A good pre-European inanga pounamu hei tiki
of elegant proportions and prestigious colour, chin to left shoulder, hands to thighs, hour-glass suspension hole to top, semi-concealed at the front, evidence of another hole beside. The reverse inscribed with presumably a museum collection number and previous owner 'E146.283 Mrs Haigh, Amberley'. Recorded as found at Amberley, ChCh in the 1920s while ploughing farmland. H.90mm. Provenance: Private Estate Collection. Note: the inanga variety of pounamu (nephrite) is prized for its white, grey-green and blue tones, sourced particularly by Poutini Ngāi Tahu and named after the juvenile native minnow or whitebait. Registered Y3275.
A good pre-contact/contact period mere pounamu
the tapered butt with four curved tapered grooves, hour-glass suspension hole, traditional spatulate blade, dark/mid-green tone, evidence of start of another suspension hole. L.350mm. Provenance: Private Estate Collection. Y20904 Registered.
A rare 17thC brass lantern clock by Peter Closon
Neere Holborne Bridge Londini Fecit, c.1660, with strapped bell over three dolphin frets and four urn finials, tapering Doric corner columns on turned feet, oversailing silvered Roman chapter ring enclosing engraved tulip decoration, alarm setting disc and single hour hand, hinged side panels, original weight driven balance wheel movement, alarm wheel outside back panel (lacking rope and weight). H.400mm (15¾"). A well regarded maker, an uncommonly found original unconverted mechanism and in unrestored condition. Provenance: The Williamson Estate Collection.
A pair of 18ct white gold and diamond stud earrings
each with a 1.04ct old mine cut diamond claw set, on posts for pierced ears, TDW 2.08ct. Valuation available.
Albin Martin (UK Italy NZ 1813-88)
Amalfi ( an Italianate landscape with view of a harbour), oil on board, 475 x 585mm. Ref: Webb's lot 232 14/10/1993. Albin Martin abandoned his Cambridge studies and in 1834 became a pupil of the landscape painter John Linnell (1792-1882). He painted in Italy in 1837 and in 1841-43 before migrating to New Zealand in 1851 to take up farming whilst continuing to paint.
Maj-Gen. Horatio Gordon Robley (UK/NZ 1840-1930)
'The Surrender of the Ngai-te-Rangi at Te Papa Mission Station, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, July 1864', watercolour, signed H.G.Robley, Durham Lt. Inftry. lower left and inscribed Surrender of Ngaiterangi, Te Papa July 1864 lower right. Additionally, inscribed verso with some details of participants and the site. 190 x 300mm. Provenance: Private Estate Collection. This historic work depicts Māori after the Battle of Te Renga (Pyes Pā), two months earlier they had participated defeat of the British at Gate Pā. Robley produced three known versions of this work, this one, another that appeared in James Cowan's book The New Zealand Wars, the third was used by the London Illustrated News, the original of which was sold by Sotheby's Australia in 1985 for A$10,350.
An 18ct gold diamond necklace and earring set
an articulated section set with fifty-nine round brilliant cut diamonds terminating in a ‘wishbone’ diamond set mount, attached to a double box link chain, TDW 7.91ct; together with a pair of diamond drop earrings, each drop set with four round brilliant cut diamonds, on posts for pierced ears, TDW 1.08ct. Valuations available.
Drawn by John Eyre (b.1771 - ) engraved by John Heaviside Clarke (1770 -1863)
‘View of Sydney from the West Side of the Cove’ [No.1 and No.2] and ‘View of Sydney from the East Side of the Cove’ [No.1 and No.2], four aquatint engravings, joined as intended in pairs of sheets forming two panoramic views. Published by June 4, 1810 by John Booth, Duke Street, Portland Place, London. Each 335 x 990mm (excluding titles). The rare engravings form a complete panorama of Sydney, the first to be published in England. Eyre was convicted of housebreaking in England in 1799 and sentenced to transportation to Australia for seven years, he arrived in late 1801 and subsequently pardoned in 1804. Soon after he provided paintings from which these works were engraved to fellow pardoned convict David Dickinson Mann who published them in ‘Present Picture of New South Wales’ (London, 1811). The original watercolours, c.1806, for these views are now held in the Dixson Galleries of the State Library of NSW. Later chromolithographic reproductions of the engravings were made and published by Dymock in 1884.
An 18ct gold Patek Philippe open face pocket watch
the white enamel dial with Roman numerals and subsidiary second dial, ultra-thin, keyless wind, with Patek Philippe Archive certificate. Total 65.5gm.
George Frederic Watts (1817-1904)
Untitled figure study, oil on board. 345 x 270. Labelled to the reverse 'From the G.F. Watts Museum Sale, Sotheby's, Belgravia 1982. Lot 38', with other written detail and assorted numbers.
A collection of 17 old mainly Chinese coins
includes: Szechuan dollar (1912), Year 1, 1934 dollar, Sinkiang Sar ND Y7, Sinking 5 Miscals. Y6, etc., each in a plastic sleeve, many ex. Auckland Coin & Bullion Exchange Ltd. Provenance: Private Estate Collection.
a good wax resist blossom branch pot, press moulded stoneware, the saturated iron underglaze with wax resist blossom decoration and rutile overglaze, impressed potter's mark to base. 315 x 170 x 365. Provenance: Purchased directly from the potter in Titirangi, c. mid/late 1960s. the vendor recalls the kiln having just been opened.
An 18ct white gold multi-diamond tennis bracelet
each rectangular link with a combination of two modern brilliant cut diamonds and two baguette cut diamonds, TDW 3.42cts, push-in clasp with safety clasps. Valuation available.
A hare's fur glaze tea bowl
A pair of Victorian 15ct. rose and yellow gold tassel earrings
the sectional bodies highlighted with black enamel, hooks for pierced ears, each with multiple tassel chains terminating in small balls.
A large and fine quality Iranian Kashan carpet
the field decorated with lotus flowers and tendrils on a plum red ground, framed by a lotus meander border between narrow guards, signed in the border and attributed to the Sheikh Boorangi Factory. 3500 x 2500mm.
An exceptional natural yellow sapphire dress ring
the mixed cut rectangular cushion form gemstone of 8.80ct. in handmade 18ct. yellow gold rub-over mount held above the wide plain flared band. Valuation available.
James Cook 'Chart of New Zealand...'
rare original 1772 engraving by John Bayly from the official first edition Hawkesworth publication of Cook's Voyage. hand coloured in outline. 490 x 380mm. The first complete coastline chart of all New Zealand, showing the track of the Endeavour with dates and soundings. Although discovered by Tasman in 1642 it was Cook who discovered New Zealand was not part of the 'Terra Australis'. Cook took six months to circumnavigate the islands. Sailing east of Banks Peninsula he mistook it for an island, Stewart Island is marked as a peninsula.
An 18ct white gold emerald and diamond ring
the 0.93ct emerald cut emerald claw set and surrounded by 30 round brilliant cut diamonds, TDW 0.42ct. Gemologist report available.
A pounamu adze blade
quadrangular tapering shape with lapidary scarfs to each side. [Ex Athol Webster Collection #1592. Sold at auction c.1997 Sloane's Wellington lot 99 Miet Collection]. L.116mm. Provenance: Private Estate Collection. Registered Y8806.