Jeffrey Smart set to storm Shapiro Auctions sale

By Peter Fish | The Australian Financial Review | Saleroom | Thursday 23 April 2015



A couple of interesting Jeffrey Smart works should add sizzle to a Shapiro Auctions art sale at Sydney's Woollahra Hotel on April 30.

Lovers of Smart's signature "expressway" images will savour the early work Approaching Storm by Railway from 1955, from the estate of D'Arcy Ryan of Perth.



Jeffrey Smart Storm



This has been exhibited at a number of venues, the catalogue says, including in 1956 at a Society of Artists exhibition at the Department of Education Gallery in Sydney, priced at a mere 30 guineas (roughly equivalent to $63), and the following year at Sydney's Macquarie Galleries at 40 guineas. The estimate here is $100,000 to $150,000.



The second Smart, a small work in Lloyd Rees style, is Panza, an Italian hillside scene rendered in watercolour and ink, signed and dated 1949. According to the catalogue, it comes from a Queensland vendor, having been shown at John Martin's Art Gallery, Adelaide, in 1950 priced at 15 guineas and two years later sold by David Jones Art Gallery in Sydney for 17 guineas. Estimate now is $14,000 to $18,000.

Jeffrey Smart Panza 

Elsewhere in the sale, with expectations of $40,000 or more, are John Olsen's Portuguese Scissor Grinder and Arthur Boyd's Potter Seated and his Wife.

Estimated at about $30,000 are Margaret Preston's hand-coloured woodcut Native Fuchsia, from the collection of Sir Maurice and Lady Byers, Robert Dickerson's Sunset, and Donald Friend's The Arrest of Governor Bligh.

Ray Crooke, Roland Wakelin, Frank Hinder and William Boissevain are also well represented.



Australian and International Art

Auction | Thursday 30 April 6.30pm Sydney

On View | Daily - Thu 30 April 11am - 5pm

Catalogue | Online here

Enquiries | (02) 9326 1588 or info@shapiro.com.au