You really have to hand it to David Bromley. The man knows a thing to two about collecting. Whether you're a fan of Bromley's own distinctive artwork or not, there's no mistaking his incredible eye for antiques and collectibles - and his extraordinary gift for creating a the most magical, visually rich environments wherever he settles.
Bromley is back in Melbourne this month with another inspired retail project which I couldn't resist sharing because it is just TOO PHOTOGENIC. After three successful auctions of David's own personal art and furniture collections, respected Melbourne auction house Leonard Joel
has teamed with David once again on this very special project, a unique auction in Melbourne this weekend, entitled MODERN + TRADITIONAL
Bromley has personally selected each piece for this collection, with the aim of presenting the auction environment in a new way, as complete rooms and interior spaces. 'What we noticed at our previous auctions was that buyers enjoyed seeing every piece in context' says Bromley. 'With MODERN + TRADITIONAL I have simply applied my own aesthetic to every space, with a view to creating an interior that I myself would love to live in'.
'I suppose the idea of MODERN + TRADITIONAL explains the way I personally like to see different eras and different styles intermingle and play off of each other' Bromley continues. 'In this auction, a Henson mixes with a Namatjira, a Ken Done with a traditional landscape or Streeton still life, a Han dynasty vessel with a contemporary ceramic, a Columbo chair with a classical sculpture. I love that when these disparate pieces all 'gather' together, they resonate differently than when they are seen in a more expected environment. It’s their differences that make, in my eyes, a powerful combined statement. This curation was influenced by what influences me every day. I love a treasure hunt, and have met many likeminded collectors who have such remarkable things and have travelled far and wide to secure them'.
The MODERN + TRADITIONAL collection is currently on display at 12 Smith Street in Collingwood, and is open for inspection today and everyday until the auction this coming Sunday. And if you're not in Melbourne, don't fret - you can also bid online via the Leonard Joel website, live in real time.
MODERN + TRADITIONAL Auction
Curated by David Bromley
Sunday 7th July 2013, 11.00am
12 Smith St
Wednesday 3rd July - 10.00am-8.00pm
Thursday 4th July - 10.00am-5.00pm
Friday 5th July - 10.00am - 5.00pm
Saturday 6th July - 10.00am-5.00pm
View catalogue here
. All enquiries regarding the auction to be directed to Leonard Joel