In 1973 Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam spent $1.3 million on a Jackson Pollock painting for our National Gallery. The move met outrage, with some critics labelling it a waste of money. Today however, that same painting has been valued at between $100 million and $350 million - but how can we be sure? When it comes to valuing art, there’s more than meets the eye.
Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder. A fine art valuation however ought to be objectively reasonable. At Angela Tandori Fine Art our valuations are substantiated. We draw from expertise in the field, alongside thorough research and an understanding of the art market. As well as Angela’s seventeen years plus experience in the industry we also follow the principles decreed by the International Valuation Standard Committee. Our goal is for collectors to feel confident and informed by our valuations.
Formal written valuations are required for insurance, superannuation, financial reporting, asset validation, liquidation reports, estate planning and estate settlement purposes. They can also help you decide whether to resell a work of art, or even to purchase one.
Whether you self-manage your superannuation fund, or are curious about that work of art you’ve inherited - valuing your collection is a worthwhile endeavour. To uncover the value of your collection click here, or feel free to send us any enquiries.
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To encounter a work from Philippe Le Miere’s series ‘Clickbait’, is to encounter the internet age. In it, Le Miere merges icons of pop culture found through big data. These weird and wonderful renditions evoke the fantasies of our clicking culture, all the time asking - why do you care about that? Highly-collectible and suitably tongue-in-cheek, ‘Clickbait’ finds creativity in computerized conformity. So, scroll through and like Le Miere says “dare to be different”.
Cult Classic Shark Horror Jaws
‘Jaws The Movie’ stands as a deadset cult classic. When Le Miere created this print, it also boasted the highest selling poster of all time. Today the toothy graphic still retains its status as among the top movie posters of all time - so, why do you think the poster is so iconic?
Furious Jurassic Fate of the Fast World
In this work, two colossal forces are pitched against one another - ‘Fate of the Furious’ and ‘Jurassic World’. Both undisputable blockbusters, Le Miere captures the moment where the ‘Fate of the Furious’ overtook ‘Jurassic World’ as not only the highest-grossing opening film but also the most Googled film. Who are you rooting for?
horror gremlins gizmo 80s movies
Part cuddly, part ferocious - there’s something about the 1984 film ‘Gremlins’ that keeps us transfixed. Listed among the Highest Rated Horror Feature Films on IMDb, this year ‘Gremlins’ has risen once again to our collective consciousness. Being more Googled than ever before, ‘Gremlins’ is also welcoming a line of Lego alongside a revamp of the 80s classic.
Star wars darkside luke skywalker vader darth
The fable of Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader will be passed down generation to generation. When Le Miere envisioned this image, the tragic villain was the most read about figure on Wikipedia and the most Googled Star Wars character. What does this intergalactic outlaw tell us about ourselves?
Lecter Vadar Empire needs you Darth Wars Hannibal Star
What do Darth Vader and Dr. Hannibal Lecter have in common? As well as being bone-chilling film villains, these masked men also rank in the top three greatest film villains on AFI. Who grabs your attention more?
Miley Cyrus we can’t stop wrecking ball now playing
This work was born from an article published by the Managing Editor of CNN.com, Meredith Artley entitled ‘Let Me Explain Why Miley Cyrus’ VMA Performance Was Our Top Story This Morning’. In it, Artley states “It’s a good question. And the answer is pretty simple. It was an attempt to get you to click on CNN.com so that we could drive up our web traffic, which in turn would allow us to increase our advertising revenue." Would you click on Cyrus?
MOAB Massive Mother Of All Ordnance Air Blast Bombs
On the 13th of April 2017 a then unknown non-nuclear weapon called the ‘GBU-43/B MOAB’ was first operated. Rapidly and mysteriously, this event became the most read article on Wikipedia. The entry on the twice as powerful USSR counter weapon 'Father of All Bombs' also spiked in readership, yet not nearly to the same degree. How do you feel about today’s mass weaponry?
Sunday May 14 is Mother’s Day. There are few people as important as your Mum. From your point of origin, through to a companion, confidant and sometimes critic - Mums are among the most selfless and fierce figures to encounter.
If you’re struggling to find the perfect way to celebrate Mum, or she’s not one for a fuss - we recommend extending a work of art. Flowers wilt, bath products fizz away but art only grows richer with age. With this in mind, we’ve curated a very special collection of art for Mother’s Day.
Among our spread is Auguste Blackman, son of tour-de-force Barbara Blackman. We also have odes to motherhood, such as the unspeakably tender Mother love baby by Philippe Le Miere. For Mum’s seeking a moment of peace, there are tranquil florals, poignant moments from the animal kingdom and wistful prints.
Thanking the woman who raised you can feel like an impossible feat. Luckily, art says more than words ever can. So, make her feel as special as she is with the gift of art.
Happy Collecting and cheers to all the Mums!
To behold a print from Florilegium, is to behold history.
In 1768 the Voyage of The H.M.S. Endeavour set sail across the Pacific. Aboard were a crew of ninety-four men, including Captain Cook and his botanist Joseph Banks. Their mission was scientific - to discover and record earth and its specimens. In 1770, the crew encountered the salt-stained, thriving terrain of coastal Australia. Here, Banks made history - collecting over 30,000 plant specimens and producing over 700 watercolour drawings. When he returned to England, Banks had the watercolours engraved onto copperplates by dear friend and esteemed engraver Daniel MacKenzie. This was an expensive and labour intensive activity. Yet somehow, these exquisite copperplates were never printed, rather they languished in the collection of the British Museum of Natural History. This failure to publish had long been regarded as one of the tragedies of science.
That was until two-hundred years later.
In 1980, the British Museum of Natural History brought Banks back to life. Using his original eighteenth century copper plates and a technique called ‘A la poupee’, all 734 plates were hand coloured and then printed in editions of 100.
Angela Tandori Fine Art is pleased to be able to offer you a selection of these breathtakingly detailed engravings - printed from the original copperplates from the 1770s.
Banks’ Florilegium is about more than flora. Stemming from a voyage marred by death, destruction and disease, these works are somehow wondrous. Effervescent and elegant, Florilegium is an encounter with history, art and the natural world.
The director of the Natural Museum doubts whether they will ever reprint Florilegium. Instead, the limited series is a rare portal between early and contemporary Australia. We encourage both burgeoning and established collectors to behold this luminous series in person. Don’t hesitate to make an appointment.
[The 'a la poupee' printing technique: applying the colour directly to the plate's surface.]
Our aim is to inspire you with fine art you’ll value. Naturally what this means depends on what you value in art - be it aesthetic, philosophical, instinctive or strictly business. With this in mind, we strive to offer all collectors a varied and accessible collecting platform and range of fine art and fine art services.
Our entire catalogue of original paintings, graphics and fine art photography is available online. At a glance, this collection spans established artists like Pro Hart, Charles Blackman and John Olsen through to exciting newcomers like Fabrice Bigot, Peter Bainbridge, Philippe Le Miere and Christopher Rimmer with a focus on Modern and Contemporary Australian art. We also offer a range of professional services including valuation, art consultancy, framing and resale appraisal.
No matter how long you’ve been around (in our case, a neat seventeen years), thinking back to core passions is always worthwhile. Ours is to empower Confident Collecting. What’s yours?
Figuring out why we collect art is a challenge. In Renaissance Italy, where the practise emerged we find patrons interested in art that communicated social values. These days our art and what is seeks to say, is dramatically different. Yet, the idea - that art is a social experience, remains.
Sometimes, art is thought of as a solitary encounter. We imagine the artist alone in her studio and the admirer alone in the gallery. In reality however, it’s a far more collaborative process. On one hand, art is all about encountering history and legacy. In the work of Raphael, we catch glimpses of a culture concerned with religion and antiquity, while in Andy Warhol, we witness 1960s and 70s New York.
On the other hand, art invites us to critique these histories. Via a trip to the gallery, or over a nude hung in a living room friends can gather to discuss art, ideas, beauty and history. As we express our interest in art, we not only access history but open ourselves to like-minded individuals - discovering, through the lense of art how they see the world.
Just as art can provide insight into others, it can also be a vehicle for self-expression. With the building of an art collection comes the formation of an identity. History, politics and beauty converge, communicating something about who we are that words cannot.
So, why do we collect art? The late art historian Kenneth Clark once remarked “it’s like asking why we fall in love, the reasons are so various”. And he’s right. The reasons we collect are vast, intimate and often, surprising. Collecting art can tell us about who we were and who we are. It can help us connect with other people and communicate our own story. Surrounded by artists and art-lovers, collectors can always find themselves in good company.
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The team at Angela Tandori Fine Art wants to hear from you. The question on our mind… why do you collect art?
We believe a work of art never ends at the easel. Instead, it is enriched and changed by those that own and admire it. The bonds we forge between life, art and ourselves inevitably form part of the work itself. As contemporary art collector Paige West once said, “your art collection is your work of art”. And we want to know more.
So, this is an open invitation to all art lovers and collectors… tell us your stories! Why collect contemporary? Or gift your wife a Charles Blackman? What was the first work of art you owned? Or even, parted from? Send us all and any stories from your art world - we’d love to read and perhaps, share them with other collectors.
If you’d like to take part in this project, do not hesitate to call, email or connect with us on social media.
Looking forward to hearing from you with enthusiasm and curiosity,
Charles Blackman’s Schoolgirls series - the iconic image of a schoolgirl, often lost in fantasy - has become one of Australian Art’s favourite characters. Not surprisingly, most of Blackman’s schoolgirls have over the years been snapped up by Australian collectors, or acquired by Museums for exhibition to the public.
This is why the current show at Heide Museum of Modern Art is so significant. Never before has such a comprehensive display of Blackman’s Schoolgirls been brought together under one roof, for the enjoyment of Melbourne’s art lovers.
Our team visited the opening of the show this week, where Auguste Blackman, son of Charles and one of our favourite contemporary artists, recited a beautiful poem by John Shaw Neilson. ‘Schoolgirls Hastening’, it turns out, was the poem that inspired Charles Blackman in his creation of the Schoolgirls series.
In keeping with this heart-felt theme we have decided to put our wonderful collection of Schoolgirl works under the spotlight this week. We have on offer to our collectors a vast selection of works by Charles Blackman, most of which come direct from Charles Blackman's own collection.
By John Shaw Neilson.
Fear it has faded and the night:
The bells all peal the hour of nine:
The schoolgirls hastening through the light
Touch the unknowable Divine.
What leavening in my heart would bide!
Full dreams a thousand deep are there:
All luminants succumb beside
The unbound melody of hair.
Joy the long timorous takes the flute:
Valiant with colour songs are born:
Love the impatient absolute
Lives as a Saviour in the mom.
Get thou behind me Shadow-Death!
Oh ye Eternities delay!
Morning is with me and the breath
Of schoolgirls hastening down the way.
Angela & Auguste Blackman.
We all know the world of collecting fine art is about more than finding works of art. Re-selling, appraising, framing, valuing or even restoring a work of art can all be a part of the job. But no worries, the team at Angela Tandori Fine Art are happy and ready to help!
We offer a range to services to help collections flourish. These include valuing, appraising and re-selling. Plus, we can help arrange excellent framing solutions and restorations. Our director Angela Tandori, who has over 16 years experience is also available as a consultant and can pursue commissions from certain artists.
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13th century Persian poet Rumi once said “let the beauty of what you do, be what you love”. For many of us, this still holds true. It certainly does at Angela Tandori Fine Art. What we love is connecting people with art they love… and the beauty of how we do this? That lies with our commitment to accessibility and professionalism.
To help empower all collectors, our entire catalogue is online and ready to browsed through. It includes a vast range of paintings, prints and fine art reproductions - at a vast price range. If something catches your eye, you’re welcome to see it in person at our showroom overlooking Smith Street or find out more by sending us an email.
Angela Tandori Fine Art is an industry recognised fine art dealership all about Confident Collecting. We strive to be professional, so you can be passionate!
Discover the beauty of collecting today and as always, Happy Collecting!