Thomas Tyrwitt Balcombe (1810 – 1861)

Seven watercolours and oil paintings

BACKGROUND:

Thomas Balcombe was brought up on the island of St. Helena, as his father was in charge of provisioning the supplies to the island when Napoleon was exiled there. After the family had moved to Australia, Thomas Balcombe went on to become a successful artist in colonial Australia. Today, his work is of great historical significance.

VALUATION & OUTCOME:

The owner was looking for a way of selling the seven watercolours and oil paintings, including this small picture “Aborigines Fishing by Torchlight”. On their behalf, we brokered the sale of all seven, and the works sold for a remarkable total of $325,000 incl. buyer’s premium. This was a wonderful result, truly changing our client’s life.

Case studies

Case Study : Brokerage

Herbert Hepburn Calvert (1870 – 1923)

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

Case Study : Brokerage

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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