Fine Art

  • # 18666

    Maker unknown.

    Aboriginal King’s Brass Plate (1820). “King Taptalla II.” King of the Terrara Tribe, Shoalhaven River, New South Wales.

    [Title from mid nineteenth-century manuscript note]. Brass breastplate or gorget, crescentic, maximum diameter 140 mm, anterior with engraved lettering KING TAPTALLA II, foliage motif repeated at each of the upper corners, emu and kangaroo dos-à-dos at the centre (design only partially completed); diagonal cut mark running from lower left to upper right edge; the surface has been …

  • # 18024

    Maker unknown.

    Grand jeu de la géographie avec costumes coloriées

    [France] : s.l., s.n., circa 1820. Carnet of thick blue card, 110 x 75 mm, with hand coloured engraved title label depicting inhabitants from the four corners of the world, containing 25 hand coloured cards on blue paper backing, each depicting a male and female inhabitant from a different region, with accompanying descriptive text. Fine condition. …

  • # 18235

    Elizabeth Ann THORNE (née BISDEE) (1821-1910), attributed

    A suite of watercolours of Australian wildflowers. Sydney, 1865-1870

    Late nineteenth century scrap album, large quarto (330 x 270 mm), original cloth boards, the upper board with blind embossed Art Nouveau decoration and lettering in blue and gilt (rubbed); front pastedown with a twentieth-century bookseller’s typed description taped down: ‘A Botanical Album from the 19th Century / Eighteen fine botanical watercolours of Australian flora …

  • # 16314

    DERMÉE, Paul; TZARA, Tristan; BRETON, André; APOLLINAIRE, Guillaume; DELAUNAY, Robert, et al.

    Dada and Surrealism : an archive

    A collection of ephemeral publications, 1917 – 1960s. Dada and Surrealism – both diffuse artistic, literary and intellectual movements – were defining stages in the history of Modernism. Dada took shape in 1916 in Zurich at the famous Cabaret Voltaire, emerging in the work of artists and poets such as Tristan Tzara and Hans Arp. …

  • # 18725


    A map of the world

    [Title from manuscript cartouche]. Lincoln : T. Twydell, 1812. Manuscript and watercolour map on paper laid down on board, 485 x 710 mm (image), surface soiling, old edge tears, large central tear and small loss to the margins. A spectacular and unique manuscript map of the world in two hemispheres, with detailed decorative border and …

  • # 18724

    MANNING, James

    Model of the Earth

    London : J. Manning, c.1860. Miniature globe, 1¾” (45mm) diameter, twelve gores with hand colour, two axis pins, in the original decorative cardboard box with brass mount rings; the globe in fine condition, the box with a mild amount of wear. A miniature globe from the mid nineteenth-century, with Alaska still marked as Russian Territory …

  • # 18703

    OUTHWAITE, Ida Rentoul (1888 - 1960)

    Elves and fairies have thee in their keeping

    [Also known as Fairy Music]. Watercolour on card, 290 x 360 mm, initialed in ink lower centre ‘I.R.O’, titled in pencil lower left. A stunning watercolour painted by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite as an illustration for the book of verse by her sister Annie Rentoul, Elves and Fairies (1916), but not included in the final publication. Exhibited …

  • # 18716

    ARAGO, Jacques Étienne Victor (1790-1855)

    [FREYCINET] Chamorro people performing a Spanish paloteo (stick dance). Agana, Guam, 1819.

    Watercolour and pencil on artist’s paper, 296 x 398 mm (sheet), signed and dated in ink in lower margin right ‘Js. Arago fecit, 1819’; inscribed by the artist in ink in the upper margin centre ‘Guham, 1819’, and in the lower margin centre ‘Danses exécutées à Agana, appelée dans le pays Le bâton habillé’, and in …

  • # 18715

    ARAGO, Jacques Étienne Victor (1790-1854)

    [FREYCINET] A Cape Malay slave carrying rooibos bushes. Cape of Good Hope, 1818.

    Watercolour and pencil on watermarked laid paper, 353 x 274 mm (sheet), signed and dated in ink in image lower right ‘Js. Arago fecit, 1818’; inscribed by the artist in ink in the upper margin centre ‘Cap du bonne Espérance’, and in the lower margin centre ‘Hottentôt / Les esclaves hottentôts dont les maîtres sont contents …

  • # 18751

    HITTI, Deanna

    Cultural transaction [with] Towla

    An extraordinary collection of works by contemporary Melbourne artist Deanna Hitti, comprising her artist’s book Towla and two monumental wall pieces titled Cultural Transaction. Towla [Melbourne] : the artist, 2017. Folio, screenprinted buckram, screenprinted endpapers, pp. 40; [8]; 40; screenprinted on Somerset 115gsm Bookwove paper, housed in a screenprinted clamshell box. Limited to 10 copies plus three …

  • # 18034

    MOSER, Barry (1940 - )

    Gold rush. Twenty-five wood engravings by Barry Moser on a theme of the discovery and mining of gold in America, Africa and Australia.

    With a note on those prints by the artist. Los Angeles : Arundel Press, 1985. Folio, gilt lettered black cloth clamshell box, 7 leaves text; 25 original wood engravings each hand-signed by the artist. Printed for the Arundel Press by Harold McGrath at the Hampshire Typothetae in West Hatfield, Massachusetts on Rives BFK. Limited to …

  • # 18456


    The deeper picture : early Chinese carved cinnabar lacquer.

    London : Priestley & Ferraro, Chinese Art, [2017]. Royal octavo, silver-lettered cloth boards in pictorial dust jacket, [44] pp, colour photographic illustrations throughout; one price annotation in pen, else a mint copy. Superbly produced catalogue for London art dealer Priestley & Ferraro’s November 2017 exhibition.

  • # 18163

    SEMO, Gaby


    [Mock-up for an unpublished artist’s photo book]. [U.S.A.] : Gaby Semo, [c.1980]. Quarto (305 x 230 mm), unbound, black card “wrappers”, the upper wrapper with title and artist’s name printed in white with original photograph onlaid, [4] preliminary sheets (including printed titles), followed by [34] sheets each with an original black-and-white photographic print on matte …

  • # 18661

    VICKERY, John (1906-1983)

    Outposts of Empire : Central Australia

    [London] : General Post Office, 1937. Colour lithograph poster, 470 x 610 mm, signed and dated in image, laid on linen; fine condition. The poster depicts the underground post office in Coober Pedy, northern South Australia, often referred to as “the opal capital of the world”. One of a series of four lithographic posters featuring …

  • # 17832

    Photographer unknown.

    Daguerreotype portrait of Creswick gold miner John Dickson Love and his young bride, Sarah Purvis. Melbourne, April 1854.

    [Melbourne] : s.n., [April, 1854]. Quarter plate daguerreotype with hand colouring, exposed image 98 x 72 mm, housed in its original velvet covered wooden case with painted enamel cartouche to front, gilt edges, metal clasp (with some loss), silk lining, inner hinge of the case split; the daguerreotype is in fine condition, its delicate hand tinting …

  • # 18660

    Photographer unknown.

    Quarter plate tinted ambrotype of a boy posing beside a floor globe, and holding “Goldsmith’s Grammar of Geography”.

    [United Kingdom, between 1855 and 1860]. Ambrotype photograph with hand colouring, exposed image 98 x 73 mm (approximately quarter plate size); still sealed within the original brass mat, glass and timber frame, the ambrotype is in very good condition, with the expected amount of crazing to the backing emulsion evident in the dark sections. This late 1850s English …