Rah Fizelle (1891- 1964)

Seated Woman, 1932-33, 80 x 52.5 cm

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 the low estimate for $93,000 including buyer’s premium, which was a new auction record for works by Rah Fizelle at the time.

The sale of this painting was a wonderful moment for the lady owner: it allowed her to make the trip to Canada to see her grandchildren.

Case studies

Case Study : Brokerage

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

Case Study : Brokerage

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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