In 1969, Christie’s opened one its first international representative offices in Sydney, Australia. Since then, we have been engaging with Australian art collectors by helping them to buy and sell through our network of international salerooms.
From clients wanting to arrange a bid on an auction in London, Hong Kong or New York to newcomers looking for a valuation or specialist advice, the Australian representative office can facilitate whatever needs to be done.
With the international art market more buoyant than ever, and our experience demonstrating that taking the right works to the right market place brings great results, we would encourage seasoned and novice Australian art collectors to contact Ronan Sulich, our Director and Australian representative.
Listed below are some of the superb works sourced in Australia over recent years, and sold in Christie’s auctions around the world. The outstanding prices these works realized are the result of our specialists’ expertise, passion and understanding of the market.
Chris Ofili, The Holy Virgin Mary, 1996. Estimate: £1,400,000-1,800,000. Price realized: £2,882,500
Featured in the Royal Academy’s groundbreaking Sensation: young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection exhibition in 1998, The Holy Virgin Mary was acquired by David Walsh (above), owner of MONA, Tasmania’s acclaimed Museum of Old and New Art. It was sold at Christie’s London in June 2015 to help to fund a new wing at MONA to house a number of James Turrell works.
Lin Fengmian (1900-1991), Opera Series paintings, circa 1956. Estimate: US$260-390,000 each. Prices realized: $487,126, $471,579, $782,510.
These three rare works are from a series inspired by Cubism and the famous Beijing Opera. Lin Fengmian was patronized by the Swiss expatriate community in Shanghai in the 1950s, and these paintings were brought to Australia by a Swiss businessman who migrated on the eve of the Cultural Revolution. They were inherited by the collector’s son and sold at Christie’s Hong Kong in November 2014.
Konstantin Kryzhitski (1858-1911), Early Morning in the Fields, 1897. Estimate: £100,000-150,000. Price realized: £158,500
This lyrical painting by the Kiev-born artist is a vision of Tolstoy’s rural Russia before it was torn apart by the revolution. Originally acquired by Tatiana Brussilowsky, a member of the St Petersburg intelligentsia who fled Russia after the revolution, it passed through her family, and was part of a private Australian collection before being sold at Christie’s London in November 2014.
A silver apostle spoon
St. John, A Henry VII parcel–gilt silver apostle spoon, 1498. Estimate: £30,000-50,000. Price realized: £35,000.
Spoons with cast apostle finials were probably made as early as the 14th century, though the earliest examples which can be definitely dated are a number of examples, presumably once part of a set, which have London hallmarks for 1490. This Australian collector sold a large and comprehensive collection of early silver spoons in our Centuries of Style sale, which took place at Christie’s London in November 2014.
An Italian centre table
An Italian Pietra dura and specimen marble and giltwood centre table. The top: Rome, late 16th century; The base: Florence, circa 1720-30. Estimate: £600,000-1,000,000. Price realized: £613,875
The inlaid marble table tops made in Renaissance Rome constitute one of the high points of Italian decorative arts. As far as it is known, there are only two other Roman tables of this period with a centered rectangle: one belongs to the Marquess of Salisbury and is at Hatfield House, Hertfordshire and the other belonged to the Duca di Lerma and is now in the Colegiata di Lerma near Burgos. Discovered in a farmhouse three hours from Sydney, this table was sold at Christie’s London in July 2013.
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