Cordys

Our renowned monthly, market leading auctions include a wide range of periods and styles from antiquities and antiques through to mid-century design.European, English and NZ colonial furnishings accompany the broadest range of collectables, silver, ceramics and decorator’s items curated and catalogued by the leading team of experts in the country. Under this section we offer miscellanea, cameras, glass, Modern Movement, boxes, walking sticks, cameras, costume, ephemera, studio pottery and all manner of items.


B02-0060

An impressive large carved oval presentation tray
most probably Dieppe, third quarter 19th century. Carved in highly detailed relief with over 90 individual characters and animals. The central cartouche depicting a tented medieval market scene with numerous purveyors and customers engaged in lively transactions; strips of veneer radiate from the cartouche to a border of six panels carved with representations of folk involved in strolling, revelry, pastimes, dance, entertainment and belligerence, each panel separated by a neo-classical symbolic figure. 660 x 550mm

Realised: $33,000

C007-0214

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

Realised: $21,500

C006-0539

A pair of large and impressive 19thC/20thC Continental urns
hand painted with neo-classical romantic country scenes in the Angelica Kauffman style, the base, column, top and lid decorated with wild flowers on a cream ground with maroon, blue and gilt embellishment, all set within a highly ornate ormolu frame, pineapple knop to lid. 800 x 1750mm.

Realised: $12,000

B06-0816

Two rare early 20thC Carlo Bugatti (1856-1940) Orientalist salon chairs
displaying Moorish influences, ebonised walnut frames with incised Eastern designs. The original (goat skin) parchment upholstery hand painted with gestural restrained floral designs and eastern calligraphic script framed by hand embossed geometric star form copper plaques. W.370mm x D. 510mm x H.1110mm. Note: Carlo Bugatti is world renowned as an Italian decorator, designer and manufacturer of Art Nouveau furniture. A specialist in interior decoration, Carlo studied firstly at the Brera Academy in Milan, and subsequently, from 1875, at the Académie des Beaux Arts in Paris. In 1880 he started to manufacture furniture in Milan, later transferring to France. From 1888 he began to be successful beyond Italy.

Realised: $10,000

C008-0398

A pair of massive Victorian Italianate cast iron architectural finials
these finials were two of twelve that surmounted one of the Auckland Gasworks Company gasometers (coal gas holding tanks) constructed in the late 19thC at the bottom of Franklin Road, Freemans Bay and subsequently demolished in the 1970s. Dia.800mm, H.2300mm. See https://tinyurl.com/IPENZ-Auck-EngineeringHeritage

Realised: $9,500

C008-0006

Impressive large dark green 48kg pounamu boulder
river worn with full polished top, pale flecked inclusions. 580 x 300 x 200mm.

Realised: $6,500

C003-0523

A 19thC country oak refectory extension dining table
plank top, clenched ends with draw leaf extensions, chamfered square section legs, attractive aged patina. 3410 x 900 x 760mm.

Realised: $6,500

C003-0514

A Victorian mahogany two-stage campaign chest
two half drawers over three full width drawers, cast iron handles to each half, brass corners and recessed brass handles, raised on turned feet, maker's name S. W. Silver & Co., London to brass drawer handles. 990 x 480 x 1065.

Realised: $6,500

C006-0505

A mahogany banqueting extension Regency style dining table and sixteen Hepplewhite style chairs
on three pedestals with quadruped bases, two D-ends and two extra leaves, extends to 4650 x 1375 x 765mm. The chairs with hooped, pierced and waisted splats includes fourteen dining and two carvers, reeded square section tapered legs and stretcher bases, dark golden green upholstered seats.

Realised: $5,500

B06-0804

An iconic New Zealand Garth Chester Curvesse chair
constructed from a single piece of bent plywood, c.1944. This chair remains the single most significant piece of furniture produced in New Zealand, in good polished finish.

Realised: $5,200