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wo years ago when a Federation-Victorian home in
Claremont came up for sale, William Carr (inset)
instantly remembered the house that had first caught
his eye decades earlier.
“What attracted me to the house is that it’s like a big Victorian
terrace,” says William. The grim prospect of it being demolished
and the block subdivided pushed him into the purchase, as did his
need for a large house to accommodate all his antique furniture.
On a whim, he bought it, moved in and set about restoring it.
William has been collecting antiques for more than 20 years.
It has offered him a break from his work as a high-profile divorce
lawyer and provided a creative outlet. “Initially, I liked the fact
they were beautiful pieces, then it became an obsession,” he
says. “I love the timeless quality of antiques.”
William’s taste has evolved over time. “I used to collect
Victorian pieces, then I upgraded to Georgian. I’m a sucker for
Georgian antiques.” William also has a penchant for chairs – all
kinds of chairs – and this is evident in every room in the house.
He is also partial to Chinoiserie – a French term, meaning
‘Chinese-esque’, a mixture of Eastern and Western stylistic
elements for decoration and shape – and blue and white
Chinese porcelain, as well as French couches, many of which
This glimpse of the Georgian entry hall shows a fabulous
carrera marble mantle with an ornate glided 19th century
French mirror. A chest on stand in the English manner
is topped by a porcelain bust in the mannerist style,
purchased in Italy’s Lake Como district.
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