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A rare Peter Hutson & Co. large sculpted pottery figure of a Maori wahine
the late 19thC fountain pedestal with deep toned rich majolica glaze, she stands wearing a Maori rain cape (pake) with one arm raised and on an octagonal base. Modelled by W. H. Barrett, 'Teacher of modelling at the School of Design' (Wellington Technical School). H.890mm. Some restoration to base and arm, basket absent.

Estimate: $10,000 - $14,000

0216

A Crown Lynn Wharetana Maori Art Pottery 'Kokowai Bowl'
model 1018, decorated with three stylised manaia figures below a border of rauponga pattern and raised on three swollen koruru mask feet. Rich green glaze. Dia.145mm.

Estimate: $3,000 - $4,000

0057

NOT BAD EH! THE WORK OF JANE BRENKLEY .JANE BRENKLEY FOLK ART DIORAMA MAORI PA
My first ever contact with the work of Jane Brenkley was a visit to the Gunson Street studio Tony Fomison in the mid-1970s. There, right next to the main studio easel was a delightful carved and painted occasional table, the repository for the artist's key life support systems. That table was the work of self-taught artist Jane Brenkley found and purchased by Fomison in what he called ''The Golden Age of Flea Markets''. . After Fomison’s death in 1990 the table was used in an important survey of New Zealand folk art entitled ‘NOT BAD EH! along with some other Brenkley works that were exhibited at various institutions around the North Island including the Dowse Art Museum, the Rotorua Museum of Art and History and the Auckland Museum. A successful solo exhibition of her work was held at the at the Hawkes Bay Art Gallery and Museum near the end of last century. Jane Brenkley was a stand out woman artist about whom little was known in metropolitan art circles, but in the lower eastern side of the North Island she was quite well known and was held in high esteem. That a collection of this magnitude should come on to the market in one auction event should register around 8.5 on the cultural Richter scale... That Ngaire Hart has amassed this large and extensive collection of this unique woman artist's work is testimony to her zealous approach as a collector who had clear vision and foresight to collect for her pleasure and enjoyment the unique work of Jane Brenkley. With the recent passing of Ngaire Hart this mammoth collection is now to be spread far and wide for a much larger audience of public institutions and private collectors to savour and enjoy. John Perry Former Director of the Rotorua Museum of Art and History. LOT 57: AN EARLY JANE BRENKLEY FOLK ART DIORAMA, depicting a Maori hillside pa with warrior figures behind figural palisades and standing on an elevated platform hailing two figures standing below in a waka; with painted whares and figures in the background. Beech bentwood case with glazed sloping front. Signed and dated 1939. 320 x 420 x 280mm. The arched diorama, dated 1939, is one of the finest pieces by Brenkley to be offered at auction. The glass fronted display is in excellent condition and shows a Maori pa complete with whares, elaborate protective palisades and an approaching canoe whose figures appear to be friend and not foe. The interior of the diorama contains over twenty-five individually carved and painted figures and buildings. Brenkley was a noted exhibitor at the New Zealand Centennial Exhibition which ran from November 1939 to April 1940 and an item of this detail and ambition quite likely traces its provenance to this important cultural event.

Estimate: $3,000 - $4,000

0253

A rare Peter Hutson & Co. pottery commemorative Boer War jug (1899-1902)
in a rich majolica glaze dominated with blue and green tones; relief decoration of a soldier with a bandolier and rifle standing to attention, crossed flags and the words 'Whawhai Mo To Kanga Mo To Kuini Ake Ake Ake' (Fight For Your Queen Forever), the handle modelled as a cannon, impressed potter's monogram and 'Rd.123'. H.210mm. Professional restoration to spout and top rim. Note: Hutson's eldest son served in the South African campaign with New Zealand's Second Contingent.

Estimate: $2,800

0146

A rare Thomas Norman Lovatt glazed terracotta pottery bust of 'Pomar-e'
finely modelled with incised moko, wearing a cloak to his shoulders; incised to the base 'No. T.N. Lovatt, Temuka, NZ' and with the subject's name. 245 x 135 x 170mm. Pomare II (Ngapuhi) was an important Maori chief, born in the latter part of the 18thC, a signatory to the Treaty of Waitangi. Lovatt (1896-1968) emigrated from England in 1923 taking up the position of manager at the Benhar Pottery in Otago, and subsequently with N.Z. Insulators Ltd which owned Temuka Pottery in 1941. He retired in 1966 and opened his own studio in Temuka, Lovatt's Pottery Studio.

Estimate: $2,500

0072

A Jane Brenkley folk art carved Maori design pedestal side table
the rectangular top with a woman, man and dog to the foreground, a lake with waka and background with whare and further figures beyond; raised on upon a figural column from a stepped base. Signed and dated 1942. Strong stained and painted colours. 510 x 335 x 560mm.

Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500

0145

A rare Thomas Norman Lovatt terracotta pottery bust of 'Te Rangi Pikanga'
finely modelled with moko kauae, a woven cloak to her shoulders and two hei tiki to her neck; the base incised with the subject's name and 'T.N. Lovatt, Temuka'. Te Rangi Pikinga born c.1800 was an important figure in Ngati Apa history, witnessing the turmoil of inter-tribal warfare. As a young woman she was captured by a war party led by Te Rauparaha and his nephew Te Rangihaeata, the latter's subsequent chiefly marriage to Pikanga affected a peace between Ngati Apa and Ngati Toa. 230 x 130 x 190mm.

Estimate: $2,500

0324

Five framed Anneke Borren pottery tile panels
each panel of twenty-five tiles forming one large bird painting. Each panel 830 X 840mm. Originally purchased as a large tiled cube from the Anneke Borren Auction in October 2017 and deconstructed/remade into five panels.

Estimate: $2,500

0211

A pair of Crown Lynn Wharetana ware 'Moko' bookends
recorded in the promotional pamphlet as 'Ceremonial Life-Sized wooden masks... The face moko (tattoo) is typical of a Maori chief or tohunga...', striking dark green glaze, impressed model 1019 to base of each. 100 x 95 x 140mm. The Wharetana range of ceramic ware made by Crown Lynn was designed by Harry Hargreaves who emigrated to New Zealand in 1924. He worked at Crown Lynn from 1943 and died in the 1960s. The range began production around 1947 and assimilated Maori designs in a contemporary manner. Hargreaves records and family anecdotes recalls his interest in Maori culture and the language. They note his universal tool was a sharpened 4 inch nail with which he carved numerous designs on a range of artware shapes including trinket and cigarette boxes, plates and wall plaques, ashtrays and small dishes. The ware was slip cast and generally finished in brown glaze resembling wood through to various green glazes suggesting pale (inanga) to rich (kawakawa) greenstone (pounamu). Produced with an eye on the overseas tourist trade, not surprisingly the most desirable of Crown Lynn’s production is rare in New Zealand.

Estimate: $2,500 - $3,000

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A Jane Brenkley carved Maori folk art design pedestal side table
the rectangular top with a women, man and two dogs to the foreground, a lake with waka and background with whare and further figure beyond; raised on upon a figural column from a stepped base. Signed, c.1940s. Good original stained and painted colours. 540 x 355 x 585mm.

Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500

0208

A c.1900 Sherwin & Cotton Maori portrait tile of famous guide
Sophia, wearing a korowai, huia feather, tiki and pendant, entitled top left, the artist George Cartlidge’s monogram bottom right, maker's marks impressed to reverse and named in ink. 225 x 150mm. Framed.

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000

0209

A c.1900 Sherwin & Cotton Maori portrait tile of the Ngatimaru Chief
Tuari Netana, with full moko and wearing a pākē, (rain cloak), entitled top right, the artist George Cartlidge’s monogram bottom left, maker's marks impressed to reverse. 225 x 150mm.

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000

0215

A rare Wharetana prototype slip cast biscuit barrel
the walls modelled as three tiki figures standing facing outwards and with clasped hands forming handles, the lid with three tiki faces. Light brown glaze, with green glazed interior. Repair to one handle. H.200mm. This unmarked piece was bought by Ngaire Hart around 2006, from a trader who had bought it from a woman whose grandmother worked in the admin at Crown Lynn. Anecdotally she recounted that it was one of two examples made, the other which was gifted to Queen Elizabeth II on her visit to the factory in 1963. It was suggested that this piece did not go into production because of the difficulty of casting and the fragility of the arms that sit away from the body.

Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000

0210

A c.1900 Sherwin & Cotton Maori portrait tile of the famous guide Bella
with korowai, huia feather and hei tiki, entitled top right 'Bella', the artist George Cartlidge’s monogram bottom left, maker’s marks impressed to reverse. 225 x 150mm.

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000

0113

A Jane Brenkley folk art carved Maori design pedestal side table
the oval top with two women, a man and dog to the foreground, a lake with waka and background with whare and further figures beyond; raised on upon a figural column from a stepped base. Signed and dated 1944. Inscribed under the base: 'Mrs. Brenkley Snr., Norsewood, via Ormondville, H.B.' 495 x 335 x 580mm.

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000

0207

A c.1900 Sherwin & Cotton Maori portrait tile of the chief
Matene Te Nga, depicted with full moko and in a korowai (cloak), the chief of Ngati Maru Iwi, entitled top left, the artist George Cartlidge’s monogram bottom right, maker's marks to reverse. 225 x 150mm. In oak frame.

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000

0251

A scarce Hutson Pottery majolica two-stage urn on stand
(a marriage) the top section decorated with swags and masks in relief, the base with bulbous fluting, a short column stand and a square plinth base, rich lustrous brown and dark green glaze effects. The base marked 'P. Hutson & Co., Wellington'. Minor losses. Dia.380mm, H.550mm.

Estimate: $2,000

0252

A scarce Hutson Pottery majolica two-stage urn on stand
(a marriage) the top section decorated with swags and masks in relief, the base with bulbous fluting, a short column stand and a square plinth base, blue, buff and green glaze effects. Unmarked. Incised B on base. Some chips to foot. Dia.380mm, H.560mm.

Estimate: $1,800

0060

A rare Jane Brenkley diorama of a Maori marae
with an intricately carved whare whakairo fascia forming the backdrop, eight figures and three dogs positioned before it along with a pataka and waka, flanked by trees in the foreground. 630 x 420 x 380mm.

Estimate: $1,800 - $2,200

0212

A pair of Crown Lynn Wharetana ware 'Moko' bookends
model 1019, rich mid-brown glaze, impressed number to bases. 100 x 95 x 140mm.

Estimate: $1,800 - $2,400