Larry Mitchell b.1953

August 18th – 19th 2020 Auction

Welcome to the August (18 & 19 2020) Auction. With the Covid restrictions relaxed in W.A, it’s business fairly much as usual at McKenzies. However, we will be spacing the seats a little more and running the event over 2 nights in order to reduce crowding.

Tuesday 18th is Art, Jewellery and Watches. Wednesday 19th, is, rugs, furniture, decorative arts, maps, tribal, ceramics/porcelain, glass, oriental, militaria & weapons and silver. It’s truly a diverse sale with some very high-quality items. In fact, a quality of decorative arts items, such as the Royal Worcester porcelain rarely seen on the market in W.A.

The pick of the pictures is undoubtedly lot 30, an Abrolhos Islands, oil on canvas by Larry Mitchell. McKenzies have auctioned a few of these for around the $30,000 mark. This one carries an estimate of $25,000 — 35,000 and is one of the better examples we have seen.

Two theatrical works by Harald Vike are also included at lots 5 & 6. Both are included and illustrated in the Vike catalogue by J. Goddard for the AGWA retrospective exhibition 1990.

Some of W.A’s best-known artists also feature, such as George Haynes, Murray Gill, Guy Grey-Smith, Elizabeth Durack, Leon Pericles, William Boissevain, John Barker, Goatcher, etc. Other, well-known Australian artists are also represented, such as, Max Meldrum at lot 3, Blackman, Lindsay, Sam Byrne, etc. Aboriginal and International art follow.

Jewellery is from lot 103 to lot 182. The gold price is up and there are some good lots at belowgold value. The normal range of precious and semi-precious stone jewellery follows. From antique to contemporary, something for every taste and budget.

  • Larry Mitchell b.1953
    Past Auctions
    Auction 117 .
    Lot 30
    Est. Price: $25000
    - $35000

Rugs are next. A range of styles, sizes and ages is included. There are some great furniture items. With the amount of furniture for sale in Perth, we are very selective in regards to quality, price and in general, value for money. The perception seems to be in Perth that, ‘antiques’ are not worth much. However, that’s not really true. Some antique furniture, whilst less than in the past in Perth, in other parts of the world, values have held up very well.

Chosen pieces are both aesthetically pleasing, functional and will still be useable for the next generation long after many Leones contemporary pieces have been put out onto verge collections. Look at lots 210, 214, 218, 224 and 237 and especially lot 231 for examples of value, functionality, and aesthetics.

Ceramics and in particular fine English porcelain by the famous Royal Worcester Co. come up in the middle of the second evening. Some of the firm’s most famous artists are represented, such as Harry Davis, John Stinton, Charles Baldwyn and the most valuable of all George Owen, at lot 343.

Glass, oriental items and militaria and then silver follows. To round off perhaps our most varied and comprehensive sale so far this year.

We look forward to welcoming you to the viewing. Or, if you are not in Perth, to providing any condition reports on items you cannot inspect.


Warm regards,

Peter McKenzie
Managing Director