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THE TIM & SHERRAH FRANCIS COLLECTION

By ART+OBJECT on 10th August 2016

Art+Object are in the final stages of catalogue production for the phenomenal collection of Tim and Sherrah Francis. All lots will be illustrated online from next Friday 19 August and the hard-copy limited edition publication will be launched in Wellington on the evening of Thursday 25 August at Suite Gallery, 241 - 243 Cuba Street from 6:00pm - 8:00pm. Selected limited highlights from the collection will also be previewed that evening and will continue to be on view at Suite Gallery on Friday and Saturday 26 and 27 August from 9:00am - 4:30pm. The entire collection will be on view at Art+Object in Auckland from Thursday 1 September from 6pm.     

Over five decades Tim and Sherrah Francis assembled one of the most significant private collections of New Zealand art and ceramics in this country, much of which has never been seen before publicly. They collected many of our most significant artists in depth over multiple decades and their collection includes rare and museum quality artworks by Colin McCahon (5), Rita Angus (3), Michael Illingworth (4), Gordon Walters (6), Andrew McLeod (4), Yvonne Todd (7), Richard Killeen (5), Milan Mrkusich (5), Toss Woollaston (6), Bill Hammond (3) and many more.  Over 200 artworks will be offered across both evenings along with their collection of New Zealand pottery, Asian ceramics and books from their extensive art library.

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Colin McCahon
Now is the Hour
ink and watercolour on paper, 1958
753 x 548mm
$140 000 - $200 000 

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Rita Angus
Tree Cutting, Hawke's Bay
oil on board
596 x 596mm
$150 000 - $200 000 

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Yvonne Todd
Alice Bayke
type C print, 1/3 (2002)
1040 x 830mm
$10 000 - $15 000

Important Paintings & Contemporary Art: August 4th – Preliminary Highlights

By ART+OBJECT on 5th August 2016

Art+Object's mid-winter major fine art auction witnessed several headline results and performance was solid throughout. The highest price on the night went to Tony Fomison's Self-Portrait No. 14 which set a new record for the artist's work at auction when it made an impressive $196 980 against its pre-sale estimate of $120 000 - $160 000. Some of last night's highlights included:

1.  Neil Dawson $11 725
2.  Seung Yul Oh $12 310 * a new record price for the artist at auction
7.  Yvonne Todd $14 070 * a new record price for the artist at auction
9.  Ian Scott $15 240
15. Andrew McLeod $24 620
16. Fiona Pardington $21 105
24. Colin McCahon $46 900
27. Ralph Hotere $36 345
31. Bill Hammond $17 585
32. Laurence Aberhart $4925
34. Fiona Pardington $29 310
44. Robert Ellis $18 760
48. Seraphine Pick $70 350 * a new record price for the artist at auction
54. Milan Mrkusich $102 005
57. Tony Fomison $196 980 * a new record price for the artist at auction (illustrated)
62. Gordon Walters $62 140
72. Toss Woollaston $28 140
78. Gretchen Albrecht $10 550

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

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

By ART+OBJECT on 2nd August 2016

For those unable to be present in the auction room for the Important Paintings & Contemporary Art auction this Thursday 4 August 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. 

 

New Collectors Art & Decorative Arts including furnishings from Mollies Hotel: Preliminary Highlights

By Art+Object on 3rd June 2016

We are delighted to report two very strong evening's in the saleroom.  Highlights were numerous and combined sales under the hammer exceeded $720 000.  Some of the preliminary highlights included:

New Collectors Art
Lot 1 Karl Maughan $2520
Lot 4 Ian Scott $2760
Lot 17 Peter Stichbury $9910
Lot 20 Michael Hight $4805
Lot 27 Colin McCahon $6305
Lot 28 Pat Hanly $18 010
Lot 36 Gretchen Albrecht $7205
Lot 37 Laurence Aberhart $3600
Lot 44 Frank Hofmann $3600
Lot 86 Dick Frizzell $2880
Lot 92 Dick Frizzell $19 220
Lot 96 Joanna Braithwaite $9610
Lot 102 Michael Parekowhai $19 220
Lot 107 Gordon Walters $9005
Lot 109 Gavin Hurley $15 315
Lot 117 Ralph Hotere $9610
Lot 119 Philip Trusttum $7205
Lot 141 Ray Haydon $12 010
Lot 190 Stanley Palmer $7805
Lot 239 Nic Moon $2400

Decorative Arts including furnishings from Mollies Hotel
Lot 259 'Man da Rin' tinplate figure $4565
Lot 272 Music Box $4805
Lot 275 Antique Automaton Singing Bird $13 215
Lot 276 Large Symphonian $24 025
Lot 285 French Singing Bird Automaton $7805
Lot 299 'Bird Man' table $3845
Lot 322 Chinoiserie chest on stand $4205
Lot 331 Over Mantle mirror $4805
Lot 341 Argillite stone toki $3365
Lot 343 Mere pounamu $3605
Lot 346 Early 20th C Waka huia $13 215
Lot 350 Carved Maori Pou $6725
Lot 367 William Seuffert Compendium $55 255 (illustrated)
Lot 369 Sherwin and Cotton tile $4565
Lot 439 Lucie Rie bowl $2040
Lot 459 Len Castle $8410
Lot 460 Len Castle $4805
Lot 499 Royal Doulton $11 410
Lot 517 Papier-mache bulldog $3125 

*All prices realised include buyer's premium of 17.5% and GST.  A full list of prices realised will be published online shortly.

NEW COLLECTORS ART & DECORATIVE ARTS: PHONE/ABSENTEE & ONLINE BIDDING

By Art+Object on 31st May 2016

For those unable to be present in the auction room for the New Collectors Art (Wednesday 1 June, 6:30pm NZST) and Decorative Arts (Thursday 2 June, 6:30pm NZST) auctions phone and absentee bidding is available. Please complete an Absentee/ Phone Bid form and  email to Art+Object  by 2pm on the auction day. 

Online bidding and live streaming will also be available via liveauctioneers.com for the first 50 lots of the Decorative Arts auction on Thursday 2 June. If you are interested in bidding online during these lots please register directly on the Live Auctioneers website. Apps are available for iPhone and Android phones.

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.