Chinese headdress picturesque part of decorative arts auction

Author: Richard Brewster | Posted: 29th October, 2016

An early 20th century Chinese headdress pictured on the front cover of the auction catalogue is a major highlight of Mossgreen’s three-day international decorative arts sale from 4pm Sunday November 6 at 926-930 High Street, Armadale.

The auction, which contains several private collections, features a comprehensive range of antique furniture, sterling silver, porcelain and other notable collectables – with the sale continuing until Tuesday November 8.

One of the art attractions is an 1820s Chinese Qing Dynasty export oil painting from the estate of a former Royal New Zealand Navy officer living in Auckland.

A late Qing Dynasty (late 19th-early 20th century) gold and black lacquer eight- panel screen should bring plenty of attention, while a mid-19th century rare intricately carved bone model of a Cantonese flower boat is bound to whet appetites.

A late 19th century Louis XVI style ormolu mounted kingwood bureau plat is by the famous London cabinetmaker Edwards & Roberts.

The firm was founded in 1845 and by 1892 occupied more than a dozen buildings in Wardour Street, where they continued to operate until the end of the 19th century.

Known and feted as one of the leading London cabinetmakers and retailers, they worked in a variety of styles, both modern and revivalist.

Among the auction items is the private collection of one of Australia’s leading fine arts specialists Louise Smith.

Of particular note is the Colourfully Structured Painting 197O by Alan Oldfield, previously owned by National Gallery of Victoria Dr Eric Westbrook, and the Charles Webster Gilbert sculpture Head of a Girl.

Other attractions include a set of four large glazed terracotta classical busts and impressive George II and George III sterling silver and a range of silver items by Georg Jensen. 

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