Bonhams’ Australia Jewels to Present Collection of Joan Crebbin

Australia – WEBWIRE

Australia Jewels

9 Aug 2022



Circa 1964 

Bonhams is delighted to offer to market the jewellery collection of the late Joan Crebbin, who with husband Dick Crebbin, amassed an elegant and innovative collection including pieces by some of Britain’s most celebrated and sought-after jewellers.

Dick Crebbin, who died in 1989, was a founding director of Marrickville Holdings, which produced brands including Miracle Margarine and ETA Peanut Butter. He was also an art administrator, appointed chairman of the interim council of the Australian National Gallery in 1974, under the Whitlam Government, and becoming the first chairman of the permanent council under the Fraser Government.

Joan Crebbin died two years ago, aged 94, and Bonhams is offering 64 lots of her jewellery, representing most of her collection. The Crebbins were celebrated for their love of art and design, and lived in a Walter Burley Griffin-designed home in the Sydney harbour-side suburb of Castlecrag.

Fiona Frith, Senior Specialist, comments, ’Joan Crebbin’s collecting started in the 1950s so some pieces are quite formal. In the 1960s, Joan moves into the avant garde, with pieces by Andrew Grima, Rod Edwards, and Gerald Benney. It’s such a treat to see one person’s collection and evolution in taste.’

The collection features some wonderfully crafted pieces by leading international jewellers, including a gold cuff bracelet from circa 1964 by the Yorkshire-born Gerald Benney, one of the most outstanding gold and silversmiths of the 20th century. So highly regarded, at one point in his career Benney held no less than four Royal Warrants, producing exceptional pieces for members of the Royal Family including Queen Elizabeth II and the late Queen Mother.

There are also pieces by Englishman Roy King, whose clients included musicians The Beatles and Tom Jones, as well as Australian Rod Edwards. Although synonymous with British jewellery, Edwards was born in Australia and studied sculpture and design Sydney. He moved to England in 1954 and became a jewellery apprentice. By the 1960s, he was recognised as a unique voice, exhibiting at Goldsmith’s Hall in London.

Later in life, Joan Crebbin’s collecting shifted away from the diamond and sapphire encrusted bracelets of her youth. She acquired many pieces from celebrated Danish silversmith Georg Jensen, and 24 lots are featured in this sale.

Bonhams Appoints Katelyn Matusik Director of Trust & Estates for the Midwest

New York – WEBWIRE

Bonhams appoints Katelyn Matusik as Director of Trusts & Estates for the Midwest, based in Chicago. An experienced professional in the auction and appraisal industry, Matusik will provide localized support and strengthen Bonhams presence in the region. In this role, Matusik will be responsible for developing and nurturing relationships with estate planning attorneys, trust officers, wealth managers, and other professional advisors throughout the Midwest. She will provide fiduciaries and families with tailored appraisals, proposals for sale, and disposition services for personal property ranging from fine art and jewelry to collectibles and motor cars.

Prior to joining Bonhams, Matusik spent seven years at Hindman Auctions in Chicago, holding roles in the Asian Works of Art department and in Business Development as well as Trusts & Estates, and Appraisals. In her last position as Director of Appraisals and Valuations, she established a new Appraisals department for the firm and oversaw the department nationally while maintaining relationships with trust and estate professionals and private clients.

During her tenure at Hindman, Matusik was involved with many significant collections and estates including those of James M. Kemper, Jr., Joan Crancer, Marion and Henry Bloch, William Lipton, Robert and Carolyn Springborn, Marilyn Eber, and many others. Additionally, she assisted in securing the Stanley Field Early Ming bowl, which fetched $1.4 million at auction.

“Katelyn is joining Bonhams at an exciting, transformational time,” said Sherri Cohen, Bonhams, Head of Business Development, North America, “we are growing at a lightning speed pace and there are increasing opportunities for us to compete for major collections in every region of the world. Katelyn’s extensive experience in the Midwest will be a tremendous asset and we are thrilled to have her on the Bonhams team.”