Australian History

Mossgreen’s Australian History auctions encompass more than a millennia of history including early colonial times through to the 20th century and feature ceramics, furniture, paintings, photographs, books, maps, historical documents, jewellery and collectibles.
Mossgreen Deputy Chairman Charles Leski leads the department and together with the other specialists, brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to this collecting category.

Mossgreen’s first Australian History sale of 2017 achieved some impressive results. Highlights included the Butheroe sideboard sold for $62,000, the Thevenot map of Australia sold for $34,720, a marble bust of Lady Jane Franklin sold for $17,360 against a low estimate of $2,500, a REMUED Pottery jug with applied kookaburra sold for $11,160, an Australian silver trophy cup by Edward Fischer of Geelong which sold for $9,920 against a low estimate of $1,800 and a Daryl Lindsay watercolour sold for $5,456 against a low estimate of $400.

Highlights in 2015 included an impressive portfolio of lithographs by Eugene Von Guerard entitled Australian Landscape, which sold for $31,720, an Andrew Lenehan chest of drawers which sold for $13,420 and a Colonial gold brooch, circa 1840, which sold for $18,300.
In addition, Mossgreen was entrusted with the The Carl & Caressa Gonsalves Collection in 2015. One of the most exceptional of its kind, the collection featured almost 500 lots of important Australian furniture, ceramics, scrimshaw and works of art and with competitive bidding from around the country, realised $1,074,064 against a low estimate of $284,420 (377% sold by value and 97.5% sold by lot). Another great success was The Marvin Hurnall Collection, another important collection which featured over 400 ceramics and achieved $970,000 and The Geoffrey Stilwell Collection, another extraordinarily successful single-owner collection which realised $422,000 against a low estimate of $178,000. In 2016, Mossgreen sold the exceptional David and Leslie Frost Collection, which realised $491,269, against a low estimate of $346,880.

We are now seeking consignments for our 2017 auctions.

Forthcoming auctions from this category


Australian History auctions take place twice a year. Please contact one of our specialists listed below for a complimentary valuation or advice on buying and selling at auction.


Charles Leski
Head of Australian History


Claire Mazzone
Australian History Department Manager


Harry Glenn
Decorative Arts & Australian History

Or call +61 3 9508 8888

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