Christie's has sold Australian art since the 1960s both in Australia and London. Christie's typically hosts two sales in London each year featuring Australian Art from colonial to contemporary. The great painters of the colonial years, led by John Glover, Eugene von Guérard and Conrad Martens, along with other topographical artists in Australasia in the 19th century, are included in the September Exploration & Travel sales.
Modern + Contemporary Australian Art features the work of Australian artists ranging from the impressionists Arthur Streeton, Tom Roberts and Charles Conder of the Heidelberg School in the 1880s, through the modernists and the great post war generation of Sidney Nolan, Arthur Boyd, Russell Drysdale, Ian Fairweather, Fred Williams and Brett Whiteley, to the leading late 20th century artists such as Howard Arkley, Rosalie Gascoigne, Paddy Bedford and Emily Kame Kngwarreye.
Highlights of recent sales have included Frederick McCubbin’s impressionist masterpiece Sawing Timber, (£731,700/A$1.6m), Charles Blackman’s Alice amongst Flowers (£356,500/A$823,159), and Sidney Nolan’s Gully (Ned Kelly) (£264,500/A$610,731), all in 2007, and Arthur Boyd’s stunning Reflected Tree, 1976 (£109,250/A$178,515) in December 2010. Private treaty sales have been led by Eugene von Guérard’s magisterial romantic landscape, View of Geelong, sold to the Geelong Gallery, Victoria for £1.6m/A$3.9m, in 2006.
Reflected Tree, 1976
Flowers in a Jug, 1931
Sawing Timber, 1907
oil on canvas
Alice Amongst the Flowers
oil on board
Gully (Ned Kelly), 1964
oil on board
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Nicholas Lambourn joined Christie's in 1981 and has specialized in Australian Paintings since the mid-1980s. Working in the UK, Europe and Australia, he has sourced some of the major modern Australian paintings that have come to auction over the last 20 years - from Nolan's epic Riverbend II, sold in London on behalf of the Sir Sidney Nolan Trust for £450,500 (A$1,022,181), a world auction record for the artist at the time (1993); to Fred Williams's Upwey Landscape for £720,000 (A$1,807,000), which shattered the previous world auction record for the artist's work set at Christie's (2006).
Helena Ingham joined Christie’s in 2004 as a graduate intern, moving into the Topographical department in 2006. She works primarily on the Exploration and Travel and Polar sales, helping secure collections – most recently The Charles Seymour “Silas” Wright Collection including Relics from Scott’s Last Expedition, sourced in Canada and sold in September 2010. Helena works with Nicholas Lambourn and Amanda Fuller on the Australian and South African Art sales, as well as working closely with Nicolas Martineau at South Kensington on collection sales, notably A Channel Island Treasure House: Paintings, Drawings & Watercolours from the Collection of the late John Appleby (sold November 2010). Helena graduated in 2001 from the University of York with a BA(Hons) in English Literature. She has recently returned to work following the birth of her daughter in 2011.
Amanda Fuller joined Christie’s Topographical department in 2010 as a Junior Specialist. Since starting at Christie’s, Amanda has contributed to the department’s various sales including Exploration & Travel, and Australian and South African sales in addition to working on Private Sales. Prior to joining Christie’s, Amanda worked with local auction houses and galleries in Melbourne. Amanda graduated from Monash University, Melbourne with a B.A.(Hons) in Art History and History, and the University of Melbourne with an M.A. in Art Curatorship.
A graduate of the University of Sydney, majoring in Fine Arts and with a diploma in Museum Studies, Ronan Sulich expanded his gallery and museum experience with six years working in a London auction room, returning to Sydney in 1995 to work for Christie's. In the ensuing 16 years he has been the Sydney decorative arts expert and auctioneer and since 2006 the Australian representative sourcing consignments for the international salerooms of Christie's.