Live Auction

Sun 5th May 2019

Time: 12:00pm

The closing down of the Joshua McClelland Print Room and family-associated Rathdowne Galleries will certainly evoke pleasant memories for many of you.

But for all of you, especially those not living in Melbourne, the catalogue of their stock, will give you a taste of the type of dealers they were: eclectic, exotic, unusual, decorative, surprising, traditional and ultra-modern.

Between 1927, when The Little Gallery opened, and 2018, when Rathdowne Galleries closed, those words could have been used at different times and for different reasons. The art market is constantly changing and the contents of this auction reflect just that, especially as some of the items in our catalogue have not been seen for decades. We are delighted to have been asked to prepare and offer for sale the accompanying 475 lots.

Among our favourites are the Joseph Lycett views [Lots 27 – 31], the John Skinner Prouts [Lots 41-44 & 58 – 63], the George French Angas group [Lots 64 – 80], the Matthijs Maris interior [Lot 123], the Claude Marquet political cartoon [Lot 142], the Penleigh Boyd [Lot 155], the Dora Serle [Lot 168] and the superb Ethel Spowers [Lot 170] which features on our front cover.

Lovers of Asian artistry will be delighted by the Chinese famille vert vase [Lot 346] as well as the pair of Chinese bronze and enamel vases [Lot 347] which are part of a diverse range of ceramics, artworks, watercolours, bronzes and jewellery.

We hope that many of you will take the opportunity to come and have a look during the viewing or, if you can’t join us in Armadale, enjoy viewing the items on-line or in the printed catalogue.

001 – 268  
Artworks – Australian & International
269 – 290  
Reference Books, Catalogues & Periodicals
291 – 305  
Historical Maps
306 – 343  
International Decorative Arts & Furniture
344 – 471  
Asian Decorative Arts and Artworks
472  – 472
“Bert” The Shop Counter


Featured Lots

Lot 31

JOSEPH LYCETT [1774 -1828]
Liverpool, New South Wales
hand coloured aquatint from “Views in Australia or New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land Delineated...”,
Est: $500-$750

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Lot 41

JOHN SKINNER PROUT [1805 - 1876]
Hobart Town from the Government Paddock
hand coloured lithograph, signed in the stone lower right 'J.S. Prout' (from "Tasmania Illustrated", 1844)
25 x 41cm.
Est: $500-$750

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Lot 64

frontispiece from "South Australia Illustrated", 1847
lithograph, printed with tint stone and hand-colouring
50 x 36cm
Est: $300-$500

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Lot 123

MATTHIJS MARIS [Dutch, 1839 - 1917] attributed
Untitled (A woman washing clothes by a window)
oil on board, circa 1880
35 x 26cm
Est: $2,000 - $3,000

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Lot 134a

Haystacks, Box Hill
Oil on panel, signed with initials 'A. L.' lower left
16.5 x 10.5 cm
Est: $2,000-$2,500

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Lot 142

Labor Music
pen, ink and wash drawing
signed and dated "'05" lower right
32 x 23.5cm
Est: $200-$300

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Lot 155

Half Moon Bay
watercolour, signed "Penleigh Boyd" and dated "18" lower right
17 x 26cm
Est: $1,000-$1,500

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Lot 168

DORA SERLE [1875 - 1968]
Cat in dappled sunlight
oil on canvas on board, signed lower right, circa 1925
35 x 24cm. (old label verso)
Est: $500-$750

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Lot 170

Collins Street
Colour linocut, 1926, signed and dated in pencil and inscribed with title
25.5 x 18.5cm
Est: $8,000-$10,000

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Lot 307

An English rosewood folio stand, 19th century
113cm high, 75cm wide, 63cm deep
Est: $600-$1,000

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Lot 331

A Regency English cheese wheel, oak with brass casters, early 19th century
23cm high, 52cm wide, 32cm deep
Est: $400-$600

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Lot 346

A Chinese famille vert reticulated porcelain cloud vase, 19th century
Kangxi seal mark to base
51cm high
Est: $2,000 - $3,000

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Lot 347

A rare pair of Chinese bronze and enamel vases decorated with scenes of birds and peacocks and lotus, flowering peony and iris on an imperial yellow ground, the domed covers with additional birds in flight, the bases with blue dragon roundels. 19th century
Est: $7,500 - $10,000

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