April 2021

Deutscher and Hackett

Streeton's Grand Canal Venice looks like the real auction deal

To anyone who has never been to Venice, Australian artist Arthur Streeton’s (1867-1943) painting The Grand Canal, 1908 is a marvellous almost lifelike portrayal of waterways, gondolas and orange stepped terracotta tiled roofs from the lofty heights of Palazzo Foscari.

So good is the work that experts place it alongside paintings of the same subject by such international greats as French Impressionist Claude Monet (1840-1926) and 18th century Venice School Italian Giovanni Antonio Canal (1697-1768) – commonly known as Canaletto.

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Philips Auctions

Mother's Day gifts auctions include Australian celebrity items

Items belonging to two well-known Australian celebrities are part of Philips Auctions timed online Fine & Decorative Arts and Modern & Antique Jewellery auctions finishing from 12pm Monday April 19 at 47 Glenferrie Road, Malvern.

Although neither celebrity wishes to be named, the items themselves are an impressive part of both sales.

One, lot 364 in decorative arts, is a mahogany Bechstein grand piano with a $5000-$10,000 catalogue estimate and a current bid of $5300 and would be perfect for any aspiring concert pianist.

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Gibsons Auctions

Large buyer choice in Australian art auction

Australian artist Fred Williams (1927-1982) is one of the highlights at Melbourne-based Gibson’s Auctions forthcoming Australian & International Art auction from 2pm Sunday April 18 at 885-889 High Street, Armadale.

The work on offer, a 1968 gouache on paper entitled Desert Landscape (lot 14) with a solid provenance and part of his 2011 National Gallery of Australia exhibition called Infinite Horizons, while nowhere near the money paid for one of his major paintings still has a healthy $30,000-$50,000 catalogue estimate.

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Christian McCann Auctions

Medical college move prompts unusual Australian auction

As the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) prepares to move from its old East Melbourne two-storey mansion premises to new digs at 1 Bowen Crescent, South Melbourne – originally built as offices for Linfox by trucking magnate Lindsay Fox – Melbourne auction house Christian McCann Auctions is gearing up to sell many historic items from the Albert Street site.

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