The wrecked hulk of the Whale Boat, South Carolina in Risdon Cove, looking to Hobart, Tasmania c 1880.
Rare albumen paper photograph from a mammoth glass plate c 1880 in original frame, glass & mount.
Image size 56cm x 40cm
Frame size 67cm x 83cm
Diorama / Wunderkammer of Berlin
Artist: Astrid Rave
Manufacturer: Mertin’s Idea Workshop Size: 260 x 170 x 54 mm
In a miniature factory in Neukölln, Berlin street scenes are reproduced as diorama in three-dimensional work according to the ideas of the sculptor and occupational therapist Astrid Rave. Astrid Rave works in the area of Berlin psychiatry.
The design of the sculpture is the compensation to the job. On many walks, she is inspired by the city’s vibrancy and thus strives to translate her own madness into extraordinary ideas, such as the construction of small boxes with lids containing colorful details from Berlin. The dioramas are made by hand, & all are unique.
Price inc GST $120
An exceptional pair of Roman console tables, of Sicilian jasper, alabastro fiorito & pentallic marble, supported by leopard monopodia. The form taken from designs of Percier & Fontaine in Paris c 1802, and the detail from Roman fragments of leopard head consoles (monopodiae).
Felix Adrien BONFILS (France 1831 – 1885).
Temple of David
Albumen paper photograph from an elephant plate by the leading 19th century photographer of the Middle East.
Signed in ink to the image.
A very heavy quality, and rare English George II period triple top card / tea table. Made of the most extraordinarily heavy Cuban mahogany, with candle wells to the leathered card table surface, the drawer oak lined.
A beautiful and diminutive English walnut, William and Mary period ‘double dome top’ bureau – bookcase. The upper bookcase with a single original shelf and scallopped and bevelled Vauxhall glass plates, over two small serpentine – fronted drawers.
The brilliant young Horticulturalist William Davidson was presented with this silver medal by the Botanical and Horticultural Society in 1827, in the UK, at the age of 23, for the best Dish of Mushrooms, amongst other horticultural prizes. The following year be arrived in Van Diemen’s Land and was appointed First Superintendant of the Hobarton Botanical Gardens, by Governor Arthur, on a salary of £100/- p.a, with the surviving Gothic Gardener’s Cottage built for him.
During this time, until his death at the age 33, he was to turn the gardens from a ramshackle mess, into the Botanical showplace of the Colony, exploring the temperate range of species able to be grown. In addition he had built the surviving flued brick walls, extensive hot houses, and formed the present layout and pinetum. He corresponded extensively with J.C Loudon in London and other inter colonial Botanic gardens & plant collectors.
a / vf dia 50mm (2″).
Price inc GST $1,950
A fine late 17th century Flemish ivory crucifix, beautifully carved to capture the sense of the ivory tusk. The whole now a superb colour and state.
Height o/a 62cm
A related example formerly in the collection of Thomas Hope, similar to the work of Francois Boissuit or Matthieu van Beveren.
A rare set of six pewter mounted coconut shell dishes, tea caddy and teapot, the surfaces finely carved with auspicious characters, and a similarly carved and mounted tea caddy.
A fine English oak cased single manual harpsichord, identical to the model found at Knole in Kent of 1662, the earliest known English example.
The compass is 57 notes, with boxwood and ebony marquetry inlaid keys, gilt and penwork gesso name board and gilt brass sound frets. The case of the highest quality, made from research and measurement of the Knole cabinet work.
In mint and perfect playing condition, by the esteemed harpsichord builder & conservator, Stephen Morris of London, 1987.
An elegant pair of English Regency period saddle seat, sabre leg chairs in best mahogany, the backs banded in ebony veneer. Terrific colour and patina.
An Italian Grand Tour bronze ‘askos’ wine vessel, after the Roman antique model excavated at Pompeii.
Beautiful rich patina.
Typically a lush, rich Roman bacchante would tie one to their toga, then trot off to a Bachannale. For drinking wine with lips and hands, stylish and not easily broken like a wine glass.
17cm x 8cm x 17cm high
Price inc GST $850
A superb quality pair of Japanese Meiji period ivory figures of fishermen. The baskets and nets reticulated, the engraved decoration with family mons to the garments and lac filled c. 1880
A wonderful quality and elegant English Regency period mahogany dining table. Comprised of two D ends which when closed form a pair of sidetables or oval table to seat 6. With the gate leg centre section inserted between, the table seats 12. A further 7 large leaves can also be inserted. 6 are later, 1 original. Making a table that comfortably seats 24.
A wonderful Australian over oil painted original photographic movie still, framed in 1963, by Sidney Riley Studios. The subject Australian / Hollywood star, Jocelyn Haworth, in her most famous role as The Squatters Daughter.
A fine and rare English late Regency period gilded and painted beech three fold screen, reasonably by John Crace. The Chinese / Grecian fret to the top and flying Chinamen on branches typical of his work on cabinet fronts, Carlton House and the Brighton Pavillion. Ex Butchoff Antiques, Kensington Church St, London.