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

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

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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