433 Bridge Road Richmond VIC 3121
UNDER INSTRUCTION FROM THE TRUSTEES OF THE ESTATE OF:
Stanley Crawford Stevens
To be conducted at:
433 Bridge Road, Richmond.
￼SUNDAY 11TH DECEMBER, 2016
COMMENCING AT 12 noon
This collection comprises the contents of Mr Stevens’ residence on the Bellarine peninsula, including some of his favourite pieces that he could not bear to part with. In addition to Mr Stevens’ outstanding collection of Chinese porcelain, works by James Jackson, Arthur Streeton, and S.T. Gill are included in the sale, together with George II & George III mahogany furniture.
Stanley and his first wife, Constance, began collecting antiques in the 1950’s. Importantly, their extensive travels - particularly to London throughout the 50s and 60s - allowed them to begin collecting Chinese porcelain at a time when it was not yet fashionable.
Stanley and Constance were attracted to Bond St, where they formed an association with John Spinks and Son, and John Sparks LTD, both highly respected antique dealers specialising Oriental Antiques. Furthermore, they made a point of being in London at the time of the Grosvenor House Antiques Fair.
While in Melbourne, Stanley and Constance were regular clients of Windsor Antiques, as well as Archie Meare’s The Connoisseurs Store of Collins Street and John Dunn Antiques. Stanley and Constance also attended important estate sales while in Melbourne, including the Sir Marcus Clark Collection.
Much of their collection was housed at their country property, ‘UIIadulla’ near Holbrook in Southern NSW. However following Constance’s death in 1999, Stanley sold much of their collection. This collection for sale comprises Stanley’s favourite items.
A truly inspirational woman Winifred McCook was fiercely independent and perhaps years ahead of her time, with a strong sense of justice, work ethic and adventure. She attended the Presbyterian Ladies College followed by Melbourne University, where she graduated from the Faculty of Law. A trailblazer, she was one of four females to graduate in Law in 1945. One of her papers, ‘The Legal and Political Status of Women in Australia’ is now housed in The State Library of Victoria.
Winifred was a great lover of wildlife and the bush, and was a member of the Melbourne University Mountaineering Club. She spent the years between 1959 to 1965 travelling the Australian outback in her Land Rover, using only army maps to navigate as there were no roads. Then in 1969 and 1970 she travelled through Papua New Guinea. Her Aboriginal and New Guinean artefacts were collected during this period. Winifred also enjoyed the ballet, classical music and surrounded herself with quality antique furniture and effects.
In accordance with Winifred’s wishes all the proceeds from this auction will be donated to the RSPCA Victoria to support their vital work in animal welfare.
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