Dave’s Faves for the Bonhams auction 24 August 2021

The Bonhams sale of Important Australian Art will proceed in Sydney on 24 August, with a live simulcast in Melbourne. Virtual viewings of the artworks will be available.

Continuing the massive increase in interest for late 19th and early 20th century female artists, Bonhams begin their auction with artworks by Dorrit Black, Janet Cumbrae-Stewart, Clarice Beckett, May Gibbs and Florence Fuller.

There are some charming Victorian pictures by John Longstaff, H.J. Johnstone and George Lambert, as well as a generous mix of modern Australian and indigenous artworks among the 112 lots on offer.

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The viewing in Melbourne is from 12 to 15 August at 1130 High Street, Armadale.

Viewing in Sydney is scheduled for 19 – 24 August at 36-40 Queen Street, Woollahra, subject to Covid-19 restrictions.

The auction is held on 24 August in Sydney, and attendance is subject to Covid-19 restrictions.

Viewing online therefore is highly recommended at the Bonhams website.

Dave’s Faves for Bonhams auctions are:

Dorrit Black Linocut
Lot 1 – Dorrit Black, The Castle, Taormina, c1928-29, linocut, 22.5 x 28.5 cm, est. $12,000-18,000. The Prints Princess
May Gibbs Flower still life
Lot 6 – May Gibbs, Chrysanthemums, 1894, Oil, 45.5 x 32.5 cm, est. $2,000-3,000. May-Be
John Longstaff artwork
Lot 9 – John Longstaff, Jeune Mere, c1891, pencil, 23.5 x 33.5 cm, est. $10,000-15,000. Draws You In
Tim Leura Tjapaltjarri artwork painting
Lot 20 – Tim Leura Tjapaltjarri, Euro Hunting, 1973, polymer paint, 43.5 x 57.5 cm, est. $55,000-60,000. And In The Beginning…
Lin Onus artwork gouache painting
Lot 34 – Lin Onus, Koi, Barmah Forest, 1994, gouache, 30 x 60 cm, est. $50,000-60,000. Look at Koi!
Fred Williams oil painting
Lot 35 – Fred Williams, Crooked Tree, You Yangs, 1978, oil on canvas, 91.5 x 106 cm, est. $420,000-550,000. Look It’s Tree-Time
John Olsen artwork watercolour
Lot 37 – John Olsen, Emu and Egg, 1981, watercolour, 105 x 78 cm, est. $10,000-15,000. Go Johnny, Go Johnny, Go Go Go
Robert Klippel artwork on paper
Lot 40 – Robert Klippel, Untitled, 1993, collage and paint, 64 x 83 cm, est. $2,500-3,500. A-Maze-Ing
Ildiko Kovacs painting artwork
Lot 41 – Ildiko Kovacs, Lemons, 1995, synthetic polymer paint on paper, 50 x 63 cm, est. $3,000-5,000. Definitely No Lemon
Yvonne Audette Australian artist artwork
Lot 42 – Yvonne Audette, Untitled, 1960, gouache, 19.5 x 16.5 cm, est. $4,000-6,000. We all owe a Debt to Audette
John Coburn Australian artist painting
Lot 44 – John Coburn, Autumn Sun, oil, 60 x 75.5 cm, est. $18,000-28,000. We Had Joy We Had Fun We Had Seasons In The Sun
Jenny Watson Australian artist artwork
Lot 47 – Jenny Watson, Sensurround, Deny Me & I’m not some Child, acrylic, 25 x 20 cm each, est. $3,000-5,000. Stop Horsin’ Around And Bid
Sydney Long Australian artist watercolour
Lot 65 – Sydney Long, Panorama of Sydney Harbour Looking Towards Balmain from the North Shore, watercolour, 29.5 x 82.5 cm, est. $15,000-20,000. A Sense of “Longing” Perhaps?
James Alfred Turner Australian artist painting
Lot 69 – James Alfred Turner, Trying a Dish or Two, c1894, oil on canvas, 51 x 35.5 cm, est. $14,000-18,000. Don’t pan this one!
Lloyd Rees Australian artist landscape painting
Lot 78 – Lloyd Rees, Mount Direction, Tasmania, c1976, pastel and watercolour, 39 x 52 cm, est. $10,000-14,000. The Only Way Is Up
Sidney Nolan Australian artist painting
Lot 81 – Sidney Nolan, Billiards, monotype, 19.5 x 25.5 cm, est. $2,500-3,500. Time to Book a Table
Naata Nungurrayi Aboriginal artist painting
Lot 86 – Naata Nungurrayi, Untitled (rockhole and soakage water site of Marrapinti), 2003, polymer paintg, 107 x 91 cm, est. $5,000-7,000. Natty
Emily Kngwarreye Aboriginal artist painting
Lot 89 – Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Untitled, 1992, polymer paint, 75 x 55 cm, est. $10,000-15,000. A Dotty Little Ditty
Max Dupain Australian photographer Sunbaker
Lot 104 – Max Dupain, Sunbaker, 1937, gelatin silver print, 38 x 43 cm, est. $30,000-50,000. Max was 26 when he created Australia’s Most Iconic Photograph
Sali Herman Australian artist artwork on paper
Lot 109 – Sali Herman, Picon, 1927, pencil, 26 x 22 cm, est. $800-1,200. Sali had perhaps barely heard of Australia when he created this image in France in 1927 at age 29.
Hans Heysen Australian artist watercolour
Lot 110 – Hans Heysen, Study of Young Gums, 1899, watercolour, 29 x 17 cm, est. $7,000-10,000. Heysen at 22 was emerging as the great talent he came to be