In this first catalogue of selections from the collection, we are delighted to present the wonderful pieces you will see and read about in the coming pages. The wide range of pottery that begins the auction illustrates the many creative approaches Australian potters have brought to this ancient craft: the early output of Bendigo Pottery, the eccentricity of V.A.P., the artistry of Merric Boyd and the whimsy of Grace Seccombe are all well represented. Other notable inclusions are Castle Harris, Marguerite Mahood, Philippa James, William Ricketts and Klytie Pate. The section continues into the 1950s and ‘60s with works by Allan Lowe, Arthur Boyd and Deborah Halpern, amongst others, truly a wonderful selection. The catalogue continues with a selection of furniture including some of the earliest pieces created in New South Wales and Tasmania in the 1820s and ‘30s. Andrew Lenehan gets a look-in as do Rocke & Co. and Altmann & Lindsay. Their practical creations give way to the beautifully embellished works of art created by Robert Prenzel, Rudolph Unger and John Blogg among the other wood carvers represented in this catalogue. All of them have left their mark and their works are keenly sought-after by museums and galleries.

A small but impressive range of jewellery is followed by some wonderful paintings including an exceptional original watercolour by John Lewin, a superb view of the Upper Yarra by Charles Rolando, a 1916 superb self portrait by Constance Tempe Manning and an important Clifton Pugh painting of his son. Of course, there’s plenty more to see but don’t miss the two gold nuggets hidden in the catalogue. One of Gary’s other passions is his involvement in gold. These two raw nuggets are spectacular examples from his mines in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

We hope you enjoy the catalogue, and we look forward to welcoming you during the viewing in The Gallery, Tonic House, 386 Flinders Lane, Melbourne.

Gary and Genevieve Morgan have been collecting Australiana for decades. Their East Melbourne home is a living museum, a celebration of their passion for the artworks, sculptures, pottery, wood carvings and furnishings that are constant reminders of their own history and the two centuries in which they can trace their familys’ presence in Australia. Gary’s great grandfather, William H. Williams jointly published The Diggers’ Advocate in 1853, only eighteen years after John Batman’s visit to the Port Phillip District. A few years later, in 1856, he published Language
of the Aborigines of the Colony of Victoria and other Australian Districts. His other early publications included How to Settle in Victoria (1855), The News Letter of Australasia (1856) and The Collingwood and Richmond Observer (1857). He was one of the best-known printers and publishers in the young colony and was an enthusiastic advocate for immigration and development alongside cooperation with the original inhabitants.

Gary’s father, Roy Morgan, born at Malvern in 1908 and educated at Brighton Grammar and Melbourne Grammar, also passionate about his hometown, was elected to the City of Melbourne Council in 1959, chaired the town planning committee, and was involved in negotiations that led to the development of the City Square. He was a councillor until 1974. In the 1940s, he had established what became the best-known market research company in Australia, which was taken over in the 1960s by Gary, who continues as Executive Chairman of the company to this day.

Driven by their shared enthusiasm for Australian creativity and symbology,Gary and Genevieve have always sought to furnish their homes and workplaces with the work of Australian artists and artisans. They have lived in several Victorian-era homes, all of which have accommodated their ever-growing collection. As they acquired more pieces – Gary would say they “rescued”
them – the Morgans have generously loaned some of their pieces to various museums, libraries and other institutions so that they could be more widely appreciated. For example, their collection of the works of Nicholas Chevalier was recently displayed in the East Melbourne Public Library and some of their large collection of Early Melbourne Paintings are on display at the Old Treasury Building in Spring Street.

Featured Lots

Lot 61

MARGUERITE MAHOOD pottery mermaid statue on original ebonized wooden base, titled "Forsaken Mermaid", circa 1936, incised "Marguerite Mahood" and titled on the plinth, 15.5cm high overall, 13.5cm wide, 13.5cm deep. Illustrated in "AUSTRALIAN ART POTTERY 1900-1950", by Fahy, Freeland, Free and Simpson [Casuarina Press, Syd. 2004], plate 296

Est: $10,000 - $15,000
Price Realised including BP: $14,340

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Lot 106

An exceptional and early Australian Colonial breakfast table, superbly crafted top made from a single butt cut slab of cedar with fine cross banded edge, hexagonal tapering column and platform base terminating in carved feet with brass castors, circa 1825. A museum quality piece. 73cm high, 121cm diameter. Illustrated in "A GUIDE TO COLLECTING AUSTRALIANA" by Juliana and Toby Hooper [Melb. 1978], page 26, plates 12 and 13.

Est: $30,000 - $40,000
Price Realised including BP: $44,215

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Lot 110

A stunning and early Colonial chest of drawers, full cedar construction with rare Greek key inlay top and drawer fronts, plus inlaid wooden escutcheons. Sydney, New South Wales origin, circa 1825. This piece is obviously a Sheraton inspired design with the use of fine inlay work. This technique had all but vanished in Australian cabinet making by the late 1830s. 111cm high, 111cm wide, 53cm deep.

Est: $15,000 - $20,000
Price Realised including BP: $31,070

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Lot 135

A stunning and rare Colonial huon pine breakfast table with radially veneered circular top, cross banded in huon pine, hexagonal tapering column, tri-form base, scrolling feet with inset brass castors, Tasmanian origin, circa 1835. 75cm high, 127cm diameter

Est: $30,000 - $50,000
Price Realised including BP: $90,820

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Lot 150

ROBERT PRENZEL superb fire screen adorned with carved kookaburras, gum blossoms, leaves and waratahs, early 20th century, 92.5cm high, 99.5cm wide, 39cm deep

Est: $30,000 - $50,000
Price Realised including BP: $31,070

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Lot 169

JOHN KENDRICK BLOGG stunning Australiana panel depicting a naturalistic eucalyptus branch, superbly carved in high relief, signed and dated "John K. Blogg, 1924". Museum quality. A Tour de Force of Australian craftsmanship. One of the finest examples in private hands. 48 x 121cm.

Est: $40,000 - $60,000
Price Realised including BP: $161,325

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Lot 186

A superb pair of Colonial earrings, 18ct yellow gold with kangaroo and emu in foliate design set with cabochon rubies, housed in a period plush fitted box, 19th century, 5cm high

Est: $12,000 - $15,000
Price Realised including BP: $17,925

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Lot 192

JOHN WILLIAM LEWIN (1770 - 1819), Ptilinopus Magnificus (Wompoo Pigeon), watercolour, circa 1812, signed lower right, 37 x 28 cm (visible). Provenance: Sotheby's, Fine Australian Paintings and Books, Sydney, 29/11/1993, Lot No. 153.

Est: $50,000 - $75,000
Price Realised including BP: $89,625

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Lot 203

CONSTANCE TEMPE MANNING (1896-1960), The Reflection, self portrait, oil on board, signed and dated 1916 at lower right, 46.5 x 31cm.

Est: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realised including BP: $71,700

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Lot 208

CLIFTON ERNEST PUGH (1924-1990), Dialan and his birds, (1957), oil on board, signed lower left "Clifton, May '57", and titled at base "DAILAN & HIS BIRDS, 1957", 88 x 65cm.

Est: $20,000 - $30,000
Price Realised including BP: $25,095

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