John Mains Portobello Antiques Auction

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It is with great pleasure that Cordy's has the opportunity to offer for auction the entire contents of Portobello Antiques and selected items from the John Mains collection. 

John Mains began his trade in antiques in the early 1960's working on a stall at the famous Portobello Road Antiques Market in London. On his return to New Zealand he established Portobello Antiques Ltd. in Parnell in 1965 taking over an old butcher's shop and helping introduce the 'new look' Parnell. Portobello Antiques remained in Parnell until the late 1990's, subsequently trading for the last 14 years in Marua Road Ellerslie. 

John attended Cordys first Antique Auction in 1964 and has missed very few since. He was the youngest member to join the New Zealand Antique Dealers Association and holds the distinction of being invited to join. With impeccable standards and a keen eye for quality John has always been held in the highest regard with the New Zealand and Australasian antiques community. The closure of Portobello Antiques brings and end to an era and a great loss to us all.

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Auction times
Tue 14th March / 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Viewing times
Fri 10th March / 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sun 12th March / 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Mon 13th March / 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Location
180 Great South Rd, Remuera, Auckland

Catalogue
A PDF of the catalogue.

Postal bidding
A PDF of our bidding form.

Prices realised
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Conditions of sale
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Auction Highlights

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Lot number 062
Large George III silk thread sampler, on fine linen, including multiple plant and flowering vase motifs. Framed under glass. 650 x 550mm

Estimate: $700
Price realised: n/a

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Lot number 063
A European silver, horn and meerschaum pipe, the bowl with relief initials below a crown, silver mounts including octagonal pierced dome cover with scrolling clasp hinge lid fitting, morocco leather cover to the bowl. L:330mm

Estimate: $650
Price realised: n/a

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Lot number 076
A pair of French mid-19thC gilt metal garniture castlettes, with porcelain bodies, hand-painted with panels of cherubs on a bleu céleste ground. H:350mm

Estimate: $1500
Price realised: n/a

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Lot number 119
A rare George III quality tortoiseshell fitted sewing box, rectangular form, the mildly domed panelled lid with ivory detail, enclosing the original fitted interior including ivory, steel, cut glass and other sewing fittings, the silk lined lid with a printed scene of a courting couple, raised on gilt ball and grapevine feet. 210 x 140 x 105.

Estimate: $2000
Price realised: n/a

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Lot number 120
A rare early 19thC tortoiseshell and gold framed and lined snuff box with portrait miniature, of rectangular form, the portrait of Peter Paul Rubens painted on ivory panel under glass, set to the hinged lid; testing as 14ct gold, quality concealed original hinge, 83 x 62mm

Estimate: $1800
Price realised: n/a

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Lot number 121
A 19thC Continental porcelain finely painted table snuff box, wide crescent type form, the hinged lid painted with winter scene of two gents upon a horse-drawn sled, oral spray painted interior, ormolu mounts. 100 x 80 x 45mm

Estimate: $850
Price realised: n/a

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Lot number 165
A pair of Victorian large clear glass pharmaceutical / chemist's display bottles/carboys, double gourd-type form with faceted tall spire stoppers. Heights 630mm

Estimate: $1200
Price realised: n/a

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Lot number 193
A Victorian majolica cheese dome and tray, green glazed moulded basket-weave detail, ring top handle, with faults and old riveted repair, yellow and blue glazed highlights.

Estimate: $80
Price realised: n/a

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Lot number 226
A rare Pair of 19th Century Staffordshire Pottery Newfoundland or St. Bernard Dogs with the Royal children, a child to the back of each dog, painted highlights. H:235

Estimate: $700
Price realised: n/a

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Lot number 235
A mid-20thC Royal Worcester Highland Cattle vase by Harry Stinton, signed, cylindrical form with pierced rim. Shape G42. H:145mm

Estimate: $600
Price realised: n/a

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Lot number 236
An early 20thC Royal Worcester James Stinton Pheasant painted vase, cylindrical form, the pair of birds in a treed landscape. H:157mm

Estimate: $1000
Price realised: n/a

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Lot number 266
An old Sèvres porcelain casket, of serpentine form, the hinged lid painted with a Watteau-esque scene of a dallying couple. Sèvres mark enclosing an F (For 1758 but of a later period). W:135

Estimate: $500
Price realised: n/a

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Lot number 306
A late 18thC Sheffield Plate candelabra, with three vase shaped nozzles raised on sinuous arms from a central candlestick, supported on a tapering column from a decoratively moulded circular base. H:550mm

Estimate: $425
Price realised: n/a

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Lot number 321
A George III silver helmet cream jug, raised on spreading stem from a square plinth base. London 1800. H:140mm

Estimate: $300
Price realised: n/a

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Lot number 322
A George III silver flat bottom cream jug, with reeded rim, square scroll handle and finely engraved encircling border, crested with a double-headed eagle displayed above a ducal coronet. London 1803

Estimate: $325
Price realised: n/a

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Lot number 349
An uncommon 19thC Scottish snuff mull, made from a highland cattle horn set with various citrine or amethyst style 'cairngorms', suspended on a decorative link silver chain. L:280mm

Estimate: $2000
Price realised: n/a

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Lot number 493
A c.1900 unusual American Federation model townhouse, red painted frame with varnished cream highlights, glazed windows. 835 x 280 x 630mm

Estimate: $250
Price realised: n/a

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Lot number 506
An Edwardian blue painted steel and brass book press, traditional oval knob handles.

Estimate: $300
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Lot number 512
A George III wall mounting pewter plate rack, the three shelves with double recessed to support plates etc., supporting bars, reeded panels flanking. 1440 x 140 x 1120, c.1760-80.

Estimate: $1500
Price realised: n/a

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Lot number 543
George III Cuban mahogany sofa table, the top and drop-sides with fine thumb moulded edge. 1810. 1500 x 760 x 725mm

Estimate: $4200
Price realised: n/a