Mossgreen Autumn Auction 16-17 June – Decorative Arts

Sunday 15 is the final viewing day for the Autumn Auction Series going under the hammer at Mossgreen Auctions High Street, Armadale, Melbourne on 16 & 17th June. A splendid Chinese carpet from the Ning Xia region, c 1920’s, is hanging over the rail as you surmount the staircase, leading up to the viewing area. A large rug of generous proportions (345 x 455m), it would provide a splendid platform for the special array of Decorative Arts on show.

The Mossgreen gallery at High Street, Armadale is open from 10am to 5pm today Sunday 15th June for viewing. The Auction will take place in three parts on Monday 16th June at 11:00 am (Lots 1 – 357) on Tuesday 17th at 11:00 am (Lots 358 – 728 and Part 3 on Tuesday 17th June at 6:00 pm. Visiting the viewing yesterday I was able to ascertain as an interior designer by trade, that there was a splendid array of fabulous decorative items on display including furniture, rugs, ceramics, silver, glass, jewellery, sculptures, art works especially from the China Trade.

From Ming to Qing, from Celadon to Blue and White, the selection of Chinese ceramics are very appealing and sure to attract attention such as the rare Fahua heavily potted baluster jar, glazed on biscuit in dark green, apple green, blue, yellow and aubergine, a wonderful colour combination.

A rare blue and white and copper-red “weiqi” box and cover from the Qing Dynasty is very well painted with two magpies amongst chrysanthemum, bamboo and rocks, recessed base, an iron oxide burn to the rim, the copper-red extremely well controlled. Potters finally mastered both of these capricious materials, ensuring that the wares reached a high standard of technical and decorative achievement. Copper red particularly, was very difficult to control and they eventually abandoned it for an iron red enamel glaze painted over the glaze.

The French decorative arts include a Louis XV Caned porter’s chair, which is quite delightful for a signature piece in any country style interior, and there are a number of single chairs to also fulfill such a purpose.

Two fabulous pieces were the piano and the panel painting. The piano is finely painted baby grand by Joseph Gabriel Gaveneau c1890 is totally charming both as a playing instrument and decorative object. The impressive triptych showing part of the ‘Procession of the Magi’ from the Chapel of the Magi, Florence  would just wonderful for the entry of a high tech modern corporate headquarters. Mossgreen Auction Website for Details.



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