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New York to Sydney16 November 2015
New York to Sydney | Important Australian Art | Auction in Sydney 24 November 201516 November 2015
Never before seen in Australia, Brett Whiteley’s rare New York 3 (1968) (estimate $50,000-70,000, lot 21, pictured) will be auctioned by Sotheby’s Australia on 24 November at the InterContinental Sydney. Drawn from his window of the Chelsea Hotel, Whiteley has recorded a unique aspect of the Manhattan skyline. (316.83 KB)
Financial Review | Jane O'Sullivan
One of Arthur Boyd's most romantic brides is coming out of hiding for Sotheby's Australian art sale in Sydney on November 24. Boyd gave the painting to his brother-in-law, the painter John Perceval, in the late 1950s. It has passed through other private collections since then, but it has never been seen at auction.
Rupert Bunny’s Golden Summer11 November 2015
A private moment between mistress and maid is will be auctioned by Sotheby’s Australia on 24 November at the InterContinental Sydney. Rupert Bunny’s exquisite Hair Drying (circa 1908) (estimate $280,000-380,000, lot 29, pictured) belongs to the artist’s most highly acclaimed and revered group of paintings that depict women engaged in various leisurely pastimes. Bunny’s subjects of solitary, coupled, or grouped female figures enabled him to explore the opposing visual, physical and psychological aspects of the interior and exterior world. (423.20 KB)
Rupert Bunny’s Golden Summer11 November 2015
Arthur Streeton’s Unique Impression of St Kilda for Auction9 November 2015
A Unique Impression of St Kilda9 November 2015
Painted in 1907, St Kilda Pier (1907) by Arthur Streeton is a highly impressionistic composition which perfectly captures the sunlight and breezy scene of ocean, shoreline and sailing boats, together with the men, women and children as they promenade on the pier. The colours are bright and fresh, a celebration of Streeton’s re-acquaintance with the Australian light after a period of living in Europe the previous decade.
Held in the same private collection since 1919, St Kilda Pier (1907) (estimate $50,000-70,000, lot 29) was originally acquired directly from the artist by Sir Walter Baldwin Spencer – Streeton’s greatest patron. Last offered for auction in 1919 it was purchased by the present owner’s ancestors for 22 gns.
One of Australia’s greatest collectors and patrons, Sir Walter Baldwin Spencer is best known for his considerable legacy to Australian anthropology; however, he traversed several disciplines of art, ethnography and science. He was a trustee of the combined National Gallery of Victoria, Museum Victoria and State Library of Victoria from 1884-1928, and actively promoted the acquisition of historical and contemporary Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian Art into Australia’s repositories. As a passionate collector of Australian contemporary art, Spencer was Arthur Streeton’s greatest patron, at one time owning 41 works by the artist. In August 2015 Sotheby’s Australia sold 4 works from the Spencer Collection that achieved exceptional results, including Unloading Bricks, Kew (1905) for $122,000 against an estimate of $30,000-40,000.
Geoffrey Smith, Chairman of Sotheby’s Australia commented: ‘St Kilda Pier is a unique image in the artist’s career and has not been seen in public for almost half a century. Included in the Sir Arthur Streeton Survey exhibition at the Adelaide Festival of Arts in March 1968, it was simply titled The Pier, its exact location unidentified. Through my research for the Arthur Streeton 1867-1943 Catalogue Raisonné, I was able to reinstate the painting with its original title, as well as full provenance and exhibition history.’
ARTHUR STREETON 1867-1943
St Kilda Pier (1907)
oil on wood panel
18.5 x 24 cm
Boyd Masterpiece for Auction4 November 2015
TIGHTLY HELD in the same collection for almost half a century, Arthur Boyd’s Sleeping Bride (1957-1958) (estimate $1,000,000-1,200,000 lot 17, pictured) is anticipated to generate strong interest at Sotheby’s Australia’s auction of Important Australian Art to be held in Sydney on 24 November 2015. (658.20 KB)
Visionary Masterpiece for Auction27 October 2015
One of the most significant paintings by Fred Williams remaining in private ownership will be auctioned by Sotheby’s Australia on 24 November at the InterContinental Sydney. Trees and Hillsides 1964 (estimate $1,000,000-1,200,000 lot 15, pictured) is a landmark work which signalled a new development in William’s iconography. (616.94 KB)