Deutscher + Hackett present 149 diverse lots in their fine art auction on Wednesday, 29 August in Sydney (yes, the day after the Sotheby’s sale).
It will be held in their now usual venue in Sydney at the Cell Block Theatre at the National Art School in Darlinghurst.
Almost 30 lots hail from the estate of Alan and Nola Geddes. Among many other things, Alan Geddes was a successful investor who became interested in art, first as investment, but went on to collect and enjoy art for its own sake.
The couple mostly bought in the late 1970s and early 80s, and were happy to lend works to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, including for international touring exhibitions. Eventually there was no more wall space at home, so they loaned paintings to companies where Alan served as director, saying that he liked this, as unlike other investments, he could enjoy his art every day.
The first 15 lots are drawn from this extraordinary collection of important Australian art of the 20th century and should see the D+H sale take off. Among them are a Blackman schoolchildren picture from the 1960s, a Nolan Kelly from the 1950s, a Brack nude from the 1950s (D+H’s cover lot ) and two 1960s Jeffrey Smarts, to name a few.
There are also some outstanding gems in the lower priced offerings from various vendors in this carefully curated auction: for example a beautiful abstract Hinder from 1949, a surrealist Eric Thake from the 1940s, a rare Jessie Traill Melbourne street scene and a topical watercolour by John Russell (the current exhibition at the AGNSW dedicated to the artist is a must-see; it’s on until 11 November).
Personal viewing is highly recommended, and you can see all artworks:
in Melbourne from 16 to 19 August, 105 Commercial Road, South Yarra
in Sydney from 23 to 29 August, at the D+H premises at 16 Goodhope Street, Paddington.
You can see all images and details in the Deutscher + Hackett catalogue online.
The auction is held on Wednesday, 29 August, 7 pm.
We will be attending the preview and also the auction, and can assist you with due diligence before the sale, and represent you on the night. Speak to us soon if you are interested in any of the lots, so we can research, analyse, and give you sound feedback in good time. You can reach us on 02 9977 7764 and [email protected]
And here are the Dave’s Faves for the Deutscher + Hackett auction:
Lot 1 – Ralph Balson, Constructive Painting, 1955, 50.5 x 60.5 cm, est. $100,000-150,000. At least you can BANK on Balson
Lot 3 – Charles Blackman, Playground, 1962, 153 x 150 cm, est. $100,000-150,00. Happy 90th Birthday, Charles
Lot 7 – Jeffrey Smart, The Lighthouse, Fiumicino, 1968-69, 81 x 65 cm, est. $250,000-350,000. The Lighthouse Family
Lot 15 – Danila Vassilieff, Trio (Monkey, Fruit and Flowers), 1935, 41.5 x 47.5 cm, est. $8,000-12,000. See no Evil, Hear no Evil
Lot 16 – Frank Hinder, Painting, 1949, 44.5 x 60.5 cm, est. $25,000-35,000. Hinder in Complete Harmony
Lot 18 – Eric Thake, Bass and Flinders, 1943, 25 x 34 cm, est. $20,000-30,000. Surrealism on the Sand
Lot 19 – Albert Tucker, Self portrait, 1940, 37.5 x 30.5 cm, est. $60,000-90,000. A Portrait with Passion
Lot 26 – Brett Whiteley, Nude and Necklace, 1978, 80.5 x 106 cm, est. $180,000-240,000.While away with Whiteley
Lot 33 – Rupert Bunny, Odalisque, c1921, 24 x 34 cm, est. $9,000-12,000. Monolithic Figure in Monotype
Lot 35 – Cressida Campbell, Wharfs (Woolloomooloo), 1984, 60.5 x 78 cm, est. $40,000-60,000. From Woodblock to Apartment Block
Lot 41 – Emily Kngwarreye, Kame Colour, 1995, 120 x 90 cm, est. $18,000-25,000. Tickle Me Pink
Lot 42 – Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri, Rockholes near the Olgas and Country, 2006, 202 x 148 cm, est. $30,000-40,000. Lots of Whiskey in this Tjapaltjarri
Lot 51 – Philip Wolfhagen, A Short Journey No. 2, 2010, 46 x 49.5 cm, est. $8,000-12,000. The Journey’s only just begun
Lot 51 – Jeffrey Smart, Study for “New York (View from the Artist’s Window)”, 2004, 19.5 x 12.5 cm, est. $7,000-9,000. I’m in a New York State of Mind
Lot 67 – Jessie Traill, Collins Street, Melbourne, 1936, 48 x 59 cm, est. $20,000-30,000. All Roads lead to this Traill
Lot 69 – Hans Heysen, Cattle Grazing under the Leaning Gum, Hahndorf, 1925, 32 x 39.5 cm, est. $14,000-18,000. Do you really deserve this Tree-t?
Lot 71 – Albert Namatjira, Mount Conway, McDonnell Ranges, Central Australia, 1950s, 28 x 39.5 cm, est. $18,000-25,000. Perspective Perfection
Lot 76 – Sidney Nolan, Elephants in the Bush, 1963, 63 x 49.5 cm, est. $8,000-12,000. Might create a stampede
Lot 80 – John Olsen, Darling River Landscape, 1979, 75 x 55.5 cm, est. $6,000-8,000. Jump for John
Lot 85 – Sally Gabori, Dibirdibi Country, 2009, 151 x 100.5 cm, est. $8,000-12,000. Add this Sally to your Tally
Lot 92 – Daniel Boyd, Yo Ho Ho, 2007, 66 x 66 cm, est. $6,000-9,000. No Rum Deals Here
Lot 97 – William Robinson, Farmyard, c1984, 39 x 58.5 cm, est. $3,500-5,500. Love the Old Bill
Lot 99 – Yvonne Audette, Light Grey, 1963, 31 x 21 cm, est. $3,000-4,000. Embrace the Abstract
Lot 114 – John Russell, Bois de Boulogne, Paris, 1905, 24 x 33 cm, est. $6,000-8,000. Russell at his Bois de Boulogne Best
Lot 119 – Ida Rentoul Outhwaite, Fairy and Water Baby, 45 x 33 cm, est. $8,000-12,000. You won’t need $444 million for this reef
Lot 124 – George Lawrence, Reservoir Street, 1941, 37 x 45 cm, est. $8,000-12,000. Sandwiches and Shoe Repairs
Lot 125 – Julian Rossi Ashton, Shipping on the Yarra, Early Morning, c1880, 35.5 x 54 cm, est. $4,000-6,000. And here is the Shipping News
Lot 134 – Donald Friend, Trojan Archers, 1962, 32 cm height, est. $4,000-6,000. As rare as can be