The Australian Club items to intrigue auction goers
Author: Richard Brewster | Posted: 12th March, 2015
Items from one of Melbourne’s oldest establishments The Australian Club will be among pieces to be sold from 10am Sunday March 15 by Glenelg Auction Centre 109 Learmonth Street, Portland.
Established in 1878, The Australian Club is one of nine clubs founded in Melbourne during the 19th century by English settlers.
Originally, the club was a venue for Melbourne and Victorian businessmen to lodge and get together and relax in an inviting and friendly atmosphere. That is still true today and, for those who wish to escape the strains of modern life, the original 19th century architecture is a wonderful panacea.
The auction contains individual items from the All Saints Parish Church in Portland, McIntyre St Hamilton Presbyterian Manse (property sold) Camberwell House (property sold $2.4 million), Olga Sztainbok, I&B McIntyre Mumbannar, and Canterbury Antiques (closed).
There is comprehensive range of Australian art featuring such artists as J.E Scheltema, John Glover, Hugh Sawrey, Ernest Buckmaster, Sali Herman, Pro Hart and David Bromley.
The superb collection of porcelain includes signed Harry Stinton and Harry Davis Royal Worcester and large signature pieces by Crown Devon, Carltonware and William Moorcroft.
The unique furniture includes an ornately carved pedestal sideboard with a large mirrored back, a late Victorian mahogany cylinder top desk with a bookcase top, and a George III satinwood inlaid mahogany demi-lune side table.