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A collection of five of the original pieces from the firm of Rocke & Co. also displayed at the Melbourne International Exhibition 1880-1881. These include the large 3 door wardrobe, pedestal washstand, chest of drawers, pedestal cabinet and pedestal duchess dressing table.
A fine pair of walnut veneered, parcel gilt, marble topped commodini. Rome circa 1750.
A very good pair of mid 18th century Roman walnut veneered and parcel gilt two drawer serpentine shaped commodes with wonderful Sicilian Jasper (Diaspro tenero di Sicilia) veneered tops. The quarter veneered, serpentine shaped marble tops with rolled moulding and crossgrain edge, supported by tall walnut, pine and poplar carcased, walnut veneered cabinets. Each side with a central figured walnut panel and a straighter grained inlaid border surrounded by further cross-banding. The serpentine shaped drawers with similar figured walnut panels surrounded by cross-grain borders. The legs and lower frieze with carved shell and acanthus leaf decoration and gilded highlights.
This wonderful pair of commodini are not only beautiful for their design and use of materials but are also in a lovely state. Aside from the replaced escutcheons, they have had very few repairs and remain in an excellent original condition.
Provenance: Conti Bianconcini-Persiani, Bologna.
Vintage 1950’s black taffeta cocktail dress with dramatic ruching at hipline to reveal black and red spotted net fabric.
1920’s beaded flapper evening cloche featuring electric blue sequins with peacock iridescent glass beading along edging. Such a unique shape to this museum-quality piece.
Extremely rare French Art Nouveau wax mannequin bust in wonderful original condition, beautifully painted facial features with no cracking to wax.
Gilded silver Viennese enamel ewer and plate, c. 1900.
Chinese export Wang Hing prunus tea set
An unusual late 19th century three-piece Chinese export coin silver tea service by famed Hong Kong silversmiths Wang Hing. The piece features a heavy prunus motif, with the centre of each piece representing the grain, whilst the spout and handle represent the branches.
Art Nouveau Vase by Kralik
An early 20th century green to yellow iridescent glass vase with pulled burgundy/blue stripes by Bohemian glass manufacturer Kralik.
A pair of Louis XVI style marble based bronze candelabra, featuring cast putti, and gilt branches.
Ivory Enamel Austrian box
18th century Austrian round enamel box with hand carved ivory lid
Persian Ivory Playing Cards painted with Gold. Extremely rare part set, 17th century.
Painted French armoire; the panels are painted by an artist listed in Benezit , signed ‘J Godon’ and painted 1883; they are well above the normal ‘painted furniture’ quality, very refined in fact.
Porcelain figurine of Autumn. Bow Porcelain Factory, 13.5cm, c. 1755.
Set of four exceptional 19th century English gilt-wood salon chairs stamped ‘C. Mellier & Co’, and includes a pair of bergere’s and a pair of fauteuil. The upholstered backs carved with flowers and leaves, the arms carved with acanthus leaves. The upholstered seats are supported by well turned fluted legs joined by rails carved with scrolls. Circa 1850.
Footnote: Charles Mellier was one of the leading English furniture makers of the 19th century – a Frenchman who established himself as a cabinetmaker and dealer to the affluent in London, and exhibited at the St Louis International Exhibition in 1904. Mellier was commissioned to furnish Grosvenor Square for James Miller and the liner, Mauretania in 1907. His premises, located in Albermale St, Mayfair are now home to ‘The Mellier’ hotel. Mellier’s pieces are still highly sought after a century on.
Moorcroft “Hazledene” Landscape Vase, 6″ high, c.1904.
A herd of Deer, English porcelain & pottery, 1780 – 1830.
A Very Rare English Specimen Cabinet in rosewood, attributed to Gillows of Lancaster & London, it retains its original pleated silk backing c.1835.
The English Comic Opera Company of 16 artists arrived in Australia on the Orsova in March 1910. The concept of a touring group was the creation of J. C. Williamson who had purchased the franchise to stage the comic opera’s created by Gilbert and Sullivan and produced by Richard D’Oyly Carte in Australia.
One of the principal touring singers was Nellie Kavanagh. Her boomerang was inscribed:
PRESENTED TO MISS NELLIE KAVANAGH. BY A FEW OF THE MELBOURNE “GALLERY GIRLS” WITH LOVE AND BEST WISHES 19.5.11.
The silver mounts to this 19th century Victorian stone adzed boomerang were made by Oliver H. Forster, 204 Smith Street, Collingwood a second generation member of the family silver-smithing and jewellery business.
The journal Table Talk makes reference to the giving of presentation boomerangs by the “Gallery Girls” in its issue of Thursday 6 October 1910:
The pretty custom of the gallery girls handing down boomerangs as farewell souvenirs to departing favourites was repeated last Friday in the case of Miss Essie Perrin. They lower the flower-decked weapon by string which is cut by one of the attendants, who then hands the trophy up. These girls call themselves the ‘first and last-nighters’ and this idea of theirs is very graceful and charming and sends all their favored artists away with a typically Australian memento.
Simply & stunning Clarice Cliff Tea for Two “Desa” c.1930s
Pair of Chinese flower-encrusted vases, decorated in London at the James Giles Studio, 18.5cm, c. 1755.
Large Daunian Greek pottery vessel, 525 – 475 BC
Moorcroft “Spanish” 2 handle Vase.. 11″high c.1916
Table – English oak lowboy, c. 1745.
Figures – English Staffordshire large figures of Irish Fisherman & wife, c.1880.
Orchids- Purity of Love, Ingrid Lee 2012, 40.6cm.
Porcelain vase painted with lustre, paste work and gold.
From the Collection: Destiny and Love
This vase was exhibited at the inaugural royal celebration of H.R.H Queen Sirikit’s 80th Birthday at the Thailand International Porcelain Painting Convention in 2012. This painting won an award from H.R.H Queen Sirikit for the Outstanding 2nd Class Award, Freestyle contest, in that year.
An earthenware copper-lustre and blue Alhambra Amphora Vase or ‘albarello’ (pharmacy jar) dates to the second half of the nineteenth century. Alhambra Vase. Earthenware, inlaid with coloured clays and painted. Possibly by Joseph – Theodore Deck. C1870. Similar to one in the V&A collection, after the original C1400.
This important Sydney made Australian cedar bracket foot chest of drawers is made in the style of an English chest of drawers from the 1760-1780 period. This chest, the only one known made with these features, is possibly the earliest piece of Australian furniture discovered to date.
This is the ivory seal of Niccolo Paganini (1782 -1840) with his Stradivarius violin under his chin. The rock crystal seal underneath is engraved with the music of his most famous piece 24 Caprices for the Solo Violin, Opus 1.
Hardy Bros original Diamond long Drop Earrings.
Flight, Barr and Barr Worcester Honey Pot with acorn finial,painted in rich Japan or Imari style, c. 1804-13.
Pair Moore Brothers candlesticks in the form of cupids pushing wheelbarrows. Retailed by Thomas Goode, c. 1880.
Satsuma Jardiniere mounted on original bronze base, Meiji period.
Paddington Street Scene
Oil on board / 60x90cm
Art Deco diamond and sapphire pendant c. 1920.
Art Deco diamond and sapphire bracelet by Birks jewellers.
Art Deco diamond and ruby bracelet c. 1930.
Edwardian boxed platinum, 15ct gold, diamond and pearl necklace with detachable centre bow. Made in 1910 by House of Escasany, which was Argentina’s largest jeweller for the Centenary Exhibition of May Revolution (of 1810).
A very fine quality 19th century French kingwood and ormolu secretaire.
A wonderful carved sandstone figure of a lion, standing 45cm tall. India 13th-16th century.
Fine George III Sheraton Period Breakfront Mahogany 4 Door Bookcase , c.1770 England.
12ct Star Ruby, 18ct White Gold and Platinum, 12 Diamonds. Maker: Prouds, Brisbane 1927.
Silver Elephant Perfume Bottle. Ivory and Silver Tester, Ivory Tusks. Stones Set, c. 1890.
15ct White Gold, 13 Rubies and 6 Diamonds, c. 1930’s.
French figured Bronze and Sienna marble mantle clock with bronze moulding and feet. The silvered dial is signed Edouard Martin Rue Amelot . The 8 day movement features a silk suspension and strikes on a bell, c. 1830.
Tunbridge ware stamp box c.1860 // Gold cased quizzing glass c.1820 // Collection of various bone and Perspex dice // HMSS aesthetic design vesta case Birmingham 1883 // HMSS small box with engraved knight Birmingham 1895 // Double nine whalebone and ebony dominoes from a complete set, 19th century.
Pair of original Victorian long drop banded agate earrings in 15ct gold, c. 1860.
Citrene and 18ct ring with carved shoulders c. 1960 // Art Deco carved coral plaque ring in 18ct and platinum with diamond set shoulders, c. 1930 // Large carved coral knot set at the centre with an old cut diamond on contemporary 9ct rose gold shank // Contemporary 18ct yellow and white gold ring invisibly set with 3.58 carats of baguette cut yellow // Rectangular citrene ring in 9ct yellow gold c1960 – Large citrene ring in 18ct yellow gold, with carved white gold setting c. 1930-50.
French hallmarked 18ct yellow gold and platinum original Art Deco cufflinks with cabochon sapphires, c. 1930.
Edwardian 4 piece hallmarked sterling silver tea service, London 1905
Queen Anne Britannia Standard Silver cylindrical nutmeg grater. London 1705 by Thomas Kedder.
A Lady’s Diamond and Platinum Wrist Watch. Square case with surrounding diamonds. Circa 1925.
Jadeite and Diamond long drop earrings circa 1930, each earring with a jadeite with carved foliage below hinged geometric sections old cut diamonds set in platinum.
An Art Deco Emerald and Diamond Cluster Ring featuring a central early round brilliant cut diamond with a square emerald cut emerald on each shoulder all surrounded by pave set round brilliant cut diamond.
A 1940’s Diamond Ring featuring baguette and round cut diamonds in platinum on a tapered band.
An exceptional 19th century French Napoleon III occasional table signed ‘Tahan Paris’. The top lifts to reveal fine rosewood compartments for jewellery or other small articles. Note the fine quality of this piece is evidenced by the chased gilded hinges.