The sale will include a rare 1880 work on paper by colonial period artist Tommy McRae and a large and important work by Aboriginal statesman Lin Onus, amongst a number of notable and historically important pieces.
Unique in the Cooee Art marketplace approach is the level of knowledge and scholarship applied to the presentation of these items of Australian visual and material culture.
Nineteenth-century artist Tommy McRae lived and worked along Victoria’s upper Murray River area during the period that saw the disruption and ultimate end of traditional tribal life amongst the Aboriginal people of South-Eastern Australia. He was in his fifties and towards the end of this physically demanding work life when he began to draw consistently. A steady flow of interest and paid commissions followed. McRae was able to set up an independent camp for himself and family on the shores of Lake Moodemere, a large freshwater lake of ceremonial importance to his people. It is now well over a century since McRae created this captivating, lively and compelling work. Its rarity and fragility enhances its Ingenious beauty. The untitled work capturing ritually Fighting Figures carries a presale estimate of $40,000-50,000.
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* Based on cumulative low estimates
120.0 x 180.0 cm
MP #187 LOCATION: Paddington
17.0 x 29.5 cm
MP #230 LOCATION: Bondi Beach