Christine Asquith Baker is a case in point. Both paintings in Davidson’s sale sold very successfully and way above their estimates. On estimates of $600 -1,000, River Landscape, likely the Yarra (Lot 102 ) sold for a spectacular hammer price of $15,000, setting a new record price for the artist.
Sybil Craig’s beautiful still life Chinese Jar and Black-Berry Leaves, 1934 (Lot 112 ) with an estimate of $800-1,200, sold for an impressive $5,000 hp, whilst Jessie Laver Evans delightful Little Wanderers (Lot 117 ), estimated at $800-1,500 sold nicely at $2,250 hp.
Another stand-out of the sale was Ina Gregory’s Four Art Students, Charterisville, c1897 (Lot 120 ): more generously estimated at $4,000-7,000, it sold for $13,000 hp, almost twice the high estimate, also setting a new record price at auction for the artist.
A great result and record price was also achieved for Alice J. Muskett’s serene The Horse Ferry (Sydney Harbour), 1908 (Lot 137 ). On estimates of $1,500-2,500, strong bidding more than doubled the high estimate, selling for $6,000.
Lilla Reidy’s Autumn Leaves, Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne (Lot 145 ), was offered on very modest expectations of just $700-1,200, but brought buyers into full bloom, selling for the mighty price of $19,000 hp, and yes, another auction record price for a female artist.
Florence Rodway’s Profile Portrait of a Woman in fur-lined Coat (Lot 146 ) comfortably sold above its high estimate of $2,500 for a hammer price of $3,250, as did Jessie Traill’s Lantern Light (Lot 153 ), selling for $6,500 hp or close to three times its high estimate of $2,250.
Not to leave the men out completely: an excellent price was achieved for John Ford Paterson’s Esplanade, St. Kilda, 1893 (Lot 188 ), also from David Angeloro’s collection and estimated at $1,800-3,500. It eventually sold for almost four times the high estimate at $13,000 hp.
Davidsons also produced a number of international “sleepers”, and it certainly paid off for a number of bidders near the end of this sale. French artist Christian Caillard’s Village at Belle-Isle, 1939 (Lot 389A ), estimated at $300-500, sold for $2,500, whilst Croatian artist Edo Murtic’s Fugitive House, 1999 (Lot 390 ), with expectations of $1,200-2,500, escaped to sell for $6,000.
Also in Europe, it was a comparable result for George Hyde Pownall’s (British) highly atmospheric (or perhaps polluted given when it was painted) Below Tower Bridge (Lot 411 ), estimated at $2,000-4,000. The smog lifted as did many hands, selling for a whopping $9,000.
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Other Interesting Results:
Josephine Muntz, Study for Sleep, $3,750 hp
(hp) - hammer price