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Christchurch Modernists, Family Archives

Works from the collections of the artists’ families

 

4 - 13 April 2017

Preview Monday 3 April, 6.00pm

In Christchurch during the interwar years, artists Rita Angus and Leo Bensemann, and their circle of friends, lived around Cambridge Terrace and worked in unison to break away from traditional conventions and structures, seeking to reinterpret the world around them.

Based on the archive of Jean Jones, Rita Angus’ sister and members of the Bensemann family, Christchurch Modernists, Family Archives presents works by Rita Angus and Leo Bensemann, alongside Jean Jones’ own drawings and sculptures. Also included are artworks of  the period and art related ephemera from these two historically important family archives.

The exhibition can be viewed alongside the Important Paintings & Contemporary Art sale in our Parnell gallery.

For further information please contact:

Briar Williams
Art Department Manager 
briar.williams@mossgreen-webbs.co.nz
+64 27 345 6765
+64 9 524 6804

or

Jessica Pearless
jessica.pearless@mossgreen-webbs.co.nz
+ 64 21 115 4479

1
1
Leo Bensemann
The Aleman Juggler
oil on canvas on board 1979
500mm x 390mm
$2,850
2
2
Leo Bensemann
Aleman Dancers
oil on canvas on board 1979
500mm x 390mm
$2,850
3
3
Rita Angus
Portrait of Leo Bensemann
watercolour on paper
310mm x 240mm (image size), 450mm x 330mm (paper size)
SOLD
4
4
Leo Bensemann
Takaka in the Rain
oil on canvas board 1985
460mm x 590mm
accompanied by a copy of Untold (1984) which includes an
article on the Takaka Series by Peter Simpson
$15,000
5
5
Leo Bensemann
Canterbury Landscape
oil on canvas board
760mm x 590mm
$10,000
6
6
Rita Angus
The Flute Player
woodblock print
signed Rita Cook on the plate
145mm x 87mm
$3,000
7
7
Rita Angus
Portrait of a Woman (possibly Tilli Frankel)
graphite on paper
550mm x 375mm
together with Rita Angus Exhibition Poster
$5,000
8.1
8
Rita Angus
Portrait of Anton Jones and Friend
pair of watercolours
signed
245mm x 310mm each
$6,000
9.1
9.1
Rita Angus
Portrait of a Maori Boy
watercolour
230mm x 200mm
together with
Mother and Child
(see illustration 9.2)
235mm x 200mm
SOLD
9.2
9.2
Rita Angus
Mother and Child
235 x 200mm
together with
Portrait of a Maori Boy
(see illustration 9.1)
two watercolours
SOLD
9a
9a
Attributed to Rita Angus
Polyanthus Study
watercolour
170mm x 130mm
$1,000
10
10
Jean Jones
Mother and Children
reinforced plaster sculpture
215mm x 270mm x 130mm
$650
11
11
Jean Jones
Playing Cat
reinforced plaster sculpture
180mm x 110mm x 80mm
$450
12
12
Jean Jones
Kneeling Woman
cast plaster sculpture
130mm x 110mm x 120mm
$250
13
13
Jean Jones
Hugging Children
reinforced plaster sculpture
180mm x 180mm x 150mm
$450
14
14
Rita Angus
Crochet Throw
crocheted wool blanket
accompanied by a Letter of Provenance from Judy Tait
(Rita Angus’ niece in law)
1860mm x 920mm
SOLD
15
15
Collection of Vintage Landfall Journals
23 copies covering December 1948 (Issue 8) to March 1959 (Issue 49)
SOLD
16.1
16.1
Juliet Peter
Sheep
Illustrations for The Listener
ink on paper, two works
(see illustration 16.2)
130mm x 130mm, 150mm x 115mm
$350
16.2
16.2
Juliet Peter
Rabbit
Illustrations for The Listener
ink on paper, two works
(see illustration 16.1)
130mm x 130mm, 150mm x 115mm
$350
17.1
17.1
Juliet Peter
Farm Life
Illustrations for The Listener
ink on paper, three works
signed
160mm x 150mm, 150mm x 140mm
$600
17.2
17.2
Juliet Peter
Farm Life
Illustrations for The Listener
ink on paper, three works
signed
160mm x 150mm, 150mm x 140mm
$600
17.3
17.3
Juliet Peter
Farm Life
Illustrations for The Listener
ink on paper, three works
signed
160mm x 150mm, 150mm x 140mm
$600
18
18
Juliet Peter
Bush Walk
Illustrations for The Listener
ink on paper
signed
190mm x 180mm
$500
19
19
Juliet Peter
New Zealand Landscape Scenes
Illustrations for The Listener
ink on paper, four works
160mm x 170mm each
$950
19.1
19.1
Juliet Peter
New Zealand Landscape Scenes
Illustrations for The Listener
ink on paper, four works
160mm x 170mm each
$950
19.2
19.2
Juliet Peter
New Zealand Landscape Scenes
Illustrations for The Listener
ink on paper, four works
160mm x 170mm each
$950
20
20
Juliet Peter
Canterbury Landscape
Illustration for The Listener
ink on paper
170mm x 260mm
SOLD
21
21
Juliet Peter
Man off to Work
Illustration for The Listener
ink on paper
signed with initials JP
260mm x 190mm
SOLD
22
22
Juliet Peter
Children Singing
Illustration for The Listener
ink on paper
230mm x 240mm
$850
23
23
Rita Seven Poems by Colin McCahon
limited edition book published by The Holloway Press 2001
SOLD
24
24
Ten Assorted New Zealand Life and Culture Publications including
The Book of the Huia by W.J. Phillipps and The Crossing of Antarctica
by Sir Vivian Fuchs and Sir Edmund Hillary
$350
25
25
Collection of four Caxton Press publications including
A Caxton Miscellany, Poems by Various Hands, 1937
$100
26
26
Juliet Peter
Domestic Scenes
Illustrations for The Listener
ink on paper, four works
220mm x 220mm (largest work)
$1,000
27
27
Leo Bensemann
FANTASTICA: thirteen drawings by Leo Bensemann: the Caxton Press (1937)
book plates, partial set
$600
28.1
28.1
Leo Bensemann
Strange Outlandish Fowl
woodcut
100mm x 90mm
together with
Leo Bensemann
A Second Book of Leo Bensemann's Work
printed by the Artist and Caxton Press, Christchurch, March 1952
accompanied by original letter to Miss Jean Jones dated
Monday 2 Oct. 1939 from Leo Bensemann
Leo Bensemann
$1,200
29
29
Leo Bensemann
Maori 9/30
woodcut
380mm x 285mm paper size
130mm x 100mm image size
$1,200
30
30
Leo Bensemann
Night (Christmas Card)
woodcut
130mm x 100mm image size
$550
31
31
Collection of 57 Vintage School Journal Publications
from the 1950s and 1960s
$150
32
32
Ten Assorted New Zealand and International Art Publications
including M.T. Woollaston Works 1933/1973 (Manawatu Art Gallery) and Francis Shurrock, Shaping New Zealand Sculpture by Mark Stocker
SOLD
33
33
Collection of Vintage Print Publications
including Samoa from the 1950s, Islands (Issues 21 and 24) and Behind the Microphone (some with illustrations) by Jean Angus
SOLD
34
34
Collection of New Zealand Culture and Literature Publications
including A Writer's Handbook by Stuart Perry, 1952
$50
35
35
Jean Jones
Portfolio of Sketches
subjects include cats, figures and architecture
ink and graphite on paper and newsprint, 30 works
dimensions variable
$1,500
36
36
Jean Jones
Portfolio of Figurative Sketches
ink and graphite on paper and newsprint
approximately 100 works
dimensions variable
$1,500
37
37
Jean Jones
Maori Rock Painting Study
a compilation design by Jean Angus of Maori Rock Art
as recorded by Theo Schoon
ink on paper
535mm x 530mm
$1,500



38
38
Jean Jones
Maori Rock Painting Study
a compilation design by Jean Angus of Maori Rock Art
as recorded by Theo Schoon
acrylic on paper
490mm x 490mm
$1,500
39
39
Collection of Vintage Political Pamphlets and Clippings from the 1930s
including An Appeal to the Young by P. Kropotkin (1932)
$50
40
40
Jean Jones
Portfolio of Figurative Sketches
ink and graphite on paper and newsprint
approximately 100 works
dimensions variable
$1,500
40.1
40.1
Jean Jones
Portfolio of Figurative Sketches
ink and graphite on paper and newsprint
approximately 100 works
dimensions variable
$1,500
41
41
Jean Jones
Medieval Brass Rubbings
pastel on paper
dimensions variable
(detail illustrated)
$500
42
42
Collection of eleven vintage Non Fiction publications
on various subjects including Medical Advice from a Backblock Hospital
by G.M. Smith (1943) and Of Academic Freedom, Lecture Notes from .an Inaugural Lecture, 6 July 1966 by Lord Robbins, Oxford University Press
$400
43
43
Artist Unknown
Surrealist Composition
etching
signed (indecipherable) and dated 1920
430mm x 325mm
SOLD
44
44
Photograph of Francis Shurrock Sculpture
vintage silver gelatin print
200mm x 150mm
$150
45
45
Leo Bensemann
Dark Arts: Notes on printing, publishing & painting by Leo Bensemann
edited with introduction by Peter Simpson, The Holloway Press.
The University of Auckland, 2011
$150
46
46
Jean Jones
Ballentynes Glove Advertisement Illustration
watercolour and gouache on card
signed Jean Angus
415mm x 310mm
together with
Design for Cup and Plate
gouache on paper
280mm x 570mm
together with
Decorative Design
watercolour on paper
415mm x 600mm
$800
47
47
Jean Jones
Selected Illustrations of Fish, Animals and Architecture
gouache on paper, 39 works
variable dimensions
$800
48
48
Jean Jones
Selected Figurative Sketches and Sketchbook
15 graphite works on paper and one sketchbook
variable dimensions
$600
49
49
Collection of English Exhibition Catalogues
including National Society, The Guildhall Art Gallery and others
$50
50.1
50.1
Russell Clark
Shearing Studies
graphite on paper, two works
305mm x 255mm
$1,500
50.2
50.2
Russell Clark
Shearing Studies
graphite on paper, two works
305mm x 255mm
$1,500
51
51
Jean Jones
Curled Cat
reinforced plaster
110mm x 110mm x 140mm
$450
52
52
Francis Shurrock
Whither
etching
signed with initials F.A.S
$750
53
53
Austin Deans
Trampers
etching
signed AA Deans and dated 1937
SOLD
54
54
WH Allen (British)
Landscape
engraving
signed and dated 1928
155mm x 120mm
Provenance: From the Collection of artist Francis Shurrock
$1,500
55
55
Jessie Mitchell Campbell (nee Elmslie)
New Zealand Arts and Crafts Settle c. 1891
Walnut
1040mm x 1260mm x 440mm
$7,500

Born in Wanganui in 1869, Campbell was the daughter of
Dr Rev John Elmslie, congregational minister responsible for the building of St Pauls Presbyterian Church in Cashel Street, Christchurch.
One of his parishioners was a master wood carver and taught the Elmslie daughters how to carve. Jessie was in her early 20's when she carved this rare settle.

Referenced and Illustrated:
1. Ann Calhoun, The Arts & Crafts Movement in New Zealand 1870-1940, Auckland University Press, Auckland p. 111
2. William Cotterill, Furniture of the New Zealand Colonial Era, St Albans st, Christchurch 1909
3. Provenance:
The Buchan family collection.
56
56
Jean Jones
Small Hand Knotted Rug
with stylised animal motifs and on a blue ground
wool
$180
57
57
Jean Jones
Arrowtown Illustration
ink sketch
together with printed publication page
200mm x 170mm
$150
58
58
Jean Jones
Portfolio of Sketches including cats and figures
ink and graphite on paper and newsprint
dimensions variable
$600
59
59
Rita Angus
John Bush Ex Libris
book plate
signed Rita Cook
95mm x 65mm
$650
60
60
Jean Jones
Portfolio of Sketches
including School Journal Illustrations
ink and graphite on paper and newsprint
dimensions variable
$1200
60.1
60.1
Jean Jones
Portfolio of Sketches
including School Journal Illustrations
ink and graphite on paper and newsprint
dimensions variable
$1200