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.