“Not just a pretty picture”

“… Base’s decision to sell his original work is unusual, says David Hulme, Sydney-based art valuer with fine art consultants Banziger Hulme. Most illustrators hang on to their artwork, and exhibit other work created specifically for the fine art market. He says illustrative work tends to have a far lower value than other works on paper. “I recently valued some illustrations for a regional art gallery and they weren’t as pure, they didn’t have a fine art component,” Hulme says. “Nobody in the fine art world will look at illustration in the same way as fine art.”

Hulme makes a distinction between straightforward commercial work for advertising or editorial, and illustration work for books. Norman Lindsay, he says, is a case in point. A Lindsay illustration will sell for about $2000, but a non-commercial watercolour will fetch $50,000. The illustrations for his children’s book The Magic Pudding are in a different league. As an artist and author with an established reputation, the book was published in 1918 as a limited edition for the relatively high price of pound stg. 1 10 shillings. The original art work is now in the State Library of NSW. …”

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Brigitte Banziger

Hello, my name is Brigitte Banziger and I am an art consultant and manager at Banziger Hulme Fine Art Consultants, Australia's art valuation and art advice experts. We offer comprehensive art valuation and art brokerage services (selling and buying art on behalf of clients). Our art services cover everything from valuations, art care and restoration, to general advice such as helping define the goals for your art collection and work out the best strategy on how to achieve those goals, including where, how and when to buy or sell.

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