Art auction encourages first time collectors

Author: Richard Brewster | Posted: 21st July, 2015

While Mossgreen’s second Sunday Art Emporium auction for the year is geared to encourage collectors entering the art market for the first time – with plenty of paintings carrying estimates of only a few hundred dollars – it also is notable for several significant Sidney Nolan works (lots 42-46) held tightly by the family and never before seen publicly.

Two of these – Angels over Ely 1951 and Bush Sketches 1951 – are ink on glass works, a medium that is rarely seen at auction. 

The auction will be held from 2pm Sunday July 26 at 926-930 High Street, Armadale. 

Another larger Nolan work Landscape 1960 (lot 34) was exhibited at the Matthiesen Gallery in London from June 16 to July 20 of that year as part of the solo exhibition Sidney Nolan: Leda and the Swan and Other Recent Works – and was subsequently purchased by the London Financial Times.

From there it made its way into a London private collection and then to an Australian private collection, where it has resided for many years.

Other reasonably valuable works include John Glover’s English Landscape with Cottage, Stream, Figures and Cows (lot 69), Albert Tucker’s Parrots (lot 75) and David Boyd’s Orchard and Red Earth (lot 41).

The auction also contains the second half of the Suncorp collection (lots 209-255) – the first part of which Mossgreen sold at its June auction. 

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