Holiday Wakelin gives Shapiro a shock

By Peter Fish | The Australian Financial Review | Saleroom | Thursday 15 May 2014


Tim Storrier's Summer Burn Off, 1994, sold for $130,000 including premium.

A fiery Tim Storrier vision from the Corrs Chambers Westgarth collection topped the Shapiro Auctions sale in Woollahra on May 7, with the 2.4-metre-wide Summer Burn Off fetching $130,000, including buyer’s premium.

Among a sizeable offering of Roland Wakelin works, the standout was the small but early work, The Holiday – Mrs Wakelin at Balls Head, from 1916, which fetched $43,200 on an $8000 to $12,000 estimate. The same artist’s London Nocturne, which like a number of other works offered came originally from the estate of Robert Hart-Jones of Sydney, fetched $13,200 (estimate $8000 to $12,000), while Werri Landscape from 1953 brought $12,000 (estimate $5000 to $7000) and St Matthews, Windsor, another Hart-Jones work, sold for $8400 ($4000 to $6000).

Charles Blackman’s Dream Laying sold at $72,000, reflecting a hammer price at the top end of its estimate.

Heliodore (Dore) Hawthorne’s Factory Folk –Industrial Interlude… brought a surprise $25,200 for a little-known artist whose rendition of a 1945 strike at the Lithgow Small Arms factory in NSW apparently struck a chord with the Australian War Memorial.

Donald Friend’s Jazz at the Windsor Castle brought $32,400, slightly shy of its low estimate. But The Painted Wall, a Bali work, went well above estimate at $22,800, while Kite fliers Exult Olsen’s Visit brought $21,600. David Boyd’s Jacaranda and the Wattle brought an above-estimate $22,200.

Among a host of works by Cressida Campbell, Waratah, a woodblock print with watercolour, fetched an impressive $21,000. Hugh Sawrey and Pro Hart managed to better their estimates, with Sawrey’s The Augathalla Outlaw fetching $7080 and Hart’s water Birds $7200. Among quite a few unsolds were Lloyd Rees’s Kiama Pastoral ($40,000 to $60,000) and The Waters of West Sydney ($15,000 to $25,000).


Roland Wakelin's The Holiday - Mrs Wakelin at Balls Head, fetched $43,200.