An extinct adult little bush moa skeleton display
the near complete moa (Anomalopteryx didiformis) skeleton principally from the one bird found c.1969/1970 on a private farm, in Hill Top Cave, Oparure, South Waitomo by our vendor. A couple of years later a quarry license was issued and the spoil infilled into the cave. Some minor restoration. Mounted on a steel rod with number 8 and fine wire support. H.900mm. This skeleton was on display in the Waitomo Museum from c.1972 for a number of years. Note: The little bush moa was the smallest moa species, occurring in forest throughout the North and South Islands. Slender with relatively long legs, it inhabited dense forest and shrubland. Little bush moa lived in wet rainforests and were probably preyed on by both Haast's eagle (South Island only) and Eyles' harrier.
A lock of hair cut off the Emperor Napoleon's head after his death at St. Helena
kept within an original folded 19thC note. The note inscribed in manuscript: 'aged 52. Lock of hair cut off the Emperor Napoleon's head after his death at St. Helena & given to Mrs. Grimstone by Mons. Novarre (sic) - June 20th, 1823.' Provenance: The Estate Collection of Derek Blackler, a noted Christchurch antique dealer, was reported in a 2017 NZ House & Garden article '…his favourite item at the moment is a lock of Napoleon's hair'. Purchased from the estate auction of the contents of Blackler’s shop, Portobello Antiques. Blackler had recorded information regarding the lock on his blogspot [http://portobelloantiques.blogspot.com/2010/01/lock-of-hair-from-head-of-napoleon-with.html] The Monsieur Novarre referred to is Jean-Abram Noverraz (1790-1849) a Swiss born footman in the service of the Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte in 1809, later valet, cabinet courier and his confident. He accompanied the Emperor on his exile to the island of St-Helena and was present at his death. Noverraz is known to have shaved Napoleons head after his death prior to a cast of his head being taken to produce his death mask. Noverraz was reportedly in possession of some of Napoleons hair as late as 1838, an authenticated lock of Napoleon’s hair (the “Noverraz” lock) was used in a 2000 forensic examination to determine whether Napoleon had been poisoned prior to his death- http://www.napoleonicsociety.com/english/dossierdepresseangl.htm
'Song Cycle - A Wind Goes', acrylic on canvas, title inscribed on canvas verso, title inscribed, signed and dated 1975 on stretcher verso, 1200 x 450mm. Note: Bill Manhire's poem written out in Hotere's hand on label affixed verso 'The Wind (II) A wind goes out over the fields. A shadow grows where I touch you. What is this distance? Whose hand is quietly waving?'. Canvas tear towards the lower right corner. Sold Webb's 8/4/2003. This work reflects the five large banners Hotere made in 1975 as part of the stage design for a performance at Sound Movement Theatre's production of 'Song Cycle' in Dunedin. Bill Manhire’s poetry inspired the dance and banner design. The arts writer Gregory O'Brien noted 'the banners are Hotere's most explicit statement about the relationship between art forms- in this case visual art, poetry, music and dance.’
An 18ct white gold sapphire and diamond ring
the 15.39ct cushion cut medium blue sapphire claw set and surrounded by twenty round brilliant cut diamonds, TDW 0.92ct. Gemologist report available.
An impressive Edwardian Belle Epoque period platinum sapphire and diamond ring
the round mixed cut quality 3.50ct violet blue tone sapphire framed by eight old brilliant cut bead set diamonds, in a pierced broad curving oval mount with fine bead borders. Claws rebuilt. TDW 0.72ct. Valuation available.
A c.1900 museum quality large and impressive Japanese ivory ornately carved tusk section
the all-over decoration of a busy market scene with multiple figures, various stall sellers, buildings and trees, highlighted in deep relief, wide flat top rim, the base fitted to a carved hardwood stand raised on four scroll legs. The Asian elephant tusk section measuring 175 x 140 x 390mm. Provenance: This lot sold previously by Cordy's came from the estate collection of the late Mr Charles Cox (passed away 1992), an Auckland businessman who collected through his entire life, after collecting European porcelain, he then developed an interest in Oriental items. He purchased throughout New Zealand with 'many items purchased from Cordy's auctions', the majority of his collection was gathered through the 1960s and 1970s. His family note that his collecting was an all-consuming passion
Alexis Hunter (1948-2014)
'The Spirit of London', oil on canvas, signed, titled and dated verso. 1150 x 1250mm
A pair of 14ct white gold and diamond stud earrings
each earring set with a 1.11ct round brilliant cut diamond, posts for pierced ears, TDW 2.23ct. Gemologist report available.
A 14ct gold and 2.51ct diamond solitaire ring
the 2.51ct round brilliant cut diamond claw set. Gemologist report available.
A 14ct gold and diamond trilogy ring
three round brilliant cut champagne diamonds claw set, each surrounded by a halo of small round brilliant cut diamonds, TDW 3.14ct. Gemologist report available.
A large and very impressive taxidermy moose head
the shoulder mount with full antlers. Some minor old repair. Depth from wall to forward antler 1400mm.
A pair of 14ct rose gold diamond stud earrings
each earring set with a 1.84ct round brilliant cut diamond claw set and surrounded by fourteen smaller round brilliant cut diamonds, TDW 4.52ct. Gemologist report available.
A South Sea pearl necklace
a single strand of thirty-three 12-15mm golden South Sea pearls, the 14ct white gold ball clasp set with eighteen small diamonds, TDW 0.09ct. Gemologist report available.
A 14ct gold aquamarine and diamond ring
the 7.64ct cushion cut aquamarine claw set and surrounded by thirty-four round brilliant cut diamonds, TDW 0.36ct. Gemologist report available.
A part Royal Copenhagen service
in the Blue Fluted Lace pattern, consisting of one large coffee pot, one smaller coffee pot, a one person teapot and stand, two lidded sugar bowls, six demitasse cups and saucers, four small teacups and saucers, eight medium teacups and saucers, four large teacups and saucers, a tea caddy, a lidded canister, three luncheon plates, eleven side plates, eleven smaller side plates, six dessert bowls and a fancy two-handled plate.
Untitled coastal landscape, oil on board, signed. 480 x 610mm in artist enhanced frame.
A large stag's horn coral head
overall domed form with multiple branches, bleached. Dia.380mm approx., H.70mm.
A 14ct yellow gold aquamarine and diamond ring
the 11.26ct rectangular cushion cut aquamarine claw set with a 0.35ct round brilliant cut diamond set to each shoulder, TDW 0.70ct. Gemologist report available.
A 14ct white gold tanzanite and diamond trilogy ring
three oval cut vivid violet blue tanzanites claw set, each surrounded by a halo of small round brilliant cut diamonds, TTW 10.09ct, TDW 0.52ct. Gemologist report available.
A 19thC Chinese decorative large silver mug
double-skin construction with glass base, all-over relief decorated with warriors, some on horseback, others bearing flags with various inscribed calligraphy, engaged in battle before a fort; the handle formed as a sinuous dragon. A raised shield to the front engraved: 'Presented to Capt. Gaby by the officers of the P&O Comy's S.Ship Azof, Jany. 1861'. Stamped twice to the base 'Leeching' [Canton, Hong Kong and Shanghai c1840-c.1870] H.140mm, total 487gm.