Fine art auction collection includes appealing Australian paintings

Author: Richard Brewster | Posted: 28th November, 2019

Works by some of Australia’s leading artists – including Charles Blackman, John Perceval, David and Penleigh Boyd – are among an onsite Christian McCann Auctions sale from noon Sunday December 8 at 11 Kent Court, Toorak.

Blackman’s Red and Yellow Jonquils (lot 229) is particularly appealing – along with John Perceval’s By Gaud I’m a Pumpkin 1989 (lot 43) and Penleigh Boyd’s two works Figures resting beneath the tall gum tree by the bay (lot 187) and Bushwalker under the tall ghost gums in the Australian landscape (lot 188).

The paintings are part of a collection of fine art that has been curated over the past six months and almost all the works have not been seen on the open market for about 40 years.

As well as the paintings are important contemporary sculptures by Wenquin Chen and Robert Kippel and French 19th century creations.

Quality French and English George III furniture – particularly exhibition quality French 19th century salon furniture, mother of pearl inlaid cabinets, a rare French 19th century Boulle bed centre tables and bureau plats – are other attractions along with French clocks, French Sevres, German Meissen, English Royal Worcester and Chinese porcelain.

Of particular note is the 1.8-metre tall 19th century French Boulle bracket clock on a pedestal (lot 34) – the highlight of marble and gilt bronze timepieces and garnitures (lot 21 being a typical example).

One of the auction highlights is a rare 19th century Japanese ivory figure group (lot 22) depicting a sailing ship in the shape of a bird complete with engraved decorations and erotic panels.

Another is a French 19th century Sevres clover shaped jewel casket with a central panel featuring a romantic couple (lot 27).

A fine pair of 19th century Royal Vienna lidded vases (lot 35) is another attraction, particularly for collectors, while a superb pair of 19th century French bronze and ormolu ewers (lot 41), complete with musical cherubs, has to be seen to be believed.


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