Forthcoming Decorative Arts Auctions

Oceanic and Indigenous Artefact Specialist Sale
Live | 16 May

The ancestors of Oceanic people used unrivalled wayfinding and seafaring techniques to travel thousands of kilometres throughout the Pacific Ocean. As ancestors populated new islands, they developed rich and unique cultures with refined artistic traditions.

Here at Webb’s, our decorative arts team are excited to offer a curated collection of oceanic and indigenous pieces which highlight the exquisite material culture of the region. This auction exhibits a wide variety of artforms including, weaponry, paintings, master carpentry, adornments, and boxes, all of which speak to the modern eye. Early consignments indicate this will be a market leading sale.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch should you wish to discuss consignment.

Ben Erren
Head of Decorative Arts
+64 21 191 9660

Forthcoming Specialist Auctions

April Online
A Private Collection of Historic Photography |
8 – 12 April

Our April Private Collection of Historic Photography catalogue is now live and open for bidding. This single owner collection of late 19th and early 20th century vintage photography offers a rare insight into how settler Pākehā would have viewed Aotearoa’s once untamed landscape.

Highlighting the sale are a number of gelatin and albumen prints capturing our nations uniquely diverse topography. From the geothermal wonderland of Whakarewarewa and the Pink and White Terraces, through to the snow-capped Southern Alps, and the early development of some of our most established cities.

Also included are a selection of early 20th century photographic postcards. Perhaps the earliest iteration of a burgeoning New Zealand tourism industry, these images were produced to entice foreign visitors to our shores and are exceptional both in composition and subject matter.

The online auction will run until Monday 12 April at 8pm. Lots will begin closing in groups of 10, by lot number every 2 minutes from 8pm. Viewings are by appointment only. Please contact for any enquiries, condition reports or to arrange a time to view.

Auction Results

Leah Morris
Decorative Arts Specialist
+64 22 574 5699

The Webb’s Decorative Arts Department offers excellence in expertise, scholarship and service.

These auctions comprise of decorative arts covering a wide array of periods and styles from early-European antiques to pieces of mid-20th century modernist design, including furniture and furnishings, such as mirrors, clocks, rugs, ceramics, porcelain, silver and oriental porcelain.

If you have something that you believe may be of interest or are just intrigued for further information please contact Ben Erren for an auction valuation and more information about buying and selling at auction.

Recent Highlights

  • A Grant Featherston R160 Rocker – Achieved $8,225
  • A Len Castle Crater Lake Bowl – Achieved $7,050
  • A Marilyn Sainty Cocktail Chair – $5,405
  • A Large and Impressive Moorcroft Eventide Landscape Vase – Achieved $17,625
  • A Vico Magistretti Maralunga Sofa – Achieved $15,745
  • A William and Mary Chest On Stand – Achieved $9,987.50
  • A Fine Set of Eight Regency Period Dining Chairs – Achieved $6,815

Our Team

Ben Erren – Head of Decorative Arts

Ben brings to Webb’s nearly a decade of experience in both the auction industry and the primary market, where he worked in the sourcing and sale of vintage, antique and specialty pieces for one of the country’s largest vintage retailers. With a breadth of knowledge gained in the extensive handling of estates, ranging from ceramics and modern design to oceanic and tribal artefacts. Ben enjoys the process of working closely with clients in both the sale and acquisition of exceptional pieces, and achieving the best possible result for both vendor and buyer.

Ben Erren – Head of Decorative Arts 
Mobile +64 21 191 9660

Our Team

Leah Morris – Decorative Arts Specialist

Leah studied at the University of Auckland earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and Ancient History in 2015. In 2017 she graduated with an Honours in Museum Studies and Cultural Heritage and is currently completing her Master’s degree. Before coming to Webb’s Leah’s most recent tenure was working as a Collection Technician at the Auckland Museum – Tamaki Paenga Hira as a Collection Technician for Human History in which she researched and catalogued the Social History, Applied Arts and Design, and World collections. Leah has a particular interest in South East Asian craftwork, Meiji period bronze work from Japan, and studio glass.

Leah Morris – Decorative Arts Specialist
+64 22 574 5699