The following 55 lots are offered on behalf of the estate and from the home of the late Douglas Wright
one of New Zealand’s most talented and imaginative dancers and choreographers. Although not a large home, it and its garden were exquisitely decorated in an idiosyncratic manner with an Aladdin’s cave feel
A large potted 'Poor Knights' lily
a mature plant with old flowering stems, in terracotta pot. H. approx. 1200mm.
A large potted cycad plant
a mature plant in large plastic pot. H. approx. 1500mm. Provenance: Douglas Wright Estate.
A mature potted cycad plant
a smaller 'pup' plant attached, in plastic tub. H. approx. 1100mm. Provenance: Douglas Wright Estate.
A large bromeliad potted plant
the green leaves with dark red highlights, in terracotta pot. approximate H.800mm. Provenance: Douglas Wright Estate.
A mature aloe plicatilis potted plant
the plastic pot of classical terracotta look. H. approx. 1550mm. Provenance: Douglas Wright Estate.
A box of assorted collectables
includes Japanese Arita double gourd vase, swaddled vintage rubber doll, crocheted doll, Donald Duck 'U.S. Mail' wind-up toy, vintage 'millinery blocking scissor action scales', 'Griffin & Sons Ltd Nelson N.Z.' vintage lidded tin, vintage lithographs, wood fired vase, etc. Provenance: Douglas Wright Estate.
An old doctor's bag
canvas with metal frame, together with contents - monkey skull, small wood figures and dagger, bone vertebrae section, etc. Provenance: Douglas Wright Estate.
A vintage Ave hat block
together with an old Slipper Bed Pan. Provenance: Douglas Wright Estate.
A Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes enamelled chain
Office of Worthy Primo. L.560mm. Provenance: Douglas Wright Estate.
Two old pressed steel toy motor cars
a Wyandotte cord convertible - lacking grill but with both bumpers, yellow with green hood. L.330mm. Together with a red fire engine(?), top section only. L.30mm. Both distressed. Provenance: Douglas Wright Estate.
An antique pottery recumbent tiger money box
with open mouth and painted decoration. One foot missing. Possibly Indonesian. L.300 x H.250mm. Provenance: Douglas Wright Estate.
A pair of Victorian wooden riding boot trees
with articulated feet. H.550mm. Provenance: Douglas Wright Estate.
An ornate gilt picture frame with a red card slip
exterior size 600 x 500mm. Provenance: Douglas Wright Estate.
A vintage fur cape
with 'Harman Fur, 5 Darby Street Auckland' label. Provenance: Douglas Wright Estate.
A collection of various fabrics
tassels, first doll, etc. Provenance: Douglas Wright Estate.
An old machine tapestry wall hanging
depicting a scene of an Arab prince on horseback with attendant, palm trees and buildings in the background. With suspension rings and bamboo rod. Distressed. 2200 x 1200mm. Provenance: Douglas Wright Estate.
A decorative old Eastern European wall hanging
chain stitch on cotton, gold stylised floral designs in bright colours on a red ground. 1500 x 2800mm. Provenance: Douglas Wright Estate.
An Indian stone Hindu altar
a shiva lingam, a votive representation of the Hindu deity Shiva in a yoni base (representing male and female), offerings such as oils, honey, water, blood, etc., are poured on the lingam and regathered from the ‘spout’ - then being blessed. L.300mm. Provenance: Douglas Wright Estate.
Five old Dutch Delft tiles
all with polychrome designs of musicians. Border fritting. Each 130 x 130mm. Provenance: Douglas Wright Estate.
A fibreglass mould for a glass arm theatre prop.
three bolted pieces connected as one. L.830mm. Provenance: Douglas Wright Estate.
An early 20thC low long storage trunk painted by Malcolm Ross
various geometric designs to the lid, striped painted sides. 935 x 375 x 270mm. Provenance: Douglas Wright Estate.
A vintage tall hinged lidded storage box
painted by Malcolm Ross, the panelled box with red ground and marbleized type black highlights. 605 x 380 x 820mm. Provenance: Douglas Wright Estate.
Two Japanese ukiyo-e prints by Taiso Yoshitoshi (1839-92) from the series 'Wakan hyaku monogatari (One hundred ghost stories of China and Japan)
c.1865, ‘Shomu and the elephant’ and ‘Oda Harunaga and a page with a lantern’. Each oban size 340 x 240mm. Provenance: Douglas Wright Estate.
A Tongan Kali head rest with arched legs and pad feet
the head support is tapered towards the centre and the ends angled. L.460, W.at widest point 100, H.150mm. Some distress to one set of legs. Provenance: Douglas Wright Estate.
A Leonie Arnold porcelain headed Bird Fetish doll
bound with pale apricot fabric with sequins. L.600, signed with initials and dated '81. An example is held in the Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt. Provenance: Douglas Wright Estate.
Two old Cassowary bone daggers
one decorated with seeds and fibre, L.360mm, the other plain, L.210mm. Asmat, Irian Jaya, New Guinea. Provenance: Douglas Wright Estate.
An Auckland City Art Gallery
Colin McCahon, 'Gates & Journeys Exhibition' poster, 1989. Some distress. 700 x 1000mm. Provenance: Douglas Wright Estate.
An antique Greek rhyton (drinking-horn) in the shape of a boar's head
painted beneath the rib with figures and horse. Probably Late Classical to Early Hellenistic Period, c.330-320B.C. L.225mm. Provenance: Douglas Wright Estate.
A vintage hand embroidered copy of a Russian icon
'Mother of God', detailed in colours and with highlighted gold thread. 485 x 385mm. Provenance: Douglas Wright Estate.
A pair of vintage wood skis
brackets for bindings remain. L.1785mm. Provenance: Douglas Wright Estate.
A reprint of the battle scene prints 'Bataille des Pryamides'
in decorative distressed pine frame. 425 x 545mm. Provenance: Douglas Wright Estate.
A good early/mid-20thC Maori figure carved lamp base
the stylised figure with red painted open mouth and extended tongue, linial and notched carved highlights, paua inset eyes, raised on a geometric diamond carved block base with stepped plinth, vintage stylised Maori decorated shade in koru type design, the base with original ebonised finish of height 520. Height overall 730m. Provenance: Douglas Wright Estate.
An old dark brown vinyl armchair with roll arms and short tapering square section legs - together with an old patchwork quilt
a kilim cushion and a quilted java bedspread. All distressed. This old chair with the covers and cushion is the one Douglas Wright sat in, in his home. Provenance: Douglas Wright Estate.
An old finely knotted antique Turkoman bag face
decorated with rows of gul motifs and typical stylized floral designs in colours of deep red, brown and old ivory. 950 x 1480mm. Provenance: Douglas Wright Estate.
A decorative old Rajasthan hardwood settle
ornately carved and pierced with figures, birds, chain designs and horse's heads, supported on baluster front legs. Sold with four old cushions. W.1100mm. Provenance: Douglas Wright Estate.
A 19thC European Prie Dieu chair
with uncommon smoking devil highlighted embroidered upholstery to the seat and flat curved back top rail with large studded and tasselled fringe, carved oak frame. Provenance: Douglas Wright Estate.
A 19thC demonic painted two-door Tibetan cabinet
the two doors including various demonic portraits, fruit bowls and cloud scrolls within a carved frame. 670 x 415 x 890mm. Provenance: Douglas Wright Estate.
An early 20thC oak 'Show Walker' single drawer filing cabinet
with brass fittings and maker's details. 405 x 495 x 365mm. Provenance: Douglas Wright Estate.
An early 20thC industrial plated copper document safe
the single door with decorative hinges, remains of old paint with copper showing at the edges, two modern rimu shelves to the interior. 470 x 395 x 525mm. Provenance: Douglas Wright Estate.
A colonial green distress painted two-drawer side table
rectangular form, turned legs, the two drawers with bun handles. 1560 x 565 x 765mm. Provenance: Douglas Wright Estate.
An antique wooden Tibetan altar step
with floral polychrome painted decoration. 650 x 250 x 200mm. Provenance: Douglas Wright Estate.
A hand woven Turkish kilim runner with bold geometric designs
deep turquoise, earth red and ivory. 720 x 3100mm. Provenance: Douglas Wright Estate.
A hand woven Turkish kilim rug
with lineal designs at either end and a central medallion. 950 x 1700. Old repair. Provenance: Douglas Wright Estate.
A vintage two-handled composite storage box
on separate wheeled metal base. 540 x 340 x 480mm. Marked 'Suroy, Loos, Nord, France'. Provenance: Douglas Wright Estate.
A small Victorian giltwood wall mirror
with rounded top corners, silvered border and plain glass. Some marks. 800 x 600mm. Provenance: Douglas Wright Estate.
An old Tibetan decorative cabinet
c.1900, the front with multiple panels including two pairs of doors, the yellow ground with polychrome decoration of landscapes including various animals, yaks, etc. Panel sides with some original red staining. 980 x 375 x 935mm. Provenance: Douglas Wright Estate.
A late 19thC N.Z. colonial green painted kitchen cupboard
the full width top drawer with bun handles above a single panelled door, old distressed paint finish, dark varnished panelled sides. 970 x 520 x 1245mm. Provenance: Douglas Wright Estate.
A decorative Victorian cast iron garden bench seat in the manner of Coalbrookdale
the back panel with a hunting dog amongst ferns and florals and an oval panel flanked by two further floral decorated panels, bird decorated arms, curving five panel wood plank bolted seat, vintage dark red paint. 1265 x 550 x 790mm. Provenance: Douglas Wright Estate.
A Victorian cast iron outdoor garden seat
in the Coalbrookdale manner, matching the above bench seat. Provenance: Douglas Wright Estate.
A tall colonial style plinth cupboard
distressed white painted finish, single door.
A taxidermied bat
wings outstretched, framed under glass.
An old large whale's tooth
matt polished finish with some old discolouration. L.170mm.
A good quality reindeer skin rug
original Scandinavian label on reverse. L.1200mm.
A large taxidermy deer head mount
15-point, mounted on shield base. Width of spread 340mm.
An impressive large carved ivory 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 ivory 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
An early 20thC African carved ivory lidded box
the tusk section carved in relief with various African animals, lion, elephant, etc., the oval flat lid surmounted with a lion beneath a tree. H.115mm, W.100mm.
A collection of 15 small carved ivory mainly animals
includes African Ashanti headrest, various lions, elephants and other small and large animals, the tallest 30mm, finely detailed, some damage.
A pair of decorative drinking horns
mounted on horn ball attached to a wood base, silver plate rims to horns. H.310mm.
A whalebone walking stick
with tapered octagonal whale tooth handle with fine ribbing to the top and conforming banded horn rings, later black painted fitting to the shaft with wide bands of criss-cross and spiral carved decoration, the tip end with copper and another band protector. L.815mm
A sturdy turned mahogany walking stick
stag antler section handle.
A set of brass sovereign scales
together with a leather sovereign pouch.
A cased set of 70 silver gilt commemorative medallions
'Our Royal Sovereigns' portraying the monarchs from Offa to Elizabeth II. Danbury Mint, Surrey.
A Garth Tapper
'Prosecution', lithograph 49/99, signed and entitled. 220 x 150 image, 400 x 300mm paper size unframed.
A pair of Cecil Aldin colour prints
'Trumped' and 'Revoked', each 280 x 435mm in modern frames.
Two Victorian birds-eye maple frames
each with old etchings, gold slips and glass. 580 x 840mm and 640 x 520mm.
An early 20thC portrait miniature of a young woman
her hair held high, frilled lace ruffled collar, in original brass frame, suspended on a worn silk panel. The oval frame 75 x 63mm.
A mahogany deeds box
with brass capping and binding, bale side handles. 475 x 285 x 130m
A mahogany writing slope
with brass capping and binding, recessed side handles, baize lined interior. 450 x 250 x 150mm
A Georgian Sheraton period inlaid tea caddy
oblong with canted corners, the hinged lid inlaid with a moth, the front with a shell in tinted and shaded satinwood. 185 x 105 x 120mm
A Victorian Edwards & Sons gentleman's travelling valise with contents of ivory and ebony backed brushes
mirror, glove stretchers, etc. (14 pieces).
A Victorian leather gentleman's travelling case with contents
two ivory boxes, four ivory mounted brushes and an ivory handled button hook, all with gold crest. W.290mm.
A pair of ivory backed brushes
in leather case.
A pair of C.F. Goldie books
'His Life & Painting' and 'Prints, Drawings & Criticism', in original Solander cases and card outers, pub Alister Taylor 1979. No.352/1600mm.
'Notable New Zealand Thoroughbreds'
ATP 1980, No.1202/2000 and 'Notable English and Irish Thoroughbreds', ATP 1983, No.1202/2500.
'Illustrations to Adventure in New Zealand' - Edw. Jerningham Wakefield
Reed 1968, facsimile ed. (500 copies)
Zane Grey 'The Lord of Lackawaxen Creek'
(Bradbury, Lime Rock 1981), limited edition, miniature book, marbled paper cover, illustrated by Catryna Ten Eyck, signed by the illustrator. Together with 'Aelian on Fly-Fishing’, (Poole Press, Berkeley, 1979), 1st edition, miniature book, 88 of 250 copies signed by printer Maryline P. Adams & J. P. Adams. In bamboo box.
A Hardy Pralon 4’ x 3’ fly box
black japanned exterior with cream interior containing 75+ old Hardy flies. Original waistcoat size.
A c.1940s Allcock 6½ x 3½’ alloy fly box
16 flip-up windows with 70 old flies, including both named and very small examples.
An Alex Martin 6 x 3½’ alloy fly box
with 15 compartments with sliding glass retainers containing 40 dry flies.
A rare Edwardian 6½ x 6¼’ black metal fly box
with 30 clear amber coloured compartments containing approximately 120 early mixed flies.
A c.1910 Army & Navy 2¼’ brass fly reel
embossed, with working permanent check and full length foot.
A c.1850-1940s Dingley 3½’ alloy fly reel
with brass foot and sounding check, initialled to inside spool 'No.8 D2', screw is easily turned.
A Malloch 4¼’ salmon fly reel
with embossed face plate, large ivory handle and strong working check. Note: This was one of the first alloy models.
A rare c.1960s Hardy 6’ Eddystone deep sea reel
with brass Bickerdyke line guide and alloy spool, strong working check, twist tensioner and level controlled breaking.
A c.1880 French bamboo shooting stick
with hinged seat and steel spike and stamped (to metal) 'Br. SGDG' (French patent marks)
A c.1940 12’ Whistler Golden Eye wooden decoy duck
hand carved, wide 7’ body and wooden and lead keel.
A c.1930s Mason-style Blue Bill decoy duck
solid wood with partial swivel head, glass eyes and lead keel.
An unusual 15’ wooden Shoveler decoy duck
hand carved, painted and with glass eyes.
A 11½’ Blue Wing Teal wooden decoy duck
hand carved and painted, glass eyes and lead keel. With wooden display stand.
A trio of 1954 American hollow-moulded decoy ducks
by J.S. McGuire, stamped 'Featherlite’ M-55'
A Penn Senator 10/0 big game reel
A collection of vintage fishing equipment
includes bamboo rods and bamboo handled landing net, all in an old canvas bag.
A polished piece of kauri gum
golden translucent colour. 845gm.
A piece of polished kauri gum
golden translucent colour with the underside in original rough state. 882gm
Three pieces of polished kauri gum
golden translucent colour, includes two large pieces of a kauri gum ball. 935gm.
Four pieces of polished kauri gum
golden translucent colour. 1143gm
Four pieces of polished kauri gum
golden translucent colour. 729gm.
A piece of polished kauri gum
golden translucent colour, 735gm.
A large glass/quartz sphere
with flecks of white, red and black. 16½ kgs.