The Johnston Collection

The Johnston Collection

The Blue Room at The Johnston Collection, East Melbourne
The Blue Room at The Johnston Collection, East Melbourne

Located in East Melbourne, The Johnston Collection is the legacy of the late W.R. Johnston, an antique dealer with an extraordinary eye for beauty. The collection is unfettered by ropes or barriers and is rich in the fine and decorative arts from the Georgian, Regency and Louis XV periods. Whilst a visit can be a moving aesthetic experience, the social, cultural and political context that surrounds the individual pieces is the basis for good storytelling. Different kinds of tours are available, offering passive enjoyment or active learning experiences.

The Johnston Collection is a Fine and Decorative Arts Museum in East Melbourne, Australia.

The Johnston Collection
The Johnston Collection

 

It is no ordinary museum with roped off exhibits, but presents an astonishing and diverse collection arranged in the English Country House Style.

 

The Yellow Room at The Johnston Collection, East Melbourne
The Yellow Room at The Johnston Collection, East Melbourne

The collection is the legacy of William Robert Johnston, an antique dealer and collector of beautiful things. He loved objects that were unusual and visually arresting. He had a sharp eye for the beauty created by the harmonious balance of line and form. He delighted in arranging objects together to create extraordinary interiors. It is pure indulgence to be amongst the Collection.

 

The W R Johnston Trust was established in 1986 to preserve and develop this unique collection.

Address: 
Please telephone for an appointment., East Melbourne, VIC
Tel: 
0394162515
Hours: 
By appointment only. Office hours 9.00am - 5.00pm Monday - Friday.
Admission: 
Adult $20.00, Concession $16.50, Group of 8 $124.00
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Facilities: 
Guided tours, exhibitions, lectures, programmes, workshops and more.
Collection: 
1200 pieces incorporating furniture, porcelain, art works, earthenware, miniatures, clocks and mirrors.
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Items

Porcelain Figure

Creator:
Bow factory
Description:
A soft paste porcelain figure of a cook or kitchenmaid. Bow Porcelain Works, London c1756.
Date:
c1756

Oil painting

Creator:
Attributed to Abraham Storck
Description:
Dutch and English Men-O'-War, in the English Channel. Oil on panel.
Date:
c1670

Bookcase

Creator:
Chippendale style
Description:
Breakfront bookcase, Cuban mahogany, once the property of Violet, Lady Beaumont.
Date:
c1770