September 8, 2020

Home lovers, If your house and garden needs a wake up call, get ready for the season’s biggest auction – Lawson’s Spring House & Garden sale on now – with every piece handpicked by us.

There are more than 300 items to consider, from noteworthy furniture to decorative accessories and simple but stately garden designs that will add a certain splendour to your pad, whatever the size.

The sale will make it easy to refresh your space with an entire home collection to give a lifetime of enjoyment.

From standout mirrors to spectacular chairs, tables, consoles, French sofas, champagne buckets, artworks, consoles, lanterns, rugs, and much more, (for a fraction of the usual cost). Oh, and wait until you see the garden pieces – there’s rare trellis garden seats, noteworthy statuary, iron mirrors, buxus planted in pots  – every garden should have them.

You’re sure to find something you love, that will spark joy.

Here are the pieces that we notice keep popping up in some of the world’s most inspiring interiors. All in one place, for you to see – and buy. So pick up a lifelong investment you can rely on.

We have sourced pieces with a focus on one thing: quality, beauty, rareness, and freshness to market; and offer a glimpse of many of the pieces in our country house. Good luck choosing a favourite.

Looking large? Start with your outdoors, however big or small your space.

Add instant grandeur and pedigree with a pair of exquisite statuary urns as well as standout statues such as The Three Graces, 1.8m, or Rodin’s Thinker, a 2m beauty, carved from a single block of stone. There’s extraordinary French fountains, pots, plinths, jardinières, planters, large arch French mirrors and a fabulous assortment of benches, tables, and chairs. Expect lots of teak, stone, bronze, iron, and terracotta.

Look out for Lutyens garden seats, Anduze French pots, a lifesize bronze Buddha and a superb teak enclosed trellis back seat in the Bunny Mellon style, 2.85m x 1.6m and other quality classics. Don’t miss the topiaries in old Italian pots, stone obelisks, and zinc for adding a certain je ne sais quoi to your outdoor living space with pieces such as as Lot 228, a pair of old Italian square planters  potted with buxus, (estimate $350-$400). Or the exquisite assortment of 19th century wrought iron mirrored panels, such as Lot 158 (estimate $1800 – $2200).

Metal elements add a great architectural foil in the garden and make the surrounding greenery feel more lush.

Also on offer: horticultural prints, porcelain vegetables, jardinieres, Chinoisere armchairs, monumental French-style wall mirrors, vintage Louis Vuitton steamer trunks, giltwood sunburst and Roccoco-style mirrors, huge vintage French breadboards, antique majolica dishes, Georgian tables, Regency desks, gueridons, French wrought iron consoles, French-style hand-carved timber daybeds with rattan sides. and antique French Empire bronze 84cm candelabra.

Plus, 1920s French antique andiron fire dogs, a French Chinese export black lacquer side tables, vintage copper saucepans, Aubusson-style tapestries, French timber shutters with original paintwork, Moet & Chandon vintage champagne buckets, traditional artworks, antique French sofas, salon chairs, and exquisite antique Turkestan Khotan rugs that can instantly elevate a space.

Another favourite includes an 18th-century weighty lead urn with handles, (ex-Martyn Cook Antiques), a mid-century Italian cabinet with hand-gilded detailing, a mid-century Italian console and mirror with marble top that will give rooms a little pedigree from an older, grander time.

There’s also plenty of beautiful updates sourced from some of Australia’s best homes, for a fraction of the original price including a rare and impressive mid 19th-century gilded mirror, a fine Italian stone lion from Sir Warwick and Lady Mary Fairfax’s former Sydney residence – and a monumental French 3.2m cabinet from the late Kerry Packer’s longtime Sydney residence.

Then there’s a standout line up of Continental still life 19th century French and Belgian artworks by Henry Dubois, Pierre Morain, Jules Rozier, Leon Leblanc. Oh, and lovely Continental School, 19th century, porcelain vegetable and flower paintings in heavy carved frames.

Also up for grabs are artworks by John Olsen, Ray Crooke, Louis Kahan, Gregory Pryor, and traditional oils, plus excellent indigienous paintings by Polly Ngale, Jeaannie Mills Pwerle, and Gracie Morton Pwerle.

Plus large Continental 19th century British School dog artwork and Dutch still lifes in excellent condition.

Also up for grabs are artworks by John Olsen, Ray Crooke, Louis Kahan, Gregory Pryor, and traditional oils, plus excellent indigienous paintings by Polly Ngale, Jeaannie Mills Pwerle, and Gracie Morton Pwerle.

Other highlights? A hand-carved French-style daybed with woven rattan panels, estimate $1800-$2400, a mid-20th-century European mirror and marble top console, estimate $1400-$1800, an old composition stone urn on plinth, 1.23m, estimate $600-$800, a large Chinoiserie teak garden bench, 2.75m wide, estimate $1500-$1800, a classic Lutyens teak bench, 1.8m, estimated $700-$900, a composite stone obelisk, 2.1m high, estimate, $1400-$1800, a rare cast-iron French butcher’s table and beveled glass top, estimate $2800-$3200, a fine pair of lidded composition stone urns, 78cm, estimate, $1100-$1300.

There’s a large pair of stoneware olive jars, estimate $900 – $1200, an Italian terracotta urn with a 50cm buxus dome, estimate $500-$6550, a fine pair of French-style armchairs, estimate $1800-$2200, a 19th-century giltwood mirror, 1.12m, $1600-$1800, a striking silver gilt French style mirror, 1.82m, estimate, $1200-$1400, a silver gilded marble top console, estimate, $1200-$1400, steel-framed arched garden mirror with bronze finish, estimate, $1100-$1400, a stunning pair of glazed French Anduze urns planted with double buxus topiary, estimate $1000-$1100, and much more.

Lawsons is where our A-list designers, collectors and dealers go for everything, and you can too – this collection has something for all comers.

Oh, and don’t miss the smalls – all curated to bring comfort, beauty and warmth to your home, at a time when we need it more than ever.

Expect lots and lots of stylish pieces to live with. From big to small, perfect for city or country properties. The enthusiasm for pretty cannot be understated.

In these times, people are so happy to be amused. It’s a great way to remind yourself what pretty, beauty and comfort looks like.

And make your home so welcoming, happy and relaxing this season. So, take a break from swiping right on fashion apps and pick up a life-long investment that you can rely on. Live a little. Save a lot. Try to contain your excitement.

Lawsons Spring House & Garden Sale Curated by Melissa Penfold. Register and bid online. Sale ends 17 September, 7pm.

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