Auction Announcement: Signature Prints

Signature Prints, the company that revitalised Australia’s Florence Broadhurst into a 21st Century design icon, is also home to arguably the largest Decorative Arts reference archive in the Southern Hemisphere. This archive has been assembled and held for decades in the form of film positives and silk screens – used for traditional methods of print.
Signature Prints, whilst retaining its roots in traditional hand silk screen printing, is also incorporating new printing technology. A flatbed textile printing machine, in situ here in Rosebery, Sydney for over 40years, has been decommissioned to make way for new digital technology. Silk screen panels featuring designs from the past 4 decades are now being offered as works of art. These one-off Limited Edition Art Pieces are being sold for the first time. Shapiro Auctioneers - Australia’s leading Auction House for 20th/21st Century Art and Design will present a legendary event on site at the print studio of Signature Prints.

The following items will be available for auction:

  • Framed Silk Screen Panels as Limited Edition Art works - each one is unique, spanning a 40 year period from a number of design libraries including: Florence Broadhurst, Blume and Signature Prints.

  • Wallpapers, Friezes and Borders from the Signature Prints print archive. Includes Restoration, Victorian, Art Nouveau, Art Deco. This archive is worthy of international interest.

  • Textiles - printed and stored over a long period of time. The lots will include one-off pieces of printed canvas through to 10 metre roll lengths printed on a variety of bases.

  • Silk Screen Printed Art – Limited Editions on paper spanning a number of years from iconic pens such as Florence Broadhurst and Linda Jackson.

  • Art Cloths by Linda Jackson. Limited Edition rare silks and canvas. 15 unique panels of fabric art. Hand printed, painted and signed.

  • Original Florence Broadhurst wallpapers.

  • Florence Broadhurst for Kate Spade – small selection of archival items.

This unique experience is a rare opportunity to collect a slice of Australia’s design history. The auction will comprise of approximately 250 lots and will be held on site.

Sunday 13 September 1pm

Signature Prints
Studio 2, 1-5 Hayes Road
Rosebery, Sydney

Friday 11 September 10am – 5pm
Saturday 12 September 10am – 5pm
Sunday 13 September 10am – 12 pm

The catalogue will be online two weeks prior to the auction date. Email notifications will be sent by Shapiro Auctioneers announcing viewing times and a sale date. To receive these emails please contact