Herbert Hepburn Calvert (1870 – 1923)

Magpies and Young, 1919, 62 x 95 cm

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 under $ 40,000 incl. buyer’s premium– a result which was more than double the top estimate of $ 18,000.

The large watercolour of magpies feeding their young remains the highest price ever paid for a painting by H.H. Calvert.

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Case Study : Brokerage

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

Case Study : Brokerage

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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