Christian McCann Auctions on the move

Author: Richard Brewster | Posted: 25th July, 2019

After a decade at 426 Burnley Street, Richmond, Christian McCann Auctions is on the move to new and larger premises.

Before the shift, however, the auction house must sell all its existing vendor stock – a monumental task that has become a full-time preoccupation for managing director Christian McCann.

“Our ‘Goodbye Burnley Street’ auction will be from noon Sunday August 4,” he says. “However, there are so many items we cannot possibly achieve it in one sale so this auction will be part one and comprise more than 750 items.”

Part two – again with a similar number of lots on offer – will be held in coming weeks, with even a possible third auction to ensure all stock is cleared before the move.

There is no shortage of exciting offerings in the August 4 sale with an exceptional 2.4-metre tall 19th century carved marble and alabaster lamp (lot 160) dominating the auction room from all vantage points typical of the line up.

Works by some of Australia’s leading artists are up for grabs including two quality Jans Hendrick Scheltema paintings depicting a drover on horseback driving cattle through a river (lot 267) and cows grazing under gum trees (lot 269).

Clocks are another feature with a an 18th century French brass bracket timepiece (lot 192) and a 19th century French marble and ormolu salon clock (lot 223) particularly worthy of attention.

Exhibition quality Sevres vases are not to be missed with a 19th century lidded version (lot 177) of particular note and a pair featuring romantic scenes (lot 178) and one depicting a courting couple (lot 198) also a must for buyer consideration.

There are plenty of furniture items to consider including and exhibition quality 19th century French mahogany two-door commode (lot 304) and a 19th century French rosewood shaped occasional table with floral inlay (lot 330).

Other items worth examining include a 19th century French bronze figure of a young boy with basket (lot 338) and a pair of 19th century porcelain figures of a cobbler and his wife (lot 361).

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