction house is also able to guide clients in the right direction with collections of Stamps & Coins, Sporting Memorabilia and Collectors’ Cars, Motorcycles & Automobilia.

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Deanna Baxter, Marketing & Client Services
Gibson’s Auctioneers & Valuers
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Rod North, Managing Director
Bourse Communications Pty Ltd
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