Christopher Bragg’s first encounter with dealing in art and antiques was when he left school at the age of 18. Having settled in London he would attend the weekly sales of a west London auction house. There, his keen eye would be attracted to tea chests full of china, bric-a-brac & collectables. The average cost being five pounds. The contents would then be sorted, cleaned and prepared for exposure to the world of commerce. The favourite venues being Portobello Rd. & Pimlico markets.
This activity was enjoyed for some years even whilst working for “The Connoisseur” magazine. It was during employment at this distinguished journal that Christopher met Alan Jacobs, who had just opened an art gallery in Belgravia specialising in 17th Century Dutch and Flemish Old Master Paintings. This encounter was to be fortuitous to say the least. New to the London art scene, Alan soon concluded that running an art gallery was no easy task. He needed an assistant. An invitation of employment was issued to Christopher and the response was in the affirmative.
The gallery thrived throughout the 1970’s. Two major exhibitions were held every year. Occasionally a loan exhibition would be staged, one of which was “Jan van Goyen Poet of the Dutch Landscape” in 1977. It was an important exhibition which coincided with the publication of the same name. “The Shipley Collection” was another notable exhibition held in 1979.
The gallery moved to 8 Duke Street, St. James’s soon after this exhibition, to be in the heart of the old master art scene.
Christopher remained with the gallery until early in 1983 when, together with his family, came to Australia. Alan Jacobs meanwhile continued dealing, but later retired and was to become an author and poet, writing numerous books on philosophy, mysticism and non-duality. Christopher was not unaffected by these interests.
It was in 1995 that Christopher established his art and antiques auction business “Christopher Bragg Auctions” in Surrey Hills, Melbourne which flourishes to this day.
December 2015 saw Christopher’s departure from the day to day ‘hands on’ involvement in the business. He now specialises in consulting and valuations for probate, family division and insurance.
From individual items, small estates, to whole house lots or significant collections...
All valuations include the following:
Our written valuations provide comprehensive descriptions and images (if required) of each item.
Disposal of Estates post granting of probate: Advice may be given as to the best method of disposal. This can be arranged through the traditional auction process with www.cbraggauctions.com Open for discussion.
Valuations undertaken for single items to complete house lots.
Main clients are Trustees, Executors, Solicitors and Administrators.
Private clients are welcome.
A travel fee may be charged if property is outside Greater Melbourne.
Feel free to ask anything.