Huge collector interest in fine art auction

Author: Richard Brewster | Posted: 28th November, 2016

A great collection of paintings by well-known Australian artists is the hallmark of Leonard Joel’s final Fine Art auction for the year from 6.30pm 0n Tuesday November 29 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

Several of the artists should attract plenty of collector interest – given the reasonably affordable estimates for their auction offerings.

A good example is Tim Storrier’s Death of a Warrior 1973 with a catalogue estimate of $30,000-$50,000, Arthur Streeton’s The Abbey and The Oak Tree ($22,000-$32,000), Sidney Nolan’s Adolescent 1964 $($18,000-$24,000) and Emanuel Phillips Fox Nude and Satyr (Jupiter and Antiope) c 1911 ($18,000-$26,000).

Another work of note is Danila Vassilieff’s Street Scene with Rotunda ($25,000-$30,000), while James Fardoulys’s Douly in the Lakes 1974 ($8000-$10,000) is well worth considering.

Realistic estimates on works such as Judy Cassab’s Street ($3000-$5000), Hugh Sawrey’s The Fencer’s Camp West QLD ($4000-$6000), Donald Friend’s Olive Grove at Tourettes and Ray Crooke’s Stockman in Bar, North Queensland $3500-$5500 makes this auction an exciting prospect for buyers looking to enter the collector market or wanting to pick up works by name artists at a reasonable price.

Two paintings by war artist Clifford Dudley Wood (1905-1980) – Gun Emplacement 1943 and Footsloggers c1945 – should attract plenty of interest, given that these are significant war paintings never before seen on the market.

Criss Canning’s Summer Flowers and Japanese Fabrics c1997 ($12,000-$16,000) is featured on the catalogue cover, while another work bound to create plenty of collector interest is contemporary artist Paul Davies’ Green Sky Modern Blue Copy 2006.

The auction features a selection of Asian works particularly two paintings by Singaporean artist Cheong Soo Peng – Houses on the Riverside 1973 and Evening Scene 1971 – along with several contemporary works new to the auction market. 

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