Australian antiquities icon holds special warehouse auction
Author: Richard Brewster | Posted: 21st March, 2019
With more than 50 years as an Australian dealer in antiquities and decorative and fine arts, Graham Geddes has become somewhat of an icon and world expert of the industry.
His three distinct showrooms in Melbourne’s High Street, Armadale – a perpetuation of the family business – are an ongoing testimony to his credentials and love of the rare and prestigious pieces which he handles.
In 2013, Geddes acquired two enormous warehouses in Cheltenham (a popular destination for interior designers) which he filled with thousands of items including an extensive collection of antique and reproduction furniture, and from where he conducted online auctions.
Now Geddes has decided to stage his first physical auction at one of the sites – 121 Herald Street, Cheltenham – and has asked Christian McCann Auctions to conduct the sale from noon Sunday March 31.
The auction comprises fine furniture, decorative arts, garden statuary, sculptures, timepieces, salon mirrors and art.
The highlight is a palatial pair of bronze Egyptian figured torcheres and superb 19th century carved gilt wood mirrors.
For clock collectors there is fine 18th century lacquered longcase example and several quality French 19th century clocks and clocksets.
French provincial dining tables and chairs are another offering along with oak library bookcases and quality French commodes.
A magnificent pair of entrance lions and garden urns and outdoor tables should sharpen auction goers interest – particularly those looking for garden adornments.
Collectors also should be intrigued by the rare antique New York harp and marble and stone busts are another attraction.
Sevres, Royal Doulton and Chinese porcelain and ceramics are among other drawcards, while the Australian and international art on offer is not to be missed.