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.

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Willy Eisenschitz (Austrian, 1889 – 1974)

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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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