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IMPORTANT AUCTION ANNOUNCEMENT: THE TIM & SHERRAH FRANCIS COLLECTION

By Art+Object on 5th May 2016

Image: Tim and Sherrah Francis at the Dowse Art Museum viewing the exhibition, Peter Peryer: A Careful Eye in 2014 (image courtesy of Jim Barr and Mary Barr).

ART+OBJECT is proud to announce that across two nights, on  September 7th and 8th, it will auction the legendary collection of Wellington couple Tim and Sherrah Francis. Across some six decades they assembled one of the most important private art collections in New Zealand, most of it never seen publicly before. The sale of the collection will be the biggest art market event since the sale of the Les and Milly Paris collection four years ago.

They were a remarkable couple. Tim Francis was the New Zealand Permanent Representative to the United Nations (1978 - 1982) and Ambassador to the United States of America (1988 - 1992), the latter in the crucial period in which New Zealand declared it would be nuclear free. He was central to the important collection of New Zealand art assembled by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and was also crucial to the success of the exhibition 'Pacific Parallels' in the United States. Sherrah Francis' career in history included being Art Librarian at the Alexander Turnbull Library and Senior Archivist at the National Archives. The couple married in 1954 and soon after acquired their first artwork, a Dennis Knight-Turner landscape. Always curious, with an impeccable eye, Sherrah's other great passion was early New Zealand studio pottery, particularly by potters such as Briar Gardiner, Olive Jones, Elizabeth Lissaman, Jova Rancich and O.C. Stephens. Tim passed away early this year, and Sherrah followed him two months later, both at the age of 87.

The Tim and Sherrah Francis Collection features seldom-seen, museum-quality paintings by the vast majority of this country's most important and recognized artists including: Colin McCahon, Rita Angus, Toss Woollaston, Gordon Walters, Michael Illingworth, Bill Hammond, Shane Cotton, Michael Smither, Milan Mrkusich, Pat Hanly, Tony Fomison, Richard Killeen, Bessie Christie, Adele Younghusband, Yvonne Todd and many more.

ART+OBJECT will produce a publication devoted solely to the collection and exhibition viewings of the collection will be conducted in both Wellington and Auckland. To pre-order a catalogue email info@artandobject.co.nz.

IMPORTANT PAINTINGS & CONTEMPORARY ART, April 7th: Preliminary Highlights

By Art+Object on 8th April 2016

ART+OBJECT's first major art sale of 2016 realised $1 100 000 worth of sales under the hammer. The top selling lot of the night went to Colin McCahon's classic 1976 work from the Rocks in the Sky series at $298 877, and a new record price was achieved for Richard Killeen's Rising and Setting which carried the distinguished provenance of coming from the collection of Jim Barr & Mary Barr at $63 315. Several subject offers are currently in negotiation but some of the highlights from last night were:

Lot 5. Yvonne Todd $7915
Lot 12. Karen Black $4395
Lot 17. Lisa Reihana $14 070
Lot 21. Don Driver $17 587
Lot 29. Michael Parekowhai $35 175
Lot 33. Damien Hirst $55 105 (illustrated)
Lot 34. Richard Killeen $63 315
Lot 35. Richard Killeen $50 415
Lot 36. Peter McIntyre $37 520
Lot 37. Michael Illingworth $87 937
Lot 38. Michael Illingworth $70 350
Lot 40. Colin McCahon $298 877
Lot 41. Colin McCahon $67 418
Lot 46. Shane Cotton $42 210
Lot 60. John Walsh $15 240
Lot 72. Colin McCahon $39 865

*All prices realised include buyer's premium and GST of 17.25%.  A full list of prices realised will be published online shortly.

IMPORTANT PAINTINGS & CONTEMPORARY ART: ONLINE & PHONE/ABSENTEE BIDDING

By Art+Object on 5th April 2016

For those unable to be present in the auction room for the Important Paintings & Contemporary Art auction on Thursday 7 April online bidding and live streaming will be available via liveauctioneers.com. If you are interested in bidding online please register directly on the Live Auctioneers website. Apps are available for iPhone and Android phones.

Alternatively, phone and absentee bidding is available. Please complete an Absentee/ Phone Bid form and email to Art+Object  by 2pm on the auction day. 

The Simon Manchester Collection of Len Castle Ceramics: PRELIMINARY HIGHLIGHTS

By Art+Object on 26th February 2016

A+O's Thursday February 25 auction of the collection of Simon Manchester set new benchmarks for a host of Len Castle ceramics. Total sales for A+O's Catalogue 100 topped the $600 000 mark, a sign of consistent collector interest across all three sections of the catalogue. Preliminary highlights include: 

The Simon Manchester Collection of Len Castle Ceramics:
224. Len Castle Blossom Vase - $15 015 (illustrated) * a new auction record for a Len Castle ceramic.
225. Len Castle inverted volcano - $8105
239. Len Castle Slip Trailed Bowl - $3960
242. Len Castle Volcanic crucible pouring vessel - $5645
251. Len Castle Massive hanging form - $2880 * a new auction record for this series.
254. Len Castle Sulphurous Bowl - $12 010 * a new auction record for this series.
255. Len Castle Rockpool Bowl - $6905
259. Len Castle Bottle vase - $3360
272. Len Castle heart shape hanging form - $1800
289. Len Castle Large Rectangular slab vase - $1800
290. Len Castle Earthbook - $2160
298. Len Castle Conical Fossil form - $1620
305. Len Castle Large Gourd form bottle vase - $3120
322. Len Castle Large Hanging form - $2640
348. Theo Schoon Impressed Stoneware dish - $18 310 * a new auction record for a New Zealand ceramic.
350. Hans Coper Digswell form - $11 410
352. Barry Brickell Guardian Dog - $16 815

 * All prices include buyer's premium and GST. A full list of prices realised will be published online shortly.

The Archive of Professor Michael Dunn and New Collectors Art: Preliminary Highlights

By Art+Object on 25th February 2016

ART+OBJECT's first auction of 2016 took place last night and represented a very solid start to the 2016 auction season. Solid institutional and private interest combined throughout resulting in an evening's sale total of $372 720.  Some of the highlights included:

The Archive of Professor Michael Dunn:
1. Don Binney $1080
5. Milan Mrkusich $1290
9. Gordon Walters $1560
19. Michael Dunn, Tony Fomison $1390
23. Peter Peryer $2040
27. Theo Schoon $6245
33. Theo Schoon, Photographic archive of Cave Sites $8165
40. Theo Schoon, correspondence $15 255
41. Gordon Walters, correspondence $9610
47. Gordon Walters, photographs $6245
73. John Kinder $4325
77. Colin McCahon $13 215
78. Gordon Walters, Tamaki $16 215 (illustrated) * a record price for a print or multiple by the artist at auction.

New Collectors Art:
87. Bill Hammond $2880
96. Star Gossage and Grant Hall $1920
100. Euan McLeod $3005
102. Greer Twiss $4205
103. Paul Dibble $6005
105. Jeff Thomson $3605
114. Nigel Brown $9490
118. Gordon Walters $15 315
121. Allen Maddox $14 415
122. Gretchen Albrecht $18 615
137. Andrew McLeod $2160
143. Fiona Pardington $2280
154. Julia Morison 5405
169. Andy Warhol $2160
177. Pat Hanly $4445
183. Michael Illingworth $12 010
192. Alan Pearson $5705
195. Dick Frizzell $13 215
204. Michael Smither $3725

* All prices include buyer's premium and GST. A full list of prices realised will be published online shortly. 

Christmas Greetings 2015

By Art+Object on 22nd December 2015

The directors and staff would like to thank our clients for contributing to a record year in 2015.

However, we also have some extra special news to announce - yesterday morning James Parkinson and his wife Jo Hathaway welcomed a baby boy, Ardan, to their family. Mother and baby are doing well, both resting and looking forward to a wonderful Christmas together. Please email any messages to Hamish@artandobject.co.nz to pass onto James and Jo or pop in next year to congratulate the new Dad.

A+O will be closed from today and will re-open on Monday the 18th  of January. In the meantime  we wish you a very happy and safe Christmas and New Year celebrations.

Illustrated:
Don Binney
Katoomba Fatbird
oil and acrylic on board, 1982
$304 850* a new artist record at auction
From the collection of Ron Sang

IMPORTANT PAINTINGS AND CONTEMPORARY ART, NOVEMBER 26: PRELIMINARY HIGHLIGHTS

By Art+Object on 27th November 2015

ART+OBJECT are very happy to report on a strong sale last night, our final auction of Important Paintings and Contemporary Art.  Just over $1 600 000 of art sales were transacted under the hammer and with some post-sale subjects to be concluded it is hoped we may record our second sale total in excess of $2 000 000 this year.  The sale started at the earlier time of 6:00pm with The Whakairo Group Collection which comprised of 36 lots and brought in a total of $120 000.  The top selling lot of the evening went to C. F Goldie's stunning portrait of Wiripine Ninia (illustrated) which bought $304 000.

Preliminary highlights included:

The Whakairo Group Collection
Lot 1 Bill Hammond $8910
Lot 5 Ans Westra and Wayne Youle $6095
Lot 9 Andrew McLeod $8790
Lot 13 John Drawbridge $5980
Lot 20 Tony de Lautour $10 260
Lot 27 Euan MacLeod $8500

Further works from mixed vendors
Lot 37 Gordon Walters $15 240
Lot 38 Michael Parekowhai $12 895
Lot 40 Ronnie van Hout $16 415 * a record price for a work by this artist at auction
Lot 44 Karl Maughan $19 345
Lot 45 Jae Hoon Lee $9965
Lot 59 Laurence Aberhart $11 725
Lot 74 Pablo Picasso $17 585
Lot 76 Michael Illingworth $41 035
Lot 81 Tony Fomison $25 795
Lot 82 Max Dupain $28 140
Lot 83 Gordon Walters $46 900
Lot 88 Milan Mrkusich $69 175
Lot 95 Milan Mrkusich $58 625
Lot 96 Don Binney $175 585
Lot 97 C. F Goldie $304 850
Lot 98 Shane Cotton $52 760
Lot 102 Toss Woollaston $175 875
Lot 105 Bill Hammond $87 930
Lot 112 Max Gimblett $26 965
Lot 24 Peter McIntyre $28 140

* All prices include buyer's premium and GST. A full list of prices realised will be published online shortly. 

IMPORTANT PAINTINGS AND CONTEMPORARY ART: ONLINE & PHONE/ABSENTEE BIDDING

By Art+Object on 25th November 2015

For those unable to be present in the auction room for tomorrow's Important Paintings and Contemporary Art auction online bidding and live streaming will be available via liveauctioneers.com. If you are interested in bidding online please register directly on the Live Auctioneers website. Apps are available for iPhone and Android phones.

Alternatively, phone and absentee bidding is available. Please complete an Absentee/ Phone Bid form and email to  Art+Object  by 2pm tomorrow, Thursday 26 November.