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Thomas Tyrwitt Balcombe (1810 – 1861)

BACKGROUND: Thomas Balcombe was brought up on the island of St. Helena, as his father was in charge of provisioning the supplies to the island when Napoleon was exiled there. After the family had moved to Australia, Thomas Balcombe went on to become a successful artist in colonial Australia. Today,

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Herbert Hepburn Calvert (1870 – 1923)

BACKGROUND: The set of the ten watercolours of Australian birds by H.H. Calvert was as fresh as the day they were created – a very rare find indeed. VALUATION & OUTCOME: We brokered the sale of these examples of H.H. Calvert’s watercolours of birds, and they achieved in total just

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Albert Namatjira (1902 – 1959)

BACKGROUND: Albert Namatjira’s watercolours of Central Australia remain among the most sought after in the auction room. VALUATION & OUTCOME: We have assisted with the sale of numerous watercolours by the master of the Hermannsburg School over the years, but this example had it all: the composition and colours are

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Norman Lindsay (1879 – 1969)

BACKGROUND: Norman Lindsay was one of the most prolific Australian artists of the 20th century, extremely accomplished in every medium that he turned his hand to, including oil paintings, watercolours, sculpture and etchings. “Enter the Magicians” remains one of Lindsay’s most sought after limited edition etching prints. VALUATION & OUTCOME:

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John Ryder Roberts (c1820 – 1868)

BACKGROUND: The landscape works of Sydney by John Ryder Roberts are extremely rare, and only a handful of them have ever been offered at public auction. This historically very important watercolour of the Folwer Pottery in Camperdown in Sydney had been passed down through several generations of the same family,

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John Coburn (1928 – 2006)

BACKGROUND: Famous not only as one of Australia’s leading mid to late 20th century abstract artists, John Coburn is also renowned for creating the Sydney Opera House tapestry curtains. He did also create a unique painting of the Opera House itself in 1984. VALUATION & OUTCOME: This stunning painting with

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Doris Jean McCarthy (1910 – 2010)

BACKGROUND: Canadian Doris McCarthy lived a long and productive life, and her art is a wonderful legacy. When we were contacted regarding the possible sale of her “Iceberg and the Aurora”, we were delighted to be able to assist the owners. VALUATION & OUTCOME: It was offered here in Australia

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Willy Eisenschitz (Austrian, 1889 – 1974)

BACKGROUND: We were asked by a company to research and sell this vivid landscape by Austrian painter Willy Eisenschitz. VALUATION & OUTCOME: We always felt that it was particularly attractive with the potential to do much better than its $3,000 to $5,000 estimate. It did not disappoint, and the high

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John Olsen (1928-)

BACKGROUND: This very fine gouache by Australia’s contemporary master had been purchased at auction at Sotheby’s in 1992 for $4,400. VALUATION & OUTCOME: After a sympathetic reframe, “Dog in Landscape” achieved a very comfortable appreciation in value when it sold for $42,000 incl. buyer’s premium. A handsome return for the

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John Perceval (1923 – 2000)

BACKGROUND: Although “London Bridge, Portsea” is well referenced in Traudi Allen’s 1992 publication on John Perceval, the whereabouts of this significant painting were unknown – until the owner contacted us wishing to sell the painting. VALUATION & OUTCOME: This stormy seascape of the Mornington Peninsula was located in Marbella in

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Estate of the late Max Germaine

BACKGROUND We were entrusted with brokering the sale of select works from the estate of Max Germaine, who is most notably known for his encyclopedia on artists and galleries in Australia. Valuation & Outcome Works by David Boyd, Adrian Feint and a juvenilia work by the young Grace Cossington-Smith found

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Rah Fizelle (1891- 1964)

BACKGROUND We acted for the family of the artist in the sale of this previously unknown portrait of an elegant self-assured woman.  VALUATION & OUTCOME The painting carried a pre-sale estimate of $45,000 to $ 65,000. However, this beautiful typical work of the modernist artist sold for more than double

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John Peter Russell

BACKGROUND: The importance of this painting is hard to underestimate: it is the only known portrait of American painter Dodge Macknight in existence. It was painted by eminent Australian impressionist John Peter Russell in the same year he portrayed Vincent Van Gogh (this painting is held in the Van Gogh

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Charles Frederick Goldie (1870 – 1947)

BACKGROUND: These portraits of Maori chiefs and elders by New Zealand artist Charles F. Goldie are highly sought after. The highest price ever paid for a painting by Goldie was achieved in April 2016, when “A Noble Relic of a Noble Race” sold for NZ$ 1.4 million incl. buyer’s premium.

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George Keyt (Sri Lanka, 1901 – 1993)

BACKGROUND: We might call George Keyt the Picasso of Sri Lanka. His work is very highly sought by Sri Lankan art collectors both at home and within the ex-pat community. In Australia, Keyt’s work is very rare. VALUATION & OUTCOME: The South Australian-based owner had inherited not one, but two