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Australian Period Home Style

Australian Period Home Style 2015 - No.10

Australian Period Style is a unique annual magazine that looks at where we come from and how we once lived. It offers an opportunity to explore period decorating for Australian homes showcasing two centuries of style which has previously included Colonial Georgian, Old English Gothic, High Victorian, Between the Wars and Postwar Modern. Period Style not only defines the styles, provides examples of houses and of decoration but gives readers an insight into the many influences and contradictions that could be taken into account when renovating their homes.

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in this issue

2 min
antiques and collectables

Add a hint of the past to your home with antiques and collectables. We explore the exciting world of antiques with a selection of industry experts, who discuss, among other topics, the latest instalment of the Johnston Collection in Melbourne, colonial ceramics, the Moorcroft collection in Australia, Art Deco jewellery, collecting Australian furniture, an exhibition of pieces by Australian potter Klytie Pate, and the Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries exhibition at National Trust property, Rippon Lea. I can’t wait to share this very exciting issue of Australian Period Home Style with you, as it’s filled with myriad interesting and informative stories, far too many to mention in this editor’s letter. First we have a host of beautiful feature homes to share. Of particular note is a stunning property in country Victoria which one…

7 min
rearranging mr johnston’s collection

Each year, Australian Period Home Style visits The Johnston Collection house-museum, Fairhall, to see the different ways various designers and curators reinvent its interior spaces. This year, Fairhall provided a platform to re-imagine William Johnston’s extraordinary collection in new ways with Martin Allen, a collector and antique dealer with a love of 16th- and 17th-century English furniture. Martin has worked in the antiques trade for more than three decades and his depth of knowledge and passion for antiques is evident in this tour. Presented as part of the continuing “William Johnston and his Collection” series, “Martin Allen rearranges William Johnston’s Collection” shared Martin’s insight with visitors along with his own lifelong passion for antiques and collecting. It was the wish of Melbourne-born antique dealer and benefactor William Johnston (1911-1986) that his East Melbourne…

7 min
moorcroft heads down under

Moorcroft Art Pottery is iconic and has been handmade in England since 1897. Vicky Lovatt joined Moorcroft in 1999 as a painter and in 2011 she was elected into the coveted Moorcroft Design Studio. Vicky has designed for Australia previously — Blue Mountains Waratah and Honey Possum were designed in 2012 and the Great Barrier Reef in 2014. That year she visited Australia with Moorcroft and the current collection, The Great Southern Land Collection, is the result of that inspiring visit. Australian Period Home Style editor Danielle Townsend caught up with Vicky during her trip Welcome to Australia, Vicky. What is it about our country that inspired you for this collection? Hi Danielle. I was lucky enough to visit Australia last year en route to New Zealand where we (Moorcroft) were launching…

9 min
colonial ceramics

One of the most fascinating tales that can be told about Australia is that of the founding of the British colony in 1788. Items connected to this event are extremely scarce. From a ceramic historian’s perspective, there is the remarkable Sydney Cove medallion, made by Josiah Wedgwood from clay sent back from Australia by Governor Phillip in November 1788. Phillip wrote back in July 1790, noting, “I return thanks for the cup and medallions” — indicating he had already received back what could be classed as the first Australian pottery to be made ... although the kiln and sculptors were in England. A recent discovery from the same period shares close ties with the first years of British settlement. It’s a coffee cup and saucer, well known as a distinct product…

3 min
pottery treasures

My awareness and tactile response to a Klytie Pate pot happened in a curious little old-wares shop when I nonchalantly picked up an incised jadegreen jar of reasonable size and found my fingers exploring the surface, hoping the proprietor might not know just how special this piece was. She did; however, her notion of “special” was surprisingly reasonable at that time. The Klytie Pate Collection at Beleura is the result of a friendship between John Tallis, his sister Bid Carnegie, Jane Pearce, Alan Eustace, and Bill and Klytie Pate. I suspect the friendship grew from a chance meeting in 1928 on board a ship, recorded in the diary of the 17-year-old John Tallis, who noted his fascination with the artists Napier and Christian Waller. Christian Waller was Klytie Pate’s aunt and…

3 min
the appeal of art deco jewellery

Art Deco refers to a movement in the decorative arts and architecture that originated in the 1920s and developed into a major style in western Europe and the United States during the 1930s. Jewellery from this era took on an architectural appearance, with diamonds cut in bold geometric shapes such as the emerald cut, trapezoid and trillion cut. Another characteristic of the time was to combine contrasting tones such as black onyx and white diamonds. The strong geometric component of Art Deco jewels was directly related to modern art — Cubism and graphic design. Thus we saw straight lines, squares, triangles, rectangles and arrows all making a strong design impact. White metals gave the jewellery a contemporary look, with platinum, palladium, rhodium and white gold all featuring strongly. By using very strong…