Australian aboriginal 'x-ray' bark painting of a pair of kangaroos

Feb 09, 2019. 23:40 UTC
Australian Aboriginal 'x-ray' bark painting of a pair of kangaroos
United States of America

Fine art

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bark and pigments, c. 17 1/2" w. x c. 28" h., mounted on wood panel


ex. coll. Harry Bober (my father, a noted art historian), 1988. Aquired by him in New York City in the 1950's

$200 - $400 (United States Dollar)
Answered within 2 days
Feb 12, 07:30 UTC
By Klaus

Thank you for submitting your item for appraisal. Just as you suggested, this appears to be an aboriginal work of art by an anonymous mid century artist. Without a specific provenance down to the artist it is impossible to narrow the search. The estimate is based on similar artefacts by lesser known artists sold at auction.

David bober Feb 12, 17:45 UTC

Thank you Klaus, and (I know this is speculation, I will try to inspect the back of the panel for a hand print or other), if it was by a known artist how would that change the valuation?

Klaus Feb 14, 22:14 UTC

I would doubt you will find any signatures. The idea of "signing" is a very western concept. And if it is from the 1950s I would be surprised to see a signature.

Richard aldridge Mar 07, 01:21 UTC

I think if it was in Australia it would be worth $600 - $800. It has a nice archaic style and i would buy it

Richard aldridge Apr 02, 23:48 UTC

Contact me on [email protected] if you want to sell these kangaroos

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