Original Works

  • # 19298

    DAVIS, John (1936 - 1999)

    Untitled (circa 1987)

    An unique sculpture of typical organic composition by pioneer Australian environmental artist John Davis. Painted canvas cloth over wooden sticks, 220m (h) x 300 mm (w) x 80 mm (d). ‘At the time of his death in 1999, John Davis had established a critically acclaimed reputation as an influential sculptor and installation artist whose practice …

  • # 19459

    FRANCIS, Dorothea (1903 - 1975)

    Fairy standing in a rose petal boat

    Watercolour on card, 147 x 102 mm, signed lower right. Dorothea Francis was a talented artist working in watercolour and oils in Melbourne in the mid twentieth century. She studied first with Isabel NanKivell and then Catherine Hardess (a Slade graduate), and later at the George Bell School in the period 1941 – 1955. Francis …

  • # 19282

    Anon.

    A 1920s English jeweller’s pattern book for rings, executed in watercolour.

    Small quarto album (160 x 210 mm), half-roan over cloth, containing 94 original watercolour designs for gentlemen’s and ladies rings, executed in pen and ink and watercolour, each window mounted in the album (40 x 63 mm each window), some on card and others on tracing paper mounted on card (with four small glue spots), …

  • # 19301

    NOLAN,Sidney (1917 - 1992)

    Unitlted [Dancing Girl]

    Ink on paper, 235 x 150 mm., unsigned. A simple line drawing of a dancing figure, dating from the 1950s or 60s. This work is unsigned. Provenance: The collection of Lady Mary Nolan, sold at auction ‘Australian Art’, Christie’s South Kensington, 10 December 2012, lot 37

  • # 17833

    Book of Hours (Use of Rouen)

    Northern France (Rouen), c. 1490-1510. In Latin, illuminated manuscript on parchment; with 4 large miniatures with architectural borders, 10 large arch-topped miniatures, 8 small miniatures, and 24 calendar miniatures by a follower of the Master of the Échevinage of Rouen and the Playfair Hours Master, with borders by Jean Serpin. ii (paper) + i (parchment) + 96 …

  • # 17464

    MALTBY, Peg (née Agnes Newberry) (1899-1984)

    Pepita’s Baby : the archive of original watercolours by Peg Maltby

    A suite of nine original watercolours on card, measuring from 160 x 160mm to 250 x 185 mm, including the original illustrations for the front and back covers. Signed in Maltby’s maiden name ‘Agnes Newberry’ on the front cover; accompanied by a copy of the original publication (Melbourne : Murphett, 1944). The complete original artwork …

  • # 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 …

  • # 18494

    HARKER, John

    Amateur watercolour drawings of fungi. Hazel Grove, Lancaster, circa 1860.

    Watercolour on artist’s paper, 230 x 155 mm, signed and dated lower right ‘Hazel Grove. July 31st, J. Harker’; [together with] Unused bookplate of Dr. John Harker, Lancaster. Lithograph printed, 110 x 70 mm; scattered foxing. Dr. John Harker – though not the most accomplished watercolorist – was a keen amateur archaeologist. His paper describing his …

  • # 16416

    ARAGO, Jacques Etienne Victor (1790-1855)

    Original pencil drawing by Jacques Arago of a village in rural France.

    [France, 1830]. Graphite on paper, 175 x 235 mm; signed and dated at lower right, ‘J. Arago 1830’; in good condition, with tiny loss at top left corner and a few spots of foxing; verso with two old tape marks at top edge; unframed. Jacques Etienne Victor Arago (1790-1855) was a writer, artist and explorer who …

  • # 3327

    BONE, Muirhead (1876-1953)

    The Thames at Poplar

    Circa 1930. Black ink, grey wash and pencil on artist’s paper, 110 x 180 mm, captioned in sepia ink lower right Poplar, and signed in pencil lower left Muirhead Bone; the paper with a few toning spots; verso with two residual hinges at the upper corners; entirely stable. The Glasgow-born artist Muirhead Bone (1876-1953) was …

  • # 16148

    DELPIRE, Pierre.

    Original design for an advertisement for Bally shoes.

    Paris, 1955. Gouache on paper, sheet size 350 x 255 mm, signed by the artist at lower right; verso with wet stamp of the commercial artist: ‘Pierre Delpire, 67 rue de la Barre, Enghien-les-bains’; unmounted, in good condition. Bally is a Swiss luxury fashion company, founded as ‘Bally & Co’ in 1851 by Carl Franz …

  • # 15937

    DELAUNAY, Sonia (1885-1979)

    Original design by Sonia Delaunay

    Pen on paper, 90 x 75 mm, sheet 240 x 175 mm, initialled by the artist lower right and inscribed by her above the work ‘A Monsieur et Madame Jacob Baal Teshuva. Sonia Delaunay, Paris 20-12-69’; laid down on archival board. Delaunay’s sketched design, in the form of a monogram representing her initials ‘S D’, …

  • # 18056

    Creator unknown.

    [ILLUSTRATED MANUSCRIPT CHILDREN’S BOOK] The Adventures of Three Pins

    [United Kingdom], circa 1900. Unpublished manuscript, comprising [19] loosely bound leaves from a nineteenth century scrap album, each 290 x 240 mm; the manuscript is written in ink in a late Victorian hand on 15 sheets of ruled paper laid down individually on the album leaves; the story is accompanied by 9 large ink and …

  • # 13653

    GROSZ, George (1893-1959)

    Group of eight humorous buffet signs made for Erich and Lene Cohn, Grosz’s American art dealers.

    [Between 1940 and 1945]. Tempera on card; various dimensions from 75 x 200 mm to 130 x 280 mm (irregular), four with illustrations; all in very good condition. The German Dada caricaturist and painter George Grosz spent much of his career in America, where he lived and worked between 1933 and 1958. This playful set …

  • # 17314

    PICHON, René

    An archive of Art Deco perfume bottle and soap box designs.

    [France, between 1925 and 1930]. Archive comprising 39 works in watercolour and gouache, ranging in size from 268 x 348 mm to 127 x 167 mm, all laid on original cardboard sheets, some with original glassine, a selection numbered verso. A striking collection of commercial artworks produced by the artist and graphic designer René Pichon and his …

  • # 11465

    DELAUNAY, Sonia (1885-1979)

    [SONIA DELAUNAY] Trial design in gouache for the cover of Robes poèmes.

    Gouache on artist’s board, dimensions 320 x 257 mm; verso with a second design (uncompleted); [together with] Sonia Delaunay. Robes poèmes. [Also titled]. Sonia Delaunay 27 tableaux vivants. Paris : Jacques Damase, 1969. Quarto (285 x 195 mm), blue cloth boards with design by Delaunay, in concertina format with 27 full page pochoir illustrations after original designs …