Victorian farm perfect setting for antiques
Author: Richard Brewster | Posted: 31st January, 2018
A derelict Victorian farm was the perfect setting for long-time collector Daryl Manley to indulge both his love of farming and passion for antiques and collectables.
Over many years, he restored the homestead to its original grandeur – while filling it with antiques both purchased and inherited.
Recently, the entire contents were moved to his art deco Kooyong apartment, El Tovar.
Now Daryl has asked Leonard Joel to auction his collection of 19th century furniture, sterling silver and fine art – with the sale beginning at 6.30pm Wednesday February 7 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.
Leading the auction is the beautiful Clarice Beckett painting Boats on the shore (lot 101), purchased in 1944 by Daryl’s mother from Leonard Joel.
A fine French ormolu display cabinet is bound to attract auction goers along with a Georgian mahogany secretaire with roll front top and a continental gilt wood vitrine.
According to a paper label in one of the drawers, the secretaire was located in the breakfast room at Lords, Sheldwich in Tavensham, Kent and belonged to the estate’s owner, John Hilton – grandfather of the Reverend Arthur Demie Hilton who initialled the document in 1865.
Other attractions include a four panel Japanese screen and a Rococco style gilt wood framed wall mirror.
Among the silver is a large suite of silver-plated Kings pattern cutlery, six silver plate trays, silver plate entrée dishes and a pair of candle sticks.
A large collection of floral encrusted porcelain is another highlight along with Victorian glass items and a pair of early English hand painted urns.
Unusual is a continental style giltwood three-piece suite, French art deco spelter figure of a lady with hound and a starbust barometer.