Pro Hart exhibition painting to bring auction crowds

Author: Richard Brewster | Posted: 24th June, 2016

Five paintings by Australian artist Pro Hart – including one purchased directly from “The Australian Bush Series” exhibition in October 1975 in Hong Kong – are a key component of Glenelg Auctions two-day auction from 11am Saturday June 25 and Sunday June 26 at 109 Learmonth Street, Portland.

The exhibition painting, entitled The Mallee Races, is an oil on board signed by the artist and comes complete with certificate of authenticity.

Other Pro Hart paintings in the sale include The Rabbit Trappers and Street Scene, Double Bay NSW.

Other Australian artists include Ernest Buckmaster (Cattle Resting), William Young (The Haymakers 1920 and The Team at Work 1920), Max Mannix (Camp on the Creek), Charles Rolando (Haystacks) and Robert Camm (Bullocks Pulling the Wagon).

Day One of the sale, which features 656 lots, contains more than 300 lots of coins, notes and stamps, collectables and other items of interest.

The auction includes a private collection of Pears prints, Victorian and art deco furniture, china and glassware – all largely unreserved.

Day Two, with 1203 lots, features Australian and English artists, including the Pro Hart paintings. 

There is an extraordinary selection Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian furniture including cedar, mahogany, walnut, oak and blackwood sideboards, chiffoniers, dining tables and chairs, games and dressing tables, settees and wardrobes.

The auction also contains a large quantity of rugs, early books, silver, fine porcelain (including Royal Doulton ‘Dickens Ware’ and Crown Derby), jewellery and glassware.

Unusual is the hand painted antique papier-mache wall clock with mother of pearl finish.

Other interesting items include a 15th century Burmese bronze figure of Shan on the night before enlightenment sheltered by the seven-headed snake Mokalinda and the 19th century bronze Buddha, King of Naga, also sheltered by Mokalinda.

There also is a pair of Richard Eckert figures with 1909-1912 period marks featuring cupids in pastel blue tonings. 

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