ASIAN ART AND CHINOISERIE AT THE DAVID ROCHE FOUNDATION HOUSE MUSEUM, ADELAIDE – TAASA Review March 2020
Jennifer Harris T he David Roche Foundation House Museum in Melbourne Street, North Adelaide, presents a truly exceptional collection of late 18th to mid-19th centuries decorative and fine arts of the English Regency, French and Russian Empire periods.
These are on view to the public in David Roche’s residence, Fermoy House, and a specially built museum where the Edo Style exhibition was held in 2018.
Despite his reputation as a collector of principally European art, David Roche AM (1930-2013) acquired diverse Asian and Asian-inspired pieces with a view to complementing his collection. A disciplined and focused collector, he initially encountered Asian art as a child through his family travels...