Michael Duncan Smither (b.1939)
'Angel with a dark heart', oil on board, initialled and dated '89, titled verso. Original rimu frame with colour wash. Provenance: Private Collection, Wellington; with Cordy's 2006; Private Collection. 'After the unsettled years of living in Wellington, Puponga and Christchurch with occasional visits back to his land and caravan on the western foothills of Mt. Taranaki, Smither returned to his mountain studio in 1988. "From looking so intensely at the sky, I came up with the simple idea of clouds holding the archetypal blueprint for everything. Anything I wanted to see, I saw in the clouds themselves. If you see the planet as a living thing, according to the Gaia principal, then the clouds are the brain that circles the planet".' [page 211] Smither, Michael; Gribben, Trish in "Michael Smither Painter", published by Ron Sang Publications, China, 2004.
A highly decorative 18th/19thC French ormolu chandelier
sixteen scrolling light branches in the form of leaves, the candle sconces as the flowers, conforming leaves and flowers entwine the central column. 900 x 1200mm. Reputedly from the historic Château de Chambray in Normandy, before it’s gifting to the French state in 1940.
A Bvlgari 18ct white gold and diamond bracelet
the 'Lucea' articulated bracelet comprised of alternating diamond set and cone-shaped links, push clasp, etched Bvlgari mark to clasp, TDW 1.40ct (Colour G, Clarity VS1-VS2). Valuation available.
REGENCY ROSEWOOD BOOKCASE L. 1755 H. 1415MM
CATALOGUE CORRECTION: Should read Regency rather than Biedermeier. A 19thC rosewood Biedermeier bookcase, the back with one shelf supported by three scrolling uprights, four open shelves and three half columns, raised on turned feet. 1760 x 280 x 1450mm.
A platinum and diamond bracelet
nineteen marquise cut diamonds, (Colour F/J, Clarity VS2-S2), claw set and surrounded by round brilliant cut diamonds, TDW 5.05ct, push clasp with safety catch. Valuation available.
An estate 18ct gold and diamond solitaire ring
the 1.01ct round modern brilliant cut diamond claw set with upright shoulders, Colour I, Clarity Internally Flawless. Diamond report and valuation available.
A Chinese bronze censer
the shallow bowl with everted rim raised on three elephant head legs, two conforming handles. Finely hand engraved with an encircling band of pairs of qiulong on a square fret ground. Engraved seal mark to base. Old patina. Dia.210mm. H.95mm.
A 19thC Chinese porcelain famille rose punch bowl
made for the Persia market, with two cartouches to the exterior inscribed in gilt with Persian calligraphy incorporating the Hijri date 1297 (1880 Gregorian calendar). Provenance: By bequest. Our vendor's grandfather was based in Iran, as the chief accountant for the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company (the predecessor of BP Oil), from the early 1920's through to the 1940s. Our vendor’s mother, was sent to New Zealand to attend boarding school, joining other family already in the country. See accompanying manuscript note: “Bowl & Platter Bought By My Mother in Iran apx 1942 at Shah’s Palace Sale” In 1941 Reza Shah Pahlavi (1878 - 1944) Shah of Iran (Persia), the monarch who founded the Pahlavi dynasty was forced by the invading British to abdicate in favour of his son. He was exiled and died three years later in South Africa.
An Edwardian silver cutlery canteen
fiddle pattern, 12 place, 57-piece setting, Sheffield 1905 by Walker & Hall. In oak two tier case. 3092gm. With 'bone' handled dinner knives (12) and luncheon knives (6)
A Georgian mahogany library table
one piece top, three drawers and slide to one side, central drawer, two false drawers to other side, each end with a false drawer, raised on square section legs with substantial wood and brass casters. (Requires minor attention). 1370 x 740 x 740mm.
A fine Nain 'exhibition' carpet
hand knotted wool and silk pile, decorated with a hunting/garden scene. 7'9 x4'11" (150 x 231cm). With certificate detailing purchase by the South African carpet dealer Ludwig (Ludy) Gosenhauser in Teheran in 1965 and sale the same year to our client.
A pair of 18ct gold and diamond huggie earrings
a cluster of twenty-two early brilliant and old European cut diamonds suspended from a diamond set huggie fitting for pierced ears, TDW 3.04ct. Valuation available.
A superb old Qum hand knotted carpet
silk pile on silk weft and warp, the filed decorated with small lozenge geometric patterned motifs, in soft madder and old ivory tones. 4'7" x 6'4" (140 x 192cm). Purchased by our vendor in the 1970s in South Africa.
A very good quality semi-antique Iranian Feraghan carpet
hand knotted, closely cropped sculpted wool and silk pile on silk weft and warp. Herati pattern decorated. 7'1" x 4'9" (236 x 140cm). With certificate detailing purchase from the South African top rare carpet dealer Isfahan (Pty) Ltd. Joseph Shamoon in 1972.
A good pair of 18thC miniature portraits of a man and wife
on ivory, oval images together in one ebonized papier maché frame, with gilt metal leaf and chain hanger. Bequest inscription dated 1831 to reverse 125 x 105mm.
Keith Murray for Wedgwood large blue glaze vase
multiple concave bands to the spherical body, printed KM circular mark. H.233mm.
Attributed to Solomon Joseph Solomon RA. (UK 1860-1927)
Portrait of a young woman, oil on canvas (relined), monogrammed lower right, inscribed verso on frame 'tm.SJ Solomon'. 540 x 435mm
A good large Victorian carved gilt wood framed wall mirror
decorative repeating floral band. 1200 x 1460mm.
A large Persian hand knotted carpet
the field decorated with floral motifs, palmettes and leafy tendrils on a blue ground. 265 x 392cm
An early 18th century Georgian walnut chest on later stand
six drawers on a three-drawer stand, oak lined, cross banded top with four panel quartered veneer, each drawer feather banded, fine brass handles with engraved backplates and matching escutcheons, double moulding between drawers, shaped apron and raised on substantial cabriolet legs 1060 x 580 x 1330mm.