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.
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
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.
An Anton Seuffert elaborately inlaid parquetry card table top
on a Victorian walnut tripod base, the top with central eight point star-burst framed by expanding geometric patterns in various N.Z. native timbers. Dia.605, in good condition and polish, the tripod base with fine stringing and inlay to the three turned columns tripod platform and three scrolling legs. H.705. Note: it is recorded in the book 'The Seuffert Legacy' by Brian Peet published 2008 that 'many card tables have been discovered with bases of uncertain origin, suggesting the tops were sold separately...'.
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.
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.
A c.1901 Royal Worcester Highland Cattle painted large vase signed J. Stinton
the ovoid body painted with four cattle in a mountainous Highland scene, the scrolling handles, trumpet form neck and flared foot with gilt enrichments and turquoise green painted highlights. Printed mark to base with date code slightly eligible c.1901 and shape #1969. H.400mm.
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.
A 19thC French eight airs music box
the floral marquetry inlay lid with banded borders, the eight tunes listed on the original card to the interior lid - 'Romeo et Juliette, etc., the mechanism with seven graduating bells struck by bird form hammers, the comb complete with only one short tooth, working, ornate gilt metal side handles, complete with key. 575 x 305 x 230mm.
A rare and special 19thC Venetian rococo bedroom suite
ex. the estate of Phyllis Brusey of Wellington, comprising a large three section mirrored door armoire with high relief and ornate scroll, floral and mask detail, 2050 x 620 x 2550mm. The bed of conforming ornate style, the headboard with relief carved pair of cherubs to the centre, ornately framed in classical design. 1680 x 100 x 2040mm, the conforming foot board with further cherub pair in a landscape of trees. 1690 x 70 x 1120mm, the Duchess of serpentine form with three drawers to the left and single shaped drawer above the open kneehole section, the tall mirrored back of three panels 1120 x 470 x 2300mm, the commode with ornate tall swing mirrored back, the surmounting pediment with mask in relief of a young woman, the serpentine marble top above the two door serpentine shaped base. 1260 x 680 x 2300mm. Some borer and damage commensurate with age. Note: Phyllis Brusey was a noted N.Z. antique dealer, Wellington based, through a good part of the mid-20thC and director and chairperson of the N.Z. Opera company, her memoirs are recorded in the book she wrote 'Ring Down the Curtain', first published 1973. Mrs Brusey inherited this bedroom suite from her parents and it remained with her for her life even managing to squeeze it into her last home, a penthouse Oriental Bay apartment. It was purchased by our vendor from her estate auction, Wellington c.1980s.
A heavy Chinese hardwood table
plain top with the frieze, legs and stretchers decorated with stylised vines. 1850 x 870 x 870mm.