Art

Dave’s Faves for the Deutscher + Hackett auction on 28 Nov. 2018

13 ink drawings and watercolours no larger than A4 start off the Deutscher + Hackett sale on 28 November in Melbourne. Their modest size and medium belies their importance: among them are the last pre-settlement portraits of Tasmanian Aboriginal people and extremely early depictions of  Western Australia, created between 1801 and 1804 on the Baudin voyage to Australia by French artists and naturalists Nicolas-Martin Petit...
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Dave’s Faves for the Menzies Auction on 22 November

In their last auction of the year, Menzies present a diverse offering of 125 lots in their summer sale held in their South Yarra premises in Melbourne. The star painting is without a doubt the cover lot: Jeffrey Smart’s “Outside the Ministry” from 1970, and it’s as impressive a Smart as you are ever going to see. If you prefer landscapes to the urban, look...
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Dave’s Faves for the Sotheby’s Auction 20 Nov. 2018

Sotheby’s Sydney auction on 20 November starts with a veritable fanfare from the collection of John Symonds, of Aussie Home Loans fame. Among the 14 artworks are masterpieces by some of Australia’s greatest modern and contemporary artists: Blackman, Boyd (Arthur and David), Brack, Nolan, Olsen and Smart to name a few. This selection was awarded a separate catalogue and contains essays researched by Elizabeth Hastings,...
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Dave’s Faves for the Bonham auction on 14 November 2018

If you love fine art and auctions, November is going to be a very busy month with 4 major art auctions scheduled, before the long break until March/April 2019. It is Bonhams who are launching the summer auction season on 14 November, followed by Sotheby’s on 20 November and Menzies on 22 November, and Deutscher + Hackett the week after on 28 November. We will...
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Hot or Not? at Sotheby’s on a Chilly Sydney Winter Night

On an evening in Sydney with an arctic chill in the air, Sotheby’s sale of Important Australian Art in Sydney on 28 August 2018 did break a number of Australian auction records. But one still has to wonder about the random nature of selling art in the auction room, which can particularly be observed in a tight sale containing just 67 lots. Perhaps before bidding...
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Dave’s Faves for Sotheby’s auction on 28 August 2018

Sotheby’s offer 67 tightly curated lots in their Sydney auction on 28 August, with several juicy, and indeed fruity offerings. They include lot 17, Grace Cossington Smith’s “Fruit in the Window, 1957 (unknown fruit – perhaps quinces?), lot 33 Julian Ashton’s “Picking Fruit”, 1914 (apples), lot 36 Norman Lindsay’s Bacchanalian Festival (apples again), lot 38 Justin O’Brien’s “Boy in Red Jacket in Landscape (pears) and...
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Dave’s Faves for the Menzies Auction on 9 August 2018

Menzies’ Winter Auction in Sydney on 9 August incorporates some very interesting collections. Lots 1 – 20 and then again lots 81 – 114 are from the Sandra and Peter Geyer collection of contemporary art, and it is a cracking offering: sculpture, photography, works on paper, oils, Australian and international by some of the greatest names in contemporary art – Antony Gormley, William Kentridge, Bill...
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DAVE’S FAVES FOR THE BONHAMS AUCTION ON 20 JUNE 2018

In their half-yearly fine art auction, Bonhams present 162 lots, an unusually large offering including a number of Aboriginal artworks. Closer inspection of the catalogue reveals that the first 19 lots are from mixed vendors, and the remainder is made up from just two collections: the Bonita Croft and late Gene Zemaitis collection comprising lots 20 to 58, while the majority, lots 59 to 162,...
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Dave’s Faves for the Sotheby’s auction on 16 May 2018

The upcoming Sotheby’s auction on 16 May is titled “Important Australian & New Zealand Art”, a departure from the usual “Australian & International Art”, and with good reason: lots 97 and 98 are created by two of our neighbour’s most sought-after artists, Charles Frederick Goldie (1870 – 1947) and Gottfried Lindauer (1839 – 1926). Both Goldie and Lindauer are best known for their Maori subjects,...
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Dave’s Faves for the Menzies Auction on 26 April 2018

Menzies are celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2018 with some extraordinary offerings from both private and company collections. The auction with 142 lots will be held on 26 April in Melbourne. There are impressionist gems from the Sir George Tallis collection (tip: watch the video-blog), works from the ExxonMobil collection (check out the massive Inge King sculpture lot 9) and a lovely selection of paintings...
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Dave’s Faves for the Deutscher + Hackett Auction on 18 April 2018

Deutscher + Hackett kick off the 2018 fine art auction season with a finely curated offering of 117 lot on 18 April in Sydney. They include some sublime Australian impressionist works by husband and wife team Ethel Carrick and Emanuel Phillips Fox, a good number of 20th century sculptures from the greats (Klippel, King, Meadmore) to the young guns (Seton), and photography from Australia’s most...
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Dave’s Faves: Something to Crowe About

Australia’s best known Kiwi Russell Crowe is taking a somewhat tongue-in-cheek approach to the sale of his most eclectic collection. It contains 227 personal items, from art, movie props and costumes, sports memorabilia, jewellery, watches, guitars, music memorabilia and more, in an auction titled “The Art of Divorce”. Sotheby’s Australia scored the exclusive prestigious Hollywood gig and is holding the sale in Sydney on Saturday...
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Dave’s Faves for Menzies 30 Nov. 2017

Menzies’ auction on 30 November in Sydney offer 186 lots presenting a wonderful variety of artworks at price points that will suit all budgets. You could aspire to major works by Australian masters like Jeffrey Smart or Fred Williams (whose  “Waterpond, Cottlesbridge” gets cover lot credentials) or you could go for much more modestly priced photographs or prints by Marc Chagall, Max Dupain, Bill Henson...
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Dave’s Faves for Bonhams 19 Nov. 2017

One of Australia’s most prolific 20th century artists, Sidney Nolan remains one of our best known, most revered and loved. Perhaps also one of our greatest exports, living at “The Rodd” in Wales until his passing in 1992. With the passing of his widow, Lady Mary Nolan, in April 2016, another major offering of Nolan’s work, in fact 118 from Lady Nolan’s estate, are to...
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Dave’s Faves for Sotheby’s Auction 21 November 2017

The end of the year brings a bounty for the astute art collector: the next 4 weeks will be packed with fine art auctions. Bonhams, Deutscher + Hackett, Menzies and Sotheby’s combined alone will offer more than $ 30 million worth of art in this end of year round. To date in 2017, $92 million dollars worth of art have sold at auction. This means...
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Dave’s Faves for Deutscher + Hackett 20 Sept 2017 Auction

No rest for the team at Deutscher + Hackett: just three weeks after the phenomenal Fairfax auction follows their mixed vendor sale. It is a tightly curated auction with 78 lots, starting off with a bang with two rare colonial works on paper.  Lot 1 shows the fledgling town of Perth around 1836, while lot 2 is large panorama of the Victorian goldfields from c1858....
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Dave’s Faves for the D+H Fairfax auction 30 Aug 2017

Deutscher + Hackett secured the privilege to offer the finest artworks from one Australia’s most distinguished private collections: that of the late James O. Fairfax AC. The 54 lots offered on 30 August in Sydney represent a master class in Australian painting, with outstanding impressionist, modernist and modern classics. It’s worth going to the viewing just for the sheer pleasure of it. If you would...
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Dave’s Faves for the Sotheby’s auction 16 August 2017

The 97 lots in Sotheby’s winter auction on 16 August present a beautiful bouquet of some of Australia’s most revered artists. The front and back cover alone are enough to make you swoon: you are greeted by Arthur Boyd’s “Moby Dick Hill” from 1949 (lot 9), and farewelled by Russell Drysdale’s “Boy with a Lizard”, 1966 (lot 7). Not surprisingly, both made it into “Dave’s...
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Dave’s Faves for Menzies Auction on 10 August 2017

Art collectors are driven by passion, not just for the art, but the history of art, the artist and their contemporaries, and endless connections between them. In this regard, public art galleries and private collectors have much in common, and private collectors may go on to donate some or all of their own collection to a public museum, or even build their own art gallery....
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Dave’s Dupain Faves for the Mossgreen Sale on 19 June

I don’t know how long I have raved about Max Dupain (1911 – 1992) … too long perhaps, but to me, Dupain was not just the photographer who created Australia’s most iconic photograph, the “Sunbaker”, but he was also the first true art photographer. Dupain had fine art training and was ever the great experimenter with his practice. The estate sale of over 600 photographs...
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Bonhams Art Auction 6 June 2017

Bonhams offer 68 lots in their 6 June 2017 Sydney auction, mixing the very traditional of Aboriginal artefacts with the Australian modern greats like Roy de Maistre, Charles Blackman and Sidney Nolan and the very contemporary sculpture of Clement Meadmore. You can view all offerings in Sydney at the NCJWA Hall at 111 Queen Street, Woollahra, from Friday, 2 June to Monday, 5 June, and...
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Dave’s Faves for the Menzies Art Auction on 11 May 2017

Where do you find museum quality art? And does it need to be “museum quality”? The simple answer is, it doesn’t. But most art bought through commercial galleries is simply decorative and will never be worth any more than its decorative value, which often equates to perhaps 20% of its retail price. Museum quality art in Australia can be purchased for $5,000 or $500,000, if...
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Dave’s Faves for the Deutscher + Hackett Art Auction 10 May 2017

In their autumn auction on 10 May in Sydney, Deutscher + Hackett offer their signature broad mix of 132 artworks – ranging from the rare early Australian colonial (August Earle lot 69), to international greats such as Edvard Munch (lot 114), taking in edgy contemporary works such as lot 23 by Paul McCarthy, and Aboriginal masters like Emily Kame Kngwarreye (lot 79). The sale features...
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Dave’s Faves for Sotheby’s auction 3 May 2017

Sotheby’s present a terrific offering in two parts in Sydney on 3 May: the David Newby collection of Australian art with 30 lots, and the mixed vendor sale comprising lots 31 to 108. The catalogue essay traces David Newby’s collecting which started in the early 1980s, with important purchases from renowned Paddington art dealer Barry Stern, for example Albert Tucker, Ray Crooke and Jeffrey Smart....
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Dave’ Faves for Deutscher + Hackett 5 April 2017

Provenance, Provenance, Provenance In this third and presumably final sale of art from the Laverty Collection at Deutscher + Hackett on Wednesday 5th April in Sydney, more than 150 artworks are on offer. In our view, it is more important than ever when purchasing Aboriginal art in particular, to buy from a highly reputable source. With property, one of the most important factors is “location,...
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Dave’s Faves Menzies Auction 9 Feb. 2017

2017 starts early and well for art auction aficionados, as Menzies hold the first fine art sale of the year already next week in Melbourne. The auction date is set for Thursday, 9 February, and the viewing in Melbourne is from 2 to 8 February at Stonington Mansion, 336 Glenferrie Road, Malvern. We’ll be attending the auction and would be delighted to assist you with...
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Dave’s Faves Not For Sale

During the year, we heard some great comments on our Dave’s Faves. So thank you all for this positive feedback on our personal take on the art on offer in Australia at auction each year. (For a review of the Australian art auctions in 2016 as just reported in The Australian, follow this link.) Our slightly tongue-in-cheek approach is really about mitigating the mystique and...
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Dave’s Faves for the Deutscher + Hackett fine art auction on 30/11/2016

This is your final chance to view and purchase museum-grade art in the fine art auction room. There are some amazing finds among the 136 lots offered by Deutscher + Hackett on 30 November in Sydney, including some extraordinary early Robert Klippel sculptures from the collection of his friend and patron Richard Crebbin. The viewing is at the Deutscher + Hackett premises at 55 Oxford...
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Dave’s Faves for Sotheby’s Auction on 23 November

The Sotheby’s sale is one of the finest offerings of art that we have seen in a long time. Its depth and consistency make it a must-view event. Among the outstanding works are a stormy Wangi scene by William Dobell from 1948, “Turnip Diggers” by Fred Williams from his Silver and Grey series, and the cover lot by Charles Blackman, a rare “Alice” painting “The...
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