Friday, January 30, 2009

Another Abdullah Ariff Found

Similar to the artist's Monsoon Gust.

This writer has been again contacted by an owner of an Abdullah Ariff painted in 1956.

You can see all the wonderful brushstrokes of the great artist. Anyone can please tell me the price of this?

I think it is worth a fortune and the owner just might be interested to part if the price is right.

Just drop what you think it is worth in the comment box below. The owner will be checking this site for the suggested values.

Do not contact me - I do not own the painting. Do not ask for the owner's contact either because in the past, there had been many instances where people try to hoodwink them.

Unless the price is right, this owner's identity will remain a secret. Give your email if you wish to be contacted. Thank you.

Authentic? This is Ariff's signature on the painting - complete with his qualifications, FRSA.

Updated: According to the owner, this painting went for US20.00 at a flea mart couple of years ago. Now, wouldn't that shock artlovers in Malaysia. If it is authentic, not only was it a steal but it was probably a case of not knowing the value of this great artist! I am wondering if the National Art Gallery would be interested in acquiring such pieces for its collection. After all, it is the only body capable for authenticating our national art pieces and probably financially capable of making such acquisitions!

Updated (April 13):
The foreign owner of this work has written to say that the work has been purchased by a Malaysian. Thank God, this work has returned to Malaysia! This topic is thus closed.


Anonymous said...

an abdullah ariff was sold sometime early in 2000-2002 for about rm 75,000 to a big corporation (including commission). however do remember that there are many fakes around. and also if i remember correctly, abdullah ariff signs with his watercolour paint brush and i do not recall that he signs with a fountain pen.

Swee said...

thanks anonymous, for the enlightenment. This work is pretty strange in that the signature was one in a script pen.

Anonymous said...

Hello I am interested in auctioning 2 paintings water-colors of the artist Abdullah Ariff, F.R.S.A... Authentic. my email is please i need information

Anonymous said...

Are there anymore

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Anonymous said...


I have a large stone lithographed poster by Abdullah Ariff which he designed in 1935 for Federated Malay States Railways for Penang. It is done in the Art Deco style, and was produced probably in the same year by Singapore Lithographers Ltd.

It is very colourful with a view of the hill railway looking towards the port with jungle vines and monkeys in the foreground.

I would be interested in selling it but don't know a suitable price. Should I contact the Malaysian National Art Gallery?

ES said...

You should. Or you can contact any gallery for better appraisal of the prices.