Forthcoming Live Auctions

Studio Ceramics | Virtual Live Auction

Virtual Live Auction | 3 October, 2.30pm

An exceptional private collection of ceramics by Dame Lucie Rie will be offered at auction for the first time, headlining an outstanding catalogue of applied design. Referred to as ‘The Godmother of Modern Ceramics’, her work is rarely seen on the New Zealand market; these exquisite forms are exemplary of her deeply refined skill.

This tightly curated offering of just 150 lots includes a number of Keith Murray for Wedgwood pieces, in rarely seen highly sought after colourways. Also on offer a single owner collection of rare Crown Lynn animals, hand potted Crown Lynn, Len Castle, Mirek Smisek Bohemia Ware. A truly spectacular offering of Studio ceramics not to be missed.

Catalogue Coming Soon.

Ben Erren
Head of Decorative Arts
+64 21 191 9660


Material Culture | Live Auction

Auction | 2021

Webb’s is now seeking entries for our forthcoming Material Culture live auction. Following the success of our May catalogue, and the early consignment of a significant single owner collection of African artefacts, this auction promises to present another exceptional offering to a market eager to acquire at all levels.

This auction will bring together an outstanding selection of art forms with rich cultural significance. These objects and tools, crafted from unique regional resources, seamlessly combine functionality and a refined aesthetic.

With Webb’s existing patronage of dedicated buyers looking to add to their collections and emerging collectors following our auctions closely, there has never been a better time to bring objects of Taonga and Material Culture to market.

For more information about buying and selling at our upcoming Material Culture live auction, get touch with our specialist team.

Ben Erren
Head of Decorative Arts
+64 21 191 9660

Forthcoming Online Auctions

Decorative Arts Online | 22 – 26 November

We are seeking quality consignments for our November Decorative Arts Online sale. The success of our recent online auctions indicates the market is as strong as ever, with the number of registered bidders growing every sale. Modern design continues to achieve strong results, along with quality studio ceramics and glass.

Do you have something you’re thinking of selling? Contact our specialist team for a complimentary, no-obligation appraisal.

Florence S. Fournier
Decorative Arts Administrator
+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 Auction Highlights

  • A Monumental Whites Aviation of The Rakaia Gorge
    EST . $1,200 – $1,800
    Price Realised incl. BP: 3,124
  • A Teak Mid-Century Danish Dresser
    EST . $400 – $600
    Price Realised incl. BP: $1,202
  • A Burnt Orange George Nelson Sideboard for Herman Miller
    EST . $2,500 – $5,000
    Price Realised incl. BP: $6,007
  • A Bruno Matheson Pernilla Lounge Chair with Ottoman
    EST . $1,000 – $2,000
    Price Realised incl. BP: $2,163 

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

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