new auction announcements


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.

mccahon - francis

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

angus - francis

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

todd - francis

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


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

ART+OBJECT ANNOUNCE: The Les & Milly Paris Collection

By ART+OBJECT on 27th June 2012

Colin McCahon, North Otago 6, synthetic polymer paint on hardboard, 917 x 1219mm

ART+OBJECT is delighted to announce that on September 19th and 20th, in an unprecedented two-part auction event, we will offer the most famous private collection in the New Zealand art world, the collection of Les & Milly Paris.  Further details will be posted shortly.