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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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Rubber Mould - Untitled

Montsalvat, Eltham

Rectangular rubber mould of an oval design depicting two lovers embracing.

Inscriptions & Markings

None

Bronze/Stone Sculpture - Untitled (The Hand)

Montsalvat, Eltham

Bronze sculpture of a male arm with fingers clenched mounted on stone. Relates to the bronze sculpture S.163 Death of James Whitaker.

Inscriptions & Markings

None

Bronze Plaque - The Bathers

Montsalvat, Eltham

Rectangular bronze plaque depicting two female nudes bathing.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on sticker on reverse "Matcham Skipper Australia/ The Bathers." Inscribed "MS" on reverse, right side.

Rubber Mould and Relief - Untitled (Angel)

Montsalvat, Eltham

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

Inscriptions & Markings

None

Photograph - These were my Tribesmen

Montsalvat, Eltham

Black and white photograph of a misty landscape with trees.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed on reverse in pencil 'These were my Tribesmen'. Inscribed on Matt front 35 circled and 5/5.

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

Photograph - Untitled (Indigenous Man Bathing)

Montsalvat, Eltham

Black and white photograph of an indigenous man bathing in a creek.

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Photograph - Gates at Montsalvat

Montsalvat, Eltham

Black and white photograph of metal work gates by Matcham Skipper at Montsalvat.

Inscriptions & Markings

None

Plaster Mould

Montsalvat, Eltham

Plaster mould of a circular design depicting a female nude.

Inscriptions & Markings

None

Rubber Mould - Untitled (Stallion)

Montsalvat, Eltham

Round rubber mould depicting a prancing stallion.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed in white paint on reverse 'MS', 'MS ST.', '120 M' and 'M'

Silicon Mould - Untitled

Montsalvat, Eltham

Silicon Mould of a decorative design.

Inscriptions & Markings

None

Bronze Plaque - Untitled

Montsalvat, Eltham

Round bronze plaque depicting three prancing stallions.

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None

Silicon Mould - Untitled

Montsalvat, Eltham

Silicon Mould of a hexagonal design depicting a chimera and an accompanying decorative stem.

Inscriptions & Markings

None

Photograph - Untitled (Indigenous Man)

Montsalvat, Eltham

Black and white photograph of the profile of an indigenous man with body decoration.

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Silver Plaque - Untitled

Montsalvat, Eltham

Rectangular silver plaque depicting a boy with two standing snakes.

Inscriptions & Markings

None

Photograph - Untitled (Chandelier)

Montsalvat, Eltham

Black and white photograph of a Matcham Skipper chandelier with central circle with decorative design and outer circle with seven radiating spokes with light bulbs.

Inscriptions & Markings

None

Silicon Mould - Untitled (Owl)

Montsalvat, Eltham

Silicon mould of a circular design depicting an owl with the text AOE.

Inscriptions & Markings

None

Silver sculpture - Untitled (Hands)

Montsalvat, Eltham

Silver sculpture of a pair of hands.

Inscriptions & Markings

None

Plaster Mould - Untitled (Pegasus)

Montsalvat, Eltham

Rectangular plaster mould depicting a centaur with wings.

Inscriptions & Markings

None

Stone Sculpture /Bronze Plaque - Untitled (Lizard)

Montsalvat, Eltham

Stone sculpture with bronze plaque depicting a lizard mounted upon a bronze base.

Inscriptions & Markings

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'.

Resin Relief - Untitled (Centaur)

Montsalvat, Eltham

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

Inscriptions & Markings

None

Silicon Mould - Untitled (Head of a Man)

Montsalvat, Eltham

Silicon mould depicting the head of a man.

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None

Photograph - Untitled (Head of woman)

Montsalvat, Eltham

Colour photograph of a Matcham Skipper bronze sculpture of a head of a woman wearing a head scarf.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on reverse: 9821308 2 © Sandy Kilpatrick

Photograph - Untitled (Bark Painting)

Montsalvat, Eltham

Sepia photograph of a bark painting of a hand.

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Plaster Mould - Untitled

Montsalvat, Eltham

Plaster mould of a square decorative design.

Inscriptions & Markings

None

Bronze Sculpture/ Iron Column - Untitled (Male Nude)

Montsalvat, Eltham

Bronze sculpture of a boy holding a pole mounted upon an iron column.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed Matcham Skipper '88 on left side of rear of base.

Photograph - Untitled (Indigenous Girl)

Montsalvat, Eltham

Black and white photograph of an indigenous girl.

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Rubber Mould - Untitled (Mother and Child)

Montsalvat, Eltham

Rectangular rubber mould depicting a mother and child.

Inscriptions & Markings

None

Photograph - Untitled (Indigenous Mother and Child)

Montsalvat, Eltham

Black and white photograph of a seated indigenous mother embracing an indigenous boy.

Inscriptions & Markings

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