Fine Art

  • # 14211

    [KHUBILAI KHAN, Emperor Chih-yüan]

    [CHINESE PRINTING] Printing block for paper money with an original value of 100 wen

    China, Yüan dynasty, reign of Khubilai Khan, circa 1287 C.E.. Stone, 210 x 135 x 22 mm, top edges bevelled (three sections skilfully rejoined); housed in a custom made cloth box lined with lambswool. An extraordinary item of early printing history that pre-dates by a century the earliest known instance of printing in the West, …

  • # 16309

    Anonymous.

    Double sided cheat’s handkerchief

    [China, circa 1850]. Manuscript calligraphy in Chinese characters in black and red ink on silk, 420 x 370mm (irregular); arranged in vertical columns, surrounded by a narrow border; a well preserved example, with minor restoration in places. The so-called “cheat’s handkerchief” was used as an aid by students undertaking civil service examinations under the keju …

  • # 15722

    Maker unknown.

    Painted mother of pearl shell depicting a view of Shamian Island, Canton, showing the trading factories on the Pearl River prior to destruction by fire in 1856

    [Canton : s.n., c.1850]. Pigments on nacre, 170 x 180 mm (irregular); scattered loss of pigment, but essentially a well preserved example; accompanied by a carved rosewood base. This finely detailed original work, made for the Chinese export market by a Cantonese artisan, is of significant historical interest as it depicts, at upper left, a section of …

  • # 16873

    Photographer unknown.

    An archive of photographs of Hong Kong and Canton taken by a crew member of USAT Hancock, 1901.

    [Hong Kong and Canton, April 1901]. Group of 67 silver gelatin photographs taken by an anonymous photographer with a private camera, all in format 95 x 115 mm, mounted recto and verso of [19] loose leaves from an album of the period, all with the photographer’s handwritten captions in ink beneath the image; 63 of …

  • # 16194

    SABIN, S.P.

    Sketch of Hong Kong from the harbour, circa 1900

    Graphite and wash on artist’s paper, 155 x 270 mm (sheet), initialled at lower right ‘S.P.S.’; verso with artist’s pencilled caption ‘Hongkong’; unmounted; removed from an album of sketches, watercolours and photographs compiled by S.P. Sabin, a P. & O. officer who served on various ships in the Far East between 1900 and 1908, including …

  • # 16202

    SABIN, S.P.

    Panoramic sketch of the southern anchorage, Tungyin Island, south of Shanghai, circa 1901

    Graphite on artist’s paper, 180 x 645 mm (sheet), folding to 180 x 215 mm, captioned and initialled at lower right ‘Southern Anchorage “Tungyung” / S.P.S.’; unmounted; original fold lines and some creasing; removed from an album of sketches, watercolours and photographs compiled by S.P. Sabin, a P. & O. officer who served on various …

  • # 16195

    SABIN, S.P.

    Sketch of Wusong, near Shanghai, circa 1900

    Graphite and wash on artist’s paper, 103 x 161 mm (sheet), captioned and initialled at lower right ‘Woosung S.P.S.’; mounted on a section of a page removed from an album of sketches, watercolours and photographs compiled by S.P. Sabin, a P. & O. officer who served on various ships in the Far East between 1900 …

  • # 16196

    SABIN, S.P.

    Sketch of a Malay village on stilts near Singapore, circa 1900

    Graphite and wash on artist’s paper, 140 x 240 mm (sheet), captioned and initialled at lower right ‘Near Singapore S.P.S.’; unmounted; pale foxing; removed from an album of sketches, watercolours and photographs compiled by S.P. Sabin, a P. & O. officer who served on various ships in the Far East between 1900 and 1908, including …

  • # 16197

    SABIN, S.P.

    Sketch of coolies carrying twist, Hong Kong, circa 1900

    Graphite on artist’s paper, 137 x 206 mm (sheet), captioned by the artist in the upper margin ‘Hongkong Coolies carrying Twist’; scattered foxing; mounted on a section of a page removed from an album of sketches, watercolours and photographs compiled by S.P. Sabin, a P. & O. officer who served on various ships in the …

  • # 16878

    HOMANN HEIRS.

    [WHALES] A pair of mid-eighteenth century broadsides on whales, whaling, and marine curiosities.

    1. Historia Animantium Marinorum Iconographica & quidem Repræsenatio ejus Specialis I, in qua Balaenarum Species, Figura, … exhibentur. Omnia ex Fr. Martens, Zorgdrager &c. itinerariis hausta, & in oblectamentum naturæ curiosorum edita ab Homannianis Heredibus ; cum privilegio s. cæs. maj. gratiosissimo. Also titled: Abbildliche Geschichte der See-Thiere u. zwar derselben I. besondere Vorstellung, in welcher die …

  • # 16142

    TURNER, Joseph Mallord William (1775 - 1851); LLOYD, Hannibal Evans; HEATH, Charles (engraver)

    Picturesque views of England and Wales from drawings by J. M. W. Turner esq. R. A. engraved under the superintendence of Mr. Charles Heath with descriptive and historic illustrations by H. E. Lloyd, esq.

    London : Longman, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longmans, Paternoster Row, 1838. Elephant folio portfolio, original full red morocco with elaborate ornamental gilt borders, spine with raised bands, gilt ornament and lettering; working metal clasps;  original marbled paper lining to the interior; containing title-sheet, two contents sheets and [96] loose engraved plates, chine-collé, uniform plate size …

  • # 16763

    RYMER & SON

    [TEXTILE]. The reign of George III. From his accession to the throne Octr. 25th 1760 to the present period.

    London : Engraved by Rymer & Son. No. 53. Great Windmill Street, Haymarkek [sic], & 3, Ossulstone Street, Sommers Town, London, circa 1812-13. Engraving on silk, 845 x 880 mm, old creases, a fine example without fading or staining. A scarce Regency era printed ephemeron of the life and times of George III from his …

  • # 16523

    KLINGER, J. G. (firm)

    [GLOBE]. The earth

    Published by J. G. Klinger in Nuremberg. Constructed, delineated and etched by J. A. Buhler. Nuremberg : J[ohann]. G[eorg]. Klinger, [between 1841 – 1852]. Wooden and plaster globe (6 inches in diameter), covered with 12 glazed and hand-coloured gores, fitted and spinning with metal polar axis in a circular card box, the lid provided in …

  • # 16419

    SHARP, Martin (1942-2013)

    [POSTER] Tiny Tim : The Chameleon

    [Sydney, 1982]. Colour screenprint, from three stencils, 760 x 510 mm, initialled “S” in image lower right; a good example, with a few spots of light foxing and an expected amount of mild creasing; unbacked. A rare original poster designed by the important Australian pop artist Martin Sharp, a friend, champion and collaborator of the …

  • # 16425

    SHARP, Martin (1942-2013)

    [POSTER] Tiny Tim : World non-stop singing record, Luna Park. Jan. 12. $10 concert only … Century of song in one smash hit! (Inscribed by Martin Sharp)

    [Sydney, 1979]. Screenprint, from one stencil, 1015 x 750 mm; extensively annotated in black texta by the artist Martin Sharp, with comments such as ‘He did, in c. 2hrs. 20 mins.’, ‘Goody, Goody’, ‘Hooray and alleluia’, ‘Rise and shine today’, and ‘Michael had to have this’; signed and dated by the artist ‘10.9.86’; small sections …

  • # 16424

    SHARP, Martin (1942-2013)

    [POSTER] Tiny Tim, eternal troubadour. Opera House 5 Sept. 1982

    [Sydney, N.S.W. : McGregor, 1982]. Colour screenprint, from four stencils, 1010 x 760 mm, initialled “S” at lower right; a fair example with a few marks made by tape and white paint, mild creasing; unbacked. A rare original poster designed by the important Australian pop artist Martin Sharp, a friend, champion and collaborator of the …

  • # 15240

    LINGWOOD SMITH, William Thomas (1860-1933)

    A group of photographs of Aboriginal subjects by police photographer W.T. Lingwood Smith, South Australia and Central Australia, circa 1900.

    Five photographs on early printing out paper, each approximately 100 x 145 mm, unmounted; all are outdoor shots of Aboriginal subjects (four with the photographer’s pencilled caption verso); sourced with a group of Lingwood Smith portrait photographs of South and Central Australian Aborigines in identical format, inscribed in the same hand and bearing contemporary captions in ink ‘South …

  • # 16621

    HARDING, Richard

    WOOF Series

    [Melbourne : the artist], 2012. Suite of eight individual pieces, inkjet prints with acrylic ink and flocked glitter on archival paper. Each signed and numbered by the artist verso. Created in an edition of 5, this is the complete set, numbered 5/5. In this series of artworks, Harding takes covers of the newspaper magazine Good Weekend …

  • # 16619

    A Victorian metamorphic chair and library steps

    A late Victorian metamorphic chair circa 1880, which converts to a set of library steps. Measures 880 mm tall and 360 mm wide when opened. With early or original carpet tread and metal catch.

  • # 16638

    DUFTY, E.H. (Edward Henry), 1850-1905

    Photographic portrait of two Kanak men, New Caledonia, late 1870s

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 105 x 65 mm (mount), circa 1870s; verso with studio imprint of ‘E. H. Dufty, Photographer, Noumea, Nouvelle Caledonie’; the albumen print is in very good condition, with slight fading at the upper and lower edges; the mount is fine. Edward Henry Dufty (1850-1905), the son of Bath …

  • # 16636

    DUFTY, Edward Henry (1850-1905); DUFTY, Walter Frederick (1854-1919)

    Portrait of Gomenna, holding a gourd jar, New Caledonia, circa 1875

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 105 x 65 mm (mount); the albumen print is in very good condition with excellent tonal range, a couple of tiny spots of foxing; the mount is fine. Although this photograph is not inscribed, the title and attribution are derived from the inscriptions on a photograph with the …

  • # 16644

    DUFTY, E.H. (Edward Henry), 1850-1905 (attributed)

    Photographic portrait of two young Kanak women in traditional dress, New Caledonia, late 1870s

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 105 x 65 mm (mount); the print with some light foxing, the mount fine. This photograph of two unidentified young Kanak women was almost certainly taken in the Noumea studio of E.H. Dufty between 1875 and 1880. This identification, and the dating of the photograph to the late …

  • # 16642

    DUFTY, E.H. (Edward Henry), 1850-1905 (attributed)

    Photographic portrait of two Kanak men holding spears and clubs, New Caledonia, late 1870s

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 105 x 65 mm (mount); the albumen print in very good condition, with slight loss of contrast; else in fine condition with good tonal range. This photograph of two unidentified young Kanak men was almost certainly taken in the Noumea studio of E.H. Dufty between 1875 and 1880. …

  • # 16641

    DUFTY, Edward Henry (1850-1905)

    Photographic portrait of three Kanak women, New Caledonia, late 1870s

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 105 x 65 mm (mount), verso with studio imprint of ‘E. H. Dufty, photographer, Noumea, Nouvelle Caledonie’; the albumen print is slightly faded, the mount with some pale foxing. Edward Henry Dufty (1850-1905), the son of Bath photographer Francis Dufty and his wife Martha (née Stow), left England …

  • # 16640

    DUFTY, E.H. (Edward Henry), 1850-1905 (attributed)

    Photographic portrait of two Kanak men, New Caledonia, late 1870s

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 105 x 65 mm (mount); the albumen print is in very good condition with excellent tonal range, a few faint spots of foxing; the mount is fine. This photograph of two unidentified young Kanak men was almost certainly taken in the Noumea studio of E.H. Dufty between 1875 and …

  • # 16639

    DAVIS, John (active Samoa, 1871-1893)

    Photographic portrait of a Samoan woman with tapa cloth, circa 1875

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 105 x 65 mm (mount); partial blindstamp of ‘J. Davis Photo’ visible lower left; this is an early ‘photograph of a photograph’ – perhaps pirated but possibly also by Davis himself – hence the image is second state; in fine condition. Whilst also acting as postmaster in Apia, …

  • # 16689

    Photographer unknown.

    Two photographic views of Malvern Downs Station, Peak Downs, Queensland, circa 1875

    Two albumen print photographs, 145 x 195 mm and 115 x 195 mm, respectively, tipped-in recto of a nineteenth century gilt-edged album page of thick board, the verso of the larger print with contemporary inscription in pencil ‘Malvern Downs / Peak Downs / Queensland’; both albumen prints with mild creasing and foxing; lower margin of …

  • # 17099

    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 …

  • # 16582

    JOHNSTONE O'SHANNESSY & CO., LTD.

    [MELBOURNE; THEATRE] Oh! Lyconides. Aulularia. Act 2 – Scene vii.

    [Title from printed caption on mount]. Albumen print photograph, mounted on thick card (some loss to edges of mount), lower margin of mount with imprint of ‘Johnstone O’Shannessy & Co., Ltd., 55 & 57 Collins Street E., Melbourne’; a strong albumen print with excellent tonal range, a few light marks, but in good condition. A …

  • # 16655

    KERRY, Charles (1857-1928) and JONES, C.D.

    Black climbing tree with piece of vine, N.S.W.

    [Title from manuscript caption on mount]. Circa 1890. Albumen print photograph, 195 x 147 mm; blind stamp of Kerry & Jones, 308 George Street, Sydney at lower left; laid down on original nineteenth century album page, contemporary caption to lower margin of mount ‘Black climbing tree with piece of vine, N.S.W.’; the albumen print with …

  • # 16622

    NOLAN, Sidney Robert (1917-1992)

    An original drawing by Sidney Nolan.

    Coloured wax crayons on coated paper (sketch 304 x 254mm). Framed. Verso inscribed ‘6th October ’56, London’. An original sketch by Sidney Nolan with stylised script reading ‘ap’ or ‘ar’ in lowercase. By the mid 1950s, Nolan had settled permanently in London, where he created covers for the Australian issue of the London Magazine (1962), the …

  • # 13747

    KLINGER, Johann Georg; MULLER, Johann Wolfgang

    Jeu de voyage des cinq parties du monde

    Also titled: Description de differens peuples remarquables des cinq parties du monde. Nüremberg : J. G. Klinger, 1805-1807. Second edition. Original box of red paper over card, 114 x 100 x 105 mm, with gilt embossed decoration, the lid lettered in gilt Jeu de voyage des cinq parties du monde (corners bumped); the box in three compartments: …

  • # 11131

    MALINOVSKII, Aleksei Fedorovich, 1762-1840; VALUEV, Petr Stepanovich (editor)

    Istoricheskoe opisanie Drevniago Rossiiskago muzeia, pod nazvaniem Masterskoi i Oruzheinoi palaty,

    v Moskve obrietaiushchagosia. Chast’ pervaya. [=Historical account of the Old Russian Museum, known as the Masterskaia Workshop and Armoury Palaces, in Moscow. Part one.] [Moskva]: Gosudarstvennaia Oruzheinaia palata [The State Armoury of the Kremlin], 1807. Elephant folio, 485 x 335 x 30 mm, original quarter leather over continental European papered boards (very good, with minor …

  • # 16648

    Photographer unknown.

    [MELBOURNE] J.T. Scott, proprietor, outside his Clifton Hill grocer’s shop, circa 1900.

    Albumen print photograph, cabinet card format, 106 x 165 mm (mount); no photographer’s imprint; the albumen print slightly pale and with a few light marks, the mount with some damage at bottom left corner. A wonderfully detailed Federation period streetscape of the Melbourne suburb of Clifton Hill, in which all of the advertising signage in …

  • # 15836

    RIEMER, Gustav Adolph, 1842-1899

    Tagebuchs-Auszug betreffend die Reise S.M.S. “Hertha” nach Ost-Asien und den Sudsee-Inseln, 1874-1877.

    A great photographic rarity, Gustav Riemer’s self-published album of original photographs from the voyage of the SMS Hertha to the Far East, the Pacific and Australia includes many important ethnographic images, among them a series of portraits of Aboriginal groups taken at King George Sound, Western Australia in 1877. Teplitz : G. Riemer, 1878. Folio, original embossed …

  • # 15714

    [SCOTT, Robert Falcon, 1868-1912]

    An album of photographs documenting Robert Falcon Scott’s Terra Nova expedition, 1910-1913; [together with] A manuscript plan of the Discovery, and two letters of Scott relating to the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901–04.

    1. A rare photographic chronicle of the most celebrated expedition in the history of polar exploration, Robert Falcon Scott’s ill-fated Terra Nova Expedition, officially known as the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913. Album of press photographs by various English and New Zealand agencies, 1910-1913. Small folio (310 x 220 mm), original green cloth boards (rubbed and …

  • # 16203

    SABIN, S.P.

    Panoramic sketch of SS Sobraon stranded on rocks near Tungyin Island, south of Shanghai, April 1901

    Graphite and wash on artist’s paper, 280 x 480 mm (sheet), folding to 280 x 240 mm, captioned at lower right ‘The SS Sobraon on the rocks, Tung Yung Id, [April] 1901’; unmounted; original central vertical fold, left and right edges roughened; removed from an album of sketches, watercolours and photographs compiled by S.P. Sabin, …

  • # 16647

    Photographer unknown.

    Funeral of a crew member of HMS Royal Arthur, Sydney, 1898

    Silver albumen print photograph, 150 x 200 mm, laid on original board mount, 195 x 210 mm, verso with contemporary inscription in ink: ‘Sydney N.S.W. Australia. Funeral of one of my Mess mates who was crushed to death by the coal collier while coaling ship HMS Royal Arthur, 1898’; the albumen print slightly faded; the …

  • # 16893

    VRIENDSCHAPSVERENIGING NEDERLAND-CAMBODJA

    [POSTER] Internationale solidariteit met het volk van Cambodja

    [= International solidarity with the people of Cambodia]. Nijmegen : Vriendschapsvereniging Nederland-Cambodja, [1974]. Poster, screenprint, 590 x 410 mm, unbacked; in very good condition. The Netherlands-Cambodia Friendship Society was founded in January 1974, at the height of the Cambodian Civil War. On this poster its aims are stated as being ‘to work with anyone who …

  • # 16887

    TATE GALLERY, LONDON. [ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG]

    [POSTER] The Tate : Rauschenberg

    London : The Tate Gallery, [1981]. Poster, offset lithograph, 760 x 510 mm, ‘Designed by Robert Rauschenberg for the Tate Gallery Publications Dept. Printed by the Hillingdon Press, Uxbridge, Middlesex’, unbacked; pin holes at corners, a few short tears at top and bottom edges. Rauschenberg’s own poster, featuring some of his collage work, for the exhibition …

  • # 16898

    ANTI-APARTHEIDS BEWEGING [NETHERLANDS]

    [ANTI-APARTHEID POSTER] Demonstratie : Steun het verzet in Zuid Afrika! Geen steun aan het racisties regime! 28 augustus / 14 uur. Amsterdam. Vertrek: Westermarkt.

    [= Support the resistance in South Africa! No support for the racist regime!]. [Amsterdam] : Anti-Apartheids Beweging, [c1970]. Poster, screenprint, 580 x 410 mm, unbacked; mild creasing at top corners, otherwise in very good condition. Poster advertising a rally in Amsterdam against Apartheid in South Africa.

  • # 16896

    SPIT, Jan

    [POSTER] Cuba dag : K.W.J. gebouw, 29 april, aanvang 2 uur.

    Tilburg [Netherlands] : Rode Zeef, Tom Leeuwenberg, [1978]. Poster, screenprint, 690 x 490 mm, unbacked; mild corner creasing, otherwise in good condition. Poster advertising a celebration of Cuban culture at De Katholieke Hogeschool, Tilburg (KHT), as an act of solidarity with the Cuban people,

  • # 16899

    Anon.

    [POSTER] Russia 1917

    [United Kingdom] : s.n., [1977?]. Poster, screenprint, 630 x 440 mm, unbacked; mild wear at the corners, otherwise in good condition. Constructivist-inspired Socialist poster issued in conjunction with International Women’s Day, celebrating the achievements of Russian women in the Soviet era. The text includes a quote from Mayakovsky and a description of Russian women’s actions …

  • # 16888

    STOP BUSH COMITÉ (NETHERLANDS)

    [POSTER] Stop Bush! – voor een rechtvaardige wereld – Zaterdag 7 mei Amsterdam. Start 13.00 Museumplein.

    [Amsterdam : Stop Bush Comité, 2005]. Poster, offset print, 420 x 590 mm, unbacked; in very good condition, with some mild creasing at top and bottom left corners. Poster advertising a protest rally in Amsterdam against George W. Bush, ‘for a just world’.

  • # 16885

    NADROV, Sh. (artist)

    [SOVIET FILM POSTER] Роща памяти

    [Roshcha pamyati = Grove of memory]. Moskva : Reklamfil’m, 1982. Colour poster, 640 x 430 mm; in good condition, with small loss at top left corner and a few short tears to bottom edge; Original poster for an ‘art film’ (‘художественный фильм’) made in Soviet Uzbekistan by the largest and oldest film studio in Uzbekistan, Uzbekfilm, based …

  • # 16889

    [POSTER] Voor de bevrijding van het braziliaanse volk voor de arbeidersstrijd in Europa neen aan de uitbuiting neen aan Brasil export

    [= For the liberation of the Brazilian people; for the workers’ struggle in Europe; no to exploitation; no to exports to Brazil]. Brussel : Pierre Galand, Papenkasteelst. 13, [1973]. Poster, offset print, 680 x 440 mm, unbacked; in very good condition, with some mild toning and wrinkling at bottom edge. Belgian poster protesting against exports …

  • # 16895

    BRUNA, Dick (1927-2017)

    [POSTER] Het Groene Kruis

    [= The Green Cross]. [Netherlands] : Het Groene Kruis, [c1970]. Poster, screenprint, 520 x 360 mm, unbacked; faint vertical and horizontal fold lines, short closed tears at edges of centre fold; otherwise in good condition. Poster designed by the celebrated Dutch children’s book illustrator and graphic artist Dick Bruna, creator of Miffy. The Green Cross was a politically non-aligned …

  • # 16890

    ARTIST UNKNOWN.

    [POSTER] Makibaka! Support the struggle of the Filipino people … You can imprison a revolutionary, but not a revolution.

    [United Kingdom : s.n., c1980]. Poster, screenprint from two stencils, 750 x 500 mm, unbacked; edges with a few short tears and mild creasing, otherwise in good condition. A dramatic poster in support of the Philippines Liberation Movement.

  • # 16897

    WOHLTHAT'SCHE BUCHHANDLUNG, BERLIN.

    [POSTER] Berufsverbot : heute für Kommunisten : morgen für Sozialdemokraten : übermorgen trifft es dich! : Stoppt die Reaktion jetzt!

    [= Professional disqualification : today for Communists : tomorrow for Social Democrats : the day after tomorrow it will hit you! Stop the reaction now!]. Berlin [West Germany] : Rausch Vertrieb, Wohlthat’sche Buchhandlung, [c1972]. Poster, screenprint, 700 x 495 mm, unbacked; small loss at each corner, otherwise in good condition. Poster protesting against Berufsverbot, an order …

  • # 16892

    KOEKKOEK, M.A., 1873-1944 (artist)

    [EDUCATIONAL WALL POSTER] Uit de australische dierenwereld

    [= From the Australian animal world]. [Netherlands] : J.W. Boerman and K.N. Knip, [c1950]. Series title: Dieren in hun omgeving – 2e Serie, Buiten ons land. Educational wall poster, colour offset print, 740 x 1020 mm, title printed across bottom margin, laid down on the original mount of thick board, eyelets for hanging at top edge, two …