A feast of delights at Melbourne auction

Author: Richard Brewster | Posted: 11th May, 2021

Auction goers are looking at a veritable feast of collectable items at Christian McCann Auctions forthcoming on site estate sale from 12pm Sunday May 16 at 17 Fairview Street, Hawthorn.

According to auctioneer Christian McCann, the entire contents of the home must be sold on the day along with items from the vendor’s Toorak mansion.

Greeting auction goers will be a marvellous variety of 18th and 19th century  French and English antiques including superb ormolu mounted salon furniture, clocks, Australian art, fine porcelain and objet d’art.

There is even a toy Ferrari for someone’s child to enjoy.

Right from lot 1 – a multi-coloured hanging hooks designed by famous 20th century American husband and wife industrial designers Charles and Ray Eames and made by Herman Miller – buyers will captivated by the eclectic range on offer.

There are plenty of timepieces for clock collectors including a fine 19th century French example with champlevé enamel (lot 4) and an ormolu cased salon clock with hand painted Sevres panels and gilt cherub decorations (lot 26).

Porcelain is another attraction with such examples as a 19th century Dresden lidded comport (lot 8), a pair of 19th century Dresden lidded vases (lot 17) and an exhibition pair of 19th century French Sevres lidded vases (lot 25) very much to the fore.

Auction goers can choose from a range of furniture such as the 19th century French bombe shaped walnut commode (lot 15), the 19th century French serpentine shaped two drawer occasional commodes (lot 35) and the 19th century French giltwood oval shaped salon table (lot 80).

Among the Australian artists on display are several by Pro Hart including Mine Scene 1995 (lot 14), David Boyd’s Children at Sea (lot 27), Sidney Nolan’s Abstract Maiden (lot 33) and Walter Withers Melbourne Coast (lot 36).

A fine pair of 19th century French ormolu three branch candelabra (lot 38) is bound to find a home and the exceptional Meissen figure group under a glass dome (lot 39) has to be seen to be believed.

Of particular note is a 19th century French clover shaped Sevres jewel casket (lot 56) while four star-shaped contemporary light fixtures (lot 43) could be the ideal adornment for anyone’s family room.

Unusual is the Murano glass oil lamp (lot 124) while a 19th century quality French drop front writing desk with a chinoiserie lacquered panel and brass gallery (lot 113) and 19th century French carved walnut firescreen with inset hand woven tapestry would make fine acquisitions – along with the French silver plated bust of a classical male by Loudry de Editeur.

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