Young French marquetry furniture an auction crowd puller

Author: Richard Brewster | Posted: 3rd October, 2013

The estate of Australian artist Dorothy Plowright, who trained at the Royal Academy in London and married Neville Young of Young & Jackson fame, will be part of Christian McCann Auctions latest sale from noon Sunday October 13 at 426 Burnley Street, Richmond.

Dorothy Plowright-Young, who died in her 90s, was well known for her works and at one stage she and her husband owned historic Mornmoot – the 124-hectare horse stud at Whittlesea constructed in the early 1900s for Russell Chirnside who owned the property until the 1940s.

Much of the furniture from the estate was inherited from the Young family and features carved French marquetry furniture including vitrines, commodes and a 19th century cylinder desk.

Other important auction furniture highlights include a collection of painted English satinwood, an Australian cedar library bookcase, Huon pine settee, Chinese carved furniture and several fine pieces of Boulle salon furniture such as a rare four-door bookcase and salon cabinet attributed to Linke.

One of the more unusual auction items is a rare Victorian arcade carousel, while 18th and 19th century English and continental porcelain showcases such names as Royal Worcester, Sevres, Meissen, Dresden and Royal Vienna.

There also are examples of 18th and 19th century Chinese porcelain, a rare early bronze censor, jade and an important Ming Dynasty silk robe.

Nineteenth century bronze figures by sculptors such as Raingo, Maprassi, Emile Thomas, Bonheur and Veek should be important crowd pullers, while a collection of antique guns is bound to bring collectors running.

Some of the finest clocks seen on the market in recent years are being offered by a Camberwell collector and include an English bracket clock, an ormolu mounted grandfather clock, and French salon clocks by Raingo.

Art is another auction feature with a painted porcelain panel in a frame (which belonged to Dorothy Plowright-Young) a highlight, along with two rare Sidney Nolan paintings from his Shakespeare series entitled Shakespeare Sonnet, which were both painted on the same day – October 17, 1963.


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