Archibald Prize finalist’s mud brick Eltham cottage a rare piece

Archibald Prize finalist’s mud brick Eltham cottage a rare piece

An acclaimed artist’s marvellous mud brick is on show, hitting the Eltham market for the first time in 15 years.

The historic house at 14 Peter St, set on the aptly-named Artist Hill, is being sold by Archibald Prize finalist Fu Hong.

The rustic French Provincial-style cottage, designed by renowned builder John Harcourt, has a $1-$1.05 million price guide.

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Mr Fu said he had used the residence, known as Hazel’s Cottage, as an art studio while living there.

“I’m 73 now and only getting older, so I’m looking for a property which is all on one floor,” Mr Fu said.

“I have opened a gallery in Collingwood, so I’m looking to move closer to it.”

The Chinese-born artist has been an Archibald Prize finalist, with his portrait of Dame Elizabeth Murdoch on her 100th birthday one of his highly-commended works.

The realist painter has had more than 40 solo exhibitions in Australia and China.

While most of his work has been removed from the property, there are still a few paintings on the wall for buyers to admire at inspections.

Mr Fu said living at the address had provided plenty of inspiration for his work, with jaw-dropping views across Eltham.

“I will miss this area very much, because I’ve loved being close to the town and Montsalvat, enjoying the view and the beautiful gardens,” he said.

Jellis Craig Eltham agent Aaron Yeats said the 1940s house had an enormous amount of character.

“Everything has been handcrafted and Hong has left it relatively untouched since moving in,” Mr Yeats said.

“It’s a bit of an artwork in itself.”

Renowned stonemason Leigh Wykes built the stone retaining wall that surrounds the house, adding extra history to the heritage-protected abode.

The charming property features timber ceilings and a wood fireplace in the living area, an updated kitchen and a terrace in the backyard.

Expressions of interest for the quaint two-bedroom house are scheduled to close on March 26.


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