Important Paintings and Contemporary Art

John Pule Hake Aga, Pato Pato

A+O's flagship art sales feature major works by New Zealand's leading artists. In recent years A+O has been the auction house of choice for collectors and vendors seeking to realize their important art assets. In 2011 A+O achieved the top price at auction for a 1959 Colin McCahon masterpiece He Calls for Elias which sold for $571 875. A+O produces world class catalogues with many works supported by essays from leading art writers. In addition A+O features key works with unique online video presentations.

To discuss including an artwork in an upcoming catalogue contact Ben Plumbly    + 64 9 354 4646 mobile 021 222 8183

New Collectors

Robin White White Oystercatcher and Harbour Cone

A+O's New Collector catalogues are targeted to works generally in the price range under $10 000. This is where collectors will find interesting works on paper by major artists, emerging artists and rarities. As the name suggests these sales are very popular with younger collectors and those looking for interesting works at lower price points.

To discuss including an artwork in an upcoming catalogue contact Leigh Melville  + 64 9 354 4646 mobile 021 406 678 or  Ben Plumbly + 64 9 354 4646 mobile 021 222 8183 or 


Fiona Pardington Ake Ake Huia

A+O has pioneered the presentation of modern and contemporary photography at auction. Since 2007 these annual catalogues have been real highlights of the auction calendar and the exhibitions are always well attended by collectors and artists. This is a growing genre which has experienced steadily growing achieved prices and broader collector interest. Recent highlights include the sale of the Brian Brake Estate Collection in 2010 and the Michael Seresin Collection of Black and White Photography in 2011. A+O achieved the top price for a New Zealand photograph at auction in 2010 for Fiona Pardington's Ake Ake Huia  which sold for $30 385.

To discuss including an artwork in an upcoming catalogue contact Ben Plumbly + 64 9 354 4646 mobile 021 222 8183

Private Collections

Dale Frank Ultimogeniture Brachylogy Brain Fever Dead Set

In the last five years A+O has offered more than ten private collections, from major single vendor collections assembled over long periods such as the David and Angela Wright Collection offered in 2011 to themed buying groups and collectives such as the ART & TEXT, A+O offers a comprehensive auction service which includes collection valuation, catalogue preparation and global marketing.

Our single vendor auctions have been some of the most exciting and successful as a fresh generation of collectors interacts with a long held private collection - the vital ingredient of provenance is captivating for the serious collector and an opportunity for the vendor to celebrate their achievement and contribution to the visual arts discourse.


Len Castle Inverted Volcano moulded vase

Leigh Melville  + 64 9 354 4646 mobile 021 406 678

The unique genius of Aoteroa's applied artists, glassmakers, weavers, jewelers and ceramicists forms the object axis of the A+O philosophy. We are proud of the growth of the genres that are featured in our object catalogues. On our formation New Zealand's pre-eminent ceramicist Len Castle (1924-2011) visited us and consigned a unique collaborative work he had created in conjunction with Theo Schoon. It was his way of supporting us and sending us on our way. We were honoured by Len's generosity and pleased to say we were able to deliver him an excellent price in our very first object catalogue.

A+O's Object catalogues are crafted to present interesting connections between generations of practitioners and styles. Our gallery affords us the ability to present superb exhibitions which are greatly enjoyed by both some of the most dedicated collectors we know and the many practitioners who visit A+O viewings. 


Decorative Arts

William Morris & Co. John Henry Dearle design painted and stained leaded glass window

A+O holds regular auctions of Decorative Arts and Estate sales including antique furniture, silver, ceramics, lighting and collectables such as domestic scale bronzes, Moorcroft, Clarice Cliff, Worcester etc. Good quality antiques after a number of years of variable values have stabilized and in some areas such as Art Deco and early 20th century items are showing signs of a resurgence as collectors seek rare and high quality decorative glass, ceramics and furniture.

Modern Design

Ernst Plischke Architecturally designed chairs with matching coffee table

A+O is leader in the presentation of high quality Modern Design furniture, lighting and designer items at auction in New Zealand. Rare pieces by leading designers such as Finn Juhl, Hans Wegner, Alvar Aalto, Charles and Ray Eames, Verner Panton, Arne Vodder, Le Corbusier, Joe Colombo, Poul Kjaerholm, Philippe Starck, Mies Van Der Rohe, Eero Saarinen and the Memphis Group are being sought by discerning collectors. At the same time New Zealand's early modernist design history is being re-appraised and pieces by Garth Chester, John Chrichton, Bob Roukema, Frank Carpay, Ernst Plischke and classic Ernest Shufflebotham for Crown Lynn have grown quite markedly in value in recent years.

A+O's modern design catalogues are where you will find authentic items with correct labeling and accurate catalogue descriptions and the exhibitions are always eagerly anticipated by our clients.

Artefacts and Taonga

Waka Huia by Patoromu Tamatea circa 1870 From the collection of John Kinder

ART+OBJECT regularly presents catalogues of rare New Zealand Taonga, tribal arts and artefacts. The emphasis is on the South Pacific and in recent years A+O has offered some extremely rare items with impeccable provenance including pre-contact Maori carving, important 19th century fighting weapons, hei tiki, waka huia and items of adornment. In addition rare Melanesian and Pacific items have been offered. This is a growing are of collecting interest and important maori carvers such as Tene Waitere, Neke Kapua, Anaha Te Rahui and Wero Taroi are becoming well known and appreciated due to some groundbreaking research and recent important publications.

A+O catalogues can be relied upon for correct attribution and accurate age presentation a fundamental requisite for collector confidence.

Asian Art

A matched pair of early 20th century famille rose vases

In the last two years A+O's Asian Art catalogues have become amongst the most popular on the calendar attracting strong local and burgeoning international interest. A+O's team of experts in unrivalled in this field resulting in fascinating and diverse catalogues including Chinese, Japanese and Oriental collections including Jade, Ivory, decorative porcelain, ceramics and applied arts of the highest quality. The Leo Tattersfield Collection of Jade offered in February 2012 was one of the most keenly contested auctions in the company's history and resulting in a complete sell out of the offered lots.

Christies, London trained Giulia is a fluent Mandarin speaker have lived and studied in Beijing as part of her qualifications.

To discuss including an item of collection in an upcoming catalogue contact Giulia Rodighiero - Asian Art Specialist on +64 354 4646 email

Rare Books

Captain Cook’s Voyages A complete set of the three voyages including a rare folio of plates, pub. 1773 to 1785

Pam Plumbly - Rare Book Consultant on +64 9 354 4646 email mobile 021 448 200

A+O's Rare Book auctions enjoy a dedicated following amongst collectors. Catalogues mix rare New Zealand classics such as Bullers Birds, printed Maori publications, exploration titles, Regional Histories, maps, first editions, illustrated botanicals and specialist collections. In November A+O staged the most successful rare book auction of the last three decades in offering the legendary private library of lifelong collector A.T. Pycroft (1875-1971).

Pam Plumbly has been offering detailed book catalogues for over twenty five years and is an assiduous researcher ensuring high quality and comprehensive catralogues.

Popular Culture

Corgi 261 James Bond Aston Martin From the Ross Sutton Toy Collection

A+O's Pop Culture and Toy auctions are always highlights presenting everything from collectable comic artwork, rare die-cast toys, vintage gaming machines, surfboards, film & music posters, instruments and curiosities. A+O specializes in offering entire collections and in recent years has offered a number of superb toy collections.