Highlights of the April Auction
A highlight of the April Collector’s Auction in Sydney is this Roman marble portrait head that has been consigned from the estate of Rodney Ellison. It is rare to find such a fine ancient sculpture in private hands in Australia, and with provenance dating back to 1988. Roman portraits are notable for their realism and individuality and can be dated on the basis of their often elaborate coiffures.
Another estate that will feature in the Collector’s Auction is that of Patti David, wife of grocery magnate John David, whose opulent Observatory Tower apartment was decorated by Thomas Hamel. This ravishing view of the Bay of Naples by the English artist Thomas Brabazon Aylmer (1806-1856) was purchased at auction in London by the couple in 2004.