Australian Galleries, Melbourne (label attached verso);
Private collection, Sydney
Australian Galleries, Melbourne, 23 October 22 November 1995 (label attached verso);
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Margaret Olley Retrospective, 25 October 1996 5 January 1997, Sydney, Brisbane, Newcastle (label attached verso)
Margaret Olley: The Inner Sanctum, Philip Bacon Galleries exhibiting at Sotheby’s Galleries, Sydney, 2-17 March 2012, cat. 8
The Sound of Art, William Robinson Gallery, Brisbane, 14-25 July 2017
Margaret Olley’s Cornflowers and Red Lacquer Compot is both an exquisite and characteristic example of the revered Australian artist’s work. These deftly painted still-life pieces provide intimate insights into the artist’s life and home. Her Paddington studio, purchased in 1964, was famously forever-strewn with floral bouquets, eclectic pottery collections and arrays of fruit, all of which came to life on her canvases in richly painted compositions.
Olley was the subject of two winning Archibald awards in her lifetime. The first was a 1948 portrait by William Dobell and the second a portrait by Ben Quilty in 2011, the same year that Cornflowers and Red Lacquer Compot was completed. The enduring popularity of these two portraits bears testament to her important role in the art world, both as a painter and a philanthropist.