A collection of auction antiques to rival the best

Author: Richard Brewster | Posted: 20th November, 2017

Long-time collector John Wade, who for many years has frequented Melbourne auction rooms, has asked Christian McCann Auctions to sell his collection at its forthcoming sale from noon Sunday November 26 at 426 Burnley Street, Richmond.

The collection joins a Parkville estate and a private estate of fine boulle furnishings, salon clocks and bronzes among the more than 600 items on offer at the auction.

Auctioneer Christian McCann says a large oil painting by Heidelberg School artist Arthur Streeton – depicting the haze over mountain ranges – is a major highlight, which is joined by works by such Australian artists as Arthur Boyd, Ernest Buckmaster, John Perceval and William Dobell and a range of European painters.

“Among the French antique and marquetry inlaid furniture on offer is a rare 18th century Viguano and an important bureau-plat signed by Groehe,” he says.

Eighteenth and 19th century English furniture includes dining tables, sideboards, chairs, marquetry inlaid cabinets and card tables.

A flame mahogany bed reputedly belonged to William Bligh (of Mutiny of the Bounty fame and later an early Governor of New South Wales).

There is an important collection of 19th century French ormolu and marble salon, regulator and long case clocks, and boulle timepieces.

Fine porcelain is another auction attraction with a collection of world class ormolu mounted signed Severs of major significance and pieces by Royal Worcester, Dr Wall, Meissen, Derby, Royal Vienna and Coalport to add to the mix.

 The auction contains antique Chinese porcelain and jade, jewellery and bronzes – and Japanese and Chinese ivory including figure groups and okimonos.

Other auction highlights include antique bronze figures by Clodion and Moreau and antique crystal and ormolu chandeliers. 

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