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Works with multiple sales

Past Sales

Violinist 1949
Untitled (Abstract Landscape with Trees)
Portrait of Girl with Hen; Portrait of Seated Woman in denim overalls, 1946 (double-sided)

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Prints & Graphics
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Where to buy or sell art works by Phyllis Margaret (Margaret) Cilento

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GFL Fine Art
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Gibson's Auctioneers & Valuers
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Born in Sydney in 1923, Margaret Cilento grew up in Queensland and studied in Brisbane and Sydney. She received a Wattle League Scholarship in 1949. In the late 1940s, the Cilento family moved to New York for a short period. Here Margaret studied abstract expressionism. She returned to Australia in 1951 exhibiting her abstract expressionist paintings in Brisbane and Sydney. In 1954 she returned to London for further studies, returning to Australia with her husband in 1965 and settled in Brisbane.

We have records of art auction sales by Margaret Cilento from 1975 and in total 14 works by the artist have been offered for sale, of which 12 (86%) were sold. The highest price recorded for the artist is $2,530 for The Dressing Room sold by GFL Fine Art in November 2022. No works have been offered for sale this year, and the last sale we have recorded for the artist was in 2023. Works by Margaret Cilento are held by the National Gallery of Australia, Queensland Art Gallery and a further two major public national galleries (see list below).

Phyllis Margaret (Margaret) Cilento 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 323
  • Germaine, Max. Artists and Galleries of Australia, Volumes 1 & 2, Third Edition. Craftsman Press, Sydney, 1990. Page 120
  • Germaine, Max. A Dictionary of Women Artists of Australia. Craftsman House, Sydney, 1991. Page 78
  • Campbell, Jean. Australian Watercolour Painters: 1780 to the Present Day. Craftsman House, Sydney, 1989. Page 296
  • 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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