David Roche, like so many Australians, held a romanticised view of Britain. For David it was a garden of delights from Scotland to England, Ireland to Wales; whether on foot, by car, train or plane, he sought out the decorative arts for over sixty-years. English antiques form the heart of his collection of Georgian and Regency items.
A London hotel room would be booked as a base during May and June to attend the Chelsea Flower Show, The Antiques Fairs at Grosvenor House, Olympia, Chelsea, the auction houses Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Bonhams, to name a few. All were paid a visit, as were the antique dealers from Portobello Road to Bond Street.
Prominent items are the English ebony and gilt-brass mounted Writing table, c.1815 attributed to Robert Hulme, the Younger; also an English Regency gilt-wood and rosewood four-door Breakfront cabinet, c.1815, with porcelain panels and mounted with gouache Herculaneum paper panels below a scagliola top. A marble bust of George IV, c.1830, attributed to Samuel Joseph and Francis Cotes’ painting of Mrs George Reynolds, 1768, are two amongst many fascinating portraits in the collection.
Image: Francis Cotes, R.A., Mrs George Rogers, 1768, England, oil on canvas.