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

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

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