Dave’s Faves for the Deutscher + Hackett Auction August 2013

Deutscher + Hackett’s offering of Australian and International Fine Art on 28 August is contained in an opulent catalogue which just arrived on my desk. Chris Deutscher in Melbourne and Damian Hackett in Sydney always put together an interesting and often exciting body of work in the three month’s collecting period.

This edition is no exception, and there are lots of goodies to whet the appetite, starting amazingly at just $500.

I am always keen to point out to our clients how important provenance and purchasing in the auction room are to underpin values.

David Hulme on the Deutscher+Hackett art auction August 2013

John Olsen, Swimming Frogs and Dragonflies

Today’s choice is based on the website and catalogue, and I am very much looking forward to the viewing here in Sydney. If you would like to come along with us or simply would like advice on any of the works, David is just an email or phone call (02 9977 7764) away.

And here are Dave’s Faves:

Lot 1 – Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Wrestlers, c1914, est. $10,000-15,000. Love these linocuts!

Lot 12 – Jeffrey Smart, Study for Autobahn in the black forest I, 1979, est. $150,000-200,000. Be Road Smart

Lot 13 – Brett Whiteley, Untitled Red Painting, 1961, est. $15,000-25,000. Red or Dead

Lot 17 – Rupert Bunny, Summer Afternoon, c.1890-91, est. $40,000-60,000. The more you look the more you see

Lot 21 – Clarice Beckett, Ranunculi with coral beads, c1924, est. $60,000-80,000. Best Beckett I ever saw

Lot 34 – Justin O’Brien, The miraculous draught, c1958, est. $80,000-100,000. Sometimes all that glitters is gold

Lot 35 – Jeffrey Smart, Storage Tank, 1975, est. $60,000-80,000. It’s not Clive James up there with a toupé, is it?

Lot 39 – Fred Williams, You Yangs, 1966, est. $40,000-60,000. Gorgeous Gouache

Lot 42 – Arthur Streeton, A Road to the Kurrajong, c.1896, est. $400,000-600,000. Museum Streeton c. 1896

Lot 45 – Arthur Streeton, Cliff and Ocean Blue, 1932, est. $100,000-150,000. Streeton’s Beautiful Blue 1932

Lot 52 – John Olsen, Swimming Frogs and Dragonflies, est. $70,000-90,000. Olsen frogs don’t just swim, they usually fly

Lot 55 – Brett Whiteley, July 2 1975 Rainy Day – All Day, 1975, est. $90,000-120,000. Whiteley’s view could be yours, too

Lot 59 – William Robinson, The Jellyfish Ring, 1995, est. $160,000-200,000. Monumental moonscape of a painting with NGA exhibition history

Lot 62 – John Coburn, Performance, 1980, est. $20,000-30,000. In 2007, Coburn’s average price at auction was $47K. In 2012, it was $27K. Bargains to be had

Lot 66 – Peter Booth, Painting, 2005 (Figure in olive jumper), est. $75,000-95,000. Big and Beefy Booth … Buy

Lot 112 – Roland Wakelin, Still life with pewter, 1934, est. $5,000-8,000. “Far from a still life” – apologies to Margaret Olley

Lot 114 – Russell Drysdale, Reclining figure with mandolin, est. $6,000-9,000. Drysdale drawing with exhibition history

Lot 120 – Bill Henson, Untitled 1996-1997, est. $8,000-12,000. Billy boils

Lot 126 – Harold Cazneaux, Dorothy Gadsby (Roseville) Profile, 1931, est. $3,500-4,500. Harold’s highlights (see his work at AGNSW now)

Lot 135 – Emanuel Phillips Fox, A colonnade in Italy, est. $10,000-15,000. Colour captures the colonnade

Lot 161 – Jeffrey Smart, Figure study for the terrace, variations on a theme, 1994, est. $3,000-5,000. Jeff draws you in

Lot 164 – Rupert Bunny, Nude kneeling, est. $800-1,200. Divine

You can view in Melbourne is from 15 to 18 August at 105 Commercial Road, South Yarra, and in Sydney from 22 to 27 August at 55 Oxford Street, Surry Hills

The auction is at Paddington Town Hall, Sydney, on 28 August 2013, 7 pm.

For images and more visit www.deutscherandhackett.com



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David Hulme is an approved valuer for the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts program and a member of the Art Consulting Association of Australia. David Hulme is also managing director at Banziger Hulme Fine Art Consultants, which is a highly respected art consultancy in Australia and has been in operation for over ten years. David also regularly comments on the Australian and international art market on national radio and in numerous local and national newspapers.

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