With the Royal Academy opening a major show of Australian art in London on September 21, Christie’s will hope the added attention on this sector will yield benefit at their specialist sale being held in the Capital the week after.
The auctioneers are now planning to stage annual auctions of
Australian art in London and their offering on September 26 has 75
lots sourced exclusively from the UK, Europe and America.
The leading lot is one of John Glover's
(1767-1849) Tasmanian landscapes from the 1830s which
features four Aboriginal figures hunting in a landscape. The 2ft
6in x 3ft 11in (77cm x 1.15m) oil on canvas was actually sold at
Glover's 1835 selling exhibition in London and is appearing on the
market for the first time since.
It has an old label on the reverse indistinctly giving the
title: Ben Lomond from near Mr Talbot's; four of the Lords of
the Creation catching opossums.
Having been on loan to the National Gallery of Scotland in
Edinburgh since 1989, it has been estimated at £1.8m-2.5m - even
the lower end of the range is well above the current auction record
for the artist.