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Saturday 17 November 2018

Hobart's new destination for delightful things

It is part art gallery, part museum, part antiques store. Anyone who enjoys lovely things will want to spend some time exploring the two floors of delightful goods at Lauder and Howard Antiques and Fine Art.

After nearly four decades of dealing in rare antiques and fine art in Western Australia, Leslie Lauder and Mark Howard have moved their business and love of all things beautiful to Hobart in Tasmania.

The store opened last month on Campbell Street, between downtown and North Hobart and is home to everything from Ottoman urns to Art Deco bookends and restored furniture.

The new shop-cum-gallery houses an eclectic mix of fine antiques of diverse provenance dating as far back as the 17th Century with the occasional antiquity.

Clients can discover antique pieces from England, Scotland and Ireland, from the Georgian and Regency periods to the Art Deco era. Current stock includes a George III-style satinwood-glazed cabinet with sterling silver handles and mouldings, attributed to British maker Waring & Gillow and dated London 1902, and a rare 1825 Irish brass mounted secretaire bookcase from Cork.
There are pieces from France and Continental Europe, plus a large collection of Chinese and Japanese ceramics, also bronze figures, carved marble and antique glass. Australian history is well represented too, – with a selection of colonial furniture.

Art includes British and European works from the 17th Century to the mid-20th Century, plus early to mid 20th Century Australian paintings, with an emphasis on those by female artists.

Ottoman Empire is Lauder & Howard’s brand within a brand, with a focus on Turkish and Persian rugs, cushions and textiles, many antique and hand-made. There are also large antique terracotta pots, copper vessels, iron grilles and distinctive marble pieces.

Lauder & Howard Antiques and Fine Art will host an exhibition of works from Italy by Andrea J. Smith, an award winning Australian artist straddling the traditional and the contemporary in still life and portraits, from December 6-January 20, 2019.

The gallery is open Wednesdays- Saturdays 10am – 5pm and Sundays 1pm-5pm.

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