Historic Hawthorn home setting for special auction

Author: Richard Brewster | Posted: 1st December, 2017

An historic Hawthorn mansion at 31 Shakespeare Grove is the setting for E.J. Ainger’s special December sale from 11am Sunday December 3.

The owners have sold the property and have instructed Aingers to sell the contents to which the auction house has added items retained over the past six months from several estates.

Among the items for auction is a strong representation of works by leading Australian artists including Pro Hart’s Races, Hugh Sawrey’s The Rabbiter and His Missus and Mustering Into The Shed and a J.H. Scheltema oil on canvas.

Other paintings include James Jackson’s Sydney Harbour, Robert Johnson’s Capetree Valley NSW, Taylor Ghee’s The Church Spire with Figures and Andris Jansons’ Morning Near Childer Cove.

The furniture features several impressive items bound to interest auction goers including a circa 1900 superb single door Louis XV style gilt bronze mounted kingwood vitrine by French cabinetmaker Francois Linke (1855-1946) with a catalogue estimate of $40,000-$60,000.

Another is a late 19th century French ormolu mounted walnut and kingwood ladies writing bureau with fitted interior supported on four ormolu mounted cabriole legs.

Other interesting furniture items include a tall Victorian mahogany chest of drawers, French kingwood and ormolu mounted marble top secretaire upright chest, a pair of ornately carved French oak two-door armoires and a French ormolu mounted and marquetry inlaid bureau plat.

The auction contains several French clocks including a spelter marble figure and mantle clock, a Second Empire walnut cased portico clock and a Faience clock in the form of a house.

A rare English cathedral style skeleton clock under its original glass dome is another attraction.

Among the porcelain is a Sevres style floral and gilt decorated ormolu banded lidded casket and a Naples cherub decorated jewel casket – while a Chinese silver decorated teapot and Irish Belleek floral encrusted bowl and circular plaque should attract plenty of attention. 

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