A pounamu boulder
360 x 360 x 140mm

Realised: $955


Ngaire Hart


A massive Giant Clam shell (Tridacna)
with dramatically ruffled shape. W.580mm.

Realised: $1,400


Two large conch shells
the tallest H.215mm.

Realised: $220


Four seashells
including Giant Clam, helmet shell and two others.

Realised: $150


A collection of tiger cowrie and other shells

Realised: $130


A Maori folk art box
dark stained timber, carved to the hinged lid with two figures in relief from a background of notch and lineal surface carving, further surface carving decorates the sides and profile wheku heads to the front panel. 200 x 115 x 80mm.

Realised: $750


A Maori folk art box
dark stained timber, carved to the inset lid with a koruru mask in high relief, wheku faces and profiles decorate the sides. 190 x 120 x 85mm.

Realised: $750


A Maori folk art box
carved to the lid with a tree fern and inset with paua, rauponga patterns decorate the sides and kiwis to the ends. 185 x 115 x 100mm. Contains assorted military, school and other institutions' badges, coins, etc.

Realised: $420


A Maori folk art box
natural and painted timber, carved to the lid with a tiki figure in high relief, koru designs decorate the sides. 200 x 115 x 145mm.

Realised: $360


A Maori folk art cigarette box
stained timber; carved to front with a koruru mask, the sides, back, pitched gable top and pedestal base with notch and lineal surface carving; the drop down back reveals cavities for ten cigarettes. 120 x 80 x 135mm.

Realised: $300


A pair of Maori folk art bookends
dark stained wood, carved as wheku heads with inset paua eyes; simple tiki incised to the base plates. 170 x 115 x 85mm.

Realised: $300


A paua shell ashtray
set within a carved Maori mask. H.150mm

Realised: $150


A kauri pokerwork trinket box
decorated with titoki fruit and leaves, the hinged lid interior with penwork sketch of a landscape with whare and figure. 250 x 145 x 70mm.

Realised: $120


A native timber folk art carving of a fantail on a log
finely worked, one wing end chipped, on a solid totara log section. L.150mm

Realised: $340


Three early 20thC turned kauri foundry moulds for spirit bottles
various impressed marks to the base of each. Tallest H.296mm.

Realised: $320


A wooden foundry mould
for a campana urn interior and rim. 260 x 260 x 270mm.

Realised: $150


A small turned burr totara barrel
with press fit lid. H.90mm.

Realised: $140


Two early 20thC burr totara turned items
a pedestal base goblet and a trumpet form vase. H.135 and 170mm.

Realised: $120


A burr totara turned comport
Dia.240, H.1295mm

Realised: $260


A turned figured kauri comport
with panels of figured timbers decorating the walls. Dia.260, H.200mm.

Realised: $300


An early 20thC Maori carved kauri pedestal bowl
the exterior carved with koruru masks and kowhaiwhai-like designs, original paua inserts and dark stained finish, Rotorua school. Dia.195mm.

Realised: $440


A mid-20thC Maori decorated wide circular bowl
the curving outer edge pokerworked with tikis and koru type forms, painted highlights, raised on three spike form feet, unsigned. In the manner of Jane Brenkley. Dia.305mm.

Realised: $350


An early 20thC Maori carved cribbage board
highlighted with Maori carved double masks and traditional designs, paua inserts. Good old patina. L.142mm.

Realised: $190


A late 19thC inlaid kauri cribbage box
the hinged lid inlaid with various native timbers, ebonised trim detail, the interior with original pegs. L.265mm.

Realised: $130


A card box and a cigarette box decorated with Maori motifs
and three egg cups painted with NZ flowers.

Realised: $190


A c.1970 Maori carved box
the hinged lid with stylised mask, forked tongue, carved side panels. 210 x 140 x 65mm. Containing various rock and shell specimens and label Chatham Island Moriori.

Realised: $300


An early 20thC Maori carved model whare shaped box
the hinged roof as the lid, figured posts to the front. Some borer. 185 x 205 x 175mm.

Realised: $550


A painted shell in the manner of John Philemon Backhouse
- a view of a lake, whare and figures, oil on black-lipped oyster-pearl shell, unsigned. 220 x 190mm.

Realised: $480


A painted shell in the manner of John Philemon Backhouse
'Ruapehu, Tongariro, lake Taupo, New Zealand' - a view of a war canoes and a marae, oil on black-lipped oyster-pearl shell, unsigned, titled. 180 x 175mm.

Realised: $1,300


A Maori folk art carved smoker's stand
the top inset with a paua ashtray in block mount with wheku head carvings raised on carved column from a circular foot. H.610mm.

Realised: $240


A unique kauri gum constructed watch and chain display stand
a shield shape raised on a column base and circular spreading foot. Some losses. H.225mm.

Realised: $300


A c.1900 carved kauri gum bust of a Maori chief
wearing a cloak, a patu held to his chest, painted moko and hair. H.130mm.

Realised: $360


A c.1900 kauri gum sculpture
the chair form with heart back above a flower head. H.110mm

Realised: $220


A c.1900 carved kauri gum bust of a Maori chief
heat slumped, dark finish. H.80mm.

Realised: $100


A c.1900 carved kauri gum bust of a Maori chieftainess
wearing a cloak, painted moko, hair and other features. H.130mm.

Realised: $200


Two vintage Maori carved pipes
the bowls with wheku heads.

Realised: $240


A vintage Maori carved pipe
the bowls with wheku head.

Realised: $170


A pair of vintage Maori carved figures
the crouching man with a taiaha, the kneeling woman with a patu, finely detailed and painted highlights. H.245 and 215mm.

Realised: $660


A Maori folk art carved wooden portrait bust of a man
wall hanging, three-quarter profile, with incised moko and wearing a single huia feather. H.220mm.

Realised: $560


A large gourd carved with Maori kowhaiwhai inspired designs

Realised: $150


A Maori folk art carved mahogany shield
with central rondel of four double koru motifs framed by two manaia heads above and two manaia figures below surface carved with notch and lineal pattern. The shield border of tiered scalloped pattern. 330 x 230mm

Realised: $320


A 1970s Maori carved wall plaque by Norm Clark (1942-2016)
as a two-headed (Taniwha) stylised figure, paua inset eyes, detailed to the reverse 'NTA Clark and dated '76. H.410mm.

Realised: $280


A 'Rangatira Souvenir' poutokomanawa carving
Rotorua, c.1980s. H.520mm

Realised: $200


A Maori souvenir carved waka paddle
the blade in low relief with a tiki figure above a wheku head, the terminal knob as an elongated wheku head. L.1130mm.

Realised: $370


A leather handbag decoratively carved with Maori motifs
vinyl lined and plaited thong edging. W.350mm

Realised: $440


A resin cast Maori design table lamp base with kowhaiwhai pattern shade
(excl shade) H.430mm; and a resin cast 'Kuia' by Allen Davey.

Realised: $325


An uncommon vintage Pitcairn Island miro wood handled basket
oval with scalloped rim; engraved floral and punched decoration, stamped 'Souvenir from Pitcairn Island, Made by Christie Warren...’ L.225mm.

Realised: $1,600


A rare Pitcairn Island souvenir wooden wheelbarrow
incised underneath Jacob Warren, Pitcairn Island'. L.360mm.

Estimate: $200 - $300


A vintage Pitcairn Island book form box
the front detailed with an outline of the island and 'This box is made by Vernon Young as a souvenir from Pitcairn Island, who is a descendant of Edward Young of HMS Bounty, With Love'. 200 x 130 x 50mm.

Realised: $150


A Pitcairn Island carved wood flying fish
made by Thornton Christian, on slender column stand. L.380mm.

Realised: $340


A vintage flying fish 'Souvenir from Pitcairn Island'
impressed to wing 'Home of the Mutineers...' and 'Made by Lance Christian...'. L.400mm.

Realised: $600


A vintage flying fish 'Souvenir from Pitcairn Island'
detailed to wing 'Made by Sam Young'. L.330mm.

Realised: $400


A vintage Pitcairn Island carved tou wood hand vase

Realised: $170


Three uncommon Pitcairn Island souvenir paintings on pearl shells
two large, one small painted with flowers; along with a twist (hank) of tobacco leaf.

Realised: $120


A carved tou wood Pitcairn Island souvenir turtle
with inlaid eyes.

Realised: $160


Two Pitcairn Island clasped hand walking sticks
both with punched island name.

Realised: $240


My first ever contact with the work of Jane Brenkley was a visit to the Gunson Street studio Tony Fomison in the mid-1970s. There, right next to the main studio easel was a delightful carved and painted occasional table, the repository for the artist's key life support systems. That table was the work of self-taught artist Jane Brenkley found and purchased by Fomison in what he called ''The Golden Age of Flea Markets''. . After Fomison’s death in 1990 the table was used in an important survey of New Zealand folk art entitled ‘NOT BAD EH! along with some other Brenkley works that were exhibited at various institutions around the North Island including the Dowse Art Museum, the Rotorua Museum of Art and History and the Auckland Museum. A successful solo exhibition of her work was held at the at the Hawkes Bay Art Gallery and Museum near the end of last century. Jane Brenkley was a stand out woman artist about whom little was known in metropolitan art circles, but in the lower eastern side of the North Island she was quite well known and was held in high esteem. That a collection of this magnitude should come on to the market in one auction event should register around 8.5 on the cultural Richter scale... That Ngaire Hart has amassed this large and extensive collection of this unique woman artist's work is testimony to her zealous approach as a collector who had clear vision and foresight to collect for her pleasure and enjoyment the unique work of Jane Brenkley. With the recent passing of Ngaire Hart this mammoth collection is now to be spread far and wide for a much larger audience of public institutions and private collectors to savour and enjoy. John Perry Former Director of the Rotorua Museum of Art and History. LOT 57: AN EARLY JANE BRENKLEY FOLK ART DIORAMA, depicting a Maori hillside pa with warrior figures behind figural palisades and standing on an elevated platform hailing two figures standing below in a waka; with painted whares and figures in the background. Beech bentwood case with glazed sloping front. Signed and dated 1939. 320 x 420 x 280mm. The arched diorama, dated 1939, is one of the finest pieces by Brenkley to be offered at auction. The glass fronted display is in excellent condition and shows a Maori pa complete with whares, elaborate protective palisades and an approaching canoe whose figures appear to be friend and not foe. The interior of the diorama contains over twenty-five individually carved and painted figures and buildings. Brenkley was a noted exhibitor at the New Zealand Centennial Exhibition which ran from November 1939 to April 1940 and an item of this detail and ambition quite likely traces its provenance to this important cultural event.

Realised: $3,600


A Jane Brenkley carved Maori folk art design pedestal side table
the rectangular top with a women, man and two dogs to the foreground, a lake with waka and background with whare and further figure beyond; raised on upon a figural column from a stepped base. Signed, c.1940s. Good original stained and painted colours. 540 x 355 x 585mm.

Realised: $3,700


A Jane Brenkley carved 'Friendship' box
the hinged lid and walls carved with lizards on a background of Maori inspired motifs and tree boughs, partial painted and stained finish and paua inlaid eyes, the interior with epithet and inscription 'To Alan from Ma, October 7th 1964'. (Alan Burnett Brenkley 1911-2011), 480 x 220 x 170mm

Realised: $1,200


A rare Jane Brenkley diorama of a Maori marae
with an intricately carved whare whakairo fascia forming the backdrop, eight figures and three dogs positioned before it along with a pataka and waka, flanked by trees in the foreground. 630 x 420 x 380mm.

Realised: $2,600


An impressive Jane Brenkley Maori carved box
the lid uncommonly carved and painted with possum and stylised tuatara forms on a Maori mask and carved ground, the front with central stylised mask flanked by spiral forms, conforming sides and back, all with elaborate paua inserts; the lid interior pokerworked and painted with a lakeside cottage and epithet: 'May Your Heart Be Ever Happy..., Jane Brenkley 1954', the interior with decoupage cut-outs of young women on a wallpaper ground. Hinges require attention. 510 x 215 x 135mm.

Realised: $1,300


An uncommon Jane Brenkley pipe rack
carved in high relief with a fantail amongst a leafy background, picked out in oil paints and gilt. H.365mm. Provenance: Gifted by Jane Brenkley (nee Hopkins) to her brother, our previous vendor's grandfather.

Realised: $440


A Jane Brenkley carved wood 'wakahuia'
the hinged lid and sides carved with tuatara, naive Maori masks to either end, remnant colour staining; the interior with pokerwork landscape, epithets, signature and date 1957. 340 x 95 x 90mm.

Realised: $610


A Jane Brenkley Maori figure-based table lamp
the man performing a haka standing before a poutokomanawa that forms the lamp stem. Incl shade H.490mm.

Realised: $1,000


A Jane Brenkley carved wood 'wakahuia'
of elongated form tapering at the ends, the hinged lid carved with lizards and naive Maori masks to either end; the sides carved with further masks and notch designs; colour stained and painted; the interior with pokerwork coastal landscape, epithets, signature and date 1951. 695 x 85 x 85mm excluding plinth feet.

Realised: $2,200


A Jane Brenkley carved wood 'Friendship' box
the hinged lid and walls carved with pansies with painted and stained finish, the interior with pokerwork landscape and epithets, dated 1948. 440 x 195 x 100mm.

Realised: $600


A Jane Brenkley Maori decorated circular lidded box
the removable lid carved with a tiki figure framed by spirals, taniwha and other stylised figures to the sides, paua inserts. Signed and dated 1945 to the base. Small chip repair to rim. Dia.225mm

Realised: $800


A pair of Jane Brenkley turned vases
inverse baluster form, carved and painted with tuis in kowhai trees, signed and dated 1943. H.280mm.

Realised: $600


An Jane Brenkley Maori decorated 'Friendship' box
the hinged lid and sides carved deeply with Maori inspired tiki and manaia with cats-eyes inlaid to the eyes and elsewhere as highlights. Remnant colour staining to protruding tongues. A marae landscape poker-worked inside the lid and the epithet 'My Heart's in Maoriland Today, Remembering Loved Ones Far Away, and Though Between Us Rolls the Sea, Kia Ora Is My Wish to Thee', signed and dated 1958. 360 x 290 x 200mm.

Realised: $1,200


A Jane Brenkley panel portrait of a Maori chief
relief carved with ink and painted details, signed on reverse. 280 x 180mm

Realised: $500


A Jane Brenkley kauri panel portrait of a Maori woman and child
relief carved with ink and painted details. Marked 15/- (15 shillings) to back. 330 x 235mm.

Realised: $700


A Jane Brenkley folk art carved Maori design pedestal side table
the rectangular top with a woman, man and dog to the foreground, a lake with waka and background with whare and further figures beyond; raised on upon a figural column from a stepped base. Signed and dated 1942. Strong stained and painted colours. 510 x 335 x 560mm.

Realised: $4,500


A large Jane Brenkley carved 'Friendship' box
the hinged lid and walls carved with roses with colour staining and paint, the interior with pokerwork landscape and epithets, signed and dated 1952'. 500 x 285 x 210mm.

Realised: $700


A Jane Brenkley carved and painted portrait bust of a young Maori man
in three quarter profile with moko detail, original finishes, chip to edge of collar. H.245mm. Provenance: By family descent. Gifted by Jane Brenkley (nee Hopkins) to her brother, our previous vendor's grandfather.

Realised: $600


A Jane Brenkley decorated small box
the colonial landscapes with waka and whare, Maori carved designs to the borders, conforming decorated interior, signed and dated 1944. 127 x 127 x 77mm.

Realised: $460


A Jane Brenkley Maori decorated flat circular box
the lid with stylised Maori mask framed by carved panels, five lizards (tuatara) decorate the outer body. Carved and pokerworked. Signed and dated 1945 to the base. Dia.288mm, H.95mm

Realised: $1,000


A Jane Brenkley pedestal bowl
garden decorated interior, roses deeply carved to the rim. Dia.230mm, H.200mm.

Realised: $350


A Jane Brenkley decorated box
the lid and sides carved, pokerworked and painted with native flowers including clematis, kaka beak, kowhai etc., the lid interior with a scene probably Lake Rotorua and Mokoia Island, signed and dated 1944. 315 x 210 x 140mm. Various found objects, rocks etc. inside.

Realised: $750


A Jane Brenkley Maori decorated box
the removable lid with carved and painted lakeside whare, figures, dogs and waka, conforming scenes to all sides, the interior lid with a tui beside a lake, signed and dated 1943. 275 x 140 x 118mm.

Realised: $1,000


A Jane Brenkley Maori carved box
extensively carved, pokerworked, painted and highlighted with paua and cat's eyes, the hinged lid with three stylised tiki forms, the interior with lake scene and Maori figures inscribed "Though Loving Thoughts Are Left Unsaid Too Often Through The Year, Each Day You're Thought Of Lovingly And Proudly, Mother Dear!", signed and dated 1954. Raised on two bar form feet. 330 x 225 x 130mm.

Realised: $1,200


Jane Brenkley signed and dated 1945 small Maori decorated box
the lid with tiki mask, lake scene interior, Maori carved designs to the body, two bar form feet.

Realised: $450


Bryan McCurrach (b.1936)
relief carved kauri panel of Chief Te Hira Kawau, signed, titled and dated 1965 verso. The panel with a vertical split. 640 x 1215mm.

Realised: $700


A woven tukutuku panel
by Peter Coatsworth in poutama design. Carved frame. 540 x 760mm

Realised: $1,305


A woven tukutuku panel
with a decorative hand club and weaving technique samples affixed. 990 x 665mm

Realised: $300


A Lindauer print of chief Eruera Maihi Patuone
in framed carved with kowhaiwhai style details. Overall 690 x 585mm.

Realised: $600


A hand coloured litho from C.D. Barraud's New Zealand Graphic and Descriptive
1877, 'Te Raku/Whata/Te Rangatira...' 14 vignettes on one plate. 415 x 295mm.

Realised: $100


A coloured map of New Zealand by J. Rapkin
with hand coloured vignettes, from Tallis' Atlas, 380 x 280mm.

Realised: $260


A vintage chromolithograph of the Maori chief Te Heuheu V
after a painting by Wilhelm Dittmer. c.1905. 440 x 340mm

Realised: $248


A vintage chromolithograph 'The Keeper of Pakikaure'
after a painting by Wilhelm Dittmer. c.1905. 500 x 365mm

Realised: $120


C. Troughton Clark (1890-1979) attributed
Maori woman with pipe, photographic print. 235 x 150mm.

Realised: $160


F E Stewart; photographer
Tour group and Guide standing before a wharenui, c.1900-1920; blind embossed photographer's studio stamp, Rotorua on mount. 105 x 145mm.

Realised: $100


A Burton Brothers photograph
3581 'Taumaranui - King Country'. 135 x 190mm

Realised: $380


A Burton Brothers photograph
3595 'Ani - Taumaranui - King Country'. 195 x 145mm

Realised: $200


A hand coloured photograph of a Maori woman
inscribed Diamond Harb(our) St(u)d(io). 365 x 290mm.

Realised: $170


An antique book by George French Angas 'Polynesia; a popular description...'
pub SPCK, c.1866. duodecimo, xii, 436, fold out map to front, blue calf boards.

Realised: $148


A vintage framed lithograph
'The Latest Scandal!', in oak frame. 355 x 505mm.

Realised: $170


A set of eight Maori portrait carbonette photograph postcards
mounted in single frame. 705 x 170mm

Realised: $170


An etching by Trevor Lloyd (1863-1937)
'Be It Ever So Humble', signed and titled. 100 x 200mm.

Realised: $850


An etching by Archibald Stuart Peterson (1900-76)
'Poi Dancers', 1/4 2nd state. 100 x 270mm.

Realised: $160