Dave’s Faves for the Deutscher + Hackett Auction August 23

In their 16 August 2023 fine art auction, Deutscher + Hackett present masterpieces from not just one, but two outstanding collections. The first four lots are selected works from the Joan and Peter Clemenger collection, and lots 5 to 14 are announced as “Highlights from the Krongold Collection”. Both collections are given the special treatment and are presented with their own dedicated capsule catalogues, including scholarly essays and photographs.

So it is perhaps not surprising that the auction is scheduled to start with a big bang: Brett Whiteley’s Wynne winner from 1984, and a $1.5 million to $2 million estimate to boot. 

The tightly curated auction of 67 lots carries big pre-sale estimates of $10.8 million to $15.3 million. So yes, a few million dollar pictures are on offer, including an iconic 1955 Nolan Kelly work, a 1976-77 glowingly yellow Fred Williams and a divine John Russell Belle-Ile scene, which deservedly is awarded pride of place as cover lot of the main catalogue.

There are also some choice rarities for the lovers of colonial art, and admirers of Albert (Namatjira) are given the choice of four fabulous watercolours. 

On the contemporary front, Del Kathryn Barton commands the room with her mesmerising canvas “Of Pink Planets”.

So treat yourself to the preview in person: 

In Sydney from 1 to 6 August at 36 Gosbell Street, Paddington, and

in Melbourne from 10 to 15 August at 105 Commercial Road, South Yarra.

The auction is held on 16 August, 7 pm, at the Deutscher + Hackett premises in Melbourne

All artworks are also online at Deutscher + Hackett. 

If you would like our professional assistance with pre-sale due diligence and research as well as bidding,  contact us by phone or email to discuss your interest. 

You can also read more about our art advisory services here.

And here are the Dave’s Faves for the Deutscher + Hackett auction: