The corporate art collection, consisting of 350 pieces, was put together under the stewardship of the late art dealer Peter McLeavey during the 1980s. Artists include all the big names such as McCahon, Fomison and Rita Angus. The collection will be auctioned by Webb's over two sales in September, after touring to Wellington and Christchurch. The funds will be used by BNZ to establish a foundation "to help accelerate the work organisations across New Zealand".
Cordy's March 2022 Antique Auction included a number of rare, early Crown Lynn items. Crown Lynn has been selling very well over the last few years, which you can witness any day on Trade Me or on the excellent instagram site @crown_lynn_prices But these pieces had the addition of early provenance direct to the Crown Lynn factory, which cast them into that other realm. Lot 38, A small black swan was estimated at $400-800, it sold for $4,200 (+ premium). A Wharetana Ashtray (Lot 34) sold for $3,800 (+ premium) against a $600-1000 estimate. And Lot 36, A rare hand-potted bowl in a black glaze was estimated at a generous $800-1600, it sold for $3,400 (+ premium). The seller's grandfather worked at the factory and I am sure they were very pleased with those amazing sales results.
The perennial favourite collecting area of Art Deco is still popular in the marketplace judging by Dunbar Sloane's latest sale. Unusually three Louis Wain animals (including a pig) were up for auction. The cat (as shown above) got the highest price selling for $12,000 plus premium. A cat planter sold two years ago at Webbs for just over $9,000 + BP.
A rare patterned Clarice Cliff (Queen of Art Deco pottery) vase also did well selling for $14,000. The other highlight from Dunbar's were a rare matched pair of Howard & Sons armchairs. These got a eye watering $23,000 plus premium. Once the upholstery is redone these are probably a $30,000 pair of chairs!
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