Deutscher + Hackett’s offering of Australian and International Fine Art on 28 August is contained in an opulent catalogue which just arrived on my desk. Chris Deutscher in Melbourne and Damian Hackett in Sydney always put together an interesting and often exciting body of work in the three month’s collecting period.
This edition is no exception, and there are lots of goodies to whet the appetite, starting amazingly at just $500.
I am always keen to point out to our clients how important provenance and purchasing in the auction room are to underpin values.
Today’s choice is based on the website and catalogue, and I am very much looking forward to the viewing here in Sydney. If you would like to come along with us or simply would like advice on any of the works, David is just an email or phone call (02 9977 7764) away.
And here are Dave’s Faves:
Lot 1 – Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Wrestlers, c1914, est. $10,000-15,000. Love these linocuts!
Lot 12 – Jeffrey Smart, Study for Autobahn in the black forest I, 1979, est. $150,000-200,000. Be Road Smart
Lot 13 – Brett Whiteley, Untitled Red Painting, 1961, est. $15,000-25,000. Red or Dead
Lot 17 – Rupert Bunny, Summer Afternoon, c.1890-91, est. $40,000-60,000. The more you look the more you see
Lot 21 – Clarice Beckett, Ranunculi with coral beads, c1924, est. $60,000-80,000. Best Beckett I ever saw
Lot 34 – Justin O’Brien, The miraculous draught, c1958, est. $80,000-100,000. Sometimes all that glitters is gold
Lot 35 – Jeffrey Smart, Storage Tank, 1975, est. $60,000-80,000. It’s not Clive James up there with a toupé, is it?
Lot 39 – Fred Williams, You Yangs, 1966, est. $40,000-60,000. Gorgeous Gouache
Lot 42 – Arthur Streeton, A Road to the Kurrajong, c.1896, est. $400,000-600,000. Museum Streeton c. 1896
Lot 45 – Arthur Streeton, Cliff and Ocean Blue, 1932, est. $100,000-150,000. Streeton’s Beautiful Blue 1932
Lot 52 – John Olsen, Swimming Frogs and Dragonflies, est. $70,000-90,000. Olsen frogs don’t just swim, they usually fly
Lot 55 – Brett Whiteley, July 2 1975 Rainy Day – All Day, 1975, est. $90,000-120,000. Whiteley’s view could be yours, too
Lot 59 – William Robinson, The Jellyfish Ring, 1995, est. $160,000-200,000. Monumental moonscape of a painting with NGA exhibition history
Lot 62 – John Coburn, Performance, 1980, est. $20,000-30,000. In 2007, Coburn’s average price at auction was $47K. In 2012, it was $27K. Bargains to be had
Lot 66 – Peter Booth, Painting, 2005 (Figure in olive jumper), est. $75,000-95,000. Big and Beefy Booth … Buy
Lot 112 – Roland Wakelin, Still life with pewter, 1934, est. $5,000-8,000. “Far from a still life” – apologies to Margaret Olley
Lot 114 – Russell Drysdale, Reclining figure with mandolin, est. $6,000-9,000. Drysdale drawing with exhibition history
Lot 120 – Bill Henson, Untitled 1996-1997, est. $8,000-12,000. Billy boils
Lot 126 – Harold Cazneaux, Dorothy Gadsby (Roseville) Profile, 1931, est. $3,500-4,500. Harold’s highlights (see his work at AGNSW now)
Lot 135 – Emanuel Phillips Fox, A colonnade in Italy, est. $10,000-15,000. Colour captures the colonnade
Lot 161 – Jeffrey Smart, Figure study for the terrace, variations on a theme, 1994, est. $3,000-5,000. Jeff draws you in
Lot 164 – Rupert Bunny, Nude kneeling, est. $800-1,200. Divine
You can view in Melbourne is from 15 to 18 August at 105 Commercial Road, South Yarra, and in Sydney from 22 to 27 August at 55 Oxford Street, Surry Hills
The auction is at Paddington Town Hall, Sydney, on 28 August 2013, 7 pm.
For images and more visit www.deutscherandhackett.com