A first edition copy of MOSES HARRIS The Aurelian: Or, Natural History of English Insects, namely Moths and Butterflies and the Plants on which They Feed, from 1766 sold for over $15,000 (incl. BP) at Webb's. This was ex Libris of Lawrence Baigent and Robert Erwin. Included in the sale was a first edition of Katherine Mansfield's 1930 publication of The Aloe ($3,055) and a 1937 early translated copy of The Metamorphosis by Kafka ($2,585).
A 19th Century Hei Tiki from the collection of Charles Frederick Goldie sells at Dunbar Sloane for $20,000
against estimate of $3,000-5,000
We are now back full-time for 2021.
We hope that you had a restful summer break.
Above are 'postcards' of a few of the things we saw on our holiday, including the Māori Art Exhibition at Auckland Art Gallery and a wonderful stay in Historic Russell; Kororāreka.
Please feel free to get in touch if you have anything for us to value this year.
Erika & Josh
Updated: 18th December 2020
We are now closed for the Christmas holidays.
We will re-open on Monday February 15th 2021.
Thank you all for your amazing support this year.
Have a safe and Merry Christmas!
Erika & Josh
Two works by the colourful New Zealand artist Jacqueline Fahey sold very well at auction last month.
Dunbar Sloane's 'New Zealand and International Fine Art Sale' on June 3rd featured a Self Portrait painting by Fahey, entitled Self Portrait in Augusta’s Bedroom. A large work, measuring 1210 x 600 mm that had been included in the Fahey touring retrospective exhibition from last year, it was estimated at $4,000-7,000 and sold for almost three times the top estimate at $20,000.
Later in the month, Webbs ‘Art to Date’ Sale on 29 June featured lot 239, an untitled work, measuring 860 x 585 mm. Estimated at $5,000 - $7,000 it more than doubled its highest estimate at $15,275.
This shows both an increased market interest in female artists and how a retrospective show can positively effect values of paintings by the featured artists.
A major survey of contemporary Māori art from the 1950s to the present day is being developed by Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki to open this summer.
Toi Tū Toi Ora: will feature over 300 artworks by 120 Māori artists and will celebrate a vast range of contemporary Māori art, including painting, sculpture, printmaking, clay-making, jewellery and body adornment, photography, digital media, film and installation art. Artist's include: Mata Aho Collective collaborating with Maureen Lander; Shane Cotton; Emily Karaka; Reuben Paterson; Matekino Lawless and Christina Wirihana; Lisa Reihana; Reweti Arapere; Ngatai Taepa; Sandy Adsett; Areta Wilkinson; and more to be announced.
Auckland Art Gallery Curator, Māori Art, Nigel Borell says, ‘It is nearly 20 years since a New Zealand art institution has revisited the story of contemporary Māori art in a large survey exhibition. This moment feels timely and essential. It will stimulate critical discussion about the place of contemporary Māori art while also presenting an occasion to celebrate its vitality and uniqueness. A project of this scale and importance is a major undertaking, but it is an exhibition that I’ve been thinking about for some years and am extremely excited to now be realising.’
It opens at Auckland Art Gallery on Saturday 5 December 2020 and will be free to the public.
(edited from the AAG Press Release E.C.)
We hope you are all doing okay in your bubbles!
Antique & Art have been working 'online only' since the lockdown began six weeks ago. With the possibility of heading into Level 2 soon, we are tentatively making appointments for onsite appraisals towards the end of May.
Please get in touch if you have any valuation questions.
We hope that you are all doing well, two weeks into our lockdown. We would to take a moment to wish you all the best for the Easter break. Take care in your bubbles!
In line with the current governmental guidelines regarding social distancing, Antique & Art will no longer be undertaking first-hand appraisals. Over the last few years, the majority of our work has moved to online appraisals, especially when the object has been damaged or stolen. In many cases this is a very efficient and cost effective way of valuing. If you have anything you would like valued, you are more than welcome to send images and information to us here. Feel free to contact us with any questions that you have.
We hope you are staying safe and see you again in the real world when that curve trends downwards.
Happy New Year. I hope you all had a refreshing summer break.
We are a back little bit early this year, our inbox was brimming so it was time to get back to work!
I am looking forward to heading down to Wellington next week for the Simon Manchester Collection at Dunbar Sloane. I will update you with any interesting market information I garner from that.
Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @antiqueartnz to keep up-to-date of all the things I see in my travels.
If you have anything you would like valued this year, we would love to hear from you, all questions are welcome.
(Image: my flower arrangement inspired by Marti Friedlander's photo of Philip Clairmont.)
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