Our renowned monthly, market leading auctions include a wide range of periods and styles from antiquities and antiques through to mid-century design.European, English and NZ colonial furnishings accompany the broadest range of collectables, silver, ceramics and decorator’s items curated and catalogued by the leading team of experts in the country. Under this section we offer miscellanea, cameras, glass, Modern Movement, boxes, walking sticks, cameras, costume, ephemera, studio pottery and all manner of items.
An impressive large carved 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 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
A pair of late 19thC large classical garden urns
the long ovoid bodies with a wide encircling band of classical figured decoration, other encircling bands with classic scrolls and scalloped designs, the short scroll handles to the multiple banded necks with original cap covers, circular pedestal base on removable square plinth. Provenance: The Flower Family Collection. Height overall 1295.
Two rare early 20thC Carlo Bugatti (1856-1940) Orientalist salon chairs
displaying Moorish influences, ebonised walnut frames with incised Eastern designs. The original (goat skin) parchment upholstery hand painted with gestural restrained floral designs and eastern calligraphic script framed by hand embossed geometric star form copper plaques. W.370mm x D. 510mm x H.1110mm. Note: Carlo Bugatti is world renowned as an Italian decorator, designer and manufacturer of Art Nouveau furniture. A specialist in interior decoration, Carlo studied firstly at the Brera Academy in Milan, and subsequently, from 1875, at the Académie des Beaux Arts in Paris. In 1880 he started to manufacture furniture in Milan, later transferring to France. From 1888 he began to be successful beyond Italy.
A whalebone walking stick
the shaft with metal ferrule the marine handle in the form of a Turk's knot. Provenance: The Flower Family Collection. Length 885.
A fine quality modern Italian 'Flexform - Happy' three-seater sofa and a pair of matching side chairs
designed by Antonio Citterio, basket weave backs, polished stainless steel flat bar frames and the highest quality leather mocha brown loose cushions and bolsters.
An Anton Seuffert elaborately inlaid parquetry card table top
on a Victorian walnut tripod base, the top with central eight point star-burst framed by expanding geometric patterns in various N.Z. native timbers. Dia.605, in good condition and polish, the tripod base with fine stringing and inlay to the three turned columns tripod platform and three scrolling legs. H.705. Note: it is recorded in the book 'The Seuffert Legacy' by Brian Peet published 2008 that 'many card tables have been discovered with bases of uncertain origin, suggesting the tops were sold separately...'.
A c.1901 Royal Worcester Highland Cattle painted large vase signed J. Stinton
the ovoid body painted with four cattle in a mountainous Highland scene, the scrolling handles, trumpet form neck and flared foot with gilt enrichments and turquoise green painted highlights. Printed mark to base with date code slightly eligible c.1901 and shape #1969. H.400mm.
A pair of Coalbrookdale cast iron hall chairs designed by Christopher Dresser c.1870 in the 'Lily' pattern
the decorative backs with a combination of fluted, fan and wrythen forms, conforming base, the cast iron seats with enamelled dark red brown button type upholstered finish. Registration diamond cast to the reverse. Height 1330.
An important NZ walking stick
the shaft made from jarrah timber from James Busby's Residence which later became the Treaty House. The plain wood shaft topped with a pounamu band, a wide silver collar engraved with 'This Stick is Part of the House wherein the Treaty of Waitangi was signed 1840' with a polished piece of pounamu to the top of the collar. Length 930. The Residence fell into disrepair in the 1890s and was not restored until the 1930s when it was bought and gifted to the nation by Lord Bledisloe. Provenance: The Flower Family Collection. Length 930.
An iconic New Zealand Garth Chester Curvesse chair
constructed from a single piece of bent plywood, c.1944. This chair remains the single most significant piece of furniture produced in New Zealand, in good polished finish.