ANTIQUE & ART AUCTION including THE TUI FLOWER ESTATE COLLECTION In our June auction we are excited to offer items from the Tui Flower estate which includes some of the most exquisite snuff boxes, walking sticks & ivories we have ever seen. Also offered from private vendors & other estates, a vast array of fine items including boxes, musical instruments, postcard albums, taxidermy & coats, fishing, militaria, Pacific, African, Maori & tribal artefacts, N.Z. Historical, Anton Seuffert glove box, a good selection of Len Castle, Waterford glasses, large Lladro figure groups, Doulton, Worcester, etc. The Oriental section has exceptionally fine bronzes, ivories, netsukes, as well as porcelain. The evening session starts at 5pm with jewellery which includes diamond, emerald, ruby & sapphire rings, earrings, etc., followed by clocks and watches, a very special Objet de Vertu section including exceptional snuff boxes, vinaigrettes, etc. The silver section includes Georgian & Victorian with a fine Hester Bateman silver tray,an excellent collection of rugs and runners is next with the furniture full of Georgian, Victorian, Chinese drawers, tables, desks, chairs, linen press, four impressive tall oak display cabinets and garden urns which sat outside the front steps of Tui’s house & so much more.The fine art section has works by Roy Dalgarno, Ron Stenberg, Simon Williams, Don Binny, Fred Graham, Geoff Thomson, and others. Cordys has no hesitation in urging you to view this very special auction Lucy Tui Hampton Aitken QSM (née Flower, 23 November 1925 – 15 August 2017), generally known as Tui Flower, was a pioneering New Zealand food writer. Born in Matamata Tui received an education at Espom Girls’ Grammar and at the University of Otago obtaining a diploma of Home Science. She furthered her education with Cordon Bleu courses in the United States and study at the École Hôtelière de Paris in 1954–55. Her exposure to food journalism in the United States aided her in becoming the food editor of The Woman’s Weekly in 1965. She has been likened to the American food writer Julia Child and is credited with helping New Zealanders move away from their traditional meat, potato and vegetable dinner. In her retirement Tui lived in Mt. Eden in the home owned by her maternal grandparents. It appears that Tui was not the only collector in the family with her parents and grandparents especially being avid collectors with a discerning eye for quality they amassed amazing collections of snuff boxes and bottles, fine Oriental jade, cloisonné, ivory, Satsuma, Maori artefacts, walking sticks, furniture including Anton Seuffert and more. Most of these collections remained intact and untouched in their home until now. It is with great pleasure that we offer Part 1 of this incredible estate collection in this catalogue with items provenanced: The Flower Family Collection. Part 2 will be offered in our July 17th Antique & Art Auction.
Antique, Jewellery & Art Catalogue Our May auction includes many fine pieces from various estates and private vendors including; bronzes, scrimshaw, a selection of the best boxes we have seen for some time, militaria, tribal, Pacific, Maori artefacts, N.Z. historical including the historic 1908 silver N.Z. Medical Corps. Challenge Shield, early N.Z. and studio pottery, Waterford crystal, Tiffany Favrile glass lamp, Lladro, Staffordshire, Doulton, Moorcroft, Chinese carved ivory, jade and hardwood, famille rose and other ceramics, Japanese quality bronze, ceramics, woodblock prints, etc. The second session starts at 5.00 pm with an extraordinary jewellery section. We have 20ct. gold chains, diamond, ruby, emerald and sapphire rings, jade and gold bracelets and necklaces, a large collection of opal jewellery, a diamond encrusted necklace, many colonial greenstone pieces, sovereigns, ornate stylish precious gem rings & more, eight carriage clocks, good French mantel clocks, silver boxes, candlesticks including a 1752 John Cafe taperstick, cutlery etc., a good selection of Persian rugs. The furniture section includes a stunning Black Forest bear stick stand, small Georgian side tables, chests, desks, an unusual Victorian scotch chest, chairs, Chinese and French style furniture, mirrors, garden statuary & more. The fine art section includes works by Peter McIntyre, Peter Beadle, L.W. Wilson, W.G. Baker, Helen Brown, Lance O’Gorman, Carel de Moor, plus so much more. Must view!
WEEKLY COLONIAL/COLLECTABLE ESTATE AUCTION
The final sale of the year is the perfect opportunity to pick up that hard to find and unusual Christmas gift. From various estates and private vendors, we have a wide array of boxes, kitchenalia, miniatures, walking sticks, toys, militaria, New Zealand historical and pottery, art glass, fine porcelain and china, Worcester, Moorcroft, etc. oriental section with Chinese jade, porcelain, bronzes etc. the jewellery section starting 5pm; over 100 lots, spectacular diamond & emerald necklace & bracelet, gold & precious stone bracelets, earrings, rings, N.Z. medals, estate rings, wrist watches, clocks, perfume bottle collection, collectors silver incl. Tiffany silver spirit kettle, Persian rugs, a good selection of Georgian, Victorian, colonial and oriental furniture & decorator items, a collection of colonial chimney pots and more. the Fine Art includes entries by Louise Henderson, toss Woollaston, Russell Hollings plus many more. Last chance to buy for Christmas.
Starting at 9.30am with The Slater Collection Part 2 of New Zealand historical pottery including many fine examples of rare Crown Lynn, Almalgamated, Milton, Temuka and Titian ware. Together with items from various estates and private vendors, a wide array of miscellaneous, fishing items, musical items, Dame Malvina Major's sheet music collection, New Zealand historical, the largest carved kauri gum bust of 30+ kilos, maritime collection ex. Fosters Chandlery, art glass, fine porcelain and China, Worcester, Moorcroft, etc. Oriental section of over 100 lots; Chinese jade, porcelain, bronzes etc. The jewellery section starting 5pm; over 100 lots, spectacular diamond & rubellite necklace, diamond bangles, bracelets, earrings, a good selection of precious stone rings, etc., wrist watches, French clocks, collectors silver, Persian rugs, a good selection of Georgian, Victorian, Colonial and Oriental furniture and decorator items, a very fine Georgian housekeeper's cupboard etc. The fine art includes entries by William H. Buck, Banksy, Chagall, Ken Kendall, Russell Hollings and Aston Greathead plus many more. This auction must be viewed.
An Artist’s Home A Maker’s Collection ANNEKE BORREN There are few areas in which New Zealand art is renowned on the world scene. But in the 1970s and 80s, New Zealand Studio Pottery reached those heights. This was due in part to the Fletcher Brownbuilt Pottery Award (later known as the Fletcher Challenge Ceramics Award) that ran from 1977 to 1998. The Fletcher Brownbuilt exhibitions were internationally regarded as one of the three top ceramic exhibitions alongside Mino in Japan and Faenza in Italy. Over decades New Zealand forged the reputation of being some of the best and most creative potters in the world. It will be remembered as ‘the golden years of clay’. The history of those years has been slow to be told. Only recently have a few top potters, out of necessity, started to publish their own involvement recording their history and telling the story of their art. What is generally not realised is that the huge groundswell of potting over those decades and the mass of artists working with the same medium helped all those potters reach heights they could not have achieved on their own. No one works in isolation. I arrived in New Zealand in early 1963, as a 16-year-old, already a burgeoning potter. I quickly became part of this clay movement, and still am. My home and the collection I have built up throughout my career has become a tribute to those ‘makers of clay’. The collection has come from my colleagues and their work. Their artistic essence has graced my home for decades. I have dusted my friends once a fortnight, meet them again and remembered their stories. A ‘Maker’s Collection’ is very different from a ‘Collector’s Collection’, because it carries ‘the intimacy of knowing, feeling, and instant recognition’. My living with these treasures has enriched me totally, and I will carry the memories and their spirit within me. Included in this collection is my own historical pottery collection. Since 1964 I have kept pieces with the idea putting together my own three dimensional curriculum vitae. My grateful thanks go to Roy Cowan and Juliet Peter, who introduced me to the New Zealand potting community and involved me from the beginning. Also to Howard Williams for his photography and Andrew Grigg, who understands the importance of the New Zealand ceramics market. And lastly but not least my daughters, Tahi and Tamara, who encouraged me to ‘Let go’. ANNEKE BORREN Anneke Borren – potter and collector. By Rick Rudd Anneke Borren was born in the Netherlands and her European heritage informed her practice as a potter. This was in direct contrast with the Anglo-Oriental aesthetic dominant in New Zealand pottery of the 1960s and 1970s. I coined the phrase 'New Zealand Delft' to describe her work when a survey of her career was shown at my museum, Quartz, last year. Anneke has taken the quintessentially Dutch technique of painting on the dry unfired glaze for much of her work throughout the fifty years she has been working with clay and reinvented it in a contemporary style. This difficult technique was made famous by Delft pottery in the 17th and 18th centuries. Anneke even worked in the Royal Dutch Delft factory for a while in 1967. She has retained an enormous collection of her work throughout her career, many of them her 'firsts', ie the first piece of a new design or idea. She very generously has given a collection of twenty-two works as a mini survey to my museum but this is just the tip of a very large iceberg. Anneke has made major contributions to potters' societies over the years and, though her association with potters, artists and object makers, collected a large amalgamation of treasures which have filled her home. She has decided it is time for a change in lifestyle with an incredible downsizing. This auction gives the opportunity to acquire objects selected with an artist's eye and chosen with an understanding of the necessary techniques, abilities and ideas required to execute them. Now all these special pieces are to be set free from one home to find new lives in other collections – enjoy and treasure! Rick Rudd
Please note: Monday is Labour Day holiday. Viewing is Friday & Tuesday with auction starting at 4pm Tuesday Next Colonial/Collectable auction entries accepted Wednesday 18th October, please phone to make arrangements
Starting at 9.30am we are privileged to offer The Slater Collection Part I of New Zealand historical pottery including many fine examples of rare Crown Lynn, Wharetana ware, etc., many coloured McAlpine fridge jugs, trickle glazed animals, Titian ware, etc. also included from various estates and private vendors we have fishing items, a wide array of miscellaneous, taxidermy, military, New Zealand historical, art glass, Skeaping Wedgwood animals, fine porcelain and China, Worcester, Moorcroft, etc. The Oriental section of over 100 lots includes Chinese jade, porcelain, ivory, etc. At 5pm we have the jewellery section of 120 lots which includes a spectacular diamond necklace, diamond bangles, bracelets, earrings, a good selection of precious stone rings, etc., Rolex watches, cased ships chronometer, French clocks, long case clocks, collectors silver, a good selection of Georgian, Victorian, colonial and Oriental furniture and decorator items. The art section is one of our strongest for many months including good examples of modern, contemporary and historical works by Peter McIntyre, Rudi Gopas, Steve Harris, Robin Morrison, Tapper, Payton, Raymond Ching etc. This auction is a must view.
Over 700 lots from many prestigious estates and private vendors including boxes, kauri gum, maps, figures, anglers’ equipment ex. the Keith Draper Collection, militaria, flintlock pistols, greenstone, Maori, Pacific tribal artefacts, N.Z. pottery, early photos, Waterford glass, Beswick, Doulton, Worcester, etc. A substantial Oriental section with jade, ivory, ceramics and bronzes. Jewellery includes diamonds, emeralds and amber, good wristwatches and clocks, silver section features a spectacular rare 1794 Scottish silver tureen, Persian rugs and runners, dining tables, chairs, chests, French, Chinese and Japanese furniture and good garden pots. Art includes works by Andy Warhol, Cedric Savage, Roy Dalgarno, Peter Beadle, plus more.
This month's catalogue of over 800 lots includes many items from numerous estates & private vendors, briefly; walking stick collection, taxidermy bear, cased beetles & butterflies, NZ stamp collections, superb cased NZ ship "Canterbury", Len Castle pottery, art glass, NZEF medal group with letters etc., Royal Worcester, Lladro, quality oriental collections, mainly Chinese, porcelain, jade, ivory etc. The jewellery section of 130 plus lots includes many rings, necklaces, brooches, diamond, gold & precious stone items, watches & clocks, George III, Victorian & other collector's silver, Persian rugs. Furniture includes antique & modernist; tables, chairs, chests, desks, Garth Chester chairs, etc., chandeliers, mirrors, garden pots, petrified wood stools. Art includes an impressive large C.N. Worsley w/c, Garth Tapper oil, Ron Stenberg oil self-portrait, Russell Hollings, Blomfield, John Weeks, colonial & modern etc. etc.