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    2018 - 07.03

    A POTTERY set, a painting and a sketch book fetched a combined $18,000 at Tullochs Auctions yesterday – but no one got near the most valuable lot of the day.
    Nanjing Night Net

    A colonial-era wooden bench – known as a settle – will remain at the Invermay auction house after it failed to attract a bid near its estimated $10,000 value.

    ‘‘We got a bid for eight [thousand], but it wasn’t enough in our minds,’’ auctioneer Scott Millen said.

    Mr Millen said the settle, built in 1830s Tasmania from Australian cedar, could have gone for a third of its price, were it not for the advice from a wood doctor in Victoria.

    ‘‘A few people thought it might have been an Indian import, which would have made it less valuable,’’ he said.

    ‘‘We sent a sample over to Melbourne to be sure, and it turns out we had something really special on our hands.’’

    About 900 antiques and collectibles went under the hammer yesterday, with a Campbell and McHugh pottery collection the most expensive sale at $8000.

    An oil painting by Hobart-born Archibald Prize winner Geoff Dyer went for $6000, while a set of sketches credited to landscape artist John Glover fetched $4000.

    Geoff Lidgerwood, of Tullochs Auctions, with the 1830s cedar settle valued at about $10,000. Picture: GEOFF ROBSON

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