A large original oil painting of poppies in the impressionist style from the early 1900’s. The frame is a little misleading in that it appears to be 1950’s. One of our knowledgable customers, experienced in this area, pointed out that the cream painted inner slip is probably early 20th century while the outer frame has been replaced. So easy when you know how!
Painted in Belgium, Holland or Northern France the next step is to try and decipher that signature. We have included a black and white shot if anyone has a clue.
Item Measurements. 117 cm wide x 92 cm high and the current framing is about 9 cm deep
Price A$ 825
An elegantly carved pair of bedside cabinets with marble tops made in France around 1880.
Each one is 42 cm x 42 cm x 88 cm high
Price A$1450 pair.
A burgundy coloured, leather, swivel, office chair. Made by highly reputable Melbourne maker Alexander J. Cook about 10 years ago. In excellent usable order, a very comfortable armchair.
67 cm wide x 80 cm deep and 115 cm high (adjustable).
An impressive and beautiful pair of Delftware lidded vessels. Stylistically dating from the 16th century, these reproduction items have been made by Boch for Royal Spinx. Both these Flemish companies commenced trading in the early 1800 ‘s and these examples are from the mid 1900’s. For us these classic items would look great in the window or on the mantlepiece or dining table.
Though, in our experience it is our purchasing clients that deliver the most imaginative and elegant settings for the pieces you see at Grays. I sometimes wish I could share the photos I receive of Grays stock in their eventual new homes.
25 cms wide and 48 cms high (2).
This one is really quite clever. A comfortable solid compact table in Tasmanian oak. With a very built in extension at each end. We may have led a sheltered life over the last 30 years in this game, but we had not previously encountered this method. Each end has a fold out (butterfly ) leaf that can be used independently. The table is very solid ( a good start for a robust entertaining life), and the fabric covered chairs are comfortable, clean and well sprung. Faults? A 0.5 cm bruise on one edge.
Price A$ 790
Closed 90 cm x 120 cm x 77 (each leaf adds 42 cm).
Chairs standard height 46 cm.
From the early 1900’s this useable piece of furniture is a traditional Australian American piece made from wooden kerosene boxes covered in fabric and fitted into a wooden frame mostly, as in this case, bound with seagrass decoration. Historically accurate and still entirely usable.
One of two in stock in stock at the time of writing.
60 cm wide x 40 cm deep and 102 cm high
An antique desk with a folding top in the Dutch style, Made in Northern Europe in the mid 1800’s, this useful piece of furniture is entirely practical in large or more modest accomodation, offering a large ready to use cleared desk with paperwork drawers in the upper compartment. Below three further huge drawers for your clothes, or whatever you wish. The covert surprise, the secret compartment hidden in the writing top. Please don’t tell any one!
So what’s the bad news? In 1870 someone left a wine glass brimming with burgundy on the top, and there is a ring mark from the foot. Remove it if you wish.
130 cm wide x 60 cm deep and 107 cm high
Price A$ 1520
A folding wine rack made by expert maker S. A. Leban. Holds 10 dozen and stamped with the makers name. Easy to view your collection as all labels are easily inspected.
Professional wine maker’s equipment, made in France and suitable for your cellar or above ground storage.
72 cm x 80 cm x 150 cm high.
A French oak hall stand featuring elaborate carving and made in France in the late 1800’s. Original galvinised steel tray still intact.
80 cms wide x 32 cms deep and 220 cms high.
Price A$ 1155
A substantial gilt framed original painting of cherubs (cupids?) painted in France.
160 cm wide x 120 cm high x 9 cm deep.