Sunday, March 13, 2016

TONY FOMISON CA 1971, "GUERNEY SERIES"






















Oil on Linen on card, 780mm x 500mm, 1971, was shown in his first solo show at the CSA in 1971

PAINTING OF A FAMILIES DOLLS AND ONE DOLL

Inscribed on reverse" By Alice Turner 1850 - 1860, painting of Alice turners dolls and some of her mothers". "the doll on the far right was sent out to New Zealand along with this painting" Watercolour, image is 37mm0 by 470mm. The dolls date back to 1680 and the one that accompanies this painting is a "Queen Anne" doll Ca 1720. Could do with a period frame.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

CARVED GOURD, THEO SCHOON CA 1965











From a Blenhiem collection, same source as my previous one, authenticated by John Perry

Born in Java of Dutch parents in 1915, sent to Holland for classical art education in Rotterdam, Schoon travelled through Europe absorbing all that the new movements could offer. Upon arrival in New Zealand in 1939 he was probably the best educated artist in the country. Schoon was an artist, photographer, potter, sculptor, greenstone carver, designer and an expert art researcher. He developed his knowledge of Maori design by going to the best Maori authorities. Often the only European invited by Maori to show his art and creations on their marae. He became an expert gourd maker. A number of his carved gourds are held in American museums. He researched the few Maori rock drawings that were then known, and began a time-consuming and physically demanding on-the-spot research in often isolated and deep caves. He recorded the rock drawings in his sketches and photographs.
Schoon undertook intense research at the same time, in to Maori design. He assembled the designs recorded by Williams, Augustus Hamilton and J H Menzies from the start of the century, and consulted with Maori elders and Tohunga. Applying aspects of Maori design to his own art, he developed a fern root spiral which became the well-known "koru". Schoon freely admitted he had adapted Maori design & was always free with his gifts to other artists.
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Thursday, February 11, 2016

EARLY RUPERT BEAR TEDDY BEAR 1930'S

 UNUSUAL EARLY RUPERT TEDDY BEAR FROM GERMAN FAMILY OVER 80 YEARS OLD STANDS AROUND 12 INCHES HIGH



Wednesday, February 10, 2016

CONSTANCE WILDE'S OPERA GLASSES, A GIFT FROM FRANK HARRIS.


 Aluminium and faux tortoise shell opera glasses
inscribed

"A memento to  Constance from Frank on his first literary publication 1893"

These came from the estate of the daughter of Sir William Taylor, British Surgeon General along with correspondence from Aubrey Beardsley to Lady Louisa,  Duchess of  Devonshire.

LARGE DUTCH MICRO BEADED BAG EARLY 19TH C


HEAVY STERLING FRAME , INNER PURSE IN KID LEATHER
EARLY 19TH C HALLMARKED

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

BROOKFIELD ROLLER MILLS CHRISTCHURCH SIGN

 A good vintage New Zealand tin sign for D.H. Brown & Son, Brookfield Roller Mills, Christchurch, lithographically printed in colours on tin and embossed.i some minor rusting to the base. Overall in very good condition. 74 cm x 51 cm
The Mill still stands on Moorhouse ave near Hagley Park

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

LARGE OVAL STRUT CLOCK BY T COLE

As found.
case and movement both stamped with serial no 1452
9 inches high, 8 day, silver dial untouched.
Several assembly screws and the minute hand is missing but clock runs
gilding is in great condition.
engraved on back
"Remodeled by C Frodsham, 1904"
I think the strut may have been modified but I can not see anything else which is missing or changed
A good project for someone


Portobello Antiques re opens

Now open again in a great new shop at The Tannery, Woolston, Christchurch

Thursday, May 30, 2013

PAIR OF PORCELAIN FIGURINES, BEGGARS AFTER JACQUES CALLOT, MARKED SEVRES 1751


 A VERY RARE PAIR OF FIGURINES, MARKS FOR SEVRES 1751
AMAZING DETAIL, MODELED AFTER ETCHINGS
FROM CALLOTS WORK " THE BEGGARS", 1622
PERFECT CONDITION, BOTH MARKED, 6 INCHES TALL


WEDGWOOD FAIRYLAND LUSTRE "GHOSTLY WOODS" MALFREY POT


12 INCHES HIGH, PERFECT CONDITION ,
 MINUS LID

sold thanks Michigan

RARE BURL MUSK SIDE TABLE, TASMANIA CA 1835



WONDERFUL EARLY SIDE TABLE
TASMANIA CA 1835 MADE FROM
SOLID MUSK BURL Olearia argophylla.
700mm x 400mm x 500mm
sold thanks Melbourne