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.
A c1969 Omega Seamaster 300 gents wristwatch
original black dial and movement, in good working order. Complete with Omega box.
'Self Portrait Aged 35', oil on canvas, signed, entitled and detailed on reverse. Note: This is a major self portrait of Stenberg. Born Auckland 1919 he was accepted into Elam School of Art at the age of 12 due to his exceptional artistic ability. He became a senior lecturer and head of department at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee in Scotland and also served as an official artist for the Black Watch Battalion during the battalion's last days in Germany in WWII. 560 x 410. $5,500-
'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 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.
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 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 modern gent's Breitling chronomat 44 Raven wristwatch
the 44mm diameter black steel case with canvered sapphire glare proofed glass, undirectional ratcheted rotating bezel with orange Arabic, the case back marked 'Edition Speciale... 200m 3150829 MB011', wide black rubber strap with black steel deployment clasp, in original stitched leather case with booklets and outer Breitling casing. Purchased new by our Auckland vendor in Vienna, 12 September 2016.
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.
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 1951 Francis-Barnett 'Merlin' 122cc motorcycle. One of Francis-Barnett’s first post-war offerings was the Model 51 Merlin. Introduced in 1946
it was powered by the 122cc Villiers 9D single-port engine, within a rigid frame equipped with a girder front fork. Handsome and lightweight, the well-equipped Merlin came with a speedometer and direct lighting as standard. A particularly neat touch was the oil tank - complete with petrol mix measure - attached to the rear chain stays. Recently restored and in working condition. Provenance: From the Estate of an Auckland gentleman who completed the restoration. Complete with helmet, goggles, various pamphlets and other associated items.
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 quality c.1900 European gilded yellow gold lady's lorgnette
finely engraved with scrolls and florals, push-button release revealing the hinged spectacles with rectangular lenses, ring suspension. Possibly Swiss. Testing as 14ct./14ct. gold. Total weight 33.7gms.
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 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.
A Chinese rosewood extension dining table and 10 chairs
the circular table extending with two leaves, the ten chairs including two carvers, all with an auspicious symbol carved to the back rails.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 fine quality Henri Picard 19thC French gilt bronze two-handled taza
beautifully decorated with flowers and leaves. Diameter 150, maker Henri Picard, c.1831 - 1864. He worked for Emperor Napoleon III, and presented in the Louvre. Impressed marks to base of foot.
A large cut boulder of N.Z. nephrite (pounamu)
three cut and semi-polished surfaces showing good dark tone, the natural surfaces showing evidence of water wear. 500 x 190 x 360. Weight approx. 35kgs.
A pair of Chinese elm small cabinets
of rectangular tapering form, with two doors, the sides and upper sections of the doors with carved and pierced sections incorporating a repeat pattern of qilin rondels alternating with cruciform scrolls; the doors opening to reveal a single removable shelf; raised on stile legs with simple fretwork apron. 400 x 220 x 600.
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 Chinese green jade aubergine pendant on a beaded cord
An old Chinese carved ivory figure of a sage
the bearded gent standing in a formal robe, engraved detail highlighted with blue and blue, red and black ink staining, he wears a coroneted hat, a long gnarly dragon headed staff held in his left hand, a water lily to his right. Height 270, raised on short circular hardwood stand with wire inlay.
An impressive Royal Worcester pot pourri and cover painted by Harry Ayrton
painted with apples and grapes on a mossy, leafy ground, a small bunch of grapes to the reverse, the base, rim and inner lid embellished with gilt decoration, the high elaborate pierced lid with flower bud finial, signed, date mark for 1951, shape 2048. Height 330.
John Barr Clarke Hoyte
'Fisherman on Sydney Harbour at Mossman Bay', colonial watercolour, signed. Originally sold at Cordys in the 1980s. 320 x 520.
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 pre-European Maori stone patu (patu onewa)
traditional tapered spatulate blade with minor chipping to end, tapered grip with 'hour-glass' suspension hole, the butt with three incised ridges. Registered Y18300. Length 325.
A 19thC Chinese finely carved ivory figure of a sage
his long robe with elegant drapes, a circular fan held to his front, he smiles showing is teeth, long earlobes. Height 135. Raised on dark finely carved hardwood stands with silver wire inlay and cloisonne gallery.
A gilded metal Buddha statuette
modelled seated with hands in gesture of meditation, his head surmounted by a coronet of bodhisattvas. Six character mark to the back. Height 420.
A Chinese porcelain vase of tapering square section
rising to a conforming neck and mouth, elephant head handles issue from the shoulder, painted with panels of figures in gardens reserved on a ground on fine gold scrolls. Height 370.
A modern lady's 18ct. white gold and diamond cluster ring
overall flowerhead form, the central round brilliant cut diamond of 0.22ct. framed by 48 round brilliant cut diamonds totalling 0.78ct., TDW of 1.00ct. Valuation available.
A late 19thC large carved oak castle cased mantel clock
the castellated top with four spires, dragon gargoyles to the corners, the front with classical gents flanking the arched top glazed door enclosing the gilded dial, all surfaces carved, the quality German movement stamped 'DRGM', secret hidden drawer to the base. 370 x 370 x 660.
A bronze bell from the 'HENDRIK'
traditional flared form, sturdy tapered rectangular section fitting with single suspension hole. Note: the Dutch vessel 'HNLMS Hertog Hendrik' was a Koningin Regentes-Class coastal defence ship of the Royal Netherlands Navy, launched 1902, decommissioned 1968, further details available. Diameter 345.
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.
An 18ct. white gold eternity band type ring
the five recessed square settings with a combination of baguette and princess cut diamonds totalling 0.80ct.
A highly decorative 19thC Anglo-Indian rosewood Davenport
the serpentine front on ornately carved mythical bird supports, the high back with two open shelves and three small drawers, the base with cupboard door and secret drawer, intricate detailed all-over carved and pierced decoration of traditional bird and flower designs. 620 x 600 x 1270.
An Edwardian silver chatelaine
the ornately decorated clip has five accessories suspended by silver chains, includes an ivory and silver bound notebook, scissors in holder, pin cushion, thimble holder and perfume bottle, all various dates, cities and makers, the clip Birmingham 1902 by Male and Jones. Together with the reference book 'Antique Needlework Tools and Accessories', this chatelaine is featured on page 201.
A George III country elm and beech Windsor armchair
the hoop back with central pierced splat flanked by plain spindles, turned arm supports, legs and base stretchers, shaped elm seat.
Len Castle blue alkaline Pool crater bowl
the interior with mildly incised repeating swirls glazed with blue pooling to the well, the sculpted rim with 'crater' form, matt grey rim, dark glazed exterior, incised potter's initials. Diameter 330.
A large impressive Chinese famille rose baluster vase
of square section painted with panels of figures, the light turquoise ground with profuse floral motifs. painted four character mark on base. Height 395.
A tall and heavy petrified wood trunk section hand basin
with natural exterior fossilised bark, the cut top carved as a basin, a cylindrical recessed hole at the centre, a cut-away section at the reverse to allow for plumbing, natural mid/pale tones including tan, pale red highlights. Weight approx. 280kgs. Diameter 500, height 800.
A quality early 20thC silver three-piece tea service
compressed baluster form, gadroon top rim, reeded mid-section. Sheffield 1915 by William Hutton & Sons. Weight 1174gms.
A 1920s large silver A & P rose bowl trophy cup
engraved 'Southland Agricultural & Pastoral Association Reginald McKinnon Memorial Cup to Promote Agricultural & Pastoral Pursuits, Presented on the 14th July 1925 as a Prize to be Given for Most Points in Pure Bred Sheep', two wide angular handles, pedestal base. London 1924 by Charles Boyton & Son Ltd. 1215gms. Diameter 255.
A William IV mahogany sideboard
the top with inverse breakfront, shell and scroll carved upstand back, raised above a frieze with three drawers, supported on two pedestals, the right-hand pedestal enclosing a cellarette drawer. 1750 x 575 x 1140.
A c.1960 9ct. yellow gold Tissot Seastar Seven gent's wristwatch
the silvered dial with date aperture, seconds sweep hand, maker's details and baton hour markers, the mechanical movement in good working order, stitched by a leather strap. Note: this model is regarded as the finest movement Tissot ever made.