Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58 Page 59 Page 60 Page 61 Page 62 Page 63 Page 64 Page 65 Page 66 Page 67 Page 68 Page 69 Page 70 Page 71 Page 72 Page 73 Page 74 Page 75 Page 76 Page 77 Page 78 Page 79 Page 80 Page 81 Page 82 Page 83 Page 84 Page 85 Page 86 Page 87 Page 88 Page 89 Page 90 Page 91 Page 92 Page 93 Page 94 Page 95 Page 96 Page 97 Page 98 Page 99 Page 100 Page 101 Page 102 Page 103 Page 104 Page 105Three months ago I had to meet a Client of mine in Hong Kong to buy furnishings for a new house nearing completion here, so Patricia and I took the opportunity to spend a week in North Thailand at Chiengmai and over the border into Burma, and a week in Southern Cambodia on the way to Hong Kong. We had an absolutely wonderful time, and acquired many Cambodian antiquities in stone and bronze. Apart from some small bronzes given to us by the Royal Family in Cambodia, we acquired our other Angkor pieces outside the borders of Cambodia. Some of these we had to smuggle out of Thailand, even though they were originally stolen from Angkor. Our purchases were made for practically nothing with ignorant peasants, for we were far from civilisation for most of the journey. One of the bronzes we bought for something like $US20 has been valued by a New York art dealer in excess of $100,000. This sounds crazy I know, but similar extraordinary values apply to all the pieces we have, and we now have about 20. You can imagine our excitement at acquiring these right at the source, and the excitement of ultimately getting them freighted home. One of the stone pieces, a seven–headed Naga with Buddha head, is carved out of basalt and weighs about 400lbs. The most valuable bronze piece, which I figured to be worth about $5,000, I never let out of my sight and carted it all the way through Asia back to Sydney. Subsequent to my various writings on Angkor, I have become favourably known in Cambodia, and this time we were received right royally. We have been invited back any time and do not require visas. We are very matey with the Royal family and can travel the country staying at various villas owned by Prince Sihanouk. In the same letter, Snelling advised that he intended to be in Los Angeles early in 1966 to ‘consummate some business with the Thermador Electrical Company’. At this time, his preferred Thermador kitchen appliances were being exported through Overseas Operations, an agency at Redondo Beach which represented various manufacturers. The managing director of Overseas Operations, Robert Waldeck, remembered Snelling’s visit of early 1966—but was unaware that he had been importing Thermador appliances for himself and clients since 1950 (initially for the Hay house at St Ives). In Waldeck’s recollection, this was Snelling’s first contact with the company and ‘we took him out to the factory, introduced him to top management, and were reasonably hospitable. At the time he had another friend in Los Angeles, who also seemed to be hosting him.’ Marion Dudek, now living in the Palm Springs desert neighbourhood of Indian Wells, remembered driving Snelling 1960s. Both were located on waterfront sites. One was Yoorami, the Arthur F Little House at Clareville Beach, which won awards for its spectacular indoor and garden lighting effects after completion in 1965. The other was Tahiti, his second house for Sir Theo and Nancy Kelly, finished in 1967 on a Woolworths–owned site subdivided from the Hermitage estate at Vaucluse Road, Vaucluse. Reflecting Snelling’s extensive Asia–Pacific travels, both Yoorami and Tahiti feature exotic roofs in Asia–Melanesia vernacular style. Yoorami is topped with cedar shingles, while Tahiti’s hat was made of imported gravel–coated malthoid panels, with a vertical projection inspired by Vanuatu’s ‘haus tambarans’ (village meeting houses for men). Some Sydney architects have dismissed these and other late– Snelling rooflines as ersatz kitsch—because they do not conform with international modernist principles favouring flat roofs and skeletal aesthetics. However, they demonstrate Snelling’s persistent fascination with Asia–Pacific cultures—an interest that would have been triggered during his New Zealand schooldays. He discovered more about Polynesian culture during early stopoffs in Fiji, Honolulu and other island capitals when voyaging to and from North America in 1937–38 and 1947–48. From personal and family experiences, including many visits to the Auckland Museum, Kiwi children are indoctrinated with stories of the great Maori canoe voyages from Hawaii, through the Polynesian islands, to settlement in Aotearoa; ‘the land of the long white cloud.’ However, Australian children of Snelling’s generation mainly were taught Australian, British and American history—and little (during the White Australia period) about Asian and Pacific cultures. Unlike his Sydney–trained colleagues, Snelling was comfortable about incorporating cross–cultural visual fantasies in his work. This tendency stemmed from his teenage days as a commercial artist in New Zealand, his late 1930s exposure to the Golden Era of Hollywood movie–making, his late 1940s experiences with Los Angeles practices producing ‘Googie’ architecture, and his post–1940s interest in the ‘tiki’ movement. As a publicist, he understood the potential of exotic imagery to arouse human emotions of desire, pleasure, excitement and satisfaction. Throughout the 1960s, Snelling continued to travel extensively. After the 1963 visit to Angkor Wat, he became passionate about Cambodian history and culture, and began to acquire an extensive collection of Khmer antiquities. In a letter to his American friend, Marion Dudek, dated 8 November 1965, he (or his secretary) typed: DOUGLAS SNELLING DOUGLAS SNELLING 78 79 1966–1976 1966–1976