Prominent artists a strong auction feature
Author: Richard Brewster | Posted: 23rd October, 2018
A private art collection from a Collins Street, Melbourne premises featuring original works by some of Australia’s greatest artists including John Glover and Jans Hendrick Scheltema and international painters such as James Wilson (also known as John) Carmichael is the hallmark of Christian McCann Auctions forthcoming two-day sale from noon Saturday October 27 at 426 Burnley Street, Richmond and continuing from noon the following day.
Carmichael (1800-1868) was an English marine painter born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland.
Initially apprenticed to a shipbuilding firm, he devoted all his spare time to art and eventually set himself up as a drawing-master and miniature painter.
He first became known as an exhibitor in 1838 when he contributed an oil painting Shipping in the Bay of Naples to the Society of British Artists.
In 1845 he moved to London and during the Crimean War was sent to the Baltic to make drawings for the Illustrated London News.
John Glover (1767-1849) was an English-born Australian artist during the early colonial period of Australian art and has been dubbed “the father of Australian landscape painting”.
Achieving fame as a painter of “Italianate” romantic landscapes of Britain, Glover moved to Australia and arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) in 1831 on his 64th birthday.
The following year he acquired one of the largest land grants in the State at the time and is best known for his paintings of the Tasmanian landscape.
In 2001, the John Glover Society was established to honour his memory and contribution to Australian art.
Scheltema (1861-1941) was a Dutch-born Australian painter who arrived in Melbourne on July 7, 1888 where he joined the Victorian Artists’ Society.
Soon he was exhibiting with the likes of Australian artists such as Charles Condor, Arthur Streeton, Tom Roberts and Frederick McCubbin and gained a reputation as a masterly painter of pastoral scenes, particularly those featuring livestock.
Scheltema’s works are featured in the National Gallery of Victoria, regional Victorian galleries and all other Australian State galleries.
Auction goers will be able to feast on a plethora of fine French and English furniture including a rare pair of Plum Pudding mahogany bookcases and a superb 19th century Reisner commode.
Among other furniture items is ormolu mounted boulle salon furniture, kingwood marquetry and a marble top centre table.
For collectors, the auction contains signed French bronze figures and figure groups by such well-known artists as Cloidion, Barye and Riviore.
There are French clocks and clock sets from the 18th and 19th century and a rare 10-tube longcase timepiece.
French and English basket and empire chandeliers are another drawcard while the auction also features a collection of antique Chinese jade, porcelain and ivory and antique Japanese ivory.
English and European porcelain is another must see with ormolu mounted Sevres, Royal Vienna and Meissen among the highlights.
Jewellery will be sold on Saturday after lot 450 and includes diamond, sapphire and emerald rings and fine collection of wrist and pocket watches.