Dave’s Faves from the Menzies Fine Art Auction

There are 182 lots to entice us at the Menzies sale of Australian and International Fine Art on 22 March in Sydney. You can view all works online – except lot 182, the McLean Edwards, which has copyright restrictions – at www.menziesartbrands.com.

Lot 108, Gerald Fitzgerald, The Manly Jetty, 1896

We will be attending the preview, so if you are interested in a particular work, do let us know. We are very happy to give you feedback on paintings and bid on your behalf.

And here are David’s top 20 from the catalogue:

Lot 1 – Ida Rentoul Outhwaite, Untitled, estimate $12,000-18,000. Do you believe in fairies?
Lot 4 – Rick Amor, Evening by the sea, 1998, est. $8000-12,000. At his painterly best
Lot 7 – Arthur Streeton, The Glade at Olinda 1930s, est. $12,000-16,000. The Late and the Great
Lot 8 – Ben Quilty, Portrait after self portrait by Arthur Streeton 2004, est. $14,000-18,000. Quilty bows to Streeton – Streeton bows to Quilty
Lot 11 – Donald Friend,Yulgibar Butler’s Day off, c. 1963, est. $15,000-20,000. One of Australia’s great storytellers.
Lot 12 – James R. Jackson, The Rialto bridge, Venice 1907, est. $6,000-8,000. The early works are his best
Lot 15 – Margaret Preston, Circular Quay 1925, est. $22,000-28,000. A glorious print by a master print maker
Lot 34 – Peter Booth, Figure in Olive Jumper 2005, est. $80,000-120,000. Wow, who can fault Booth’s brilliance?
Lot 70 – Norman Lindsay, Standing Nude, est. $25,000-35,000. Lindsay’s amazon brought to life
Lot 72 – Norman Lindsay, The Torturess 1930, est. $22,000-28,000. Superb composition
Lot 75 – John Brack, Nude with chair and carpet 1970, est. $55,000-65,000. This is a great Brack worth paying that little bit extra.
Lot 80 – William Dobell, Sketch for Wangi Beach, est. $3,500-4,500. Ghostly
Lot 82 – Brett Whiteley, Sydney Evening 1957, est. $50,000-70,000. I know, I know, it’s completely untypical and done when he was only 18, a very interesting image nonetheless.
Lot 84 – Fred Williams, The Rock, est. $50,000-70,000. Proof that you’re very good if you can paint this without the slightest element of kitsch
Lot 87 – Rick Amor, Hanging Rock 1988, est. $20,000-26,000. “Where is Harry Potter?”
Lot 98 – What – Rick Amor again? Portrait of a young woman 2007, est. $20,000-26,000. He’s just too good this guy
Lot 103 –  John Banks, Beach Belles 1931, $4,500-6,500. What a pretty little thing!
Lot 108 – Gerald Fitzgerald, The Manly Jetty 1896, est. $22,000-28,000. Stunner
Lot 132 – Max Dupain, Fireworks for the Queen 1954, est. $3,000-5,000. Eat your heart out Marc Newson
Lot 154 – Noel McKenna, Dog in Landscape 1990, est. $2,000-3,000. McKenna never has his tail between his legs

The Sydney preview is from 15 to 21 March, 11am – 6pm, at 12 Todman Avenue, Kensington.

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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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