Auction in magnificent country estate setting

Author: Richard Brewster | Posted: 16th October, 2015

A magnificent garden on just over one hectare in Sassafras is the setting for Christian McCann’s latest fine and decorative arts auction from noon Sunday October 25.

This country estate and garden – Wynchelm at 10 The Crescent – has been intricately planned and developed over the past 50 years by the Fletcher family – and is now recognised as one of the finest homes and gardens ever created in the Dandenong Ranges.

The centrepiece attraction is a three-tiered lake complete with Parisian walking bridge traversing it.

The five-bedroom house matches the garden for elegance and is full of superb antiques – a collection essentially built up over many years by the lady of the house Charlotte Fletcher.

The auction should attract two types of collectors – those who love garden adornments (and there are more than 100 statues, fountains and urns on offer) and those who love antique furniture, clocks, porcelain and art.

The outdoor items include a fine Coalbrookdale fountain, a life-size 19th century French figure and a pair of antique cast iron greyhounds.

Indoors can be found several George III furniture items including a bow front sideboard, walnut chest and card tables.

The 19th century French furniture includes vitrines, commodes, bureau plats and ormolu mounted Boulle salon pieces.

The timepieces are world class and feature a museum quality garniture by Raingo of Paris.

Other attractions are a rare 10-tube striking long case clock by Stokes of Kensington, and several French salon and bracket clocks.

Among the 18th and 19th century porcelain is signed Royal Worcester and ormolu mounted Sevres – along with examples of Dresden, Meissen and Royal Vienna.

Marble and bronze sculptures are another feature and among the paintings are works by Hugh Sawrey, Pro Hart, David Boyd, Sidney Nolan and Darcy Doyle. 

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