In Melbourne Street, North Adelaide, sits one of the greatest European decorative arts collections in a private institution in Australia. It is set within the sumptuous interiors of David Roche Federation-style home and museum. Spanning two centuries of art and design — from the early Rococo period in France to the delights of Fabergé in Russia — is the museum’s latest exhibition Triumph and Tragedy: Catherine, The Romanovs and Fabergé.
At first glance, you’re struck by the understated elegance of the late David Roche’s Federation home ‘Fermoy House’ and its adjoining museum complex. But there’s nothing understated about the collection inside! Minimalism was a dirty word to this avid collector, with every room showcasing his loves – including his lifelong passion as a dog breeder and experience as an international judge.
The David Roche collection is one of Adelaide’s hidden gems and a must-see attraction. For details regarding opening times, visit the Roche Foundation website. ‘Triumph and Tragedy: Catherine, The Romanovs and Fabergé’ continues until the 21st of December 2019.