Cafe Australia Chair Walter Burley Griffin

Cafe Australia Chair – Walter Burley Griffin & Marion Mahony

Australia's rarest chair? This Cafe Australia chair is now one of three known to exist. One is held by the NGV another by the powerhouse Museum. The chair is made of solid Blackwood and was produced in the workshop of H.Goldman. The chair was designed by Walter Burley Griffin & Marion Mahony as part of their commission to design the furnishings for Cafe Australia in 1916.

John K Blogg Firescreen

Australiana Firescreen, Attr. J.K Blogg 1904

Irises, after Van Gogh on a Kauri Pine board set into a Blackwood firescreen carved again with irises and an eastern quote; "The fire is the flower of the winters day". The use of Australian Blackwood, the eastern quote, the quality of the carving and the date, circa 1904, are all consistent with John Kendrick Blogg.

H. Goldman Parquetry Games Table 1915

An elegant figured Eucalypt and Fiddleback Blackwood parquetry inlaid games/card table by H.Goldman Manufacturing Co. Goldman is one of the greatest Australian cabinet makers of the 20th century. He exhibited locally and abroad, and was consistently awarded at the highest level.

Waratah Desk Robert Prenzel

Robert Prenzel Waratah Desk 1915

The desk, constructed entirely from Australian Blackwood, features the native to New South Wales Waratah carved to each front leg, and again central to the palladian back. As a desk, it is unique to the known works of Robert Prenzel and with its original drawer pulls, lock and untouched patina, presents a superb example of early 20th Century furniture from a top Australian artisan.

Australian School Bed

Australian School Gumnut Bed 1915

Tasmanian Oak double bed, profusely carved with leaves and gumnuts. Attributed to Australian School. Metal rails and wooden slats.

Suzanne Gether Carved Cupboard

Suzanne Gether, Illawarra Flame Tree Cupboard, 1906

Central working area over single carved drawer and shelf flanked by two doors housing four panels of carved Illawarra Flame Trees. Upper shelf with plate rack, raised on shaped feet and six adjustable shelves to interior. Stamped twice “Miss Gether’s Wood Carving Studio Sydney”. It is the only discovered carved item by the famous Susanne Gether.