A superb 19thC French mahogany glazed bookcase
in the Louis XVI manner, the two doors with large glazed panels above a square panel to the base of each, original brass trim mounts to doors, frame and flanking columns, the turned feet and finials with further conforming applied brass. 460 x 260 x 1600. Provenance: Purchased Capocchi, Fine Antique Furnishings and Interior Design Shop, Melbourne, Australia, June 2011.
Edith Fenton M.B.E.(1862-1936) 'Native Flowers of New Zealand'
watercolour, c.1890, signed. 750 x 515. This rare, large format work features a profusion of native flowers including mistletoe, manuka, clematis, kowhai, kaka-beak, rata, orchids and daisies.The Daughter of Francis Dart Fenton, Chief Judge of the Native Land Court, (from whose estate Auckland Museum purchased the Maori carved pataka Te Oha); Edith shared her father's interest in the cultural activities of the period, including wood carving (a collaborative Maori carved chair in the Museum Collection). She exhibited flower studies with the ASA between 1886-1914, in a special exhibition at the N.Z. & South Seas Exhibition in Dunedin in 1889 and at the NZAFA in 1893.
A rare and impressive grizzly bear rug
the full mounted head with open mouth, one claw absent, the winter coat displaying pale tones to the outer and dark brown inner, the green baize crinkle-cut border on a fabric backing. Length approx. 2200, width 1800.
An old and elaborately carved Chinese ivory tusk
the extensive landscape with multiple figures ad buildings, includes temples, figures on horseback, etc. Various elements pinned to the top. Length 600, raised on carved fitted tapered wooden stand.
A lady's modern 18ct. white gold fancy yellow diamond cluster ring
the central fancy yellow radiant cut diamond of 1.031ct. framed by two rows of round brilliant cut diamonds, further diamonds to the forked shoulders, the 74 diamonds with TDW of 0.41ct.. Valuation available.
A fine quality 19thC French fruitwood refectory table
of plain oblong shape, the four plank top on four tapering pegged square section legs, drawer one end, long serving slide the other. 850 x 1860 x 760. Small old surface repair.
'Tour of Inspection Rangitoto 1943', watercolour on paper, signed and entitled. 310 x 210. Provenance: Purchased Mollers Gallery, Auckland. Bessie Christy was an Auckland artist and exhibiting member of the Auckland Society of Arts. She also taught at Takapuna Grammar School from 1935-40 and was an exhibiting member of the Rutland Group. During WWII she served as a driver in the Women's Auxilliary Army Corps and held the rank of Bombadier. Her works were included in the 'Artist's in Uniform' Exhibition held in Wellington in March of 1944. $4000-
A pair of antique Chinese hardwood armchairs
the near square backs with ten mildly serpentine plain spindles, conforming shaped arms, woven cane inset seat, shaped frieze rails to the sides, cylindrical legs, stretcher base to each, good dark colour and patina.
A large modern quality Maori greenstone mere (mere pounamu)
the large spatulate blade of good proportion, narrowing to a waisted grip, tapering suspension hole, four concentric ridges to the butt, the good mid/dark tone with pale and dark included highlights. Length 418.
A late 19thC Italian alabaster statuette lamp on column stand
the lamp base carved as two lightly draped figures supporting a spherical shade encircled by a band of laurel leaves, supported from a fluted socle base upon a tall tapering cylindrical column with ring turnings and of various variegated sone. Overall height 2000.
An 18ct. gold and stainless steel lady's Rolex Oyster perpetual datejust wristwatch
the gold dial with gold batons and hands, magnified date at three, automatic, in working order. The 18ct yellow gold bracelet in Rolex Jubilee link. In original box with manual and book.
A fine quality William IV rosewood breakfront sideboard
the shaped, carved back with single shelf, the base with three central open shelves, two cupboard doors with unusual painted and gilded decoration and four hexagonal section full column mouldings. 1580 x 500 x 1560.
A Victorian gold
enamelled and gem set Etruscan brooch, oval form with cobalt blue and white decorative recessed enamelling, four outer floral forms each supporting a seed pearl, the large raised central lozenge form cabochon of deep red tone, glazed back panel. In original fitted Morocco leather case testing as 18ct. gold or higher.
A gold NZR Free Pass for Eden electorate Member of Parliament
c.1884, circular, stamped S.Kohn. 8.9gms, dia. 23.7mm, testing as 15ct yellow gold.
A large rare and impressive German 19thC Berlin KPM Exhibition urn vase with cover
the ornate ovoid body finely hand painted to the front with a formal garden setting including dancing figures, ladies-in-waiting and musician, the reverse with an elaborate floral spray, all-over relief acanthus, rocaille, foliate and ribbon decoration, ormolu mount allowing the body to swivel upon the pedestal, the conforming cover with sculpted roses surmounting. Height 880, minor professional restoration, c.1880.
A French 19thC Semainier chest of drawers
of narrow proportions, the bank of seven flatfront drawers surmounted by a slightly overhanging top drawer. The case of walnut inlaid in cut brass and contrasting veneers, the top inset with a panel of breccia marble. 700 x 340 x 1400.
A Maori bone fish-hook repatriated from the UK
presented to Wesleyan preacher James Everett (1784-1872,) by Samuel Leigh (1785-1852) pioneer Wesleyan missionary in Australia and New Zealand. Leigh was sent to, and became, the first Wesleyan missionary to reach Australia in 1815. Invited by Samuel Marsden he visited New Zealand in 1819, and subsequently 1822. In 1823 he was involved in an attempt to establish a mission station, but ill health saw him return to Australia then England. (Cf. An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand 1966). Everett, with whom Leigh evidently had contact is noted as '… a great lover of the antique, and has a passion for old relics; will travel a great distance, and expend much labour to secure the smallest trifle decidedly anti-diluvium.' (from ‘Sketches of Wesleyan Preachers’, R.A. West, 1849). The one piece inward barbed 40mm hook with attached snood line, uncommonly complete with pakaikai bait lashing twine and additional twine at the taukaea, with attached handwritten presentation label. In small cylindrical card specimen box with glass lid, further inscribed and labelled. Y11427.
A large NZ pounamu (serpentine) river worn boulder
of approximately oval form, the top section polished showing rich dark green tone. 660 x 560 x 260, approx. 100kgs.
Six sperm whale teeth
dating from the early 1900s and collected in the 1980s from a descendant of a worker at the Albany Whaling Station, Western Australia, the teeth with original pencil notations, average length 150.
A pair of old Chinese carved ivory Emperor and Empress figures
finely detailed robes including elaborate cloud scrolls, dragons and exotic birds, they each hold Precious Objects. Raised on pierced scroll carved circular stands. Heights 255 and 270.