The Athens of the South. Tasmanian Colonial Furniture and Interiors. Sold Out | 6 PM Thursday 27 July 2017
A lecture by Warwick Oakman.
Tasmania was founded in 1803, ostensibly as an island prison. What was to follow for fifty years hence, until the end of transportation in 1853, was a magnificent flowering of Colonial art, architecture, furniture and landscape transformation. This lecture will show many previously unpublished Colonial interiors – both public and private. From the first merchants mansions of Macquarie St to the gilded palm leaf cedar capitals of the Convict’s Synagogue, to gilded huon pine bookcases for the Royal Society, to the interiors of a three storey mud walled Regency bush palace, laden with treasures from Gillows of Lancaster, Canton lacquers and suites of native timber furniture. It will introduce from the shadows the author and source of the finest Greek revival joinery in the country. It will talk about flat packed houses and their folding contents. Of Maori’s and mausolea. Recent discoveries of artist John Glover’s own home (shown in AGSA’s A view of the artist’s house and garden, in Mills Plains, Van Diemen’s Land 1835) will also be presented for the first time. The lecture will also ponder the long outward tide of the post Colonial period and the role of contemporary collectors in the making of a Van Diemonian dream.
Biography: Warwick Oakman lives and works in Hobart as an antique dealer and architectural historian and is one of Tasmania’s leading authorities on the Colonial Art, architecture, furniture and landscape of that place. He has studied in the UK, Italy and Australia. Warwick is a third generation antique dealer, past president of the Australian Antique & Art Dealer’s Association, Deputy Chair of the National Trust of Australia (Tasmania), Mossgreen Tasmania Representative and Commonwealth Cultural Gifts Valuer in Colonial Art & Furniture. He is a passionate collector. His business is in an 1824 Greek revival shop in Richmond. Warwick is slowly restoring his home, a Greek revival villa, New Town Park in Hobart’s New Town. He has a modern family with Charles, an elegant black cat.