Original Works

  • # 27043

    WHITELEY, Brett (1939 - 1992)

    The Fish River, 1979

    Synthetic polymer paint, gouache and ink on paper on paper, laid on card, 210 x 130 mm (paper); 235 x 135 mm (card), inscribed with title and dated lower right: the fish river/July 19/79, stamped lower right with artist’s monogram, inscription verso: Abell / Steinhoff NOV 80, housed in a hand gilded frame. ‘For six months, from winter …

  • # 27003

    GASCOIGNE, Rosalie (1917 - 1999)

    Banana yellow, 1998

    Sawn plywood retroreflective road signs, on plywood backing; 70 × 63 cm; signed, dated and titled verso: ‘Rosalie Gascoigne / 1998 / BANANA YELLOW’ One of the last retroreflective road sign works Rosalie Gascoigne completed, originally exhibited at Roslyn Oxley9 gallery in Sydney, while the artist was aged in her early eighties. Gascoigne began making …

  • # 26814

    ROBERTSON-SWANN, Ron (1941 - )

    Vault, 1978 (2012)

    Painted stainless steel, 75cm length. Edition 8/12. An icon of Melbourne public art. ‘On 1st May 1980, Ron Robertson-Swann’s Vault made its way to Melbourne’s new City Square. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the sculpture’s installation. Almost immediately after its installation, the backlash against Vault was rife.  Journalists, cartoonists, and columnists, among others, surged to …

  • # 26776

    JACKS, Robert (1943 - 2014)

    Summer Tower 2001

    Oil on linen, 92 x 92 cm, signed, titled, and dated V 2001 verso. A fine canvas in bright colours showcasing his distinctive cello motif. In 2015 the National Gallery of Victoria hosted a major retrospective of the life and work of the artist titled Order and Variation: ‘This exhibition represents the first large-scale retrospective of …

  • # 26629

    JACKS, Robert (1943 - 2014)

    Cello (1996)

    Cast bronze, 330 mm tall, signed on base and edition 2 of 6. The cello motif was a recurring theme in Jacks’ work for many years. Referencing Man Ray’s Le Violon d’Ingres (1924), the form echoes the female figure. Provenance : the estate of the late Robert Jacks.

  • # 26770

    JOHNSTONE, O'SHANNESSY & CO.; CURTIS, James Waltham, colourist (attributed)

    Miss Motherwell and Miss Champ (afterwards Lady Philp), bridesmaids to Fanny McGaw.

    [Title from inscription on accompanying window mount]. [Melbourne. January, 1869]. Albumen print photograph overpainted in oils, carte de visite format, 102 x 62 mm (mount), verso with imprint of ‘Johnstone, O’Shannessy & Co., Artist Photographers, 3 Bourke St. East, Next the Post Office, Melbourne’; the print, including the overpainted sections, is in fine condition, while …

  • # 26864

    HOOD, John 1839-1924, colourist (attributed); DURYEA, Townsend 1823-1888, photographer (attributed)

    Painted photographic portrait of a wealthy lady in mourning. Adelaide, circa 1864.

    Albumen print photograph overpainted in oils, 123 x 116 mm, laid down on its original wood mount; in fine condition; unfortunately the original frame is now lost, the back of which, according to the previous owner, bore the printed label of the photographic studio of Townsend Duryea, 66 & 68 King William Street, Adelaide. The …

  • # 25294

    DELAUNAY, Sonia (1885-1979)

    Composition in red, blue, green, black and white

    Gouache on paper, 92 x 96 mm, intiialled lower right, pencilled inventory number upper left. Framed in black timber. The career of Russian-born colourist Sonia Delaunay spanned seven decades, from the Belle Epoque to the 1970s. After studying in Germany, in 1905 she settled in Paris, where she would remain for most of her life. …

  • # 26454

    JACKS, Robert (1943 - 2014)

    Guitar (1997)

    Cast bronze, 370 mm tall, signed on base and edition 2 of 6. The guitar motif was a recurring theme in Jacks’ work for many years. Referencing Man Ray’s Le Violon d’Ingres (1924), the form echoes the female figure, in this instance, elevated high atop a substantial pedestal. Provenance : the estate of the late Robert …

  • # 26261

    RHODEN, Noel Francis

    Original painting for the cover of The Australian Journal, November 1, 1937.

    [Melbourne, 1937]. Gouache on board, 455 x 380 mm, signed in image lower left ‘N. F. Rhoden’; scattered light foxing and surface marks, but a striking and competently painted image that has retained its vivid colour. New Zealand-born commercial artist N. F. Rhoden moved to Melbourne early in 1937. He specialized in magazine illustration, and …

  • # 25570

    GAZE, Harold (1884-1963)

    Winged fairy with bubbles

    Watercolour and pen on card, 340 x 248 mm, signed lower left and dated 1929, in contemporary silk mount. An exquisite original watercolour with vivid blue background by one of the masters of the fairy art genre. Harold Gaze was born in New Zealand in 1884 and studied at art school in London during the …

  • # 26175

    BOSWELL, Edward Blair Buchanan, 1860-1933

    [NEW ZEALAND] Group of original landscape works by Westport (later Auckland) amateur watercolourist E. B. B. Boswell, 1887-1924.

    I. The brigantine Oceola … Buller Bay 1887. [Title from artist’s caption on mount]. Watercolour on paper, 230 x 153 mm, signed and dated in the image lower right E. B. B. Boswell 1887; laid down on fully contemporary card (190 x 290 mm), verso titled in pencil by the artist (partially illegible), and signed …

  • # 26107

    DRENDEL, Graeme (1953 - )

    Self-portrait, 1998

    Gouache on paper, 15 x 19 cm, framed. Over his career Graeme Drendel has painted a number of self-portraits, invariably direct poses where the sitter gazes directly into the viewer’s eyes. Drendel’s portraits are textured and expressive, motionless studies which convey the depth of character of the individual. Provenance: Private collection, Melbourne; ex Australian Galleries (exhibition label …

  • # 25914

    KOONS, Jeff (1955 - )

    Balloon rabbit (red); balloon swan (yellow); balloon monkey (blue)

    Limoges : Bernardaud, 2017. Edition of 999 copies. Three porcelain multiples, measurements: 241 x 164 x 210 mm (swan);  249 x 209 x 392 mm (monkey); 292 x 139 x 210 mm (rabbit), each with stamped signature, title, date and numbering on the underside, with the Bernardaud blindstamp, in original, as new condition, with the original boxes …

  • # 24762

    KEELEY, Jim

    Melbourne Today, as seen by Jim Keeley, and revealed to Fred Le Roy. 1942.

    [Title from front cover]. Handmade artist’s book, 215 x 170 mm, stiff card covers with manuscript title to front, original pink ribbon ties, tracing paper double endpapers, verso of first front-endpaper with manuscript dedication ‘To “Sport”, Wishing you a very happy 1943. Jim K.’, [12] pages of thin card, each with a full-page sketch in …

  • # 19478

    STEVENSON, Molly

    Original drawing design of advertisement for M.S.D. sporting materials

    Circa late 1920s. Pen and ink drawing on artist’s board, 590 x 430 mm, signed lower right, lettered ‘for M.S.D. sporting materials’, featuring a young man swinging a golf club, light foxing and soiling. We can’t find a record for the company nor the designer. This advertisement with its elegant twenties style was perhaps designed for …