This month, Robert Williams, Head of Decorative Arts, Sydney shares his views on collecting, acquiring and living with Decorative Arts and Antiques, a category which is constantly evolving.
There is no denying collecting habits have changed.
Gone are the days of cluttered houses and apartments, full of highly decorative, antique furniture, lighting and decorative arts. As a passionate collector myself, even my own hoarding tendencies have too given way to a simpler, clutter free life and this is the future of the ‘new collector’.
What is driving buyers and collectors today is the search for a statement piece, a piece that reflects their personality and their lifestyle.
That is not to say interest in Antiques and Decorative Arts is waning, far from it. What we are noticing is a shift in our buyer’s habits and tastes. They are becoming discerning, often acquiring the accessible and then, as their tastes develop and change, replacing entire collections or interiors with that one rare and allusive example from their chosen field of interest. It’s an upgrade process I liken to those savvy ladies that consign last season’s designer jewellery and luxury accessories so they can replace them with the latest and greatest pieces.
Eager to personalise the blank canvas of their glass and concrete apartments, many are finding the solution in beautiful, intricate and detailed antiques and decorative arts, often juxtaposed with a piece of modern furniture or a contemporary work of art.
Here’s a quick tip for the new collector; check out museum and gallery instagram feeds and Pinterest boards to build a picture of how your interior might look.
Visit your local museums, galleries and historic houses. Take a friend, explore and get up close to your favourite pieces. Discover that object that ‘speaks to you’ and ignite a passion for collecting the old and the new.
From Sydney, these extraordinary vases, from the second half of the 19th century stand tall at 106cm high. Painted with classical figural and architectural landscapes, the sectional vase joined with ormolu collars and mounts, the vases were intended and designed to be viewed from all angles.
From Melbourne we are delighted to present the Kookaburra panel by Robert Prenzel. Born in Prussia in 1866, Prenzel arrived in Melbourne in 1888 after studying wood-carving in Germany.
Once settled in Australia, he set up his own business as a woodcarver in South Melbourne, and, from 1910 to 1930, as a furniture manufacturer in Toorak Road, South Yarra.
Prenzel was recognised, in his lifetime, as a highly skilled and important wood-carver and his work is held in the collection of The National Gallery of Victoria, The National Gallery of Australia and the Art Galleries of South Australia and Queensland.
The online catalogue for this auction will be available next month. In the meantime, please contact us for complimentary auction valuations.
AUCTION MONDAY 7 MAY 2018 AT 6.30PM
Head of Fine Decorative Arts, Melbourne
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Head of Fine Decorative Arts, Sydney
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