An impressive 18ct. white gold diamond and rubellite set wide cocktail bracelet
the open worked floral lozenge and rectangular sections mostly highlighted with 37 variously cut rubellites totalling 62.77cts. and highlighted with 871 small modern brilliant cut diamonds with TDW of 7.69cts. Valuation available.
A quality 19thC French walnut and ormolu bureau plat
the rectangular top with rounded ends, the ornate parquetry inlay with floral marquetry centre in fine detail, the frieze with two secret drawers flanking an ornate ormolu panel of industrious cherubs searching for knowledge, raised on tapered and fluted legs with square section mounts, the cross stretchered base of cross-over form, high quality, finely detailed ormolu mounts enhance this unique bureau. Note: this being one of the best examples we have offered. 1440 x 710 x 760.
An exceptional large old carved ivory tusk
finely detailed as a goddess, natural curved tusk form, the standing goddess in traditional robes with a floral branch held to her right hand, a further basket of flowers to her left, her coiffured hair adorned with an exotic bird, black stained highlights, the thick ivory base plate with carved calligraphy, small area of damage to the surmounting bird's tail. 8.5kgs. Raised on original fitted wood stand. Provenance: Collected by our vendor's parents in the late 1960s while on an overseas excursion. Length 930.
'A Girl on the Beach', oil on canvas, signed, original label on reverse with title and details, original Exhibition invitation attached. 495 x 600. Note: Our elderly vendor recalls the artist informing him that this painting was 'one of the best that he had done'.
A spectacular walnut carved Black Forest long case clock
c1900, the ornate case surmounted with a large three-dimensional owl, its wings outstretched, glass eyes, the entire case carved with fruiting grape vines, highlighted with two further smaller owls and a fox to the base, all with glass eyes, the circular brass dial with Arabic numerals, the quality movement striking on an eight rod gong, three suspended weights viewed through the glazed panel door. Provenance: Ex. an old Auckland family with whom it has been in their colonial Arney Road home for many years. Height 2600.
A large and impressive early 19thC Chinese famille rose lidded jar
baluster form, traditional panelled decoration including multiple figures within interior and walled garden settings, the elaborate framing of florals, butterflies and exotic birds, conforming lid, the top with brass collar and hinge and locking fittings, pinned, elaborate gilt enrichments. Height 620. Provenance: By family descent, purchased by Mrs A.R. Seccombe of Auckland, August 1927 as part of the house and contents purchase of 'Newstead', East Coast Rd, Milford from J. Reid Bennie, an English gentleman who came to N.Z. at the end of WWI with his antique collection. A copy of the letter detailing this purchase is available which notes "It is at least gratifying to know that the antiques which we have so painstakingly collected over a period of years are passing into the hands of those who can genuinely appreciate and enjoy the aesthetic in household embellishment". (See also lots 284 and 354 this catalogue).
A George III ornate marquetry inlaid oak longcase clock
by Jacob Lovelace of Exon (Exeter), the brass dial with silvered chapter ring enclosing the subsidiary seconds dial and date aperture, the eight day movement striking on a bell, the case with profuse leaf scroll inlay. Height 2070
An 18ct. gold and diamond ring
the central Old European cut 1.48ct diamond flanked by 0.50ct Old European cut diamonds in a wide domed tapering band. TDW 2.48cts. Valuation available.
An impressive Japanese Edo period Samurai suit of armour
with multi hob-nail plate sujibachi ridged helmet, decorative fukigaeshi (turnbacks), russet lacquered iron menpo (face plate), laced multi-panelled throat guard, shoulderplates, chest guards and leg guards in orange and black dominate tones. Complete with two later swords.
A lady's platinum and diamond tennis bracelet
the 32 round brilliant cut diamonds each in a plain round link setting, TDW 5.54cts.
'Eurasian Sparrow Hawk', watercolour on paper, signed, entitled, inscribed and dated 1966. 680 x 465.
A large vintage Len Castle blossom vase
swollen rectangular form, pale grey all-over glaze, tenmoko to the flat rectangular rim and showing at the corners, impressed potter's mark. 380 x 260 x 425. Provenance: From the Estate Collection of Keith Blight and noted to the base 'This pot was featured at the entrance of the Auckland Studio Potter's Exhibition 1976. Len sold it to me for under $100.... I was the Exhibition Designer. Keith Blight 2007'.
An 18ct. white gold and diamond encrusted lady's modern hinged bangle
the top of three stepped diamond encrusted bands, each with a channel set row of 45 princess cut diamonds, each row flanked by 92 micro-claw set round brilliant cut diamonds, TDW 5.48cts. Valuation available.
'Pitcher with Fruit and Wrappers', acrylic on canvas, signed, 610 x 1220. Provenance: Purchased Ferner Galleries, Auckland.
Ten Dutch 21.6ct. gold 10 guilder coins
one dated 1913, three 1912, five 1917 and one 1925. 67.3gms.
A pair of Crown Lynn Wharetana Maori Art 'Moko' book-ends
Model #1019 recorded as Ceremonial Life-Sized wooden masks... The face moko (tattoo) is typical of a Maori chief or tohunga...', striking dark green glaze, impressed number to base of each. 100 x 100 x 145.
An uncommon Crown Lynn dark blue McAlpine refrigerator jug
ribbed tall rectangular section form with 'McAlpine' in relief to each side. Height 225. SEE ADDITIONAL CONDITION REPORT/PHOTOS
'Rangitikei River Through the Trees', oil on artist's board, signed. Note: Another painting on reverse, 'Lake & Mountain Scene', signed. 325 x 505.
'The Firefighters ', No. 1, oil on board, signed and dated '94, labelled and entitled on reverse. 365 x 440.
Bishop John Coleridge Patteson's personal copy of the rare 'Stanford’s map of Australasia'
London: Edward Stanford, 1859. First edition. Steel engraved map with hand colouring, total 1550 x 1740 mm, dissected into 48 sections, laid onto linen edged with blue silk, folding to 255 x 215 mm, within original embossed brown morocco boards with gilt lettering and ornament (rubbed, surface tears, spine frayed at head and tail), engraved by W. & A.K. Johnston, Edinburgh, a near fine example of this truly monumental map (scale ca. 1:4 200 000), the original colouring still strong and vibrant and with some hand annotation in pencil around the 'Salomon Islands' group. The interior cover inscribed in ink 'Bishop Patterson from T. Mort Esq. Good wishes April 1864'. Wikipedia records Patterson as; 'A missionary to the South Seas from 1855, Patteson became an accomplished linguist, learning 23 of the islands' more than 1,000 languages. In 1861, he was selected as the first Bishop of Melanesia. Patteson was killed by natives on Nukapu, in the Solomon Islands.' Note: This and lots 213, 214, 215 & 220 are from the same vendor.