Dave’s Faves from the Deutscher + Hackett Auction

Deutscher + Hackett have prepared a sale with great panache of 185 lots.

Notably, their 29 August auction offers works from the renowned Wesfarmers Collection of Australian Art (lots 1 – 23 and lots 114 – 141). This means there is an opportunity to acquire paintings with great provenance … something we always also look for when it comes to good buying.

And here are Dave’s Faves:

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Lot 16, Rick Amor Lot 24, Arthur Boyd

Lot 12 – Arthur Boyd, Suffolk Landscape, Ramsholt, c. 1973, estimate $30,000 –

$ 40,000. Picture perfect

Lot 16 – Rick Amor, Visitor by the Southern Seas, 2000, est. $40,000-60,000. ‘Welcome to Rick’s World’

Lot 24 – Arthur Boyd, Figures on Foreshore at Low Tide c. 1938, est. $25,000-35,000. Signs of early genius, Boyd was just 18 when he painted this work at Rosebud, Victoria

Lot 28 – Guy Grey-Smith, The Bay, 1973, est. $38,000-48,000. Grey-Smith finds his true colours

Lot 29 – Albert Tucker, Flirtation, 1954, est. $500,000-700,000. As good as it gets

Lot 31 – Fred Williams, Australian Landscape, 1969, est. $40,000-60,000. I’ve got just the spot for this one!

Lot 56 – John Olsen, Kingfisher and Frog, 1979, est. $ 8,000-12,000. Action, Action, Action!

Lot 62 – Donald Friend, A Visit to the Stables, c.1965, est. $20,000-30,000. Is that Queen Elizabeth or Dame Edna?

Lot 68 – Arthur Streeton, Rainstorm, Naples, 1898, est. $14,000-18,000. Wow, what an image – Turneresque Beauty

Lot 82 – Russell Drysdale, Two Stockmen, 1960, est. $4,000-6,000. Iconic Drysdale imagery for nix.

Lot 90 – Euan MacLeod, Byron Bay 5, Lying Figure, 2007, est. $1,200-1,8000. Postcard from Byron

Lot 99 – Bill Henson, Untitled 1983/84, est. $6,000-8,000. I still can’t believe that in 2012 we are looking at this remarkable early Bill Henson photograph from an edition of 10 at this low estimate. In my view, it’s worth $ 30,000-40,000 any day…

Lot 128 – Donald Friend, The Lute on a Kitchen Table, 1985, est. $6,000-8,000. A stunning still life watercolour – snap it up!

Lot 146 – Percy Lindsay, Evening, Berry’s Bay, est. $3,000-5,000. Enchanting

Lot 178 – Norman Lindsay, Danseuse, 1919, est. $1,500-2,500. This diminutive early print is gorgeous

The Melbourne viewing is from 23 to 28 August at 105 Commercial Road, South Yarra. Online you can view at www.deutscherandhackett.com

If you are interested in any lot, please give David a ring on 02 9977 7764 to discuss. We will be attending the auction and can bid for you on the night in the room.

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Lot 82, Russell Drysdale Lot 128 Donald Friend

Written by

David Hulme

David Hulme is an approved valuer for the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts program and a member of the Art Consulting Association of Australia. David Hulme is also managing director at Banziger Hulme Fine Art Consultants, which is a highly respected art consultancy in Australia and has been in operation for over ten years. David also regularly comments on the Australian and international art market on national radio and in numerous local and national newspapers.

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