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, and Sotheby’s have dedicated a separate brochure to these two outstanding rare paintings, presumably to make it easier to reach the audience across the ditch.

The Australian offering is grouped into two catalogues, as the sale includes 38 works from the J.G.L. collection, bringing the total to 137 lots, a hefty number for the traditionally leaner Sotheby’s catalogues.

Viewings are held in Melbourne and Sydney, and a personal visit is highly recommended:

– Melbourne from 2 to 6 May, at Level 9, 41 Exhibition Street

– Sydney from 10 to 16 May, at 30 Queen Street, Woollahra

If you cannot attend, have a look online at Sotheby’s Australia.

The public auction is held on Wednesday, 16 May, 6.30 pm, at the Intercontinental Sydney.

If you are interested in any of the lots and would like to prepare the best you can to make a successful purchase, contact us on 02 9977 7764 or by email [email protected].

We would be delighted to assist you with due diligence and sound advice, before, during and after the auction.

And Dave’s Faves are:

Arthur Boyd Narcissus

Lot 1 – Arthur Boyd, Narcissus and Cave (1976), est. $30,000-40,000. Take me to the River

Lot 2 Fred Williams

Lot 2 – Fred Williams, Treefern Hillside, near Tallebudgera (1971), est. $30,000-40,000. Fantastic Ferny Fred

Lot 3 Justin Bo'Brien

Lot 3 – Justin O’Brien, Maremma Landscape (1986), est. $60,000-80,000. Paradise Found

lot 7 Brett Whiteley

Lot 7 – Brett Whiteley, Maroeton Bay Fig, Botanic Gardens (1984), est. $900,000-1,100,000. Brett’s branching out again

Lot 12 Del Kahtryn Barton

Lot 12 – Del Kathryn Barton, Of Pollen 2013, est. $100,000-140,000. Pollinate don’t procrastinate

Lot 14 Daniel Boyd

Lot 14 – Daniel Boyd, King No Beard 2008, est. $15,000-25,000. This parrot really speaks to me

Lot 17 Michael Zavros

Lot 17 – Michael Zavros, Debaser / Marc Jacobs 2010, est. $10,000-15,000. Don’t rub this one off your list

Lot 19 John Perceval

Lot 19 – John Perceval, Adam and Eve 1951, est. $20,000-30,000. No bad apples here

Lot 22 - John Perceval

Lot 22 – John Perceval, The Annunciation, 1969, est. $40,000-60,000. Mary gets the good news

Lot 24 Sidney Nolan

Lot 24 – Sidney Nolan, Kelly at Glenrowan 1964, est. $150,000-250,000. A Kelly with welly

Lot 31 Russell Drysdale

Lot 31 – Russell Drysdale, Long Tom 1961, est. $10,000-15,000. Stick up your hand for this stockman

Lot 36 Brett Whiteley

Lot 36 – Brett Whiteley, The Meeting 1981, est. $1,200,000-1,400,000. A Bird in hand

Lot 37 – Sidney Nolan, Carcass of ram 1953, est. $150,000-200,000. Dead set

Lot 39 Jeffrey Smart

Lot 39 – Jeffrey Smart, Flea Market, Paris (1949-1950), est. $70,000-90,000. Make like Manny Macron

Lot 52 Richard Larter

Lot 52 – Richard Larter, Film Goddess 1959, est. $8,000-12,000. A nice little starter from Larter

Lot 53 Guy Boyd

Lot 53 – Guy Boyd, Swimmer (1981), est. 10,000-15,000. All ready for the Cole Classic

Lot 55 John Coburn

Lot 55 – John Coburn, Tower of Babel 1973, est. $35,000-45,000. I covet this classic Coburn

Lot 58 John Olsen

Lot 58 – John Olsen, Kalla Kooper in Flood 1978, est. $60,000-80,000. I see a flood of hands go up for this one

Lot 60 Arthur Boyd

Lot 60 – Arthur Boyd, The Artist, Rock Cleft and Reflections, est. $50,000-70,000. Is Boyd’s blue for you?

Lot 88 Adrian Feint

Lot 88 – Adrian Feint, (Hibiscus), 1957, est. $4,000-6,000. Lion Island and lion of a painting

Lot 90 Elioth Gruner

Lot 90 – Elioth Gruner, Lion Island 1920, est. $15,000-20,000. The lion roars once again

Lot 91 Norman Lindsay

Lot 91 – Norman Lindsay, The Duke’s Picnic (1945), est. $30,000-40,000. In glorious technicolor

Lot 98 Gottfried Lindauer

Lot 98 – Gottfried Lindauer, Maori Girl Learning the Haka (circa 1907), est. $250,000-350,000. Prepare to battle it out with the Auckland Art Gallery. Ka mau te pai

Lot 100 Danila Vassilieff

Lot 100 – Danila Vassilieff, Three Forms (1953), est. $30,000-50,000. Vassilieff rocks

Lot 110 Albert Tucker

Lot 110 – Albert Tucker, Image of Modern Evil 1972, est. $20,000-30,000. Evil Grin

Lot 112 Albert Tucker

Lot 112 – Albert Tucker, Image of Modern Evil (1972), est. $20,000-30,000. Bronzed Aussie


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