A Macquarie-era sideboard, Warwick Oakman

Vol 39 no 2, May 2017
Article from Vol 39 no 2, May 2017

A Macquarie-era sideboard, Warwick Oakman


The star item of furniture in the late Caressa Crouch and Carl Gonsalves collection was a cedar sideboard, of very early date, made about 1815–20. The sideboard, which they loved and had left virtually untouched, summed up all that was exceptional in Caressa and Carl’s collection, which focused on Tasmaniana.1 The sideboard has been known to collectors since the late 1980s, and featured in Fahy & Simpson’s Australian Furniture: Pictorial History and Dictionary.2 A prominent Tasmanian collector bought the sideboard at the 2015 auction and returned it to Hobart. The new owner commissioned this article for Australiana, which traces its provenance back to Hobart and speculates about its original location and maker. We hope that readers may add to this research.

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