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Montsalvat Eltham, Victoria

Established as an artists' colony in the 1930s by Justus Jorgensen, Montsalvat is a cluster of medieval-styled buildings. It was founded as a home and studio for artists and craftsmen of all persuasions.

Artworks include fine sculptures by Matcham Skipper, reclining nudes and bronzes, and gargoyles and corbels by Helen Lempriere. The Great Hall contains paintings by Jorgensen and other members of the group and carved furniture. The luthiers can often be seen crafting violins, guitars and shakuhachi flutes.

Contact Information

location
7 Hillcrest Avenue Eltham Victoria 3095 (map)
phone
+61 (03) 9439 7712

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Opening Hours

Montsalvat is open 9am-5pm, seven days a week.

Entry Fee

Adults $14.00 Concessions $10.00 Children under 5: free entry Children aged 5-12 $8.00 Families $35.00 (2 adults & up to 3 children under 13) Group (10-20) $12.00 / Group (20+) $10.00 Free admission to exhibitions in the Barn Gallery and Long Gallery.

Location

7 Hillcrest Avenue Eltham Victoria

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Latex Mould - Untitled (Angel)

Montsalvat, Eltham

Oval latex mould depicting an angel with stylised decorative wings.

Inscriptions & Markings

None

Rubber Mould - Animal

Montsalvat, Eltham

Round rubber mould containing an oval design depicting a monkey with long tail.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed on reverse 'Animal' along with two sketches; a decorative design and oval.

Bronze Medallion - Untitled (Two Lovers)

Montsalvat, Eltham

Oval bronze medallion depicting a male and female nude embracing.

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None

Resin Relief - Untitled (Centaur)

Montsalvat, Eltham

Oval resin relief depicting a rearing centaur with bow and arrow.

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None

Photograph - Untitled (Trio of Rings)

Montsalvat, Eltham

Black and white photograph of a trio of Matcham Skipper rings; depicting from left a signet ring with mother and child, ring with head of a woman and a signet ring with head of a woman.

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None

Rubber Mould and Relief - Untitled (Angel)

Montsalvat, Eltham

Round rubber mould and relief depicting a male figure with wings.

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None

Photograph - Untitled (Indigenous Man Drinking)

Montsalvat, Eltham

Black and white photograph of an indigenous man drinking from a creek.

Inscriptions & Markings

Signed in pencil (Ll) '1/10" (Lc) 'Matcham Skipper' and dated (Lr) 'circa 1960' on matt board.

Silicon Mould - Untitled (Lion)

Montsalvat, Eltham

Silicon Mould depicting a lion's head.

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None

Terracotta Sculpture/ Iron Column - Untitled (Female Nude)

Montsalvat, Eltham

Terracotta sculpture of a kneeling woman mounted upon an iron column.

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None

Metalwork Mandala - Untitled

Montsalvat, Eltham

Metalwork mandala with textured outer disc and centre quatrefoil.

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None

Plaster Mould - Untitled

Montsalvat, Eltham

Oval plaster mould depicting a male nude with spiral tree.

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None

Metalwork Mandala - Untitled

Montsalvat, Eltham

Metalwork mandala of a decorative design with central flower with seven petals.

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None

Photograph - Untitled (Indigenous Man)

Montsalvat, Eltham

Black and white photograph of an indigenous man.

Inscriptions & Markings

Signed in pencil (Ll) '1/10" (Lc) 'Matcham Skipper' and dated (Lr) 'circa 1960' on matt board.

Plaster Sculpture - Untitled (Baby)

Montsalvat, Eltham

Plaster sculpture of the head of a baby boy.

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None

Photograph - Untitled (Cross)

Montsalvat, Eltham

Black and white photograph of a wooden cross with decorative medallion and base by Matcham Skipper.

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None

Plaster Relief - Untitled

Montsalvat, Eltham

Plaster relief of a male and female nude holding a child.

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None

Plaster Relief - Untitled

Montsalvat, Eltham

Round plaster relief depicting two female nudes.

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None

Wax Relief - Untitled

Montsalvat, Eltham

Painted wax relief depicting a nude male youth with bow.

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None

Plaster Mould

Montsalvat, Eltham

Plaster mould of a circular design depicting a female nude.

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None

Bronze Plaque - Wilderness

Montsalvat, Eltham

Rectangular bronze plaque depicting a kangaroo, cliff with tree and a ruin.

Inscriptions & Markings

Sticker on reverse: in pen '(Wilderness) Heonlle tu LIEU Sauvage / Matcham Skipper Australia' The first French word is illegible but the remainder translates to 'you wild place'.

Pendant Necklace

Montsalvat, Eltham

Round silver pendant necklace with cable chain depicting a stallion and rider

Inscriptions & Markings

Two pin holes at 12 and 6

Photograph - Untitled (Boy with Swan)

Montsalvat, Eltham

Colour photograph of a clay sculpture by Matcham Skipper of a seated boy with a swan.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on reverse: 9821308 1 © Sandy Kilpatrick

Silver Plaque - Untitled

Montsalvat, Eltham

Rectangular silver plaque depicting a boy with two standing snakes.

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None

Bronze Sculpture - Untitled (Head of a Woman)

Montsalvat, Eltham

Bronze sculpture mounted upon a marble base of a smiling female head.

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None

Terracotta Sculpture/ Iron Column - Untitled (Female Nude)

Montsalvat, Eltham

Terracotta Sculpture of a seated nude woman mounted upon an iron column.

Inscriptions & Markings

None

Photograph - Untitled (Christ Bearing the Cross)

Montsalvat, Eltham

Black and white photograph of a Matcham Skipper plaque depicting a man carrying a large cross.

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None

Plaster Relief - Untitled

Montsalvat, Eltham

Round plaster relief depicting a male nude with spiral tree.

Inscriptions & Markings

None

Plaster Mould - Untitled

Montsalvat, Eltham

Square plaster mould of an oval design depicting two embracing nude figures.

Inscriptions & Markings

None

Photograph - Matcham Skipper Jewellery and Sculpture

Montsalvat, Eltham

Black and white promotional photograph for Matcham Skipper jewellery and sculpture displaying a bracelet, pair of cufflinks, a ring and pendant necklace.

Inscriptions & Markings

None

Photograph - Untitled (Indigenous Girl)

Montsalvat, Eltham

Black and white photograph of an indigenous girl looking over her shoulder with another girl unfocused in the foreground.

Inscriptions & Markings

Signed in pencil (Ll) '1/10" (Lc) 'Matcham Skipper' and dated (Lr) 'circa 1960' on matt board.