A pair of Australian Blackwood framed
plaster Portrait Medallions by the Australian sculptor Bernhard Smith
(1820-1885) of his parents, Lord Henry Smith (1778-1855) and Jane Mary Voase
(1783-1845) Sculptors and friends Bernhard
Smith and Thomas Woolner arrived in Melbourne in October 1852.
Represented: National Portrait Gallery,
London; Linnaean Society, London; Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge: National
Maritime Museum, London; National Gallery of Australia; La Trobe Collection,
State Library of Victoria.
Exhibited: Royal Academy, London 1842-1851;
Melbourne International Exhibition 1880-1881
Taxidermy Anthropomorphic Tableau, in the manner of Walter Potter (1835-1918)
of the nursery rhyme, the three little kittens. Originally made for the
Maharaja’s of Mysore children’s nursery.
A New Zealand carved Kauri Gum life-size Head of a Maori, with painted face and Tā
A Rare Jamaican made Games Table, attributed to Ralph Turnbull (act.1820-40). It has a chess board top displaying 64 squares of local Jamaican and imported timbers including palm wood & rosewood. The chess board top is hinged, opening to reveal a compartment containing a backgammon board, while the underside is baize-lined. The skirt is veneered and has squares of palm wood at each corner. The lower edge of the skirt is decorated with a finely turned quarter moulding. The veneered tapering octagonal column rests on a quadraform base supported on four carved lotus and stylised animal paw feet with concealed castors. Original 19th century patina.
A 13" English mahogany Wall Clock with a fusee movement having a painted dial retailed by Hollingdale & Kessell, Sydney.
A rare & important labelled Colonial New Zealand Table by the master craftsmen Anton Seuffert (act. 1859-87) featuring fern & floral marquetry design in various native timbers including mottled kauri, mapau,whairangipiro, rimu totara,rewarewa and puriri. A similar table is illustrated in The Seuffert Legacy by Brian Peet p. 116.