John Barr Clarke Hoyte (1835-1913)
Auckland from Pigeon Mountain, Half Moon Bay, watercolour, signed, 295 x 415mm. Note: This unique and rare extensive view of Auckland Harbour c.1860 features Fort Britomart, Situated on Point Britomart, and using the defences of an earlier pā, Fort Britomart was built as an army barracks. (The British flag was first unfurled on the headland on 16 September 1840.) The initial building was completed in 1841, and other buildings were added in response to external and local threats in subsequent decades. The Fort closed in the early 1870s and operations were transferred to the nearby Albert barracks. Point Britomart was then excavated to provide fill for waterfront reclamations, the flying flag can be seen in this image. To the left we have St. Paul's Church and early Parnell houses, in front is St. John's College Chapel with a tall chimney evident below coming from the waters edge industrial building in Official Bay, this building is pictured in other Hoyte drawings of this period. The view is presumably from Pigeon Mountain, the volcanic cone at Half Moon Bay. The harbour features Wynyard Pier and Queen St. wharf, a multitude of vessels including waka taua, a wooden paddle steamer, tall and other ships together with many smaller vessels.
An uncommon 19thC Maori pounamu hei tiki
chin turned to the left, remnants of red sealing wax to eyes, right hand to abdomen, left hand to thigh. H.95mm. Note: in the uncommon Bowenite variety of pounamu, displaying high translucency and of good green tone, hei tiki are uncommon in this stone and were prized by Maori. Reg. Y21011.
A 14ct rose gold sapphire and diamond tennis bracelet
nineteen oval cut, multi-coloured sapphires (TSW 18.05ct), colours include fancy orangish-yellow, light/dark green, cornflower blue, pink and brownish orange, 4-claw set, with thirty-eight round brilliant cut diamonds (TDW 0.85ct. Gemologist report available.
A 9ct white gold emerald and diamond ring
a 7.07ct oval cut, bluish-green emerald, claw set, surrounded by fourteen round brilliant cut diamonds (1.72ct TDW, Clarity VS2-SI2, Colour G-H), claw set, with a further three round brilliant cut diamonds to each upright shoulder (0.10ct TDW, Clarity SI1-SI2, Colour G-H). Gemologist report available.
A Chinese blue and white double gourd vase
sinuous vine and blossom decoration, Jiajing mark to the base. H.225mm.
A rare and impressive Japanese Edo period (1603-1868) Samurai suit of armour
with multi hob-nail plate suji bachi ridged helmet, mounted with demonic head, decorative fukigaeshi (turnbacks), tall kuwagata, black lacquered iron menpo (face plate) with hair moustache, laced multi-panelled throat guard, shoulder-plates, chest, waist and leg guards with blue and coloured laced lacquered panels. Gilt metal decorative fittings. Housed in black lacquer original box.
A 19thC Maori carved Kumete
the figure supported bowl of oval form with flat rim, the front figure with clasped hands and extended tongue, finely carved, the larger figure to the other end of larger form, arms extended back towards the rim, the scrolling broad detail with notched carved highlights, evidence of age. L.390mm, H.170mm. Reg. Y20951.
A rare and large 19thC New Zealand historical silver Maori themed brooch by Adolph Kohn
cast, hand worked and punched detail of Maori warrior before a whare flanked by pataka and cabbage tree, a distant view of a shield volcano (Rangitoto island), all framed by two pairs of elongated fern leaves. Stamped maker’s marks to reverse and engraved scripted initials SCC and date 1888. W.58mm. In old fitted circular box. Note: Adolph Kohn (1856-1910) born in Prussia arrived in New Zealand aged 18 years. Sometime after 1881 Adolph moved to Auckland to manage his brother Heinrich's Queen St. business, in about 1899 the business became known directly by the name Adolph Kohn. He and his business were held in high esteem.
A Regency mahogany Chinese Chippendale hall table
of elegant proportions, pierced gallery, rope edge decoration, two half drawers, crossed stretcher base, restrained decoration of floral and Chinese inspired motifs, drawers with brass captured ring handles. 1050 x 470 x 950mm.
An impressive Edwardian 9ct gold opal and diamond pendant/brooch
the 41.30ct white opal in the form of a heart with a bright red-blue multi-colour play of fire, held by three diamond set claws, the opal heart pierced by a diamond set arrow, with a further three to the bale, brooch fitting is removable. In original Sydney jeweller's box. Valuation available.
A historical New Zealand silver goblet by Fred Money
hammer finish with shaped and polished pounamu knop, supported by a scalloped octagonal ecclesiastical style base with restrained decoration to the rim. Stamped maker's marks to base of goblet, dated 1979. This goblet made by Fred for his son, John's, (also a silversmith) 21st birthday.
A rare pair of silver and enamel wings for the NZ Flying School
the red NZ centre, with fern leaves flanked by white enamelled wings above 'FLYING SCHOOL'. The school was set up in Kohimarama (Mission Bay) in October 1915 to train pilots for service in Great Britain, eventually training 110 men by the end of WW1. Many went on to gain commissions in the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service. Often these wings are Auckland-made, but these are the less common variety made by W. R. Bock, Wellington, stamped mark to reverse. Included in this lot is a bronze Royal Flying Corps cap badge.
A Japanese Meiji iris decorated three-piece silver tea set
the spherical bodies and lids in high relief with iris flower and leaf decoration on a finely hammered/planished ground, swing handle to the teapot. Character marks embossed to the base. 910gm.
A late Victorian Doulton Lambeth figure group
two hares sit either side of a hexagonal vase which is inscribed "The Waning of the Honey Moon", on oval decorated base, impressed marks to base, attributed to George Tinworth. 130 x 65 x 120mm.
A 14ct rose gold kunzite and diamond ring
a 15.65ct cushion cut, peach pink kunzite, claw set, a 0.36ct round brilliant cut diamond to each side with a further four round brilliant cut diamonds to each upright shoulder, TDW 0.87ct. Gemologist report attached.
An 18ct white gold aquamarine and diamond Art Deco style ring
the 8.95ct emerald cut aquamarine claw set with three baguette diamonds set to each shoulder. Valuation available.
A quality impressive Royal Copenhagen 12 place setting Saxon Flower pattern dinner service
date coded for 1950, comprising: 12 dinner plates, 12 side plates, 12 soup coupes, 12 coffee cans and saucers, coffee pot, covered sugar, two sauce boats on fixed stands, low compote, two oval serving dishes, two covered vegetable dishes, four oval platters and square serving dish. (74 piece).
A good old large hand knotted Tabriz carpet
diamond shaped expanding medallion, the main border guard with repeating florals. 4000 x 3000mm.
A 14ct white gold diamond solitaire ring
a 1.29ct heart shaped brilliant cut, light yellow diamond claw set.(Clarity P2, Colour M). Gemologist report available.
A pair of 14ct white gold sapphire and diamond hoop earrings
each earring with seven oval cut, yellow, pink, green and light blue sapphires claw set, with twelve small round brilliant cut diamonds, TSW 6.40ct, TDW 0.51ct. Gemologist report available.