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This impressive Mid 20th Century Long Case Clock carved with Maori figures, the hood shaped as a Maori whare, with ebonised finish and paua shell eyes, sold at Cordy’s auctions on August 10th for $10,000 over its lower estimate ($18,500 hammer price). The clock which stands over 2m high, was a feature at a jewellery shop on Queen Street for many years. Other types of Māori carving also did very well in this auction, especially a piece that was said to have come from Whakarewarewa Village.
A group of works by Tony Fomison (1939-1990) from his mother's estate went under the hammer at Webb's this month. Mary Fomison died last April in her 100th year, many years after her son’s untimely death. It was poignant to see these works gifted to her as her “annual picture” - the works she lived with and looked at every day. This impeccable provenance provided strong prices for each of these works, all of them selling well over the reserve prices.
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