Current Exhibition

Royal & Imperial Clocks: Romantic & Scientific

27 Feb – 19 Aug 2018

Time and money are often the two things that we worry most about in life and this exhibition reflects David Roche’s obsession with time and the stories on trading, upgrading and acquiring his extraordinary clock collection. This is the first ‘time’ his entire collection of timepieces (and what an extraordinary collection it is) have been brought together as an exhibition. Robert Reason, Senior Curator, and I have worked hard to display the clocks in an orderly fashion and we are very grateful to some of David’s friends that agreed to loan their own significant clocks from Melbourne and Sydney.

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Special Exhibit: Gallery 2.

Pompeo Batoni, Portrait of Thomas Dawson (1725-1813), later First Viscount Cremorne, c.1749-1752.

The David Roche Collection is honoured to have a significant portrait by leading Italian Grand Tour artist, Pompeo Batoni, on loan for extended exhibition. From a private collection, Portrait of Thomas Dawson (1725-1813), later First Viscount Cremorne, c.1749-1752 is exhibited in Australia for the first time and represents the earliest period of Batoni’s portraiture. Thomas Dawson is painted three-quarter length, in a green fur-trimmed coat with a fur collar, holding a spear and a dog with his other hand, a boar’s head to the right.

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Gallery Exhibitions

Gallery 1: Neoclassic: The Spirit of Antiquity | Gallery 2: Rococo: Graceful Exuberance

The exhibitions of The David Roche Foundation House Museum showcase the fundamental areas of David’s collecting passion. The Rococo and Neoclassic periods, spanning eighteenth-century Europe, were a rich and rewarding hunting ground for David. Sumptuous furniture, porcelain, clocks, metalware and textiles reflect his prerequisite for quality, notable makers and, if possible, a provenance to royalty, aristocracy or notable figures.

Your entry fee includes all exhibitions and entry to Fermoy House.

Image: attributed to Johann Baptist Lampi the Elder, Catherine the Great, c. 1791


Future Exhibition

Japan: Edo Style 1603-1868

Presented in conjunction with the Art Gallery of South Australia

Galleries 1 to 3

4 September-1 December 2018

Image caption:  Japan, Edo Period (1603-1868), Clematis Karakusa decorated travelling chest (Hasami bako), c. 1800.

Past Exhibitions

Since 2012 The David Roche Foundation has regularly curated exhibitions from its Collection. Until 2016 these were displayed at a small Viewing Gallery (now closed).

Exhibitions include Transition; The Human Form in Art; Art from the Hearth; Motifs from Nature; Kingdom Animalia & the Decorative Arts; French Inspiration; and The David Roche Foundation Collection, details of which can be accessed here.

Image: Francis Calcroft Turner, active 1810 – 1846. Roxanna, dam of Lath & grand-dam of Eclipse, oil on canvas. England 1845.


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