Interior designer collection to spark collector interest
Author: Richard Brewster | Posted: 1st May, 2014
Well-known Melbourne interior designer Stuart Rattle was found dead on December 9 last year when fire engulfed his South Yarra apartment.
Within days, his long-time partner Michael O’Neill was arrested for his murder and remanded in custody until a committal mention hearing later this month.
Mr Rattle owned Musk Farm near Daylesford, a property he bought in 1998 and was recognised for the landscaping he carried out.
The farm is now for sale and Mossgreen has been asked to auction the contents from noon on Sunday June 1.
Situated at 11 School Road, Musk, the farm features many fine examples of English furniture, porcelain, old master paintings, Chinese ceramics and Persian rugs.
Typical of the Italian masters is Sinabaldo Scorza 17th century menagerie oil on canvas obtained from Daniel Hunt Fine Art in Sloane Street, London.
Another is After Guido Cagnaci Italian school, a 17th century oil on canvas of David with Head of Goliath.
A third, Venus and Adonis oil on canvas, is by Titian, a follower of Tiziano Vecellio Italian school from the 16th and 17th centuries.
Several works are from the studio or school of famous 17th century English portrait painter Sir Peter Lely.
Much of the furniture is most unusual. Of interest to auction goers will be a large Mannerist style 17th century French lime wood mirror carved with cherubs and foliage.
An 18th century Italian painted and gilt lowboy is another attraction, while a large pair of George III style pine bookcases could get plenty of attention.
A small William and Mary English marquetry chest of drawers from the same era is another drawcard and an 18th century English black lacquered bracket clock by Ferdinand Vigne, London no doubt much sought after.
Typical of the rugs is a large late 19th century Persian Sultanabad vestibule carpet bought from Behruz Studio in Melbourne.