Works in the database
Works with images
Works with multiple sales

Past Sales

Glasses circa 1937
Teacup Ballet, 1935/later printing
Glasses, 1937/later printing

Sales by Medium

Sold 42 works for

Where to buy or sell art works by Olive Cotton

Auction Houses

Deutscher and Hackett
Sold 9 works for
Sold 11 works for
Shapiro Auctioneers
Sold 6 works for

Born in New South Wales in 1911, Olive Cotton is a photographer who worked with Max Dupain, managing his studio during his term of war service from 1941 to 1945. She later opened a portrait studio in Cowra. One of her best known works is her design for an advertisement for a tea service, 'The Teacup Ballet'.

In our database, 60 works by Olive Cotton are listed as being offered for sale, the earliest in 1999, of which 42 (70%) were sold. The highest price recorded for the artist is $25,620 for Teacup Ballet, 1935, Printed 1991 sold by Deutscher and Hackett in April 2018. No works have been offered for sale this year, and the last sale we have recorded for the artist was in 2023. Works by Olive Cotton are held by the National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of NSW and a further four major public national galleries (see list below).

Olive Cotton is listed in the following standard biographical references:

  • McCulloch, Alan McCulloch, Susan McCulloch, Emily McCulloch-Childs. The New McCulloch's Encyclopedia of Australian Art. 4th Edition, Aus Art Melbourne & The Miegunyah Press, 2006. Page 344
  • Dictionary of Australian Artists Online, an online resource for biographical data about Australian artists, designers, craftspeople and curators.
  • Australian Prints + Printmaking, a database listing printmaking artists from Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific region based on the print collection of the National Gallery of Australia.

Artists' Resale Royalty

Could the second and subsequent works by this artist sold after June 9, 2010 for over $1,000 be liable for the Artists' Resale Royalty? More info…

Yes, eligible, subject to the artist satisfying the residency test. The artist is alive or has been deceased for less than 70 years. Contact the Copyright Agency for information on the residency test.

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