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and Howard Antiques and Fine Art. It
was the start of a great relationship and
the ignition of the owner’s passion for
Most of the antiques in the home are
from Lauder and Howard but there are also
a few pieces from Bloomsbury Antiques in
Shenton Park, Empire Antiques in North
Perth, and Matilda’s Antique Centre in
The owner has also collected special
pieces on subsequent travels. She’s bought
floor carpets and a small wall tapestry
from Turkey, and an old record player
with horn that she found in a small
town in the Czech Republic. In Vietnam,
she bought a painting of a Hmong
mother and child – it hangs on the
wall above an antique Chinese money
chest, on which there sits a cluster of
From the very start, the owner
visualised her plan and it has been a slow
process to fulfill it. “I did a lot of looking,
which I had ample time to do before I
became a grandmother,” she says.
“The more I looked and the more I
bought, I got more and more drawn in
to the world of antiques,” she continues.
“I love fine art and I find so many antiques
showcase elements of fine art. They can
be so creative.”
It’s this artistic side of antiques that the
owner is drawn to, rather than the patina
or worn qualities that many collectors look
for. “I like antiques that don’t look like
they need to be restored,” she says.
As such, the quality of the pieces in her
home is exquisite. Despite their age, they
don’t look worn, except maybe the two
long couches in the drawing room, which,
ironically, aren’t actually old but were
04. A rare pair of mid-19th century chinese porcelain Foo Dogs.
05. Carlton Ware chinoiserie porcelain ginger jar c1940, beneath
a wall tapestry from Turkey.
06. Japanese Satsuma ceramics c1920.
custom-made to blend with the traditional
style of the room.
One of her favourite pieces is a French
standard lamp from the early 18th century.
She also loves her Carlton Ware ceramics,
which date back to various eras of the
English pottery manufacturer that started
its colourf ul journey in the late 1800s and
which had its brand resurrected in 1997.
Despite the time and money that have
gone into creating this antique showcase,
the home is far from gallery-like. It is
warm and welcoming and is very much
a ‘lived-in’ home.
“I think I now have everything I would
ever want,” says the owner. “I still have
a passion for looking at fi ne art and
antiques so no doubt I won’t be able to
stop myself from going into antique shops,
but I think the plan I visualised has just
about been completed.”
“I love fine art and I find so many antiques showcase
elements of fine art. They can be so creative”
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