This September, Australian art takes over London: The Royal Academy of Art showcases the first major survey of Australian art in the UK in 50 years, from 21 September until 8 December.
Meanwhile, Christies London offer a sumptuous catalogue of 75 lots, ranging from serious trophy paintings to small gems, in their annual sale of Australian art on 26 September.
David picked his lucky 13 for you:
Lot 6 – Charles Frederick Goldie, ‘An Aristocrat’ Atama Paparangi. A Chieftain of the Rarawa Tribe of Maoris, New Zealand, 1933, est. £200,000-300,000. This remarkable portrait has record-breaking potential.
Lot 11 – John Glover, Ben Lomond from Mr Talbot’s Property – Four Men Catching Opossums, est. £1,800,000-2,500,000. Can catching opossums catch a buyer?
Lot 22 – Frederick McCubbin, Bush Idyll, 1893, est. £1,200,000-1,800,000. Major Museum McCubbin
Lot 23 – John Peter Russell, Breton Woman on a Cliff Top, Belle-Ile, 1886, est. £30,000-40,000. Early rare painting by John Russell – impressionist masterstrokes
Lot 39 – Robert Klippel, Two Drawings for Constructions, 1951, est. £3,000-4,000. Concise Klippel Constructions
Lot 41 – Charles Blackman, Girl Playing, 1961, est. £20,000-30,000. Blackman at his brilliant best
Lot 49 – Jeffrey Smart, The Owner, 1961, £100,000-150,000. Invest in some blue chip real estate
Lot 52 – Russell Drysdale, The Rabbiter’s Family, 1938, est. £60,000-80,000. Drysdale delights
Lot 57 – Arthur Streeton, Boats, est. £1,200-1,800. Underestimated understatement
Lot 59 – Roland Wakelin, Landscape, 1919, est. £15,000-20,000. Wakelin’s colourfield paintings are like music to the ears
Lot 61 – Margaret Preston, Native Ballet, 1946, est. £5,000-7,000. This extremely rare print deserves to sell well above estimate
Lot 66 – Fred Williams, Lysterfield, 1968, est. £300,000-500,000. High demand continues for these timeless classics from the great Australian landscape painter.
Lot 75 – Dale Frank, To cool to matter, 2012, est. £15,000-20,000. Rorschach’s got nothing on this guy
The auction is held at Christies, 8 King Street, St. James, London, on 26 September, 10.30 am. Visit Christies for images and more information.
If you have any questions or are interested in any lots, contact us by phone 02 9977 7764 or email and ask us for due diligence reports.