Objects & Artefacts

Like all collectors I have amassed a house full of interesting bits and pieces over the years, but the time has come for the “bits and pieces” to find new homes. Most of the objects in the gallery below are of a size and weight that can be shipped internationally, but I will be listing a few that are so large and heavy that shipping would be prohibitive and only collecting them in person is feasible. To revert back to the blog posts, please click “home” shown above or at the bottom of this listing of prints.
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Magnificent quality hand-woven man’s mantle “wealth cloth” ikat from East Suma (Indonesia), c. 1960

Hand-spun and ikat woven cotton cloth (hinggi), 236 x 112 cms (not including fringe).
The quality of this cloth may be seen in the photographs shown below. Peter Ten Hoopen, curator of the Pusaka Collection, offers the following insights about quality ikats:

On East Sumba, ikat cloths of more than two colours used to be made exclusively for the maramba, the aristocracy (commoners being limited to indigo on white only), and for this prestige seeking class, any association with power and regalia was welcome.

… the pigment will bleed a little out of the bindings, but obviously can do so only lengthwise in the selected warp threads—the adjacent threads will remain unaffected. On the other hand, if the colour was dabbed in, we will also observe lateral bleeding into adjacent warp threads, a tell-tale sign of inferior production. (see http://www.ikat.us/ikat_sumba_east%20sumba.php  [viewed 14 June 2015])

Condition: virtually pristine condition (for its age). I am selling this extraordinary ikat for a total cost of AUD398 including postage and handling to anywhere in the world. Please contact me using the email link at the top of the page if you have any queries or click the “Buy Now” button below.


This ikat has been sold





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Peter Tappin (1941–)
Australian Artist/Potter
A pair of candle-stick holders, c. 2000
Handmade ceramic (they are not metal) with copper glaze with a blackened metallic effect
Impressed stamp, “Tappin,” on the underside of each base
(height x base diameter) 23 x 10.5 cm

Condition: Both candle-stick holders are in near pristine condition. I am selling the pair for a total cost of $134 including postage and handling to anywhere in the world. Please contact me using the email link at the top of the page if you have any queries or click the “Buy Now” button below.




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Two Art Nouveau Jugs
Glazed earthenware
(height of left jug) 20 cm; (height of right jug) 22.5 cm
Condition: Intact but a patch of cleverly disguised restoration on the left jug has been pointed out to me. I am selling both jugs for a total price of $364 AUD including postage and handling to anywhere in the world. Please contact me using the email link at the top of the page if you have any queries or click the “Buy Now” button below.

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Two lacquered plaster-casts of hands
Both casts are solid plaster and the casts have been taken from my own hands (i.e. they are life casts). They have been lightly lacquered with a wax based resin.

Condition: Both casts have areas of roughness resulting from the casting process. I am selling both sets of plaster hands for $200 but as they are fragile, heavy and large, I have not included the cost of shipping. Consequently, personal collection from Townsville (North Queensland, Australia) is a free option but if they need to be shipped the postal cost will be extra. Please contact me using the email link at the top of the page if you have any queries or click the “Buy Now” button below.




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North Queensland Australian Aboriginal Yimbi —a Djabugay culture biconial basket/dilly-bag with a keel-shaped bottom used for carrying babies, food and catching fish. The age of the basket is unknown but it is certainly more than 30 year old as this was the time that it was acquired and it was described when purchased as “antique.”
Woven split lawyer cane
(height x width x depth) 32 x 43 x 27 cm with a 50 cm handle
(see description of the Djabugay culture and a yimbi at:  http://www.djabugay.org.au/index.php/en/news#yimbi [viewed 14 May 2014]

Condition: The yimbi is in a very good condition and has the patina of age arising from dust and changing tropical humidity.
I am selling this basket for $268 AUD including postage and handling to anywhere in the Australia. If the basket is to be shipped internationally then there will be additional shipping charges. Please contact me using the email link at the top of the page if you have any queries or click the “Buy Now” button below.







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Taxidermy hen in a straw basket
This genuine bird—what Australians call a “stuffed chook”—has been a willing and always alert subject for many of my drawing classes where students were asked to choose different marks appropriate for portraying the various surfaces required to be rendered; for example, a thin wiry type of mark created by a dry medium to mimic the surface attributes of straw and a broad soft mark created with a wet medium to suggest feathers. The hen is nestled contentedly in the straw but the taxidermy mount does not allow for the bird to be extracted from its nest and I have never or even wanted to explore what might lie beneath the straw.

37 x 41 x 30 cm (height x width x depth)

Condition: The taxidermy hen is ten or more years old but it has been handled carefully and is in near perfect condition.
I am selling this hen in its basket for a total cost of $116 AUD including postage and handling to anywhere in the Australia (I am unwilling to send this bird internationally). Please contact me using the email link at the top of the page if you have any queries or click the “Buy Now” button below.






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Balancing Acrobat (mid-1800s)
Metal acrobatic clown with traces of colour standing on the point of one foot upon a round tripod stand and balanced with two lead weights attached to a curved bar. The figure is separate to the tripod stand and can freely spin around.

(height) 27 x (width) 21 cm

Condition: fully functioning but the surface colour has virtually worn off the metal (but in an attractive way that is appropriate for the age of the toy). The figure leans slightly to one side but this lean does add to the dynamic appeal of the toy.

I am selling this figure for a total cost of $365AUD including postage and handling to anywhere in the world. Please contact me using the email link at the top of the page if you have any queries or click the “Buy Now” button below.


This acrobat has been sold



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A collection of German rocket related plans and other documentation
(above) V-I German flying bomb dated 4.4.1946
(see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V-1_flying_bomb [viewed 13 March 2014])
Ink drawing on tracing paper
(sheet) 32.9 x 23.8 cm
Condition: No imperfections

V2 EWM A9 manned rocket dated 19.8.1945
This planned to be the first intercontinental ballistic missile envisage for an attack against the United States, under the code A9 -. (Paraphrased from the above website)
Ink drawing on tracing paper
(sheet) 32.9 x 44.7 cm
Condition: poor condition with tears, chips and remnant of tape on the upper edge. More significant is a 19.5 cm cut mark passing through the centre of the sheet. (I believe that this type of cut signifies that a plan is no longer required.)
Early plan-print (?) of the trajectory for missiles aimed at America from Europe dated 19.8.1945
Encyclopedia Astronautica provides interesting information about the A9 and A10 intercontinental ballistic missiles:
The A9/A10 was the world's first practical design for a transatlantic ballistic missile. Design of the two stage missile began in 1940 and first flight would have been in 1946. Work on the A9/A10 was prohibited after 1943 when all efforts were to be spent on perfection and production of the A4 as a weapon-in-being. Von Braun managed to continue some development and flight tests of the A9 under the cover name of A4b (i.e. a modification of the A4, and therefore a production-related project). In late 1944 work on the A9/A10 resumed under the code name Projekt Amerika, but no significant hardware development was possible after the last test of the A4b in January 1945. (See http://www.astronautix.com/lvs/a9a10.htm [viewed 13 March 2014])
Early plan-print (?)
(sheet) 29.6 x 51.8 cm
Condition: fair condition with light folds, tears, chips and signs of aging (oxidation) on the left and right sides. 
Prüfstand [Test stand] (I presume for firing missiles) dated 24.9.1945
Ink drawing on tracing paper
(sheet) 32.6 x 44.7 cm
Condition: poor condition with signs of handling (i.e. bumped corners) and a 30 cm cut mark passing through the centre of the sheet. (As noted above, I believe that this type of cut signifies that a plan is no longer required.)
Prüfstand (B) [Test stand] (I presume for testing rocket engines) dated 26.4.1946
Ink drawing on tracing paper
(sheet) 32.4 x 44.6 cm
Condition: good condition with signs of handling (i.e. bumped corners). There is also a light fold on the lower-right corner.
Preparatory drawings (I presume to be developed into formal plan drawings)
pencil on tracing paper
(each sheet) 31.6 x 23.6 cm
Condition: both sheets are in good condition but with minor tears and signs of handling.
I am selling this collection of 7 plans, the envelope (shown below) and a copy of the provenance (extract shown below) for a total cost of $430AUD including postage and handling to anywhere in the world. The plans will be shipped rolled in a tube. Please contact me using the email link at the top of the page if you have any queries or click the “Buy Now” button below.


This set of plans has been sold

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Koran Manuscript Leaf, 17th century
Hand inscribed on both sides with ink and gold on fine paper
25.5 x 17.8 cm

Condition: A correctional change to text on lower right (verso). There is chipping and minor tears to the edges and natural wear from handling; otherwise in good condition (for its age). Based on the proportions of the leaf, I believe that it may have been reduced in size (i.e. cut down) at some time in its past life. I am selling this C17th page for a total cost of $72 AUD including postage and handling to anywhere in the world. Please contact me using the email link at the top of the page if you have any queries or click the “Buy Now” button below.






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Bust of Hercules, a cast fragment from the Farnese Hercules (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farnese_Hercules [viewed 16 February 2014])
This is a resin cast taken from the famous sculpture attributed (in its original form) to Lysippos.  The cast has a rich legacy of serving my classes as a drawing subject.

(height x width x depth) 58 x 36 x 21 cm

Condition: Resulting from its use in drawing classes the surface has a rich patina of dust and signs of having been touched. There no obvious cracks or broken pieces (beyond natural wear). I am selling this resin cast for a total cost of $460 AUD including postage and handling to anywhere in the Australia. I do not wish to ship this head internationally as the shipping cost would be too high to contemplate. Please contact me using the email link at the top of the page if you have any queries or click the “Buy Now” button below.







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Six deer antlers (three sets)
I understand that these are naturally cast antlers in the sense that the animal was not killed for their antlers but the antlers were collected from the forest ground (see lowest image for end view of an antler).
(Upper set shown below) Tasmanian fallow deer antlers, 55 cm
(Middle set) Tasmanian fallow deer antlers, 60 cm
(lower set) red deer antlers, 68 cm
These antlers were used as drawing subjects in my classes.

Condition: Naturally cast antlers with surface patina but with no obvious cracks or broken pieces (beyond natural wear). I am selling these six antlers for a total cost of $380 AUD including postage and handling to anywhere in Australia. I do not wish to ship these antlers overseas as they are large and there may be Australian quarantine issues with their export. Please contact me using the email link at the top of the page if you have any queries or click the “Buy Now” button below.

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Plaster flayed leg ("écorché")
This is a life-size solid plaster-cast taken from an antique écorché figure designed for teaching anatomy.
(height x width x depth) 180 x 18 x 29 cm

Condition: This plaster cast has significant roughness (i.e. it has not been sanded or refined) but it has no obvious cracks or signs of damage. I am selling this plaster leg for $200 but, as it is VERY heavy and large, I do not wish to pack and ship it. Consequently, personal collection is the only option (locality: Townsville, Australia). Please contact me using the email link at the top of the page if you have any queries or click the “Buy Now” button below.

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Madonna and Child (early 20th century [?] Oberammergau [?] carving)
I do not have a wealth of information about this piece but the inscription on the back (see photograph below) would be significant to those familiar with such carvings. I may be misguided but the artist may be Faust Emanuel Lang (1887–1973) (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faust_Lang). Regardless of who sculptured it, the piece is well executed, with good proportions and a fine sense of three-dimensions.
(height x width x depth) 25 x 9 x 5 cm

Condition: The sculpture is in good condition (i.e. there are no obvious cracks or signs of wear). Nevertheless, the infant’s arms are created out of an additional piece of wood but this appears to be an integral part of the sculpture’s construction rather than an imperfection. I am selling this sculpture for a total cost of $130 AUD including postage and handling to anywhere in the world. Please contact me using the email link at the top of the page if you have any queries or click the “Buy Now” button below.

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Plaster hand (claw)
This is a solid plaster-cast taken from one of my students as a drawing subject. By intention the pose references Rodin’s The Mighty Hand (1885). To enable the hand to be placed in an upright position the base has been roughly modelled to make it level.
(height x width x depth) 31 x 13 x 19 cm

Condition: This is a life-cast with significant roughness. I am selling this plaster hand for $100 but, as it is fragile, heavy and large, I do not wish to pack and ship it. Consequently, personal collection is the only option (locality: Townsville, Australia). Please contact me using the email link at the top of the page if you have any queries or click the “Buy Now” button below.

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Plaster hand (with outstretched finger)
This is a solid plaster-cast taken from one of my students as a drawing subject. The pose expresses what some may see as an offensive gesture. Nevertheless, it embodies the spirit of youth—or at least some youths.
(height x width x depth) 11.5 x 19 x 9 cm

Condition: This is a life-cast with surface roughness. I am selling this plaster hand for a total cost of $200 AUD including postage and handling to anywhere in the world. Please contact me using the email link at the top of the page if you have any queries or click the “Buy Now” button below.

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Plaster hand
This is a solid plaster-cast taken from one of my students as a drawing subject. By intention the pose replicates “the thing” featured The Addam’s Family. One of the fingers has been broken but it has been repaired so well that the damage is hard to see.
(height x width x depth) 12.5 x 42 x 18 cm

Condition: This is a life-cast with minor surface roughness. I am selling this plaster hand for $120 but, as it is fragile, heavy and large, I do not wish to pack and ship it. Consequently, personal collection is the only option (locality: Townsville, Australia). Please contact me using the email link at the top of the page if you have any queries or click the “Buy Now” button below.

This hand has been sold
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Russian Icon
St Nicholas and St Sergius (late 18th or early 19th century)
Probably the right panel of a larger diptych or triptych featuring Christ and the Virgin Mary. The names of the saint are inscribed about their heads in Cyrillic with St Nicholas shown on the left.
Tempera and gold leaf on gessoed wood panel
7.5 x 6.2 cm (panel is 5 mm thick)

Condition: The panel is bowed; the paint is chipped (especially around the edges), cracked and there is the patina of age (i.e. the paint has an ingrained accumulation of soot and dust). Beyond these clear signs of age this is a rare tiny gem that I am selling for a total cost of $436 AUD including postage and handling to anywhere in the world. Please contact me using the email link at the top of the page if you have any queries or click the “Buy Now” button below.

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Eight resin eyes
(Upper four eyes) Two sets of sheep eyes
(Lower four eyes) Two sets of deer eyes
The eyes are designed for taxidermy but I used them as drawing subjects in my classes.
3.2 cm diameter (each eye) 

Condition: near new condition with no obvious wear. I am selling these eight resin eyes for a total cost of $78 AUD including postage and handling to anywhere in the world. Please contact me using the email link at the top of the page if you have any queries or click the “Buy Now” button below.