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.