Rare Russian icons to attract auction buyers
Author: Richard Brewster | Posted: 26th August, 2014
A third generation Russian Australian’s collection of rare 18th and 19th century Russian icons is one of the major highlights of Christian McCannn Auctions sale from noon Sunday August 31 at 426 Burnley Street, Richmond.
Auctioneer Christian McCann said seldom has he had the chance to offer such an extensive collection of quality antique furniture, art and objets d’art.
“For particularly Chinese buyers, the auction contains a rare collection of eastern gilt bronze Buddhas, antique jade and 18th and 19th century porcelain,” he said.
Auction goers should be particularly impressed with the collection of 19th century ormolu mounted Boulle and kingwood furniture and bronze mounted salon cabinets, commodes and occasional furniture.
“There is an outstanding collection of George III, Regency, rosewood and mahogany furniture – including sideboards, secretaire bookcase, chests, desks, side and card tables – from an Armadale private collection,” Mr McCann said.
“Other furniture includes 19th century French water gilt pieces including chairs, tables and mirrors.”
One item bound to intrigue auction goers is a massive hand woven French tapestry owned by collector Graham Cornall.
The auction also offers exhibition 19th century French figures and figure groups signed by leading sculptors of the day.
Among the porcelain is 18th and 19th century Meissen, ormolu mounted Sevres, Royal Worcester and Dresden vases.
There also are two rare 19th century French bracket clocks, an English rosewood eight-bell bracket clock and French and English long case clocks.
Art includes 18th and 19th century Australian and European paintings along with contemporary art.