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Australian Period Home Style

Australian Period Home Style No. 12

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
from the editor

Here at Australian Period Home Style, we certainly love hearing from industry experts who give their insights into exhibitions, areas of interest regarding antiques and collectables, and the revival of period-style properties. This issue, we’re very fortunate to showcase the David Roche Collection, courtesy of the David Roche Foundation (page 12). If you’re in Adelaide, a visit to the 3500-piece collection is a must. It spans two centuries of European design, housed in David’s former residence and a new $5 million purpose-built gallery. At the 2018 Australian Antique and Art Dealers Association Melbourne fair, the AAADA will present an exhibition and sale that highlights a world-class exhibition of Bow Porcelain pieces, belonging to Barry Taylor and his wife. They have spent 60 years of collecting and amassed nearly 350 pieces, which must…

1 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 David Roche Collection; sentimental jewellery; using antiques in modern homes; rearranging The Johnston Collection; the sale of Bow Porcelain pieces; framing period art; Moorcroft in Australia; Asian decoration of English porcelain and a fascinating exhibition about the art, life and travels of Eugene von Guérard.…

8 min
a hidden jewel

Opened in June 2016, the David Roche Collection spans two centuries of European design, from the early Rococo of France to Faberge in Russia. Housed in David Roche’s former North Adelaide residence, Fermoy House, and a new $5 million purpose-built gallery, the 3500-strong collection is the result of almost 60 years of dedicated collecting. Administered by a foundation (The David Roche Foundation) that David established in 1999, the collection can be viewed by guided tour Tuesday to Saturday. David purchased his home, an Australian Federation villa, in early 1954 from the Bevan sisters. He named it Fermoy House after his French-Irish grandparents, remodelling the front to make it more Georgian in appearance and building the Roman room on the rear in the 1970s. From this room you originally enjoyed a view…

5 min
sentimental jewellery

In times past we often expressed our feelings for others in a permanent way. Jewels, as well as being beautiful, rare and precious, were durable, so using a jewel to carry the message of love conveyed a permanence of expression. Antique rings were devoted to the symbolism of the endurance of everlasting love. Early wedding rings were called Posey or poetry rings and were one of the first and most simple of dedicational rings. A band of gold was engraved on the inside with a hidden message of love and promise such as “In Thee My Choyce I Do Rejoice”. Inscribed inside the band, the limitation of space meant the words needed to be brief and succinct. The snake swallowing its tail, or Ouroboros, was used as metaphor for eternal love…

6 min
why antiques?

The word “antiques” generally has a curmudgeonly air attached to it, a musty memory of a batty aunt tottering between ramshackle heaps of what she promised would be treasures. This is one way of seeing things. We consume and use; bland, derivative items stand in our houses and we forget about them, bump into them, ignore them—they are merely things. For passion and for pleasure we buy “art”, but who decided that art must be a print, painting or sculpture? When was the distinction made between practical and artistic? Antique furniture is the lost union of beauty and usefulness. We close our eyes to it and let it fade from our lives by describing it only as furniture, when in reality it is art. The shift in paradigm is what brings…

8 min
rearranging william johnston’s collection

Each year, Australian Period Style visits The Johnston Collection (TJC) exhibition house, Fairhall, to see the different ways various designers and curators reinvent its interior spaces. It was the wish of Melbourne-born antiques dealer and benefactor William Johnston (1911–1986) that his East Melbourne home Fairhall be regularly rearranged. So each year, one or two individuals with a background in history, design, art, interiors, fashion or antiques have been invited to rearrange the exhibition house. Recently, it was the turn of Melbournebased award-winning design studio Hecker Guthrie to re-imagine and restage William Johnston’s extraordinary collection. Presented as part of the continuing “William Johnston and his collection” exhibition series, William Johnston’s Emporium shared Hecker Guthrie’s interpretation with visitors. While Hecker Guthrie is principally known for its contemporary aesthetic, with a tendency towards a Modern Nordic…