Fine Art

  • # 23834

    BOOTH, Peter; SMITH, Jason

    Peter Booth. Human nature

    Melbourne : National Gallery of Victoria, 2003. Quarto, illustrated wrappers, pp. 152, illustrated. Inscription to title page. ‘The first major survey of work from 1970 – 2003 by one of Australia’s most acclaimed contemporary artists’.

  • # 23430


    Photographic portrait of Samuel Bell Labatt and John Bagot Labatt, Adelaide, 1864-65

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 99 x 60 mm (mount), bottom margin recto inscribed in ink with the sitter’s names, ‘Samuel Bell [Labatt]’ and ‘John Bagot [Labatt]’; verso imprinted ‘The Adelaide Photographic Company, F.S. Crawford, Manager’; both the albumen print and mount are in fine condition. Brothers Samuel Bell Labatt (1858-1944) and John …

  • # 23765

    Photographer unknown.

    A pair of very early stereoview photographs of Adelaide streets, circa 1860.

    Both views are exceptionally early and are possibly unrecorded. They appear to have been kept together for almost 160 years, as the manuscript captions on both are written in the same contemporary hand. It is likely that the same unidentified photographer was responsible for both views. I. Adelaide, S.A. Rundle St. from Gawler Place, north …

  • # 23585

    GAZE, Harold (1884 - 1963)

    Eros and Psyche

    Watercolour and pencil on card, 310 x 260 mm, signed lower left and dated 1925, titled in pencil verso, short tear upper right, loss to corner lower right (15 x 15 mm) with replacement paper coloured to match. Harold Gaze was born in New Zealand and studied at art school in London during the First …

  • # 23336

    [WASHBOURNE, Thomas Jetson, 1832-1905]

    Maggie Stone, granddaughter of Queen Mary of the Wolgalu (Monaro district, southern New South Wales). Photographed in the Tangambalanga district near the Murray River, northeast Victoria, circa 1869.

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 104 x 64 mm (mount); no photographer’s imprint (verso blank); a strong print with good tonal range and clarity. One of a seres of indigenous portraits taken in northeast Victoria around 1869 by travelling photographer Thomas J. Washbourne. These portraits were probably taken on the Aboriginal reserve at Tangambalanga …

  • # 13837


    Copper token issued by Pidcock’s Menagerie, London, circa 1801, featuring a kangaroo and joey

    Æ halfpenny, diameter 29 mm, weight 11 grams. Obverse: a kangaroo left, facing back, a joey in pouch, THIS KANGAROO’S BIRTH. SEP. 10. 1800. Reverse: a lion standing right, facing back, with dog on back, LION AND DOG 1801; plain edge. An extremely fine, near mint example with lustrous brown patina. The Grand Menagerie of …

  • # 23258

    [MANNING & KNIGHT, attributed]

    Noongar men, southwest Western Australia, circa 1868.

    Albumen print photograph, 59 x 82 mm, laid down on a piece cut from a 19th century album page, contemporary caption in pencil beneath image: ‘Australian Natives armed with boomerangs’; the print is slightly faded but otherwise is in very good condition. The attribution to the Perth-based photographic partnership of Manning & Knight is based …

  • # 12502


    Copper token for Thomas Hall, taxidermist, London, 1795

    London : Thomas Hall, 1795. Æ halfpenny, diameter 30 mm, weight 12 grams. Obverse: Three quadrupeds. THE KANGUROO . THE ARMADILLO . THE RHINOCEROS. Reverse: T. HALL CITY ROAD NEAR FINSBURY SQUARE LONDON 1795 / THE FIRST  ARTIST IN EUROPE  FOR PRESERVING  BIRDS BEASTS &c. Dark brown patina with reddish highlights and excellent detail; a …

  • # 23443

    HODGSON & GRAVES (publishers); Samuel CARTER HALL (editor); William Henry FOX TALBOT (photographer )

    The Art-Union. A monthly journal of Fine Arts. Volumes I-X ( 1839-1848). Complete set. Including an original calotype photograph by Fox Talbot in Volume VIII, June 1846.

    London : Hodgson & Graves, 1839 – 1848. Ten volumes, quarto (290 x 230 mm), uniform contemporary gilt-ruled half green morocco over marbled papered boads (rubbed), spines with gilt-lettered title and year and raised bands (sunned), marbled edges and endpapers, continuous pagination (average of 40-60 pp per issue), text printed in three columns, all the …

  • # 22710

    S.H. BENSON (publisher); Photographer unknown.

    Aboriginal man and woman holding puppies, seated outside a humpy with canvas covering.

    [Between 1900 and 1910. Possibly New South Wales or Queensland. Photographic glass magic lantern slide with hand colouring, 82 x 82 mm, printed series title to mount: ‘By Forest and Desert’, together with printed label of the maker, ‘S.H. Benson, 1, Tudor St., London, E.C.’ and printed sequence number ’24’; the slide is in fine …

  • # 22607

    CATTELAN, Maurizio; MONK, Jonathan; AUERBACH, Lisa-Anne; WIENER, Lawrence et al

    Complete set of 10 limited edition posters for UNTITLED Art Fair, Miami Beach, 2014

    Paris : Onestar Press, 2014. Complete set of 10 posters, printed in a limited edition of 1000 copies, for distribution at the UNTITLED Art Fair, Miami Beach, 2014. Mint condition set, rolled in the publisher’s tube. ‘UNTITLED, ART is an international, curated art fair founded in 2012 that focuses on curatorial balance and integrity across …

  • # 23334

    [WITHINGTON, Paul; PORTEOUS, Stanley David; Northern Australia Expedition Syndicate; Columbia Pictures]

    [ABORIGINES] The Blonde Captive.

    [Los Angeles, California] : Columbia Pictures, [1932]. Promotional photograph for the film ‘The Blonde Captive‘ (1932), showing a group of Aboriginal women (probably Central Australia); gelatin silver print on glossy paper , 200 x 255 mm, lower margin with printed title and Produced by the Northern Australia Expedition Syndicate, an absolutely authentic amazing adventure. A …

  • # 23086

    DURYEA, Townsend (1823-1888)

    Photographic portrait of a young man wearing a bow-tie, Adelaide, circa 1869.

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 106 x 63 mm (mount), verso with the imprint of ‘T. Duryea, Photographer, Adelaide. By appointment to H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh’; both the albumen print and mount are in fine condition. A late 1860s studio portrait by New York-born photographer Townsend Duryea (senior), who, along with his …

  • # 23686

    GRAHAM-STEWART, Michael; McWHANNELL, Francis; DICKSON, Jonathan

    Bitter fruit : Australian photographs to 1963

    Melbourne : Michael Graham-Stewart, 2017. Quarto (285 x 230 mm), cloth boards in pictorial dust jacket, 280 pp, illustrated in colour throughout with hundreds of photographs documenting the collision of Indigenous Australian and European cultures; the photographs, ranging in date from the 1850s to the 1960s and taken in every region of Australia, represent some …

  • # 23322


    [NEW GUINEA] Iles du groupe de la Nouvelle-Guinée.

    Belgium : Liebig, circa 1910. French language edition. Complete set of 6 chromolithographed trade cards, each 73 x 113 mm, depicting the indigenous cultures of the island of New Guinea, the Bismarck Archipelago, and the Solomon Islands; versos with printed information; a colourful set of images in pristine condition..

  • # 22816

    HAZELWOOD, Art; ROTZCHER, Klaus-Ulrich

    Tora Bora / توره بوره / Black dust : an opera in three acts

    [San Francisco : Art Hazelwood], 2011. Handmade artist’s book in the form of a foldout diorama. Screenprinted boards with cloth joints which open and assemble to create a theatrical stage 320 mm high, 250 mm deep, 710 mm wide, the floor of the stage lined with grooves into which can be inserted one or more …