By Richard Brewster, on 13-May-2016

Auction goers will have the opportunity to see the late Suzanne Cecil’s personal collection at her magnificent Toorak home for more than two days before Mossgreen transfers all the items to its rooms at 926-930 High Street, Armadale for auction from 2.30pm Sunday May 15.

Descended from Henry Buck – one of Melbourne’s most distinguished and recognised family names – Sue was actively involved in the family retail business, but had a lifelong passion for painting and the arts.

Mossgreen Auctions will auction the collection of the late Suzanne Cecil, descended from Henry Buck of the menswear retailers, on 15 May. Included in the sale amongst other art, is Frederick McCubbin's, 'Bush Landscape' 1910 which was a wedding gift to Suzanne and her husband in 1941 from the McCubbin family.

Taught by Sir William Dargie, she was a respected portrait painter and lifelong philanthropist who donated generously to many charities and for more than 50 years carried out pro bono committee work for the Australian Ballet and the National Gallery Women’s Association.

Through her extensive travels Sue possessed a legion of lifelong friends in Europe, the United States and Australia.

She was married to James Cecil and her last trip overseas at age 90 was to a gathering of the Cecil family at Burghley House.

Sue surrounded herself with beautiful things and the auction reflects her refined and eclectic taste.

Never before seen publicly, her personal collection includes paintings by Frederick McCubbin, one of which was a wedding gift to Sue and James in 1941 from the McCubbin family, Norman Lindsay and Clarice Beckett.

The wedding gift is entitled Bush Landscape 1910, while the other McCubbin is called Landscape, South Yarra. Norman Lindsay’s work Polite Conversation 1942 and Clarice Beckett’s Low Tide are equally impressive.

The auction, which has been divided into three sections, includes art, jewellery, furniture, decorative arts and significant selection of Japanese netsuke.

Among the jewellery is a 3.40 carat solitaire diamond ring, a gold and diamond turban ring, a pair of diamond dress clips and an unusual diamond bracelet.

The furniture features a Louis XV marble top commode, a Louis XVI kingwood kidney shaped writing desk, a Bluthner walnut grand piano, a 19th century French Boulle bonheur du jour and carved walnut serpentine canapé, and an early Victorian mahogany long case clock by John Stokes. 


Sale Referenced: The Estate of Suzanne Cecil, Mossgreen Auctions, Melbourne, 15/05/2016