Woolmer Antiques Fair



658 Woolmers Lane, Longford, Tasmania 7301

Apologue is looking forward to crossing the sea and setting down at the beautiful Woolmer Estate for its annual Antique Fair. A Fabulous selection of antiques presented by leading mainland and local dealers in conjunction with the Woolmer Rose festival. A beautiful weekend should be had by all.

Grand opening Saturday 17th November
Sunday 18th November 10am - 5pm.
$10.00 Saturday $5.00 Sunday plus Rose festival fee



Everything Deco to Retro Fair, Canberra


The Everything Deco to Retro Fair is coming back to Canberra! Featuring 20th Century design: Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Mid-Century, Vintage, Kitsch and Retro. Plus 19th Century antiques and collectables: jewellery, furniture, ceramics,and glass.

Join Apologue at the Everything Deco to Retro Fair where we'll be showcasing our Eclectic mix of Antiques and collectables.

Friday 2nd March 3pm to 8pm. 
Sat 3rd March 10am to 5pm
Sun 4th March 10am to 4pm

Admission Adults $12

This fair will be held at the elegant and iconic Albert Hall on Commonwealth Avenue. The Renaissance Revival building is a perfect setting to highlight 20th Century design. 

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Hobarts Collectors Antique Fair 2017



29th Dec – 3rd Jan

Held at City Hall Macquarie St directly across from Hobarts Constitution Dock

Gala Opening night 29th Dec 6pm – 10pm $15 entry

30th Dec – 3rd Jan 10am – 5pm $7 entry under 16 free

The Hobart Antique Fair is a must for avid collectors. With more than 30 local and mainland antique, art and collectable dealers, there’s sure to be unique treasures for everyone. To be held in the City Hall on Macquarie St, with close proximity to the waterfront, you’ll enjoy the atmosphere of the Sydney to Hobart race. Bring the family or friends and pop over to Princes Wharf where the delicious Taste of Tasmania will be sure to get your mouth watering. The week of the Hobart Antique Fair is guaranteed to be most vibrant and exciting that this beautiful city has to offer.

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Exploring Michel-Victor Cruchet


Michel-Victor Cruchet, was a celebrated carver, who supplied many pieces of furniture to the households of both King Louis-Philippe and Emperor Napoleon III.

Michel-Victor Cruchet worked with the cabinetmakers Ringuet-Leprince, Thuiller and Maigret.

Sculptor and ornamentalist, he is one of the first to have used carton-pierre (papier mache panels, plaster ornaments) in interior decoration. He knew perfectly the styles of the past and had a great ability to appropriate them and make copies. He participated with other decorators, from the end of the reign of Louis-Philippe to the mix of different styles that led to the eclecticism of the Second Empire style .

He was a supplier to the Garde-meuble during the reign of Louis-Philippe. He provided the audience seating the Duke of Nemours (1814-1896) at the Pavillon de Marsan, in a neo-Louis XV style.

He had previously worked at the Tuileries Palace for the Gothic Salon of Princess Marie d'Orleans , sister of the Duke of Nemours. Together with the painter Eugène Lami (1800-1890), a former teacher of drawing of royal children, he also furnished the Duke of Aumale in the Château de Chantilly .

He was the official sculptor of the Empress Eugenie . She confided to him the task of making copies of the antique furniture kept in the Garde-meuble, and sometimes enriching with additional motifs from the old seats.

Below an example of his furniture shown in the Louvre,  commissioned by Duke of Nemours.

Followed by a fine Neo-Louis XV gilt suite sharing the same quality and design features currently on display in our showroom.


Gerard & Marc 'Angels & Wolves'

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The dynamic International duo Gerard & Marc released their new photographic offering 'Angels & Wolves’ a gothic Fairytale at the Melbourne Flower Merchants gallery space this April.

The factual fictitious story conjured by the artists centres around the lady of the house and her dress of a thousand living flowers, her debonair Lupine lover and their gold painted servants which are all presided over by a dark Archangel. 

The show was ceremoniously opened by Dr Alastair Foster Adjunct professor RMIT University and Director of Cultural Development Consulting.

With over 350 people in attendance the exceptional opening night had guests being seduced by gold painted characters from the series serving drinks, and were spoilt with gothic edible delights by Tommy Collins.

The photographic series aptly titled ‘Angels and Wolves’ consists of 7 large format photographs and they have been selected by the City of Melbourne to be a part of their Melbourne Spring Fashion Festival curated October 2017,also to be part of Festival of Light Argentina 2018.


Apologue Featuring Gavin Brown

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 Apologue is pleased to present the fabulous work of Melbourne's Gavin Brown. We have a varied selection of his works, ranging from collaged prints, mix media and oil. 

 My work is constantly evolving and I am forever refining it. Each new body of work reflects something of my prior show, but it also explores several new direction, be that in technique, mood or vision.

Collage has long been the basis for most of my work and I tend to derive my source material from advertising and popular culture media. Currently I am layering this with my own photographic records of the graffiti that pervades Melbourne’s energetic inner urban environments.

In my own chaotic vision, busyness only works with good composition. The rhythm of an image should allow your eye to travel around a painting, acknowledging fragments, while reading the work as a whole.

Glimpses of private worlds fascinate me and I enjoy being an observer and commentator of popular culture in all of it’s excesses and hedonism, it’s beauty and ugliness. I hope to gain an emotional response from the audience, through creating scenarios and narratives, that they can interpret and continue themselves


Exploring X-framed chairs


The history of the Curule or Savonarola chair in furniture and design is varied and stretches over many periods in history.  

In the Roman Republic, the curule chair was the seat upon which magistrates holding imperium were entitled to sit. This includes dictators, magistri equitum, consuls, praetors, censors, curule aediles, and the promagistrates, temporary or de facto holders of such offices. Additionally, the Flamen of Jupiter was also allowed to sit on a curule seat, though this position did not hold imperium. Livy writes that the three flamines maiores or high priests of the Archaic Triad of major gods were each granted the honor of the curule chair.

Another type of folding chair with a frame like an X viewed from the front or the side originated in medieval Italy. Also, known as a Savonarola or Dante chair in Italy, or a Luther chair in Germany, the X-chair was a light and practical form that spread through Renaissance Europe. In England, the Glastonbury chair made an X-shape by crossing the front and back legs, while in Spain X-chairs were inlaid with ivory and metals in the Moorish designs.

The use of the name Savonarola chair comes from a nineteenth-century trade term evoking Girolamo Savonarola, is a folding armchair of the type standardized during the Italian Renaissance.

As with attractive design and function, forms of this chair have had a constant revival throughout history. From classical revival, art deco to mid-century, these forms of chairs always help punctuate interior spaces, and always as with timeless design slip into almost any style of room.


Exploring Paul Follot


Paul Follot was a French designer of luxury furniture and decorative art objects before World War I. He was one of the leaders of the Art Deco movement, and had huge influence in France and elsewhere. After the war he became head of the Pomone decorative art workshop of Le Bon Marché department store, making affordable but still elegant and high-quality work.

Paul Follot's early designs reflect the Gothic Revival, with foliate motifs. Follot acquired a taste for wooden motifs and carvings from Grasset. The stylized motifs of baskets of fruit or of flowers were typically carved from solid wood by Laurent Malclès. Follot made well- upholstered pieces in gently curved and ornamented giltwood frames. He liked using rare materials, with inlays of contrasting colors and gilded bronze friezes. 

After 1910 Follot's designs became quieter and more classical as his style evolved towards Art Deco. Follot was an Art Deco "purist", and saw his work as refinement of classical French design.

Follot designed textiles and wallpapers in traditional and modern styles. In 1928 Follet said, “We know that the 'necessary' alone is not sufficient for man and that the superfluous is indispensable for him, otherwise let us also suppress music, flowers, perfumes… and the smiles of ladies!” 


Featured artist Connor Grogan

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Connor Grogan was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1983. He completed an International Baccalaureate at St. Andrews College, Dublin in 2000 and Foundation Studies at Wimbledon School of Art, London in 2001. He has lived and worked in Melbourne since 2008.


“My practice investigates the way history is constructed or manipulated, to suit the needs of authority in the shaping, or control, of our present and future. This includes narratives around the accelerated scientific and technological discoveries of the 20th century. Many of these discoveries arose out of paranoia and fear - of disease, invasion, war.

My work collides these elements - analysing fact, fiction and comparing discrepancies in their different perspectives. I also reimagine events, adding my own fiction to synthesise distorted or alternate possible futures.”