A Pair of European Stained Timber Side Armchairs, Red Stripe Upholstery

The Collection of Birgitta Sharpe & The Late Professor Eric Sharpe

Born in Manchester, Emeritus Professor Eric Sharpe (1933-2000) was an international authority on the reception and understanding of world religions. The protege of British postwar academic, S. G. F. Brandon, Sharpe studied and worked in Sweden and the U.K, before joining the University of Sydney as Professor of Religious Studies in 1977, where he stayed until his retirement in 1997.  Sharpe authored several books and through the 1980’s and ’90s had a popular morning radio program on religion, culture and society. He was also an accomplished flautist and composer, and passionate about literature, in particular the books of Rudyard Kipling.

A highly respected member of the Sydney Swedish community, Birgitta was herself a promising academic when she married Eric in Sweden in 1966. Birgitta worked with her husband, organising the International History of Religions Congress, as well as working as a librarian in Lancaster, a presenter on 2EA and SBS Radio, as chancery officer at the Consulate General for Sweden in Sydney, and as an independent translator.

Birgitta was a contributor to the ‘Scandinavian Herald’, editor of the NSW Swedish community newsletter for 17 years, one of the founding members of ‘The Swedish Club’ in Sydney, and the founding member of the ‘Swedish Church in Sydney’. She was also the moving force behind the Sydney Scandinavian community’s engagement with the Sydney Olympic ‘Scandinavian Café’ in 2000.

With a keen eye for Swedish design, she has collated a beautiful selection of furniture & design objects to be offered in the upcoming auction, alongside fine art, tribal arts, antiques, prints & homewares.

A second auction will feature an interesting collection of books including academic and Swedish texts, Kipling and first editions.

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Casi Prischl
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Tory Page
Book Specialist
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