Iconic store collection goes under the hammer

Author: Richard Brewster | Posted: 3rd June, 2016

The collection of an impressive Malvern corner store that has become a mecca for decorators and vintage collectors will go under the hammer from 12pm Sunday June 5 at Leonard Joel 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra as the business relocates to new Hawthorn showrooms.

The store, Warehouse 8 Interiors, is just up the road from the auction house and is owned by Pamela Ashton-Rickardt and Mathew Matheou.

The pair opened the store in 2011 and created a showroom that has universal appeal with its extensive collection of antique furniture and objects from the 19th and 20th centuries – and a bespoke range of furnishings that can be made to order in array of styles and colours.

Matheou has been an antiques buyer and dealer for more than 37 years – during which time he has travelled extensively overseas monitoring trends and purchasing interesting and quirky items to send back to Australia.

Ashton-Rickardt background is fashion and design – and together their creative collaboration has made the business highly successful while expanding their interior design and management developments.

The pair restores antique items using traditional methods and is known for one-off collections of vintage lamps made by Matheou.

The warehouse also contains a superb collection of international and Australian art for which they both have an abiding passion.

Auction highlights include a 19th century life-size timber carving of Jesus and early 20th century French ‘Jielde’ industrial lights.

Other attractions include a bespoke sculpture of foundry moulds, a pair of 1960s American structural hall lamps, a 1950s Grant Featherston R160 armchair and an early 20th century ‘Joey’ toy ride.

There also is a 1960s Danish IB Kofod Larsen sideboard, a pair of impressive art deco wall units, a pair of late 19th century leather wingback library chairs, an art deco ivory bracelet, ancient pottery and an early 20th century stain glass leadlight panel.

Viewing at 290 Malvern Road, Prahran. 

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