AUSTRALIAN INDIGENOUS ART


ARTIST UNKNOWN
Warrabri Region, Northern Territory

Coolamon and Shield, circa 1940s

carved wood and synthetic polymer paint
76 cm; 66 cm high (2)

PROVENANCE
Bernadette Pash, Northern Territory, collected in 1956
Private Collection, by descent from the above
Private Collection, Adelaide, acquired from the above

Bernadette Pash taught at the Warrabri Sttelement mission school from 1954 to 1956. The artefacts were presented to her by the head man of the Warumungu when she left the mission.

$6,000
 

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NARRITJIN MAYMURU
1922-1982

Mokuy, circa 1965

natural earth pigments on carved wood
69.5 cm high

PROVENANCE
Private Collection, Queensland
Aboriginal & Oceanic Art, Sotheby's Australia, Melbourne, 15 November 2005, Lot 143
Private Collection, Queensland

$6,500
 

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DJANBARDI
1925-1994

Untitled (Wandurrk Spirit), 1970

natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark
70 x 27 cm

PROVENANCE
Private Collection
Lawson’s auction, Sydney, 1990
Private Collection, New South Wales

$1,800
 

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ARTIST UNKNOWN
Yirrkala, Northern Territory

Mokuy (Raintime Dance Spirit), 1964

natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark
53 cm high

PROVENANCE
Australia House, London
The Commonweath Institute, United Kingdom, on loan from the above in 1965
Private Collection, United Kingdom, acquired by deaccession from the above
Private Collection, Melbourne, acquired from the above

$1,500
 

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ARTIST UNKNOWN
Pintupi

Untitled (shield), 1970s

carved wood, trade paint and natural earth pigments
70.5 cm high

PROVENANCE
Tribalmania, United States of America
Private Collection, Queensland, acquired from the above

$2,000
 

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ARTIST UNKNOWN
Pintupi Region, Northern Territory

Water Dreaming, 1971

synthetic polymer paint on composition particle board
43 x 57.5 cm

PROVENANCE
Ian and Merl Burne, Alice Springs, collected between 1969-1971
Private Collection, Queensland, acquired from the above

This painting was collected by Ian and Merl on their first trip to Alice Springs in 1969-1971. Ian worked as a plumber in the region on various occasions between 1969 and 1975.

$3,500
 

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ESTHER GILES
born 1948

Tallilli, 2006

synthetic polymer paint on linen
bears Kayili Artists cat. no. 06-118 verso
76 x 50 cm

PROVENANCE
Kayili Artists, Northern Territory
Private Collection, Northern Territory

$1,200
 

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EILEEN STEVENS
1930-2008

Piltarti Tjukurpa, 2006

synthetic polymer paint on canvas
bears Tjungu Palya cat. no. 6269 verso
120 x 122 cm

PROVENANCE
Tjungu Palya, Northern Territory
Private Collection, Northern Territory

$5,500
 

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TIGER PALPATJA
1920-2014

Wanampi Creation Story, 2007

synthetic polymer paint on canvas
bears Tjala Arts cat. no. 459-07 verso
152 x 101 cm

PROVENANCE
Tjala Arts, South Australia
Framed, Darwin
Private Collection, Northern Territory

$5,500
 

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JUDY WATSON
born 1959

Aged Receivables (7 and 3), 2005

synthetic polymer paint and ink on canvas
bears artist name, title and medium verso
25.5 x 20 cm; 25.5 x 20 cm (2)

PROVENANCE
Milani Gallery, Brisbane
Private Collection, Queensland, acquired from the above

$1,200
 

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GORDON BENNETT
1955-2014

Christmas #1, 2008

synthetic polymer paint on canvas
bears artist signature, title and medium verso
25.5 x 20 cm

PROVENANCE
Milani Gallery, Brisbane
Private Collection, Queensland, acquired from the above

$2,200
 

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TONY ALBERT
born 1981

Untitled, 2009

mixed media and synthetic polymer paint on card
bears artist name and date verso
19 x 16 cm

PROVENANCE
Jan Manton Art, Brisbane
Private Collection, Queensland, acquired from the above

$1,200

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A Superb and Early Stone-Carved Drum
likely nineteenth century

Papuan Gulf Region, New Guinea

carved wood, cane binding and lizard skin
bears old cat. no. 14693 inscribed on side
76 cm long

PROVENANCE
An Early Private Collection, Germany
Michael Kuntz, United States of America
Private Collection, Queensland, acquired from the above

$5,500

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An Early Carved Figure
circa 1900

Buka or Bougainville Region, Solomon Islands

carved wood and pigment
51 cm high

PROVENANCE
Arthur Palmer, Queensland
Private Collection, Queensland, acquired from the above

$4,500
 

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A Transitional Flute
early-mid twentieth century

Maori People, New Zealand

carved wood, binding and paua shells
50.5 cm high

PROVENANCE
Private Collection, Germany
Private Collection, Queensland

$1,800
 

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An Early Paddle
nineteenth century

Buka or Bougainville Region, Solomon Islands

carved wood and pigment
160 cm high

PROVENANCE
Private Collection, Brisbane
Private Collection, Queensland, acquired from the above

$2,200

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PATRICK OLOODOODI (TJUNGURRAYI)
born 1943

Wirrilpinya, 2008

synthetic polymer paint on linen
bears Papunya Tula Artists cat. no. PT0803184 verso
122 x 122 cm

PROVENANCE
Papunya Tula Artists, Northern Territory
Private Collection, Melbourne, acquired from the above

This painting is sold with a Papunya Tula Artists certificate.

$8,800
 

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SPIDER SNELL (NYILPIRR NGALYAKU)
born 1930

Wallangarri Jiwari, 2006

synthetic polymer paint on linen
bears Mangkaja cat. no. 281/06 verso
120 x 90 cm

PROVENANCE
Mangkaja Arts, Western Australia
Raft Artspace, Northern Territory
Private Collection, Melbourne, acquired from the above

This painting is sold with a Mangkaja Arts certificate.

$2,500
 

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JANUARY NANGUNYARRI
1901–1972

Mimi Spirits, 1960

natural earth pigments on eucalyptus barkbears artist name, date and size inscribed verso
29 x 18 cm; 29 x 17.5 cm (2)

PROVENANCE
Private Collection, New South Wales, acquired in 1961
Private Collection, Victoria 

$2,800
 

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DAVID DOWNS
1925–1995

Untitled, 1987

synthetic polymer and natural earth pigment on canvas
bears artist's name, date and provenance details verso
153 x 122 cm

PROVENANCE
Duncan Kentish, Western Australia
Hogarth Galleries, Sydney
Private Collection, Sydney

$6,000
 

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KENNY WILLIAMS
born 1950

Yunala, 1988

synthetic polymer paint on linen
bears Papunya Tula Artists cat. no. KW880595 verso
162 x 45 cm

PROVENANCE
Papunya Tula Artists, Northern Territory
Private Collection, Sydney

This painting is sold with a Papunya Tula Artists certificate that reads:
'The painting depicts designs associated with the secret-sacred Tingari site of Yunala, to the south-west of the Kintore Community.
The central design represents a stone at the site.  The roundels at either end show the camps of men who were trying to pull one another back and forth but did not succeed, each group remaining at their own camp. 
Because of the secret nature of the ceremonies associated with this site, no further details was given.'

$9,000
 

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BOXER MILNER
1934–2008

Purkitji, 2006

synthetic polymer paint on canvas bears Warlayirti Artists cat. no. 22/06 verso
180 x 80 cm

PROVENANCE
Warlayirti Artists Aboriginal Corporation, Western Australia
Utopia Art, Sydney
Private Collection, acquired from the above

$14,000
 

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EUBENA NAMPITJIN
1921–2013

Wati Kutjarra, 2001

synthetic polymer paint on canvasbears Warlayirti Artists cat. no. 151/01 verso
150 x 75 cm

PROVENANCE
Warlayirti Artists Aboriginal Corporation, Western Australia
Utopia Art, Sydney
Private Collection, acquired from the above

$15,000
 

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RONNIE TJAMPITJINPA
born 1943 

Water Dreaming, 1998 

synthetic polymer paint on linen bears Papunya Tula Artists cat. no. RT980245 verso
91.8 x 61.2 cm 

PROVENANCE
Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
Private Collection
Aboriginal Art, Sotheby’s Australia, Melbourne, 20 July 2009, lot 112
Private Collection, acquired from the above 

$4,800
 

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PATRICK OLOODOODI
born 1943

Rain Dreaming, 1999

synthetic polymer paint on linenbears Papunya Tula Artists cat. no. PT9908161 verso
122 x 122 cm

PROVENANCE
Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
William Mora Galleries, Melbourne
Private Collection, Melbourne, acquired from the above

This painting is sold with a Papunya Tula certificate.

$9,600
 

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JOHNNY MOSQUITO
1922–2004

Kukatja Walmajari, 1995

synthetic polymer paint on linen
bears Warlayirti Artists cat. no. 878/95 verso
90 x 60 cm

PROVENANCE
Warlayirti Artists Aboriginal Cororation, Western Australia
Private Collection
Shapiro Auctioneers, Sydney, 16 June 2003, lot 135
Private Collection Sydney

This painting is sold with a Warlayirti Artists certificate.

$4,800
 

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THOMAS AMAGULA
circa 1926–1989

Mamariga (South East Wind) 1960

natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark
57 x 42.2 cm

PROVENANCE
Church Missionary Society, Sydney
Private Collection, New Zealand

Sold with a copy of the CMS notes which indicate artist, title and an extensive description of the story.

$2,800
 

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