Back on home soil, Stevens was a regular client of Windsor Antiques, where his brother was a silent partner and also regularly attended important estate sales such as the Sir Marcus Clark Collection, which took place following Clark’s death in 1953
Much of their extensive collection was sold following Constance’s death in 1999 and in later auctions through Sotheby’s in London and Melbourne. However Stevens could never bear to part with his best pieces and even pulled out a number of items consigned to a Sotheby’s sale in 2011.
This sale therefore stands as the final dispersal and includes Stevens’ most tightly-held items.
Highlights include a celadon Qing Dynasty vase (Lot 112 ) which Stevens purchased from John Sparks and has an estimated value of $3,500-4,500; a pair of Qianlong Famille Rose figures (Lot 118 ), also from the John Sparks and Fraser Collections carry an estimate of $15,000-25,000; and a Qing Dynasty celadon crackle glaze bowl on tripod feet (Lot 46 ) is valued at $3,000-4,000.
There are several interesting paintings from the Stevens Collection, including two purchased from the auction of the Estate of Sir Marcus Clark.
Arthur Streeton’s Views of London (lot 60), painted in 1918 after cessation of the hostilities of World War I, is thought to have been painted from Parliament Hill in Hampstead Heath, looking south towards St Paul’s Cathedral. The charming watercolour is enticingly valued at $6,000-8,000 and should do well.
An appealing work by James Jackson, Santa Maria Della Salute Venice 1907 (lot 142) is also worth a mention. This painting was executed during the artist’s first trip to Europe and uses his newly learned techniques from the French Impressionists. Estimated at $7,000-9,000, the Venice scene won’t be breaking any records but its interesting subject matter and freshness to the market make it an attractive purchase.
Among the fine furniture on offer is a Regency mahogany rent table (Lot 62 ) that was purchased from the Sir Keith and Lady Elizabeth Murdoch Collection at Wantabadgery Station and is now estimated at $3,000-4,000.
The total value of the Estate of Stanley Crawford Stevens is estimated at between $150,000-160,000 and the auctioneers are under instructions to sell without reserves.