Smith & Singer

Property from the Collection of Mr Darryl Farrelly Lots 1-45

October 24, 2014

A prominent patron of the arts, Darryl Farrelly was responsible for some of Myer’s most memorable windows.  Renowned for his keen eye and significant contribution to Melbourne’s design and retail world, Darryl Farrelly established a name for himself during his career with the Australian clothing label, Fletcher Jones and was considered one of the country’s finest window dressers.  Today the profession is widely recognised as visual merchandising, requiring strong design and visualisation skills.  Darryl Farrelly was an original pioneer of Australian visual merchandising, creating stimulating and engaging displays like none other.

Sotheby’s Australia has been entrusted with the sale of Mr Darryl Farrelly's collection of arts & design which will take place on 29 October, commencing with lots 1 through to 45. 

Darryl Farrelly’s long-time friend, Paul Maxwell, says ‘Darryl Farrelly has certain ways of working within confined spaces to display things magnificently, moving mountains to create dynamic displays that visually excite.’  Of Darryl Farrelly’s personal collection, Paul Maxwell says ‘his home was always an Aladdin’s cave full of treasures.’

A life-long collector, Darryl Farrelly commenced with European pieces and later acquired works of Middle Eastern and Oriental provenance.  A 19th century Flemish cabinet (estimate $5,000-8,000, lot 44), comprised of tortoiseshell, bone and ebony is one of the highlights from his collection that is featured in the sale.  In addition to the private collection of Darryl Farrelly Sotheby’s Australia will present an impressive selection of arts and design from Asia, Australia and Europe in the forthcoming Arts & Design sale. 

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