Dave’s Faves for the Deutscher+Hackett Auction

Deutscher + Hackett always present us with beautifully curated fine art auctions. Their next sale on 24 April in Melbourne offers a collection of works from the estate of the Lady Casey, and many others with exceptional provenance.

Viewing in person is highly recommended – in Sydney until Sunday 14 April, and in Melbourne from 18 to 23 April.

For his “Dave’s Faves”, David has chosen these 20 works from the 138 lot offering:

Russell Drysale

Lot 5, Russell Drysdale

Lot 2 – Eugene von Guerard, Distant View Towards Yarra Bend from our little Tower, 1871, est. $150,000-250,000. Start your own museum with this little gem
Lot 4 – Rupert Bunny, Maenads c.1913-21, est. $30,000-50,000. A whole lot of Bunny for your Money!
Lot 5 – Russell Drysdale, Still Life, 1937, est. $40,000-60,000. This gloriously colourful modernist painting by Drysdale ticks all the boxes including the price.

Lot 6 – Grace Cossington-Smith, Still Life with Boronia, 1955, est. $60,000-90,000. One of the finest examples to appear on the market in some time
Lot 14 – Cyril Power, The Tube Station, c.1935. A better Grosvenor School print you are unlikely to see – condition perfect. It would be nice to see it stay in Australia
Lot 15 – James Gleeson, Birth of Aphrodite, c.1956, est. 40,000-60,000. Two extraordinarily appealing 50s Gleeson works let us enter his fabulous world
Lot 17 – Russell Drysdale, Malay Boy, Broome, 1959, est. $300,000-400,000. Engaging, Exotic Extraordinary
Lot 18 – Arthur Boyd, Sleeping Nude,1962, est. $350,000-450,000. Large and powerful work with the best provenance.
Lot 22 – Rosalie Gascoigne, Tesserae 2, 1989, est. $38,000-45,000. Join in with Rosalie’s recycling habit
Lot 29 – Charles Blackman, Sleeping, 1957, est. $45,000-65,000. This simple work by Blackman from 1957 shows the artist at his finest. An absolute steal at the low estimate
Lot 38 – Tom Roberts, Self portrait (aged 30), 1886, est. $80,000-120,000. Add this one to your Von Guerard for the museum. ‘Eat your heart out Archibald lovers’
Lot 67 – Euan MacLeod, Figure in Sea Above Figure on Hill, 2002, est. $8,000-12,000. Low prices at auction cannot possibly continue for this very superior painter
Lot 76 – Fred Williams, Decorated Plate, 1967, est. $8,000-12,000. Didn’t know he did plates!
Lot 84 – Melinda Harper, Untitled, est. $2,000-3,000. LOVE THIS
Lot 92 – Arthur Streeton, Bananas, 1890, est. $10,000-15,000. These will grow on you … all you need is Josephine Baker
Lot 93 – Sydney Long, Pastoral Idyll, c.1908, est. $8,000-12,000. If you are going to buy a Sid Long, buy this one.
Lot 100 – Hans Heysen, Venice, 1902, est. $3,000-5,000. Yes, Hans Heysen was in Venice, too! Gorgeous
Lot 103 – Sydney Long, Pastoral, 1909, est. $4,000-6,000. If you didn’t manage to secure the oil, this watercolour will salve your pain
Lot 126 – Sali Herman, Rabbit, 10590, est. $4,000-6,000. “That rabbit’s not dead, it’s just sleeping.”

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Written by

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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