This page has been created to mark the first 50 years of J. B. Hawkins Antiques, the business I opened on my arrival in Australia in 1967. I list 100 important items that have passed through my hands into various Public and Private Collections around the world and I thank all those who have made the dream come true.
I purchased the majority of the ‘Great Tew’ furniture for a proposed new Regency House based on the Nash villa ‘Cronkhill’ at Ellerston for Kerry Packer.
Purchased from the antique dealer Guy Bousefield, Eton High Street for £500 in 1973 and sold to the National Trust for Old Government House Paramatta, for
I negotiated the purchase of the cabinet from ‘King’ family descendants, with the help of Ron Radford, the best of the National Gallery Directors who was
Purchased Melbourne 1987 and exhibited at the Australian Antique Dealers Association Fair, Sydney 1988. I purchased this table for $79,500 at Sotheby’s in Melbourne, 29 September
This unique design by Thomas Hope (1769-1831) is of a seemingly simple form of Regency ‘tub’ chair exemplifies Thomas Hope’s timeless genius as a designer. Their
Each with a scrolled serpentine top rail centred by foliage and flanked by turned finials above a panelled back, edged with foliate and bead-and-reel ornament, the
Indian (vizagapatam) probably circa 1710 Provenance: Edward Harrison (1674–1732), Balls Park, Hertfordshire, and assumed to have been acquired while he was Governor of Fort St George
Designed by Charles Pasley and made by Charles Johnston & Co. using European Labour Only. This chair was used by the Duke of York to open
These were made from materials that embodied the status (mana) and prestige of the warrior-priests and chiefs who wore them. (Feathers various, including Pacific black duck
Purchased Christie’s, South Kensington, London for $5,000. Sold to Warren Anderson for $10,000. Sold for $300,000 in the Anderson/ Owston/ Bonhams sale. For further details of
Purchased Christies in partnership with R A Lee 1986 sold to Warren Anderson for 20.000 pounds. Purchased before his sale by Bonhams by the Maritime Museum
Detail copied from the Phillip letter, from a painting owned by the Hawkins family, by Raymond Ching, exhibited at the Royal Academy London. Provenance: The Collection
I purchased this at auction acting on behalf of the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. On being asked I told the Museum what I thought that the cup
Top left in the photograph taken from the lithograph in Waring. Exhibited by Flavelle Brothers at the International Exhibition of 1862. Described J. B .Waring Vol