Three Estates Make For A Good Auction


Paintings which have been hanging on walls and out of sight from the art market for many decades will highlight the forthcoming art auction at Shapiro Auctioneers in Sydney, on Tuesday 3 April 6.30pm.

A beautiful Justin O’Brien 'Portrait of Young Man' (lot 42, $20,000-30,000) is depicted with the characteristic red sweater vest, a major Hugh Sawrey titled 'The Saddling Enclosure' (lot 34, $30,000-40,000) and the 'Portrait of a Pioneer' 1968 by Albert Tucker (lot 43, $80,000-120,000) each surfaced from estates from Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales. “Fresh to market is what collectors want”, comments Andrew Shapiro, Managing Director. In addition are three cubist pencil drawings by Tony Tuckson purchased in the early 1970s from Watters Gallery, several David Boyd’s from Schubert Galleries, two early oil paintings by Cressida Campbell (lots 10 and 12), and a very significant floral still life by John Wolseley (lot 20) from his early years in London.

Complementing the estate works are two collections from vendors who are moving state. One collection comprises thirty artworks by Norman Lindsay including prints, etchings, copper plates, pencil drawings and oil paintings. Many are with Bloomfield Gallery provenance and overall condition is very good.

A significant collection of photography boasts one hundred and thirty lots of 19th and 20th Century black and white photography spanning from early Australian settlement to contemporary European portraiture. A rare Man Ray print 'Nusch Eluard Nude' (lot 144) will be offered with an estimate of $10,000-15,000, (for comparison see Christie's lot 263, April 2011, London, where an identical image realised $24,000). Other photographers include Max Dupain, Willy Lane, Thomas Andrew, William Mortensen, Harold Cazenaux, John Noone, Antonio Beato with subjects of Queensland Natives, Islander Girls, Egyptian Ruins, Samoan Princesses, Soloman Islanders, Maori Maidens and Chiefs, Hawaiian Maidnens, Nubian Natives, Arabian Girls, as well as Sydney Harbour Bridge, Rural Landscapes, and Charles Lindbergh with 'The Spriit of St. Louis' airplane. Estimate range upwards from $100-10,000.

Contemporary works by Dale Frank, Susan Norrie, McLean Edwards, David Bromley, Peter Booth, Richard Larter and Damien Hirst conclude the sale with a punctuation of sculpture by Guy Boyd, Barbara Tribe, Clement Meadmore and Ron Robertson Swann.

The auction is now on view from Tuesday 27 March through Tuesday 3 April from 11am-5pm. The catalogue is available online and condition reports are available on request from the department. For further enquires please call 02 9326 1588.