Forthcoming Live Auctions

Art to Date | Live Auction
Live Auction | 10 October, 2.30pm

After the overwhelming success of our May Art to Date auction we are delighted to present out October catalogue. The May catalogue was our most successful Art to Date auction yet, reaching an impressive sale total of over $1 million.

We are excited to continue this success in our forthcoming October auction. Early consignments include a beautiful suite of etchings and lithographs by the late Bill Hammond, a striking early work by Imogen Taylor and works by Max Gimblett, John Reynolds, Judy Millar, Gavin Chilcott, Theo Schoon, Tony Fomison, John Pule, Toss Woollaston and many more.

Catalogue Coming Soon.

Adrienne (AD) Schierning
Manager, Art
+64 27 929 5609

Melting Moments: A Private Collection of Contemporary Art | Live Auction
Live Auction | 28 October, 6.30pm
Melting Moments is an auction of artworks sourced from a single outstanding collection. It represents the crème de la crème of New Zealand contemporary art. From Bill Hammond to Liz Maw, from Shane Cotton to Séraphine Pick, the artists included are the best of the best. The title is drawn from one of the headline pieces, Hammond’s Melting Moments II, an exceptional work from the master painter made while he was at the very pinnacle of his powers in 1999.
This collection is not simply a group of accumulated objects; it is the embodiment of a singular vision. The collected work is very contemporary – the vast majority of works were bought from living artists. It is also strongly connected to the Wellington region and art-scene.
Our vendor has the most discerning of tastes. The works included in this auction are selected, much like a curated show. With our innovative, museum-standard exhibition approach, Webb’s was a natural choice to make Melting Moments a reality. The auction will be held in Auckland on 28 October, with viewings prior in both Auckland and Wellington.
Charles Ninow
Head of Art
+64 21 053 6504
AD Schierning
Manager, Art
+64 27 929 5609
Carey Young
Specialist,  Art, Wellington
+64 21 368 348
David Maskill
Consultant, Art, Wellington
+64 27 256 0900

Works of Art | Live Auction

Live Auction | Monday 22 November, 6.30pm

Our August Works of Art auction featured works by many of the nation’s leading artists generating total sales of $2.5 million. This auction took place amidst rapidly growing interest in New Zealand cultural assets. Webb’s has been at the forefront of this sensational market boom, leading the way with record sale after record sale.

The story of the night was Colin McCahon’s sensational 1973 painting Jump E4. The painting achieved a phenomenal $303,317 against a pre-auction estimate of $250,000 – $350,000.

A suite of works by Tony Fomison was on offer, direct from his estate. These four paintings were subject to feverish competition. Bidders fought an intense battle over his distinctive 1975 Self Portrait, which closed at a staggering $156,163.

Our final Works of Art auction of 2021 will be held in November. Entries and enquiries are already coming in, further emphasising the huge demand for major artworks in New Zealand right now. We encourage you to make contact with our Head of Art Charles Ninow to discuss entries to the upcoming auction. In-person appraisals are available nation-wide.

Charles Ninow
Head of Art
+ 64 21 053 6504

Forthcoming Online Auctions

Art Online | 15 – 20 September

Our Art Online auction presents an eclectic selection of prints, works on paper, photographs, paintings, and objects. Starting at very affordable price points these works are perfect for newer collectors or those wishing to extend their collection. At over 250 lots there is a wide range of works to consider for all. Featured artists include Reuben Paterson, Shane Cotton, Tony Fomison, Henrietta Harris, Max Gimblett, Dick Frizzell, Peter Peryer, Marti Friedlander, Takashi Murakami and many more.

Catalogue Online

Tasha Jenkins
Specialist, Art
+ 64 22 595 5610

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

We are always interested in talking to you about your artworks or wider collection. The department hosts a number of auctions throughout the year, offers valuations for market and insurance purposes as well as providing market based information for those wishing to consign or seeking acquisition advice.

The Art Department offers three sale categories:

Works of Art – showcasing museum quality and important works by New Zealand’s most well celebrated artists as well as works by notable international practitioners.

Art to Date – includes a wide range of artworks spanning all mediums, from historic to very contemporary. The Art to Date sale is a great way to build upon or start a collection with a variety of affordable artworks available.

Art Online – Online auctions which present a selection of small prints, works on paper, photography and paintings at affordable price-points.

Please contact our Art department to discuss any item in our upcoming Art auctions or to learn more about the benefits of selling at auction.

Our Team

Charles Ninow – Head of Art

Charles Ninow is an expert in the sale and valuation of New Zealand art and one of the country’s foremost art auctioneers. Charles was previously an employee of Webb’s, but left in 2015 to co-found Bowerbank Ninow, an auction house and gallery. Bowerbank Ninow was acquired by Webb’s in 2019, seeing Charles bring his expertise back to the brand as Head of Art. Charles’ broad secondary market experience encompasses auctions, private sales and valuations, including the placement of works into major institutional collections and the valuation of prestigious museum and gallery holdings.

Charles Ninow
Head of Art
+64 9 529 5609
Mobile: +64 21 053 6504

Adrienne (AD) Schierning – Manager, Art

Adrienne Schierning completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland in 1999. She gained a Post Graduate Diploma in Fine Arts from Elam in 2007. Adrienne has worked in both Public and Dealer galleries before coming to Webb’s, and has over twenty years experience working within the arts sector. She has contributed to curatorial projects and is a published writer adding to a wider discourse around art in Aotearoa.

Adrienne (AD) Schierning
Manager, Art
Phone: +64 9 529 5609
Mobile: +64 27 929 5609

Wellington Representatives

Carey Young – Specialist, Art

Carey Young is joining Webb’s as an Art Specialist. Carey began her working career in an advertising production role in Wellington. She travelled to London in 1998 to continue working in this field while also completing a Fine Art degree at the prestigious Goldsmiths College, University of London. On her return to New Zealand in 2001, she began working closely with Hamish McKay and his stable of artists. This work continued for ten years, during which Carey built up fantastic connections with artists, patrons, institutions, and clients. In 2011 she joined Webb’s as Head of Fine Art Services in Wellington. She eventually left this role in 2014 to concentrate on her own gallery, The Young, which she founded in February 2011. Since 2016 Carey has sat on the Adam Art Gallery Advisory Board, the Victoria University Wellington Art Collection Trust and the Victoria University Wellington Art Collection Funding Trust. Webb’s is thrilled to welcome Carey back into the fold.

Carey Young
Specialist, Art
Mobile: +64 21 368 348

David Maskill – Consultant, Art

David Maskill has come onboard as an Art Consultant. He brings an exceptional academic pedigree to the role. Originally from Christchurch, David completed his MA in art history at the University of Canterbury before further study at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London and the British Institute in Paris. He returned to Wellington in 1993 to take up a lectureship in Art History at Victoria University of Wellington, where he taught from 1993-2019. He is a specialist in eighteenth-century French art and in the history of prints. He is also a print collector and scholar and has published in both national and international journals such as the Journal of New Zealand Art History, Art History (UK), Print Quarterly (UK) and Dossier de l’art (France). He is an alumnus of both the Attingham Summer School for the study of British country house collections and the Attingham Royal Collections Studies course and is a regular speaker at art exhibitions in public galleries in Australia and New Zealand.

David Maskill
Consultant, Art
Mobile: +64 272 560 900