Fancy a fabulous French salon sofa? A bargain pair of slipper chairs? Or a big traditional artwork to elevate your interior? Head online to Shapiro Auctioneers who has a world-class furniture collection up for grabs this weekend, with knockout furniture and artworks targeting those of us who love English country style.
Bon vivant Graeme Webb recently sold Wollogorang, his Goulburn district 1840s property, which he shared with his late wife Janet Alstergren and the contents have been listed for auction on Sunday with Shapiro Auctioneers.
There are more than 500 lots up for grabs including a giddy assortment of porcelain fruit and vegetables, needlepoint pillows, Chinese jardinières, lacquered furniture, Delft china, botanical prints and Regency furniture. Plus, all kinds of porcelain tureens, ebonised and gilt armchairs, French salon sofas, a four-poster bed, a George III dining table, a papier-mache butler’s tray tables, English Chinoiserie cabinets, tiered black table chests, French burr walnut side tables, an Empire commode, chests of drawers, Georgian style pier mirrors, and a hundred other decorative pieces.
Plus lots of Colefax & Fowler furnishings and objects.
You want names? Find Rosenthal, Spode, Tiffany & Co, Cartier, Colefax & Fowler, Herend, Wedgwood, Waterford, Coalport, and Staffordshire.
The Webbs were voracious shoppers, travellers and collectors…with an enthusiasm for living well. They were regular buyers at the Roslyn Oxley Gallery, so there are wonderful artworks from the heritage Breadalbane home. Also up for grabs are artworks by Peter Kingston, John Firth-Smith, Sidney Nolan and Linda Marion.
Andrew Shapiro says the largest work is by Jenny Watson, which was included in an MCA retrospective, with an estimate is $20,000 to $30,000.
Then there is also really good 18th century English furniture from Janet’s parents, of Toorak’s pioneering timber milling family. There is a Regency bronze clock that the couple purchased at the Lindesay antique show in the 1980s. Plus, things such as a Georgian mahogany drop leaf table estimate, $300-$500. French Regence style dining table, estimate $500-$700; Two-seater sofa, estimate $100-$200; French walnut 19th-century side table, estimate $200 – $300; Large Persian rug, estimate $800-$1200; Pair or blue slipper chairs, estimate $100 $200; Neo-Classical style 19th-century fireplace, estimate $500-$700; Gilt metal candlesticks, estimate $200 -$300; and Chinese blue and white table lamp bases, a pair, estimate $300 – $500.
You (and your house) really can’t afford to miss it. Prices from $100 to $50,000.