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These Items relate to The Johnston Collection’s Gala Dinner, Tuesday 19 July 2016

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Details: ROBYN RICH, A Bowl Full, 2016 (courtesy of the artist)
Materials: oil on timber | 275 x 225 mm (framed)
Auction estimate: $550 - $750
Description: ROBYN RICH is an emerging Melbourne-based artist. A painter of intricate observations of the everyday, detailed portraits full of thought and emotion, and quick studies from life. Her paintings examine the beauty and emotion of everyday life and she is fascinated in the small, the forgotten and even the mundane. Rich has received numerous awards and prizes that acknowledge her ability in the arts sector. She is the recipient of the 2014 Chisholm Vocational Student of the Year| Interactive Media award. Robyn Rich had the opportunity to paint a portrait of Minister Steve Herbert MP for the nationally recognised Archibald Prize in 2015.


Details: EXCLUSIVE SALON PREVIEW with AKIRA ISOGAWA in his design studio
Auction estimate: Priceless
Description: Spend time with AKIRA ISOGAWA in his Marrickville studio in Sydney and be personally guided through his latest collection in mid October 2016 (exact date TBC). You will have the opportunity to place a garment order, at cost price, and preview his new collection before it hits the stores! [Prize includes a $200 flight voucher]. AKIRA ISOGAWA is one of Australia’s most celebrated fashion designers. As a fashion designer, Akira is interested in ideas about how we present ourselves. Since 1998 Akira has shown his collections throughout the world. In 1999 Akira Isogawa was named ‘Designer of the Year’ at the Australian Fashion Industry Awards.

KATE ROHDE, Hoof & Antler vase

Details: KATE ROHDE, Hoof & Antler vase, 2016
Materials: Polyurethane, 760 x 420 x 300 mm
Auction estimate: $1,100 - 1,500
Description: KATE ROHDE is inspired by Rococo decorative arts and a love of natural history, as well as preferring to source inspiration from her vast collection of books. Since 2002, Rohde has exhibited extensively in solo and group shows in Australia and internationally Recent exhibitions Rohde has participated in include ‘Melbourne Now’ and the ‘Rigg Design Prize’ at the National Gallery of Victoria and ‘Magic Object’ at the Art Gallery of South Australia as part of the Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art. ‘Hoof and Antler’ vase is created in resin and features hooves, antlers, flowers and fur in the design. Each of KATE RHODE’S vessels is unique.


Details: RICHARD NYLON MILLINERY & BRIDAL, a personalised headpiece, 2016
Materials: in consultation with the milliner
Auction estimate: to the value of $850
Description: Established in 1997, RICHARD NYLON MILLINERY & BRIDAL specialises in couture millinery, bridal headpieces and veils. All of their creations are designed and handcrafted in his Melbourne studio. RICHARD NYLON MILLINERY & BRIDAL started as an accessory to Richard Nylon’s first career as a fashion designer. Never one to shy away from a challenge, Richard taught himself how to make hats to complement his outfits in the mid 1980s. Richard’s creations have been described by many as wearable art, and have graced the runways and the heads of many celebrities including Kate Bosworth, Chloë Sevigny, Dame Edna, Megan Gale, and Jennifer Hawkins. Nylon’s recent exhibition at The Johnston Collection ‘FEATHERING THE NEST | Richard Nylon meets William Johnston’ was the recipient of the “Museums and Galleries National Awards 2016”, “Temporary or Travelling Exhibition Level 1" Award.


Materials: (date to be determined)
Auction estimate: $400 - $600
Description: A private tour for up to 8 people to see our annual Christmas exhibition followed by lunch and a glass of wine at nearby PERSILLADE. PERSILLADE (the name of a French parsley seasoning) serves up bistro-style fare in East Melbourne. The eatery offers modern French bistro for lunch, hosting lunches and weekend brunches alike. Their concise menu aims to please a broad cross-section of diners, and for those wanting a tipple, there is a wine list that is significantly longer than the food menu! This year The Johnston Collection’s annual Christmas show ‘returns to the city’ with an exciting selection of contemporary artists.

ROSSLYND PIGGOTT, Murmur-Vacance en Paris

Details: ROSSLYND PIGGOTT, Murmur-Vacance en Paris, 2013
Materials: Digital print on Hahnemule paper, print size 1000 x 780 mm, from an edition of 5, courtesy of the artist and Sutton Gallery, Melbourne
Auction estimate: $3,300 - $5,000  (There is a reserve on this item)
Description: ROSSLYND PIGGOTT is considered one of Australia's most highly revered and critically acclaimed contemporary artists. With a strong exhibition history, beginning in 1981, the artist has maintained a very prolific practice, focusing on 3-dimensional works, painting and drawing. Piggott has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants, and has presented in many shows both nationally and internationally. In 2013 Piggott was invited to curate and recontextualise The Johnston Collection in her multi-media exhibition Murmur. This limited series of prints was based on archival images creating new historical connections with William Johnston. If there is a successful bidder, there is an opportunity to select an alternative work from this series.


Details: ELIZABETH BLACKWELL Botanical Print, circa 1730, courtesy of ALLPRESS INC, Melbourne
Materials: hand-coloured engraving on paper, 41 cm x 27 cm (unframed)
Auction estimate: (framed) $1,200 - $1,400
Description: ALLPRESS INC (formerly known as ALLPRESS ANTIQUES) was established in Melbourne in the late 1980s and is now based at 1425 Malvern Road, Malvern. They specialise in English and French provincial furniture, rare and unusual pieces as well as offering furnishing and decorating advice. ELIZABETH BLACKWELL was among the first women to achieve fame as a botanical illustrator and is notable for being one of the first botanical artists to personally etch and engrave her own designs. She undertook an ambitious project to raise money to pay her husband’s debts and release him from debtors prison. The success of her project, a book called ‘A Curious Herbal’ (pub. 1737-1739) enabled the release of her husband from prison.


Materials: This prize is for up to 10 guests
Auction estimate: $700 - $800
Description: A unique opportunity for you and your friends, to enjoy an exclusive private tour of The Johnston Collection followed by a sumptuous champagne ‘High Tea’ in the opulent surroundings of The Green Drawing Room in Fairhall. The Johnston Collection encompasses significant treasures of the English Georgian, Regency and Louis XV periods sourced from England, Europe and India displayed in Fairhall, a mid-19th century, historic listed building in East Melbourne.


Details: MATA-HARI ANTIQUES, necklace, courtesy of a supporter of The Johnston Collection
Materials: aquamarine, 18 carat gold with antique stones
Auction estimate: $1,800 - $2,200  (There is a reserve on this item)
Description: An exquisite and unique design necklace featuring aquamarine combined with antique stones accented with 18 carat gold beads and clasp. For over 25 years MATA-HARI ANTIQUES has featured only the best in Asian Arts, from the Spice Islands to the Himalayas in all their fascinating art forms and cultures.


Details: ALLPRESS RESTORATION & CONSERVATION, Conservation voucher
Materials: Conservation of a piece of furniture
Auction estimate: to the value of $500
Description: Jamie Allpress has over 30 years of experience in the workshop, as a French polisher, specialising in maintaining original finishes, hand graining, colouring and wax finishes. “From my first day I wanted to be a dealer, not just a restorer. My boss was one of the mentors in my journey ‘Mr. John Henry Walter Cockburn’, he taught me my trade as a French polisher and was an excellent old school tradesman.” ALLPRESS RESTORATION & CONSERVATION is part of ALLPRESS INC (formerly known as ALLPRESS ANTIQUES), now based at 1425 Malvern Road, Malvern and is a member of the Australian Antique and Art Dealers Association.

FOOTSTOOL French, 19th century

Details: FOOTSTOOL French, 19th century, courtesy of a supporter of The Johnston Collection
Materials: wood, wool embroidery.  Measurements  h 140 x w 330 x d 250 mm
Auction estimate: $700 - $900
Description: A wonderful French antique petite oval footstool upholstered with charming embroidery of a St Bernard dog with a basket of flowers in its mouth. In 19th century style, with a needlepoint covered cushion, the footstool has recently been reupholstered. The needlepoint cover is held to the frame with individual nails. The base has delicate turned wooden legs. The footstool is in good condition with inherent wear and nice patina.