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.


An early Japanese bronze of the Amida Buddha
in Kamakura (12th-13thC) style, seated with hands in Mida no Jōin mudra. Rich brown patina with remnant gilding, high copper content base metal showing through on highpoints and face. Supple modelling with contoured robes falling from the broad rounded shoulders, the face with downcast eyes under delicately arched brows. H.440mm, W.335mm. Raised on a large, gnarled azalea root stand with natural and adzed finish. Provence: Ex. A Fendalton Christchurch estate where it remained with the family for at least the last 60 years

Realised: $16,000


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 good Chinese bronze censer
oval with pierced, domed cover, cast in high relief with dragons and phoenixes. Horizontal eight character mark to the lid's rim: Made in the 10th year of the reign of the Qianlong Emperor (造製年十隆乾清大). The walls in relief with qilin and horses on an encircling wavy ground, mask ring handles to the sides, domed foot with relief lappets. Raised on a fitting blackwood stand. 205 x 160 x 305mm. Provenance: Auckland estate collection.

Realised: $8,000


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

Realised: $5,400


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 pair of Chinese porcelain vases
ovoid with trumpet mouths, decorated in iron red highlighted with gilding depicting an apparition of three women before an emperor. Qianlong seal mark under the base. H345mm. Provenance: The collection of R. C. Waldron (Ronnie Ronalde) the renowned British music hall singer and siffleur.

Realised: $4,000