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A Special Timed Auction

Closes Monday July 13th from 7pm

Viewing Sat 11th & Sun 12th 10am-2pm

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LOT 1. WAKELIN, Roland (1887-1971)
Judith, the Artist's Daughter, Playing the Piano
Oil on Board, 55x45cm
Estimate: $3,000-5,000

Davidson Auctions is pleased to present the inaugural ‘Provenance: Family of the Artist’ sale, offering works by eight prominent Australian artists:

Roland Wakelin, John Coburn, Robert Dickerson, Arthur Murch, Margaret Coen, George Duncan, Alison Rehfisch and Allan Waite.

All works have been consigned directly from members of the represented artist’s family.

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WAKELIN, Roland Shakespeare (1887-1971)

'Mrs Wakelin,' 1968.

Oil on Newspaper,

This is a lovingly-painted impressionistic study of the artist's wife, Estelle, leaning on cushions & reading a book in the artist's studio at 10 William Street, Double Bay, Sydney. Louisa Murray, granddaughter of the artist

Estimate: $800-1,500

COBURN, John (1925-2006)

'Warana,' 1981.

Oil on Canvas, 166x212cm

This painting was seminal in the development of John Coburn's practice, marking an important transition from earlier euro-centric influences to a renewed focus on aboriginal art and a broader notion of Australian culture. 'Warana' was painted at a time of deep contemplation for Coburn, in what was perhaps his most profound and reflective period, as he dealt with the long-term illness of his wife, Barbara. The work shares a similar scale, symbolism and palette with one of his best known paintings, 'Tribe', which he produced the same year and gifted to the Art Gallery of NSW in 1985 in memory of his wife. The discrete shapes and earthy palette of 'Warana' are directly relatable to 'Tribe', harmonising the aesthetics of Matisse and Rothko with the motifs and totems of indigenous artists such as Paddy Bedford and Rover Thomas. This major painting successfully captures the maturity of Coburn's distinctly Australian abstract visual language and digs deep into the heart and spirituality of a shared and collective Australian experience. 

"'Warana' was painted in the St Ives studio and first exhibited at the David Reid Gallery, Sydney, in 1981. Warana is a derivative of the indigenous word Aroona possibly meaning beautiful place and the word Kawana meaning wildflowers." Stephen Coburn  

Estimate: $45,000-55,000

DICKERSON, Robert (1924-2015)

'Head of Boy,' 2004.

Charcoal on Paper, 56x38cm

"This work is likely a study of one of the stable hands on our property just outside of Nowra. The morning trackwork sessions were a regular source of inspiration and appeal to Bob. Both as a participant and as a subject matter. There was something particularly inspiring about the inner resolve and youthfulness of the stable workers and this charcoal was done at the time when we were living on the property. It is a typical Dickerson study for what would probably become a subject in a major painting at a later date," Jenny Dickerson. 

Estimate: $3,000-5,000

MURCH, Arthur (1902-1989)

'Beach Group,' c1957-60.

Oil on Board, 37x47cm

The art curator, Deborah Edwards, has written of Murch's 1940s-1960s successful period of painting humans in the natural world. She notes: "...the heroic nature of the subject and of motherhood, the golden shimmering light, the placement of female idols on uninhabited beaches and the connections established with European classicism, serve to align Murch's vision to the recurring theme of some 'Other Eden' in Australian life and art." The oil painting 'Beach Group' was painted c.1957-1960. Arthur's wife, Ria, became friends with the lady who had been presented with the painting as a birthday gift c1965. In 2018, Michelle Murch purchased the work at auction. The frame for the painting was made by Arthur Murch. (Michelle Murch)

Estimate: $2,500-3,500

COEN, Margaret (1909-1993)

'Girls' Hairdos (Meg & Friend)' c1960s.

Oil on Canvas, 43.5x37.5cm

"My mother was always painting me! As well as formal portraits when I was growing up, she did a number of smaller, more informal studies. One of these showed me lying on the floor with our white cat Snowball; in another I was sprawled in a chair in a party dress, the same cat on my lap, talking on an old-fashioned black telephone. But it wasn't just me. In the 1960s when we were in our early teens, mum loved painting me with my school friends, especially when we dressed up in what we thought was the fashion of the moment." 


Meg Stewart, June 2020.

Estimate: $450-650

REHFISCH, Alison (1900-1975)

NSW Landscape with Watercourse

Oil on Canvas Board, 24x28.5cm

Estimate: $600-1,000

DUNCAN, George (1904-1974)

Still Life

Oil on Ply, 50x40cm

Estimate: $600-1,000

*George Duncan & Alison Rehfisch were married from 1942 until Duncan's death in 1974. The pair often painted side by side. This group of works have been inherited from Alison Rehfisch's daughter, Peg Adams

WAITE, Allan (1924-2010)

'Barrengarry Creek'

Oil on Canvas Board, 60x46cm

Estimate: $150-300

Allan Waite was a prolific artist specialising in the Australian landscape. His passion for art was triggered at the tender age of 8 whilst watching an artist painting at the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in 1932. His talent for art became apparent very early on, winning his first art prize when he was just 12. His love of the natural world is portrayed with skill and sensitivity in both oil and watercolour. He is also recognised for military works, portraiture and studies from life. As well as initiating Plein Air Painters groups around NSW, he was a member of the Australian Watercolour Institute and a Fellow of the Royal Art Society. He is represented in numerous private and public collections including the Australian War Memorial and Manly Art Gallery. This group of works has been consigned by the artist's daughter, Cynthia.


Sunday August 16th

STREETON, Arthur (1867-1943)
Still Life with Hydrangeas, 1925
Oil on Canvas, 66x82cm
Est. $25,000 - 35,000

LINDSAY, Norman (1879-1969)
'Arab Girl'
W/Clr, 26x24cm
Est. $6,000 - 8,000

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