Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000
A rare and special 19thC Venetian rococo bedroom suite, ex. the estate of Phyllis Brusey of Wellington, comprising a large three section mirrored door armoire with high relief and ornate scroll, floral and mask detail, 2050 x 620 x 2550mm. The bed of conforming ornate style, the headboard with relief carved pair of cherubs to the centre, ornately framed in classical design. 1680 x 100 x 2040mm, the conforming foot board with further cherub pair in a landscape of trees. 1690 x 70 x 1120mm, the Duchess of serpentine form with three drawers to the left and single shaped drawer above the open kneehole section, the tall mirrored back of three panels 1120 x 470 x 2300mm, the commode with ornate tall swing mirrored back, the surmounting pediment with mask in relief of a young woman, the serpentine marble top above the two door serpentine shaped base. 1260 x 680 x 2300mm. Some borer and damage commensurate with age. Note: Phyllis Brusey was a noted N.Z. antique dealer, Wellington based, through a good part of the mid-20thC and director and chairperson of the N.Z. Opera company, her memoirs are recorded in the book she wrote 'Ring Down the Curtain', first published 1973. Mrs Brusey inherited this bedroom suite from her parents and it remained with her for her life even managing to squeeze it into her last home, a penthouse Oriental Bay apartment. It was purchased by our vendor from her estate auction, Wellington c.1980s.