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    Sale 367 Preview 27 March 2014

    2013 Year in review

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    Entries are now invited for Webbs first sale of Important Paintings & Contemporary Art for the 2014 season. A record performance in 2013 saw Webbs lead the New Zealand market, having transacted in excess of $7.6 million in fine art sales at auction. We encourage you to make contact for a no-obligation appraisal and to experience the scholarly, well-referenced approach that delivers New Zealands highest prices.

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    The upcoming sale includes a nucleus of extremely rare, early consignments that, in each case, are of a quality surpassing any previous examples released to the auction market. The sale will be the focus of serious collectors this season.Collectors of modern New Zealand practice will gravitate towards our selection from this period, which is spearheaded by an iconic body of works surveying the practice of the cornerstone figure, Colin McCahon; in years to come, these pieces will be remembered as among the finest works by the artist ever to be sold at auction. Kauri Trees, Titirangi, completed between 1955 and 1957, is widely celebrated as a triumph from this period in the artists career and is the most well-resolved example in existence. Moby Dick is Sighted off Muriwai Beach belongs to a small series of works which relate to the Necessary Protection paintings, most of which are held in museum collections. The work is the first of its kind ever to be offered to the market and, until 2007, it was owned by a member of the McCahon family.

    The March event includes a large-scale installation by Lillian Budd (et al.), entitled Modern World, which was included in the seminal 1991 exhibition Headlands at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.

    The work is unquestionably the most important piece by this historically significant, contemporary New Zealand artist ever to be offered at auction and will undoubtedly see Webbs continue to break new ground in this burgeoning sector of the market. Also included in the sale is Garth Tappers monumental Black Gold, the most important work that the artist ever produced and certainly the most impressive example of his practice ever to be made available to the open market.

    This forthcoming sale of Important Paintings & Contemporary Art will attract an audience of New Zealands foremost private collectors and institutions who are seeking to acquire outstanding works from New Zealands art-historical canon. Through both the rigour of our connoisseurship and the implementation of bespoke marketing strategies, Webbs consistently achieve sales at the top end of the market and surpasses vendor expectations with prices exceeding reserves.

    Contact: sophie Coupland Head of Fine Art Department Mobile: +64 21 510 876DDI: +64 9 529

    Contact: Charles ninow Fine Art Specialist Mobile: +64 29 770 4767DDI: +64 9 529

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    In relation to New Zealands art history, the Kauri series, executed during McCahons early Cubist period while residing at French Bay, Titirangi, from 1953 to 1959, is widely regarded to be pivotal in the formation of a nationally specific cultural identity. These years were enormously productive for McCahon and, arguably, one of the most crucial periods of his artistic oeuvre. The Kauri series is the most recognised embodiment of McCahons early practice and a watershed of his career, and this kauri-scape is one of the finest, most well-resolved examples from the series.

    McCahon was stimulated by the novelty of living surrounded by dense native bush, with its distinctive quality of light and terrain, and created work that engaged with the domestic landscape, depicting scenes framed by the windows of McCahons house, through which landscape was glimpsed, or viewed during walks around his neighbourhood.

    With its tension between representation and abstraction, Kauri Trees, Titirangi is an example of McCahons resolve to work through technical issues arising from his study of Cubism and to find new ways of organising space within a painting. In Kauri Trees, Titirangi, there is no clear horizon, rather a sense of enclosure and subdued light falling on foliage with kauri trunks stretching dynamically from top to bottom of the picture plane and occupying a shallow, non-perspectival space. It utilises a predominant diagonal grid which extends over the surface of the work, integrating the land and sky. This faceting or fragmentation, typical of the Titirangi period, is a device by which McCahon avoids an overly descriptive interpretation of landscape. McCahon himself commented on this turn towards abstraction: In 1957 too, a great change in attitude to the Titirangi landscape I came to grips with the kauri and turned him in all his splendour into a symbol.

    The Cubist-inspired treatment of Kauri Trees, Titirangi resonates with the reduced colours and density of pristine new Zealand bush and can be seen as an attempt by McCahon to nationalise the Cubist movement.


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    Colin mcCahon Kauri Trees, Titirangi

    oil on canvas signed McCahon and dated 55, 6, 7 in brushpoint lower left 880mm x 775mm

    PROVENANCE From the Molly Macalister Family Collection

    estimate $270,000 $320,000

  • Webbs Auction House New Zealands Premier Auction House

    Bill Hammonds Cave Painting 5 is a masterfully executed work belonging to a broader body of paintings made between 2007 and 2012, in which the artist uses human life and custom from the Paleolithic era to build an allegory for the political and social structures of the modern world.

    Cave Painting 5 is a particularly rare example in that, unlike most smaller, domestic-scale examples from the series each of which often features a single, dominant figure it pictures an expansive landscape and a vast array of figures, and conjures the same deep intensity as do Hammonds largest works from this period.

    There is something intensely dark and compelling about this foreboding environment with cavernous interiors, sparsely distributed vegetation and smouldering, active volcanoes. The painting is rendered in inky, velveteen blue and thick, luminescent gold, which emanates across the canvas shedding light on the world outside of the cave, and Hammonds technique and material choices imbue his subject matter with a ceremonial appearance. The potency of the gold is such that, in parts, it reflects from beneath the layer of blue, yielding an effect of stunning translucency. The manner in which the washes of gold lap against one another in the background recalls the slub of silk, while the cascading drips of pooling blue pigment bring to mind the sharp, strongly vertical structure of gothic architecture.

    The form of the winged, avian figures which populate the foreground is based on that of the native Haasts eagle, which was hunted to extinction by humans. Prior to this, the species was the natural predator of the giant moa and, by posing the central figure with a curled bicep and placing a stack of large bones in the lower right corner of the image, Hammond alludes to the species dominant role in ancient New Zealand. The work discusses the Darwinian principle of survival of the fittest and, appearing almost as a religious tapestry, it prompts the viewer to consider the influence of that principle on the organisational structures of advanced civilisations.

    Cave Painting 5 discusses the Darwinian principle of survival of the fittest and, appearing almost as a religious tapestry, it prompts the viewer to consider the influence of that principle on the organisational structures of advanced civilisations.


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    Bill hammond Cave Painting 5

    acrylic on board in original artist-selected frame signed W.D. Hammond, dated 2008 and inscribed Cave Painting 5 in brushpoint upper edge 345mm x 480mm

    PROVENANCE Purchased from Cave Paintings, Ivan Anthony Gallery, 2008.

    estimate $60,000 $80,000

  • Webbs Auction House New Zealands Premier Auction House

    Moby Dick is sighted off Muriwai Beach is one of only five paintings on canvas from an important body of work which was a precursor for the open-ended necessary Protection series.

    COLIN McCAHONThis series heralded the introduction of the simplified representations of cliff forms and some of the more intimate and controlled themes that would form the basis of the artists later-life practice. In this work, it is evident that McCahon has visually articulated both his environmental concerns and his religious convictions with exceptional clarity. Containing both the stylistic tendencies seen in the artists practice of 19601970 and the oblique representations of the artists output until the time of his death, the Moby Dick series bears witness to the artist at a turning point in his career. It is also a testament to the way in which his love for a particular place lifts the work above the function of symbolic illustration.

    In late 1971, McCahon began using imagery with an association with a specific location the cliffs above Otakamiro Point, Muriwai with a view that became the key to the Necessary Protection theme. He was quoted in 1972 as saying: My painting is almost entirely autobiographical it tells you where I am at any given time, where I am living and the direction I am pointing. In February 1972, McCahon produced this work and three other paintings, all titled Moby Dick is Sighted off Muriwai Beach, leaving no question about where he had located himself. This site gave greater reality to the view from the cliff top by including the small offshore island of Oaia. In these paintings, the island has been transformed into Moby Dick, the great white whale from Herman Melvilles classic 1851 novel. The metaphoric linking of Oaia Island and Moby Dick worked on many different levels. The image of the whale allowed McCahon to reference the symbol of the devil of early Christianity whilst recalling the salvation of Jonah from the whale, thereby reflecting his conflicted view of the Church, his despair at what was happening to the Muriwai environment and his desire to protect it. Similarly, the island represents the source of faith and Christs teachings and, on a metaphysical level, the title of the series, Necessary Protection, alludes to the protection of humanity by a spiritual being.

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    Colin mcCahon Moby Dick is Sighted off Muriwai Beach

    synthetic polymer paint on canvas signed McCahon and dated 72 in brushpoint lower right; inscribed MOBY DICK IS SIGHTED OFF MURIWAI BEACH in brushpoint lower left 765mm x 918mm

    PROVENANCE Gifted by the artist to his sister and passed, upon her death, to her husband who was the previous owner of the work.

    EXHIBITED Colin McCahon, Paintings from this Summer 71 72: Muriwai and Kurow, Barry Lett Galleries, March 1972.

    estimate: $350,000 $400,000

  • Webbs Auction House New Zealands Premier Auction House

    A key work in the ground-breaking exhibition Headlands Thinking through New Zealand Art, curated for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, in 1992, Modern World was one of the most influential examples of installation produced at this formative period in New Zealand art history. This is the first time it has been presented to the market since its exhibition in Sydney and subsequent tour of major New Zealand art galleries. It is an indication of Modern Worlds strength and relevance that it continues to challenge the publics perception of artistic production with its difficult-to-navigate content and thus stands as a highly important exemplar of postmodern New Zealand art practice.

    Modern World is notable because, rather than focusing on didactic constructs, it uses forms that are, both conceptually and practically, typically associated with the notion of enlightenment. In addition to the words Modern World, the four wall-hanging sheets of paper display a passage of text about bookkeeping and the leveraging of debt (the activities of an advanced society) while the three-dimensional elements of the work incorporate light fittings and a copy of the book Damned Shall be Desire by Stephen Coulter.

    At its heart, Modern World examines the ideals and schools of thought associated with the notion of modernity and the way in which those constructs influenced contemporary society at the time of its making. While the term modern is often used to describe things that are new, it was first used to collectively describe intellectual advancements such as capitalisation, industrialisation and rationalisation. In using found, antiquated objects which have been embellished with imprecise mediums such as resin and white, commercial acrylic, Budd imbues her subject matter with a nostalgic sensibility. The work sheds light on the true vintage of modern economic and political principles often cited as pillars of societal advancement. With its title serving as a central focus, Modern World challenges the viewer to consider the implications of the phrase and, by contrasting it with objects, each of which was produced for a specific purpose and in a considered manner but is now ultimately valueless, Budd considers the merits, failings and legacy of modernitys influence on contemporary society.

    Modern world, made in 1990, prior to the artist Lillian Budds involvement with the et al. collective, examines the physical and organisational structures that are synonymous with so-called modern day living.


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    Lillian Budd Modern World

    screenprint and acrylic polymer on four sheets of paper, two found lamps with shaped bulbs, found extension cord and resin coated copy Damned shall be desire by Stephen Coulter affixed

    to found stand; National Art Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand & Museum Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia: Touring Exhibition label attached to base of found lamp (pictured furthest left).

    2400mm x 2000mm x 3000mm (overall, as installed).

    estimate $50,000 - $60,000

  • Webbs Auction House New Zealands Premier Auction House

    Garth Tappers practice had utilitarian aims and, as a whole, his lifes work reflected on our national identity from a unique vantage. Of Tapper, art critic Hamish Keith stated in 1975, he is completely with the mainstream of New Zealand life and reports upon it. He is perhaps the only genuine social observer we have in New Zealand and should be cherished for that.

    Tappers entire output shared this common conceptual focus and, accordingly, Black Gold is a monumental masterpiece from the artists series of paintings of blue-collar workers. The work is notable because it not only engages with the concerns of the labour force, but reflects on broader political, social and art-historical concerns. The title, Black Gold, refers to the financial gains involved in handling government construction contracts and to the notion that the awarding of such contracts is often governed by the interests of a small minority rather than by those of society as a whole. In classic Tapper form, this work summons a sophisticated political conversation while presenting a simple figurative image.

    Black Gold is also remarkable because it presents Tappers reflection upon New Zealand societys relationship with the natural world. In a number of ways such as the manner in which the artist painted the sky and the solid, rolling hills, and the method in which the workers tools are described and positioned the work alludes to Colin McCahons seminal 1952 painting On Building Bridges. Both paintings reference the way in which human structures and industrial development impact on the natural world and society. On Building Bridges is regarded as a work that was central to the development of modern painting in New Zealand and, accordingly, in Black Gold, Tapper was also considering his position in relation to the overall canon of New Zealands modernist movement.

    Black gold, by garth Tapper is a heroic painting in the modernist tradition in both scale and intent. it is arguably one of the most significant works by the artist and the most important ever offered for sale at auction.


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    garth tapper Black Gold

    oil on board signed Garth Tapper and dated 87 in brushpoint lower right 1500mm x 2000mm

    PROVENANCE Private Collection, Auckland. Commissioned by present owner in 1987.

    estimate $100,000 - $150,000

  • Webbs Auction House reCord year In revIew


  • Important Paintings and Contemporary Art

    The New Zealand art market experienced a record-breaking year in 2013. Whilst it wasnt a focus of critical commentary throughout the year, the New Zealand secondary art market, in fact, witnessed the highest turnover it has ever recorded at $20.3 million. The outstanding results of the past year recall a bygone period in the art markets history; indeed, it is not since the early 2000s that the secondary market has witnessed such liquidity and firm demand. This is the product of a market ascendance, and heralds a turning point in the crystallisation of New Zealand art as a blue-chip cultural asset.

    Crucially, it was the thorough and unsurpassed performance of high-value works (i.e. those holding values in excess of $100,000) which drove the exceptional results and market totals for the year. Webbs performance served as a catalyst, as we facilitated more fine art sales by value than did any other New Zealand auction house and achieved a market gain of 20%. Over 2009 to 2013, the traditional auction calendar generated total sales of between $15.3 million and $15.8 million. In light of this, the results of 2013 are all the more impressive, and Webbs is proud to have turned over $7.6 million of these fine art sales, a result 25% ahead of that of our nearest competitor. As the highest yearly total generated on the New Zealand art market, the figure is a milestone that defines the future direction of that market.

    While, by the numbers, results for 2013 clearly demonstrate a strong, sustained demand for high-value works of exceptional quality, it is also interesting to analyse the contrast between the prevailing approach of the buying public of the early 2000s, regarded as a high point in the markets history, and that of todays market. The fundamental difference is that a refinement and maturation in the markets collective psyche has occurred and, accordingly, both vendors and collectors are now more aware of comparative price points. In 2013, a number of major works did achieve prices which developed on previously established benchmarks; however there was a greater degree of predictability and adherence to correlative pricepoints. It is also worth noting that since the early 2000s, sales of high-value works by Ralph Hotere have contracted significantly. Although a large part of the market once comprised of Hotere sales, the top ten prices for 2013 saw a complete absence of the

    artists practice. The fact that this shift has not created a lasting gulf in annual totals indicates that other areas of the market have experienced an accelerated uptake.

    In the present-day market, high-value artworks have therefore come to exist and function together as an independent sector where the correlation of artistic reputation, quality, scarcity and investment value has rendered a highly sought-after asset class and has instilled an intrinsic capability for rationally strong performance at auction. A raft of new records was set by Webbs in 2013 including the highest prices to be achieved in half a decade for a contemporary painting and for a work by a living New Zealand artist. Further, the years final sale of Important Paintings & Contemporary Art, held in late November, achieved a total in excess of $2.0 million: the highest sale turnover of the season.

    Webbs record-breaking year included an array of high-performing results that surpassed previous benchmarks: particularly notable amongst the achievements of 2013, for example, was the sale of a suite of paintings by Bill Hammond for more than $1.1 million, including Farmers Market for $328,300. High-value transactions were also conducted for a large banner work on canvas by Ralph Hotere, Vidyapatis Song, which achieved $222,775. Further, one of the last works painted by Evelyn Page, Breakfast at Hobson Street, sold for $193,452 while a significant untitled work by Michael Illingworth achieved $158,287. Significantly, Webbs decisively navigated the market of modern New Zealand paintings, having sold 60% more major works (i.e. those with values in excess of $100,000) than did our nearest competitor.

    Webbs results for contemporary New Zealand art in 2013 lead the sector, significantly advancing the inherent value of a number of new artists with relatively limited sales histories and propelling the performance of established masters. Top results included those for three of the most significant works by Bill Hammond to have been presented at auction: Farmers Market ($328,300), Last Nightjar in Congested Sky ($293,125) and Zoomorphic Lounge ($205,187).

    sophie Coupland Head of Fine Art Department

  • Webbs Auction House New Zealands Premier Auction House

    Setting a new precedent in the market for prominently celebrated younger practitioners, Liz Maws work, Aura, sold for a record-breaking $56,300 and new auction records were set for the practice of Rohan Wealleans, Trevor Moffitt, Kushana Bush, Jude Rae and David McCracken.

    An important point for consideration in analysing the overall trajectory of market performance relates to the market for one of its most enduring and iconic figures: Charles Frederick Goldie. Whilst the work of this 20th-century master has always enjoyed strong demand and secured market-leading prices, the 2013 auction year saw these levels pass a previously unsurpassed threshold, going so

    far as to break the artists auction record. Of the entire market share of paintings by Charles Goldie to have been presented to auction in 2013, Webbs was responsible for 66% a figure 200% ahead of that of our nearest competitor by volume. Of particular note are the following four high-value sales made by Webbs over the year for the work of Charles Goldie: Memories, Wiripine Ninia, a Ngati Awa Chieftainess ($281,400), The Whitening Snows of Venerable Elder Atama Paparangi ($257,950), One of the Old School, Wiripine Ninia ($240,362) and Ngatirea ($152,425). These results accompanied the $175,875 achieved for Gottfried Lindauers portrait, Mrs Huria Whakamairu.

    The outstanding performance of 2013 saw annual turnover surpass the extraordinary benchmarks set over a decade ago. Webbs is excited to be at the forefront of this market growth and, in continuing to spearhead high-value sales, will lead the heralding of this new era in the history of the New Zealand art market throughout 2014.

    Colin mcCahon

    Landscape with Road

    oil on board, 1965


    Bill hammond

    Farmers Market

    acrylic on canvas, 2009


    Charles goldie

    Memories, Wiripine Ninia, a Ngati Awa Chieftainess

    oil on canvas, 1915


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    1. Bill Hammond Farmers Market. Achieved $328,300

    2. Bill Hammond Last Night Jar in Congested Sky. Achieved $293,125

    3. Charles Frederick Goldie Memories. Achieved $281,400

    4. Charles Frederick Goldie The Whitening Snows of Venerable Elder Atama Paparangi. Achieved $257,950

    5. Charles Frederick Goldie One of the Old School, Wiripine Ninia. Achieved $240,362

    6. Bill Hammond Zoomorphic Lounge. Achieved $205,187

    7. Ralph Hotere Vidyapatis Song. Achieved $222,775

    8. Evelyn Page Breakfast at Hobson Street. Achieved $193,452

    9. Gottfried Lindauer Mrs Huria Whakamairu. Achieved $175,875

    10. Michael Illingworth What Lies Beneath These Fragments of Reference? Achieved $158,287


    evelyn page

    Breakfast at Hobson Street

    oil on canvasboard, 1975


    michael smither

    Elizabeth with Sarah and Joseph

    oil on board, 1968


    ralph hotere

    Vidyapatis Song

    acrylic on unstretched canvas, 1979


    TOP 10 PRICES 2013

    WEBBS SHARE OF SALES OVER $100,000 By VOLuME, 2013











    2012 2011




    average price across Webbs top ten results, a 26% increase on 2012


  • Webbs 2013 results for Hammonds practice equate to a share of more than 82% of the artists market during this period: 466% ahead of our closest competitive colleague. Further, over this time, Webbs has maintained an unparalleled 100% sell-through rate for major paintings ($150,000+) by the artist, an 80% sell-through rate for works made post-1990 and an astounding 76% sell-through rate overall (including for works on paper and the artists traditionally challenging 1980s practice). Needless to say, Webbs bespoke approach to the marketing and placement of the artists practice continues to expand his active audience and lead his value development in the secondary market.

    The results over the last 12 months characterise a shift that has occurred in the markets perception

    of Hammonds practice. The ideals by which the artists work was traditionally valued have expanded and, accordingly, each of the artists top three results in 2013 were attained by works from periods which had not historically received strong support from the market. Farmers Market, whose sale achieved the years top result, was the first major painting from the artists acclaimed series of Cave Paintings ever presented at auction. The second-highest result was for Last Nightjar in a Congested Sky, a painting that sidestepped the artists classic green tones for a sophisticated monochromatic palette of black pigment and raw linen; the third-highest result was achieved for a work that sat slightly outside of the artists previously sought-after 1995 to 1998 period.

    Notably, Webbs also achieved a figure of $85,000 for a major painting, entitled I Had a Dream Last Night, You Were In It, from the artists seminal 1980s period, which predated his use of birds, and $84,400 for a classic 1990s bird painting, Fly, which measures just 590m x 390mm. The scope of Webbs sales of Hammonds practice over the last year has conclusively established the artist as New Zealands most celebrated and highly sought-after contemporary practitioner, whose output is regarded as an asset class of its own, which sits independently from the fluctuations of the market place.

    XBill Hammond

    2013 RECoRD YEAR in REViEw

    Webbs Auction House New Zealands Premier Auction House

    Having transacted in excess of $1.3 million in sales of Bill Hammonds work over 2013, Webbs has propelled the market for Hammonds practice at auction, which has outperformed that of every other 20th-century New Zealand cultural asset over the last 12 months.

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    Bill hammond Farmers Market

    acrylic on canvas 1850mm x 2600mm

    $328,300Bill hammond

    Last Nightjar in Congested Sky

    acrylic on Belgian linen 1800mm x 3600mm

    $293,125Bill hammond

    Zoomorphic Lounge

    acrylic on linen 2000mm x 840mm


    P R I C E FO R L I V I N G N Z A RT I ST

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    Top 2%O F R E S u LTS


    Top 5%

    Bill hammond Fly

    acrylic on canvas 590mm x 390mm

    $84,400Bill hammond

    I Had a Dream Last Night, You Were In It

    acrylic on canvas 1870mm x 1350mm


    By P R I C E/S I Z E R AT I O I N A

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    No.1P R I C E FO R 80S

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  • Webbs Auction House New Zealands Premier Auction House

    During the course of 2013, Webbs handled the sale of a number of paintings by two of New Zealands most celebrated painters of tangata whenua, Charles Goldie and Gottfried Lindauer. Both practitioners had the expressed aim of documenting the custom and likeness of the Maori and, since the development of the modern secondary market, their collective practice has come to be revered as a poignant and valuable reflection of our nations past.

    The year saw Webbs transact the sale of four major portraits by Charles Goldie, three of which were from the artists acclaimed 19051915 period and one of which was painted in 1932 and was the product of a more romantic approach to realism. For the works which belonged to this sought-

    after early period, Webbs maintained an average price of $259,900, 20% above that of our closest competitor. Webbs strong and consistent performance in this area is the result of our innovative and uncompromising approach to marketing and our base of motivated collectors who are actively engaged with the artists practice.

    Additionally, in 2013, Webbs was given the extraordinary opportunity to facilitate the sale of a rare early portrait by Gottfried Lindauer, Mrs Huria Whakamairu, dated 1876. It is seldom that fine Maori portraits by Lindauer are presented to the market; compared to works by Goldie, 50% fewer paintings by Lindauer are made available. Not only did Mrs Huria Whakamairu set a new record price for a female portrait

    by the artist, its sale price of $175,800 sits in the top 3% of results achieved for Lindauers practice. Further, by price/size ratio, Mrs Huria Whakamairu achieved the highest value ever attained for a painting by Lindauer. Based on scale, the figure achieved for this work is a 50% improvement on the average value by price/size ratio across the top three results for the artists practice (all of which are held by Webbs), indicating a definite rise in demand for rare and noteworthy examples of the artists practice.

    Traditionally, rare and significant depictions of tangata whenua have made up a fervent and sustained area of value development in the New Zealand secondary art market. Webbs transactions for these works, during 2013, totalled in excess of $1.1 million, confirming the implicit cultural and social value of these important taonga.

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    Charles goldie Memories, Wiripine Ninia, a Ngati

    Awa Chieftainess

    oil on canvas 340mm x 260mm

    $281,400Charles goldie

    The Whitening Snows of Venerable Elder Atama Paparangi

    oil on canvas on board 297mm x 215mm

    $257,950Charles goldie

    One of the Old School, Wiripine Ninia A Ngati Awa Chieftainess

    oil on canvas 230mm x 175mm


    Charles goldie Ngatirea (Day Dreams), Natarua

    Hangapa - Arawa Tribe

    oil on canvas 300mm x 245mm

    $152,400gottfried Lindauer

    Mrs. Huria Whakamairu

    oil on canvas 660mm x 530mm


    O F R E S u LTS AC H I E V E D FO R

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    Top 28%P R I C E FO R

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    I N 2013

    No.1O F R E S u LTS


    Top 11%S A L E S FO R


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  • Webbs Auction House New Zealands Premier Auction House

    In 2013, a number of landmark sales took place in this area of the market and the results achieved by Webbs are notable because, in many instances, they broke new ground in areas of the secondary market that, previously, had been untested. This is most poignantly illustrated by the sale price of $56,200 achieved for Aura by Liz Maw: the highest figure ever generated for a work by the artist. Liz Maw held her first solo exhibition in a dealer gallery setting 13 years ago and only a small number of works has ever been presented at auction. Prior to this sale, the average price achieved across previous transactions was $23,000; Webbs improved this figure by 144%.

    Shane Cottons The Painted Bird, which achieved $117,250, is the first painting

    by the artist made post-2005 to break the $100,000 mark at auction. The work was recently exhibited in the artists mid-career survey, The Hanging Sky, which toured Australasia, and it is widely celebrated as one of the important paintings made by the artist over the last decade. At three metres in height, this is the largest painting by Cotton ever sold at auction and its price sits in the top 1% of the artists recorded sales history.

    In addition to Webbs achieving a number of transactions of a value above the $50,000 level, our decisive approach to marketing also proved extremely effective in exceeding industry averages for works by contemporary artists with values below this level. Highlights of this

    nature include the sale of Etaples by Michael Parekowhai for $25,200, which set a new record for a work from the artists Consolation of Philosophy series and exceeded the industry average for this series by 72%. Grey Lynn Boogie Woogie by Rohan Wealleans set a new record for the artist with a sale price of $19,900, as did Turnbuckle Squat by Kushana Bush, which exceeded the artists previously established average price by 81% with a sale price of $8,800.

    Webbs has convincingly led the secondary market for artworks produced after 1990, having achieved more sales of major works from this period than did any other auction house in 2013. Our sales of contemporary artworks with values in excess of $50,000 totalled more than $1.5 million, a 430% lead on our closest competitor in this area of the market.

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    2013 RECoRD YEAR in REViEw

    Webbs Auction House New Zealands Premier Auction House

  • Important Paintings and Contemporary Art

    Liz maw Aura

    oil on board 1330mm x 1070mm

    $56,200shane Cotton

    The Painted Bird

    acyrlic on canvas 3000mm x 1900mm

    $117,250rohan wealleans

    Grey Lynn Boogie Woogie

    acrylic on linen 1000mm x 1000mm x 60mm


    michael parekowhai Etaples

    c-type photograph 1500mm x 1250mm

    $25,200Kushana Bush

    Turnbunkle Squat

    guache and graphite on paper 760mm x 560mm


    No.1R E C O R D P R I C E

    FO R T H E A RT I ST

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    Top 1%R E C O R D

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    R E C O R D P R I C E FO R T H E S E R I E S

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    Webbs 2013 results for paintings from New Zealands modern period reflect the breadth of our nations aesthetic practice from 1960 to 1980 and our ability to source and supply the market with rare examples that resonate with this periods core ideals. Ending the year with a 60% lead on our nearest competitor by volume, this success is steeped in Webbs well-entrenched position in this market, which has been built since we opened our doors in 1975. The results from the last 12 months speak to the efficiency of our marketing procedures and the strength of our core client base. In many cases, the results in 2013 set new benchmarks against which future sales will undoubtedly be evaluated.

    The year saw Webbs emerge as top performer in a number of key areas in this sector of the market. Our results include 2013s top price for a landscape painting by Colin McCahon, the top two prices for works by Ralph Hotere, the top two prices for paintings by Michael Smither and the highest price for a painting by Michael Illingworth. Additionally, Webbs transacted the top price for a painting by Evelyn Page, whose practice is very seldom made available to the secondary market, and this work achieved a price that sits within the top 1.4% of the artists sales history.In addition to our results at the upper end of the value spectrum, Webbs achieved a number of the record prices for smaller-scale works by the

    practitioners who are recognised as early proponents of modern practice in New Zealand. Russell Clarks Seated Figure, which depicts an unknown subject from the urewera, achieved a new record for the artists sculptural practice with a sale price of $46,000. Also, Charles Toles Port Moles, a very fine example of the artists practice which utilised a pared-back approach to realism, achieved $20,700. The work measures just 37cm x 33cm and this is the highest value ever achieved for the artists practice by price/size ratio.

    Webbs sold more major works from New Zealands modern period (those which achieved hammer prices of $100,000 or more) than did any other auction house in 2013. These results stand as a testament to Webbs privileged position as a pioneer in the market for modern New Zealand paintings.

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    Colin mcCahon Landscape with Road

    oil on board 610mm x 600mm

    $117,250michael smither

    Elizabeth with Sarah and Joseph

    oil on board 1100mm x 1210mm

    $152,400evelyn page

    Breakfast at Hobson Street

    oil on canvasboard 600mm x 810mm


    michael Illingworth What lies beneath these fragments

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    $158,300ralph hotere

    Vidyapatis Song

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    Increased activity across Webbs markets for collectable assets saw a year-on-year increase of 20% in turnover and an impressive total of 33,000 transactions completed in 2013. An overall increase in the quality of the supply and engagement from collectors in specialist fields encouraged firm competition, which is forecast to continue into the 2014 season. Webbs online market engagement now reaches well beyond the shores of Aotearoa. Our catalogues, in both hard copy and digital form, present a global view of New Zealands markets for cultural, collectable commodities. There are, on average, 12,000 unique visits per week to our website, and 2014 will be characterised by a continued growth of Webbs online development as collectors utilise the convenience and efficiency of our current online services. We are excited, also, to announce that 2014 will see the launch of a range of new online and mobile services that will reflect current best practice in our field.

    Webbs total sell-through rate for 2013 also improved to an impressive 77.26%. This market-leading result reflects a combination of specialist marketing strategies, ethical pricing practices and excellent client services.

    The jewellery market saw continued interest in larger and high-grade diamonds, antique jewels and collectable timepieces. With a new jewellery team led by Zora Bell Boyd and Anna Carr Webbs jewellery services changed pace in 2013 with a focus on presenting the market with a more curated offering of fashionable and desirable product. Extended marketing channels were employed, both on and offline, alongside a greater range of sales platforms including a comprehensive private sales service and a social auction platform for the largely untapped Facebook audience.

    The Interiors: Decorative Arts and Design

    department, led by James Hogan, hit new heights with the remarkable record sale of a pair of 19th-century carved rhinoceros horns. Capturing an international audience, this was followed by the sale of two further pieces of rhinoceros horn, which resulted in an extraordinary average across the top 10 prices for the department of $101,968.

    Blurring the line between old and new, Webbs modern design sales satisfy an increasing demand for quality, mid-20th-century furniture and home-ware by named designers. In 2013, our Modern Design department, led by Josh Williams, collaborated with the team at Mr. Bigglesworthy and held tightly curated sales of high-quality, market-fresh, imported mid-century modern design, which was snapped up by enthusiasts.

    Heading Webbs Fine Wine department, Simon Ward continues to work with the very best collections of cellared wines assembled in New Zealand. Leveraging Webbs online presence, 2013 saw a marked increase in online bidding with more than 50% of all winning bids now originating from online customers.

    While 2012 saw a surge of demand for Polynesian fishing technology, the 2013 market for Oceanic artefacts might be remembered for a focus on Maori pieces with palpable age and genuine patina, and rare pieces that seldom become available to collectors. Our specialist, Jeff Hobbs, secured a number of fine pieces through our international client base and ensured the repatriation of significant works for the benefit of our New Zealand collectors.

    What the classic car and vintage motorcycle market lacked in supply it made up for in quality with two relatively small offerings attracting good results across the year. In late March 2014, Webbs will hold its inaugural Wanaka event in partnership with the Warbirds & Wheels museum. With some remarkable items already confirmed as part of the sale, entries are now limited.

    Three large and impressive private collections of New Zealand studio ceramics were offered in 2013 by Webbs head of valuations Brian Wood, a specialist in this field. In late March and in association with Bethunes at Webbs, Brian will present The Gibson Collection of Orders, Decorations and Medals and in April Brian will curate another sale of New Zealand ceramics. Brian travelled New Zealand extensively throughout the year servicing the valuation requirements of the nations leading public galleries and cultural institutions. With significant shifts in the insurance landscape, Webbs valuation department has enjoyed a very active year including commissions from Te Papa Tongarewa, Auckland War Memorial Museum and Auckland Art Gallery.

    On behalf of the greater Webbs team, we thank you for your continued interest and engagement with Webbs and the markets we support.

    All the very best for 2014.

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    The unprecedented sale of a pair of magnificent 19th-century Chinese carved rhinoceros horns set a record price for any antique or artwork offered at public auction in New Zealand when it achieved $797,000 in September 2013. This was followed by some very strong prices for further antique rhinoceros-horn artefacts highly sought after by the domestic Chinese market. The market for Chinese antiques has remained

    buoyant and the department has seen a considerable rise in new patronage from local Chinese collectors. Some of our highest prices ever achieved for quality bracket, carriage and long-case clocks and chronometers were realised in 2013. The sterling-silver market has been consistent in terms of quality and prices achieved. The market continues to respond positively to the interior-design-focused sales of

    eclectic and unusual offerings including memento mori, taxidermy, industrial design, militaria and items of New Zealand historical significance. The department also saw strong demand for quality silver and a resurgence of interest in pre-20th-century wooden furniture, which stands in fashionable contrast to the ever-growing demand for 20th-century modernist design.

    Last year was one of evolution for Webbs Jewellery department and, having set several substantial records, including the highest price for a loose stone on the New Zealand market and this countrys highest-grossing jewellery sale, the department is planning a range of exciting auction events for 2014. The new team, Zora Bell Boyd,

    Anna Carr, Ruri Rhee and Peter Downey, conducted its first auction in August and achieved record-breaking sales totalling $800,193, a 34% increase on the average turnover for jewellery in the market. The new team offers a blend of expertise that delivers a bespoke and specialist service. There are new marketing channels and fully illustrated

    catalogues, and photographs of all pieces are now available to be viewed online; these advancements have encouraged an enhanced overall consigning and buying experience. Entries are now invited for a sale of fine jewellery to be held on 29 March; those entries are limited and consignments close on 14 February.

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    Top 10 highlights for 2013:1. a pair of 19th Century rhinoceros horns on stands.

    achieved $797,300. Illustrated.

    2. a single rhinoceros horn. achieved $86,770

    3. a rare 18th/19th Century Chinese Carved Libation Cup achieved $56,280

    4. a victorian arnold & dent Carriage Clock. achieved $20,750

    5. rhino horn walking stick. achieved $19,930

    Top 5 highlights for 20131. 5ct cushion cut diamond. achieved $205,187.

    highest recorded price for a loose stone.

    2. pair 3ct solitaire diamond studs. achieved $75,500

    3. 14ct white gold 5.28ct diamond ring. achieved $55,750

    4. patek philippe ladies Queen of Useful Complications wristwatch. achieved $37,520. Illustrated.

    5. 1.80ct diamond solitaire ring. achieved $36,500

    Consign Now: Fine Jewellery - 29 March Contact: Zora Bell Boyd and Anna Carr

    Consign Now: Interiors Decorative Arts - 10 April Contact: James Hogan

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    The October 2013 Modern Design auction, Line & Form, held in association with Mr. Bigglesworthy, resulted in the highest-ever sale total for a Webbs Modern Design auction with a 10.6% increase in turnover from the previous, April 2013, American Collection sale. The market also absorbed

    73% of all lots offered the highest sell-through rate in the market. This year will see a continued demand for iconic designs from the mid-century period. A growing interest in New Zealand heritage in this field will also continue to strengthen. High demand will remain for rare and exceptional

    lighting design. Webbs ongoing partnership with Mr. Bigglesworthy will see the Modern Design department continue to offer a great selection of quality pieces over the 2014 season. Entries are now invited for the forthcoming auction to be held on 8 May 2014.

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    Top 5 highlights for 20131. model 66 sideboard. achieved $10,552.50

    2. eames Black Leather & rosewood Lounger & ottoman. achieved $7,621.25. Illustrated.

    3. herman miller desk - peter protzman. achieved $7,035.00

    4. C. Jere Birds sculpture. achieved $7,035.00

    5. adrian pearsall sofa. achieved $7,035.00

    Webbs Fine & Rare Wine department holds an established position as one of New Zealands leading sources of cellared, quality, vintage wines and we are pleased to announce that the 2013 sales results cement this position once again. Alongside New Zealand wines by the great makers such as Te Mata, Dry River and Felton Road, each sale for 2013 offered a selection of

    boutique French wines from the Burgundy, Champagne and Bordeaux regions demonstrating the strength of knowledge about local and international fine wines held by our specialist, Simon Ward. In particular, French wine vintages have demanded top prices on the markets of London, New York and Hong Kong, and their availability at Webbs offers local buyers the opportunity

    to purchase some of the worlds finest wines resulting in the success, once again, of Webbs Fine & Rare Wine sales during 2013. Fine Wine sales are held monthly with entries currently invited for a forthcoming sale to be held on 17 February.

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    Top 5 highlights for 2013:1. 2001 drC La romane-Conti.

    achieved $10,552.50

    2. 1990 Chateau dyquem, sauternes (six litre). achieved $7,621.25

    3. 1976 Chateau petrus (Jeroboam). achieved $5,862.50

    4. 2009 Ch petrus (magnum) owC (rp 200). achieved $5,862

    5. 1982 Ch Lafite rothschild Chateau release 12. achieved $5,175

    Consign Now: Modern Design - 8 May Contact: Josh Williams

    Consign Now: Fine and Rare Wines - 17 February Contact: Simon Ward

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    Last year was another strong year for Webbs tribal art department with several highlights and records set across the fields of Maori, Pacific and African arts. Demand for the finest quality and for early examples remains firm with collectors focusing on the strongest material presented.

    Entries are now invited for the 2014 Oceanic & African Arts auction to be held on 10 May; 2014 marks the fifth year for the Oceanic & African Arts department under the direction of Webbs specialist Jeff Hobbs. Highlights from 2013 include a rare whalebone nguru flute, which was successfully repatriated,

    achieving $46,900 and a pair of rare huia birds realising $35,175. The catalogue will feature strong consignments of Polynesian weaponry, a superb collection of African art and important pieces of taonga Maori.

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    There was another strong result in the field of classic cars and vintage motorcycles in 2013 with $920,000 worth of stock being traded across two small but highly specialised sales. As a trend, the vintage car selection attracted excellent demand achieving a 100% sale rate for the year. Critical to this success was the fact that many of the cars were fresh to the market and offered good New Zealand-

    new provenances. Late 1960s and early 1970s material also enjoyed a boomer year. Iconic designs that smack of Kiwi nostalgia continued to set the pace with an original 1964 Ford Anglia selling for a record $9,200; also noteworthy was the 1968 Trekka, which sold for a record price of $10,300. The classic motorcycle scene also continues to respond well to New Zealand-new examples with

    original patina. This year, Webbs set an international record price of $54,050 for the beautiful 1970 Velocette Venom Thruxton 500. We were lucky not to lose this to the United Kingdom. Looking forward, Webbs is planning another auction in this category for late March. Please make contact for further information about this South Island-based event, as entries are limited.

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    Top 5 highlights for 20131. superb Kahu Kiwi Cloak. achieved $46,900

    2. Important nguru Flute. achieved $46,900. Illustrated.

    3. pair of rare cased huias. achieved $35,175

    4. rare pre-treaty of waitangi, Land transfer, 1839. achieved $25,795

    5. Important toki poutangata handle. achieved $17,587

    Top 10 highlights for 2013:1. 1970 velocette venom thruxton 500.

    achieved $54,050. Illustrated.

    2. 1938 dodge sedan. achieved $42,550

    3. 1936 studebaker Bus. achieved $42,550

    4. 1910 sizaire & naudin. achieved $41,400

    5. 1936 essex scarlet. achieved $39,100

    Consign Now: Oceanic and Afrian Art - 10 May Contact: Jeff Hobbs

    Consign Now: Classic Cars and Motorcycles in partnership with Warbirds & Wheels Museum, Wanaka - 30 March Contact: Neil Campbell

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    FIne artwebbs Fine art department has an unmatched reputation for excellent service in achieving record prices at auction for contemporary, early modern, modern and historical artworks. our extensive Fine art calendar leads the market and consists of specialist sales of Important new Zealand works of art, Contemporary art, historical works of art, photography and a2 art (auction tier two).

    sophie Coupland BA, Director & Head of Department, Fine ArtWith fifteen years experience in the valuation and marketing of fine art Sophie has managed the sale and placement of many of the countrys finest and most coveted works of art. Heading the fine art department through the rise of the market between 1999 and 2004, Sophies knowledge of the New Zealand fine art market and art works from the 19th to 21st centuries is extensive and highly referenced.

    Charles ninow MFA, Fine Art SpecialistCharles joined Webbs in 2011 and has an expert, well-referenced knowledge of the New Zealand secondary market. Particularly, his areas of interest lie in the modern and contemporary periods. In addition to this, he is also engaged with current critical discourse surrounding the primary market and the institutional sector. Charles holds a masters degree from Elam School of Fine Arts.

    gillie deans Resident South Island SpecialistWith over 30 years experience within the visual arts community, Gillie provides fine art services to Christchurch and South Island clients including current market and insurance valuations, conservation and advice around the purchase and sale of artworks by auction or private treaty.

    Carey young Head of Fine Art Services, WellingtonFounder and director of newly opened Wellington contemporary gallery The Young, Carey previously worked for leading dealer gallery Hamish McKay and has over ten years experience in the industry. She is available in Wellington to provide commentary on current market trends and valuations for market and insurance purposes.

    rachael Kleinsman BA, MA, Fine Art Specialist, Assistant ManagerRachel is an art specialist with a strong knowledge of the international art market, and has worked for Christies, Sothebys and White Cube gallery in London. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History and Modern Languages (Victoria university of Wellington) and a Master of Arts degree in Art Business (Sothebys Institute of Art, London).

    antIQUes and deCoratIve artsthe antiques & decorative arts department comprises a dedicated, experienced team of specialists covering 20th/21st-century design, new Zealand ceramics, maori and oceanic arts, folk art, colonial furniture, european ceramics and glassware, asian arts, clocks, marine and nautical instruments, sterling silver, textiles and vintage clothing, and toys and dolls.

    James hogan Head of Department, Collectables & EstateJames has worked with Webbs for over 20 years, and is a highly experienced senior valuer and appraiser of antiques and decorative arts from the 18th to the 21st centuries. His particular interests include New Zealand colonial furniture, English and Continental furniture from the 18th and 19th centuries, retro and modernist furniture and interior objects.

    FIne wInewebbs Fine & rare wine department leads the new Zealand auction market in the sale of fine, collectable wine. webbs sales feature fine new Zealand wines, premium australian wines, Champagne, First growth Bordeaux, premium Burgundy and a selection of sauternes, ports, Italian wines and Cognacs.

    simon ward Consultant, Fine Wine DepartmentSimon joined Webbs as director of the Fine Wine department in 2009. With over 20 years in the industry encompassing production, sales, marketing and winery management, Simons international experience includes four years based in Italy. He holds an Associate Diploma of Wine Marketing (Roseworthy College, South Australia).

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    oCeanIC and aFrICan arttwo sales are held annually in this specialised area of collecting. sales feature artefacts from the pre-contact and contact periods through to 20th-century works. pieces covered include those used for ritual, ceremonial, decorative and practical purposes within traditional maori and oceanic and african cultures, as well as new Zealand colonial furniture.

    Jeff hobbs Consultant, Oceanic And African Art DepartmentJeff is a veteran expert in Oceanic, Tribal Arts and antiquities. A successful dealer and consultant in New york and the united Kingdom during the 1990s, he subsequently owned and operated Wellingtons well-respected Sulu Gallery. Jeff has travelled internationally on behalf of Webbs repatriating significant Maori and Oceanic material.

    FIne JeweLLery & watCheswebbs jewellery sales include a wide selection of fine and magnificent jewels together with valuable watches, significant diamonds, the finest antique and modern jewels, and watches from the most sought-after makers in the world.

    Zora Bell Boyd Head of Fine Art Services, WellingtonZora has a background in precious gemstone trading, bespoke jewellery manufacture and high fashion. She established Wunderkammer, a boutique fashion destination, and her own jewellery range, and has over 10 years experience sourcing precious stones and antique jewellery from locations as far afield as South America and Asia.

    anna Carr BDes, DipTeach, SpecialistAnna Carr (nee Ward) is a practising jeweller who, since graduating in 2004 with a Bachelor of Design (Honours) degree, majoring in Contemporary Jewellery, and a Postgraduate Diploma in teaching, has exhibited nationally and internationally. Prior to starting at Webbs, Anna worked as a Jewellery Coordinator at Masterworks for four years.

    CLassIC Cars & vIntage motorBIKeswebbs is the market leader in the sale of collectors motorcycles in australasia. as the largest auction house in new Zealand to hold scheduled exhibitions and auctions of important motorcycles, webbs delivers international prices and expert service to its clients and caters for both local and global demand for superior machines.

    neil Campbell LLB, BEcon, CEOA trained lawyer with a degree in Economics, Neil worked in the film production sector for many years, and as a script-writer (his story The Freezer was made into a film in 2006). Neil formerly represented the New Zealand Union for Film Directors, and worked as the in-house content lawyer for TVNZ. Neil ensures Webbs team is well-supported and focused on providing the best range of services in New Zealand.

    modern desIgnheld twice annually, these sales present design classics and pieces by the worlds most celebrated designers. webbs modern design partnership with mid-century specialists mr. Bigglesworthy ensures that high-calibre, classic and desirable designs are offered.

    Josh williams BA, Auction Manager, Modern Design SpecialistHaving worked for Auckland Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and in antique shops in London, Joshs specialist interests include Georgian furniture and antiques, and mid-century modern design. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (The university of Auckland) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Museum Studies (The university of Sydney).

    vaLUatIonswebbs provides valuation services to public institutions, and corporate and private collections, including auckland art gallery, te papa tongarewa and numerous regional galleries and museums. domestic valuation services include single items or entire collections and cover artworks and the full spectrum of antiques, interiors, modern design and collectables.

    Brian wood Head of ValuationsLeading the Valuation department, Brian has a sound knowledge across the collecting genres and is a specialist in studio ceramics. Brian ran his own art and antique gallery before heading overseas. On his return to New Zealand, he completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree majoring in ceramics and managed a private art collection before joining Webbs.

    BethUnes at weBBsBethunes operates as the rare book department of webbs. the department deals in rare, out-of-print and collectable books, historical photography, maps and plans, manuscripts, documents and ephemera, posters and prints, and postcards.

    Ben ashley Head of the Rare Books DepartmentBen has a background of over ten years experience in high-end retail, and his varied skills and knowledge provide a fresh, pragmatic approach to book sales and appraisals. Ben studied New Zealand Literature at The university of Auckland, Victoria university of Wellington and the International Institute of Modern Letters.

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