Camberwell Antique Fair meeting leads to Melbourne auction

Author: Richard Brewster | Posted: 22nd February, 2021

Like many of his regular clients with whom he has had a long association, Melbourne auctioneer Christian McCann first met the late Brian Jasper more than 20 years ago at the Camberwell Antique Fair where he sold him a 19th century walnut credenza.

Over the ensuing years, Mr McCann said he derived great pleasure from helping Mr Jasper source much of his collection.

“Brian had a passion for fine quality antiques, in particular high-end burr walnut furniture, Australian art and French and English timepieces,” he said. “It is a privilege for the family to ask me to be responsible for the dispersal of his collection.”

The auction, which will be entirely online or via phone or absentee bidding, will take place from 12pm Sunday February 28 on site at Mr Jasper’s Hastings homestead at 223 Henderson Street.

Viewing is permitted on site from 10am-5pm Friday February 26 and Saturday February 27, and from 9.30am-12pm Sunday February 28.

The strong collection of English and French furniture, particularly high-end walnut, is typified with lot 55, an exceptional 19th century two-door burr walnut display cabinet with floral marquetry inlay and ormolu mounts.

Mr Jasper’s love of English and French timepieces – including mystery, bracket, mantel and carriage clocks – can be seen in lot 21, a fine French 19th century ormolu salon clock showing a father and son on a wheat cart.

Another of his passions was art and Albert Henry Fullwood’s painting entitled On The Esplanade at Sunset (lot 66) from the famous Joseph Brown Collection, much of which is exhibited at the National Gallery of Victoria, is typical of his taste.

Other artists works at the auction include those by Hugh Sawrey, Pro Hart, David Boyd and Hans Heysen.

There is a broad selection of fine porcelain including lot 76, a Royal Berlin lidded vase with rams head handles, and an English Royal Worcester two handled cabinet vase (lot 48).

An outstanding pair of 19th century French ormolu and Sevres candelabra (lot 53) also rate a strong mention, along with a 19th century French ormolu casket (lot 39).

Among the 19th century French bronze and spelter figures is an ormolu sculpture of Napoleon (lot 69) and a bust of a maiden with flowers in her hair (lot 33).

Other auction attractions include a range of jewellery (such as the lot 360 sapphire ring) and property sheds containing hand and power tools.

Also on offer is a 2017 Jaguar F-Pace R Sport with 64,692 kilometres on the clock.

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