Baroque Cello (1999) [3/M]

Cello 1999 [3_M]#6A69

Synthetic polymer paint on cello

Coll.: unknown

This work was the star attraction at a charity auction of decorated cellos in August 2000, as detailed in various press reports (see e.g. Melbourne Age, 29 Aug.2000).

Arkley’s archive contains slides showing the work in progress (see e.g. Carnival Fig.6.33; and comments on p.185). The work reappeared at auction in 2009.

Provenance

  • commissioned in 1999 for charity auction for Melbourne Chamber Music Competition, conducted by Sotheby’s, 29/8/00 (sold for $20,000)
  • auctioned by Artemis, Melbourne, 4 Aug.2009, lot 259 (ill., sold for $5,000+)

Exhibited

  • (exhibited prior to Sotheby’s auction 8/00)

Literature

  • The Artful Cello (1999), 7
  • Melbourne Age 29/8/00 (as cited above) and 30/8/00
  • Herald Sun 26/8/00, 30/8/00 and 2/9/00 (Frank 2000 & Magilton 2000)
  • Age 30/8/00
  • Carnival 185 and Fig.6.33