Dave’s Faves from the Menzies Fine Art Auction: Don’t miss this one …

At the Menzies viewing at South Kensington, it was very easy to miss this tiny painting by Tom Robert: Cremorne 1895.

Yes, at just 12 x 17 cm, it is small, but full of character and just a beautiful little work.

A lot of these small paintings by Roberts are often unsigned.

This one is clearly hand signed in red – an added bonus.

A rare beauty this one at $ 10,000 – $ 15,000.

I have kept on this theme: my 10 favourites this time around are all relatively small, and are both attractive and attractively priced.

Lot 7 – Ethel Spowers, Tug of War, 1933. As good an image by Spowers as you will find – less is always more.
Lot 9 – John Perceval, Williamstown circa 1990. This work is not unusual, its compact size however makes it most appealing.
Lot 22 – Rick Amor, The Road, 2004. Moody as ever,  just like a Gregory Crewdson photograph, we are desperate to know what’s going on.
Lot 23 – Fred Williams, After the bushfire, 1968. Another of those undervalued gouaches.
Lot 58 – Arthur Boyd, Shoalhaven Reflections circa 1980. Perfection mirrored in a few brushstrokes.
Lot 73 – Tom Roberts, Cremorne 1895. – See above
Lot 76 – S. T. Gill, Native Sepulchre. Quirky this one and once owned by Alan Bond.
Lot 93 – John Perceval, Fabian Douglas, 1954. Connoisseurs always snag the bargains.
Lot 107 – Emanuel Phillips Fox, Venice. The gondola looks kind of clumsy, bit I still really like it.
Lot 108 – Donald Friend, Paris, 1971. Friend’s more colourful works never fail to entertain and delight.

If you are interested in a work, let us know – we are happy to advise and provide due diligence.  The auction is on 14 September in Melbourne.


Written by

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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