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 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

Case Study : Brokerage

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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