Dave’s Faves from the Lawson-Menzies Quarterly Auction

Be prepared for some more of our favourites in the next few weeks, as the summer art auction season is kicking off.

On Wednesday night, we attended the preview of Lawson-Menzies Quarterly Fine Art Auction in Kensington. It is offering some 345 lots including many fine works, so we spent a good couple of hours examining the art on display up close. Please note: there are many unreserved lots in this sale; look out for the red square next to the estimate in the catalogue.


David has selected his top 20 in terms of quality, image and value. Please enjoy, and as usual, if you would like advice on any of the 20 or 345 works, don’t hesitate to call or email us.

Lot 2 – Clarice Beckett. Timeless, I like the provenance, if not the frame
Lot 6 – Guy Boyd. Wow! underrated excellence
Lot 9 – Wendy Sharpe. Voluptuous in a Nigella Lawson kind of way
Lot 26 – Donald Friend. Too quirky for words – beautifully drawn
Lot 36 – Guy Boyd. It’s about time for a price rise for Boyd’s superb sculptures

Lot 37 – Michael Zavros. Speculate to accumulate
Lot 42 – Jeffrey Smart. Plump for this
Lot 43 – Sidney Nolan. Good colour palette – I might even say jaunty.

Lot 55 – Dale Frank. Haven’t seen one for a while. This example is spectacular
Lot 69 – David Larwill. Topical
Lot 102 – Will Ashton. His early working harbour and European scenes are his best – here is a combination of both. Perfect
Lot 116 – John Passmore. Look and you will see
Lot 129 – Clement Meadmore. Early works are rare
Lot 140 – John Olsen. Strong work – good price
Lot 155 – Annie Leibovitz: ballsy
Lot 209 – Samantha Everton: Teatime
Lot 237 – Robert Dickerson. Horses for courses
Lot 280 – Adam Cullen. Less is more with Cullen
Lot 300 – Pro Hart: gritty for Pro
Lot 324 – Shaun Gladwell: pre–video

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David Hulme

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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