National and international collectors have found Cordy’s to be the most favoured auction house to watch for a broad range of Chinese porcelains, jades, ivories, bronzes and wood. Items of quality and age are met by a knowledgeable audience in our rooms. We also specialise in Japanese ukiyo-e, scroll paintings, textiles, Peking glass and Chinese silver.


A large and impressive Chinese Imperial Charger
six character Guangxu mark to the base and probably of the period, the interior with variously coloured finely enamelled five-claw dragons amongst clouds on pale green ground, the exterior with scrolling floral sprays, chrysanthemums, on yellow. Dia. 546. Restored chip to rim. Provenance: From the collection of Commander B.C. Tuson (d.2013) and his daughter in law, Victoria Susan Brain. Commander Tuson had an interest antiques from a young age. When posted to Singapore as a Naval Officer in the early 1970's his collecting focus was dominated by Asian antiquities.

Realised: $21,000


A large Chinese vase
decorated with florals and leaves with panels of repeating motifs to the base and top, in underglaze blue, with dog head handles. 370 x 430mm.

Realised: $18,500


A large and impressive 18th/19thC Canton famille rose porcelain punch bowl
all-over fine hand-painted various panelled scenes of figures within courtyards within square scroll frames upon a ground profusely decorated with flowers, birds and insects, encircling borders, gilt highlights. Dia.414mm. Professional restoration. Provenance: From the estate of a prominent Manawatu family with N.Z. parliamentary and union heritage linking back to the late 19th and early 20thC, items from this family were deposited with the Dominion Museum, c.1920.

Realised: $9,500


A c.1900 museum quality large and impressive Japanese 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

Realised: $8,000


A pair of large and impressive early 19thC Canton famille rose lidded jars
classic baluster form with all-over panelled decoration of classic court scenes amongst scattered florals and precious objects encircling intense bands with butterfly and floral highlights, the domed lids with foo finials, traditional gilt enrichments. Minor professional restoration associated with the removal of metal fittings, some chipping to interior of lid rims. H.440.

Realised: $6,900


A Chinese large baluster blue and white vase
hand painted decoration of four warriors on horseback, encircling borders. H.530mm.

Realised: $6,750


A Chinese pale green jade handling piece carved as a finger citron
(Buddha's hand 佛手柑), on wooden stand. W.80mm. Provenance: The Beverley Allen Collection

Realised: $6,000


A rare and impressive Japanese Edo period (1603-1868) Samurai suit of armour
with multi hob-nail plate suji bachi ridged helmet, mounted with demonic head, decorative fukigaeshi (turnbacks), tall kuwagata, black lacquered iron menpo (face plate) with hair moustache, laced multi-panelled throat guard, shoulder-plates, chest, waist and leg guards with blue and coloured laced lacquered panels. Gilt metal decorative fittings. Housed in black lacquer original box.

Realised: $5,400


A Chinese blue and white double gourd vase
sinuous vine and blossom decoration, Jiajing mark to the base. H.225mm.

Realised: $5,400


A Chinese large blue and white double gourd form vase
each swollen section painted in the round with traditional landscapes including beasts, animals and phoenix, scrolling and panelled borders. Six calligraphic symbols in panel to the tapered neck. H.410mm.

Realised: $4,750