Well, the Lawson-Menzies first auction of the season literally begins this way with a delightful grouping of Australian fairy painters. Ida Rentoul Outhwaite is the best-known exponent of the genre, and her ‘Refreshments’ lot 1, starts the small series.
David has already taken a good look through the entire catalogue of 283 lots to go under the hammer on 27 February in Kensington, NSW, and picked out some of his favourite images. So here are the first Dave’s Faves of 2014:
Lot 5 – Ethel Jackson Morris, Chasing a Rabbit, 1921, estimate $1,500-$2,000. Run rabbit, run rabbit, run, run, run
Lot 24 – Michael Johnson, Aja, 1996, est. $10,000-$15,000. Symphony of Splendour
Lot 42 – Garry Shead, The Black Swan of Trespass (Ern Malley series), 2006, est. $20,000-$30,000. Shead nails it
Lot 63 – Zhong Chen, Rainy Day 2008, est. $9,000-$12,000. Don’t be a drip
Lot 66 – Aida Tomescu, Crimson, 2003, est. $16,000-$20,000. Aida’s Opera
Lot 74 – Howard Arkley, Suburban House c1990s, est. $18,000-$24,000. Howard’s End
Lot 85 – Guy Grey-Smith, 1947, est. $2,000-$,3000. I have nice little spot for this one
Lot 101 – Xue Mo, Portrait of Tong Tong 2007, est. $4,000-$6,000. Alchemy
Lot 112 – Guy Boyd, Swimmer, est. $1,500-$2,500. Brazen Boyd in Bronze
Lot 135 – Ray Crooke, Still Life with Mango, est. $6,500-$8,500. Deliciously different
Lot 169 – Jean Yaritji Lane, Minyma Kutjara Tjukurpa, 2009, est. $1,500-$2,000. Crossing the T’s, dotting the I’s
Lot 240 – Jacqueline Hick, Desert Camp, est. $3,000-$5,000. Dignity
Lot 268 – John Olsen, Hanging Tree Frog 1986, est. $4,000-$6,000. It’s a frog’s life
Lot 276 – Jeffrey Smart, Circus Performers 1980, est. $4,000-$6,000. The print to perform
Lot 282 – Rick Amor, Black Dog, est. $1,000-2,000. Black Dog
The Sydney preview for this auction starts on Thursday, 20 February, at 12 Todman Avenue, Kensington. The auction is on 27 February.
Let us know if one lot or another catches your eye, and we’ll be happy to investigate for you, prepare a due diligence report and bid at the auction. Email us at email@example.com or phone us 02 9977 7764 to discuss.
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During his visit to the Art Gallery of New South Wales yesterday, David came across a painting by Ludwig Hirschfeld Mack … who? Exactly, an artist all too little known, yet the only Bauhaus student to end up in Australia. Sent here as an ‘enemy alien’ in 1940 from Britain, Hirschfeld Mack (1893-1965) had studied under the greats including Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky and Johannes Itten in Weimar, and he was apprenticed to Lyonel Feininger as a print maker. The Klee influences in his print-making are obvious.
Hirschfeld Mack became an inspirational teacher to his students at Geelong Grammar School, and died at Allambie Heights on Sydney’s Northern Beachs in 1965. His works rarely appear at auction. Read more on this remarkable artist at ADB online.