Rachel Griffiths' Designer wares to be auctioned

a little bit of Hollywood glamour to be found among an upcoming collection of designer wares at Woollahra's Shapiro Gallery.

by Lucy Macken | Sydney Morning Herald | Domain News | 10 November 2014

griffiths light Lot 74

In an upcoming collection of designer wares at Woollahra's Shapiro Gallery, there's a little bit of Hollywood glamour to be found among the 300-odd lots.

Collated from private collections both in Australia and overseas, the catalogue includes a rare 1950s designer couple of lamps, chandelier and a tapestry that were last at home in the Palm Beach weekender of actor Rachel Griffiths and her artist husband, Andrew Taylor.

"The couple are actually known as collectors of mid-century furniture, lights and tapestries, all mainly from the United States, and these are just the few pieces from their collection that they can't take on to their Melbourne home," Andrew Shapiro said.

Griffiths and Taylor sold their original sandstone beach cottage at Palm Beach in August for $2.25 million.

Griffiths Palm Beach House

The couple's wares are set to recoup more than $20,000 at the November 18 auction, all of which is open to view from this weekend at the gallery on Queen Street.

A Stiffel Futura four-light pole lamp was last seen taking pride of place in the lounge room of the couple's Palm Beach getaway, and the Rispal Teak floor lamp was in the main bedroom.

The other items up for grabs are the Paavo Tynell chandelier from Finland and a hand-knotted wall tapestry from Scandinavia that dates to circa 1950.

The popularity of mid-century design is making this collection one of Shapiro's most sought after of the year, with $500 million worth of stock set to be sold. "Mid-century is all anyone's collecting at the moment," Mr Shapiro said.

Schulim Krimper Desk Lot 45

Another highlight of the collection is a range of cabinetry by Melbourne designer Schulim Krimper all from one recently sold house in Toorak.

It includes a black bean desk with curved plate-glass top that is identical to another in the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Victoria.

Lovers of the Italian Memphis movement of the 1980s will appreciate six custom-made items from the recently sold Frocht family home in Vaucluse.

The furniture was commissioned by Dr Alexander Frocht, and is now on offer through the Shapiro auction following the sale of the Olola Avenue house in June for $3.37 million.


Tuesday 18 November 2014, 6pm Sydney


until Tuesday 18 November 11am - 5pm

162 Queen St Woollahra NSW



info@shapiro.com.au or (02) 9326 1588

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