Home' Scoop Homes and Art : Insite 23 Summer 2009 Contents selling more works of art. We've been going through a period of
Modernism and now people tend to be using antiques as stand alone
objects of art."
John believes many people "threw out the baby with the bath
water" when they moved into the Modernist house, thinking they
had to "get rid of everything and go all modern". But he explains
that the interest in antiques seems to have increased in the last year.
"It's not uncommon for me to hear people making comments
about how they've found the 'going all modern' a bit cold and hard.
Even if they only put one or two early pieces into their house, they'll
often comment on how it adds warmth or character."
DUTCH MARRIAGE PORTRAITS
Fetching a six-figure sum earlier this year, this superb and
important pair of Dutch 17th Century marriage portraits (opposite
page) became one the most expensive items ever sold by Fremantle
antiques specialist Lauder and Howard. Matthew Lucas of Lauder
and Howard says the subjects of these portraits are obviously from
the ruling elite -- judging by the jewels, clothes and armour.
" e painting is truly exquisite and being in their presence 347
years after they were painted, knowing they were a young couple
(she was 19, he 21), gives quite a thrill," says an excited Matthew.
e portraits, painted by Pieter Nason in 1662, were sold to a private
collection in Tasmania.
LAUDER AND HOWARD
Antiques & Fine Art
17 Blinco Street Fremantle,
WA, 6160, Australia
Tel: (08) 9335 3856
Lauder and Howard is a long
established Australian antique
business. With three decades
of experience dealing in high
quality antiques and fine
art, Lauder and Howard are
committed to finding the unusual
the beautiful and the rare.
JAPANESE MEIJI PIECES HARD TO LET GO
Sculptures from the Japanese Meiji period have been
selling well at Brans Antiques and Art over recent
months and of the notable sales, John Brans says a
few definitely fall into the category of "sorry to see
them go and difficult to let go'.
e first was a rare and beautiful pair of Meiji
period silver goats by Unno Bisei, a highly-regarded
Meiji silver artist who was recognised as Artist to the
Imperial Household in 1892.
"I had been keeping these goats at home and very
much enjoying them, planning to keep them for a
future exhibition," says John. "I brought them in to
the shop still not really wanting to sell them but a
good client got me at a weak moment and took them
home with him. He also made off with a beautiful
Meiji period horse. Like the goats, I had been keeping
this one for some time already, and planned to save
it for 'the exhibition' but sadly we are often forced to
sell our favourite pieces to pay the bills."
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