Category Archives: art

In Oscar’s Corner

I was recently asked just how much the townsfolk of Napier would have really know about Oscar Wilde in his own time. I answered pretty quickly that I felt some had very real understanding of Wilde and some perhaps some … Continue reading

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Colonial Idol: and the contestants are …

If this man seems familiar it might be that you have spent too long in the pub. For decades he lived on a shelf above the bar of the Birdcage tavern, in Auckland. I acquired him in the sale of … Continue reading

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How to decorate your hotel room

On a Tuesday night, I find myself at Dunbar’s in Auckland. The catalogue for this sale hadn’t been particularly spectacular and I wasn’t going to go. Dunbar’s Auckland sales are never as strong as their Wellington ones – in part … Continue reading

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Inspiration: Edwardian Bloomsbury & Beidermeier

Visitors often ask where I (and they might) get inspiration for rooms or décor moments. The question arises because too often when searching for decor ideas homeowners simply look at decorating magazines. The problem is compounded in that if you … Continue reading

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Pursuing John Douglas Perrett.

The Perrett is certainly large (see Considering John Douglas Perrett). Propped up on an easel it dominates one side of Dunbar Sloane’s auction rooms. It’s early in the viewing and there aren’t many people in the room and so I … Continue reading

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Considering John Douglas Perrett

I have, for a while now, wanted to buy a large scale Victorian/Edwardian painting. Something vast. The problem of course is that they’re few and far between. Anything good has long been snapped up by the public art galleries and indifferent … Continue reading

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How to hang a European painting in a post-colonial world.

When designing our library I was looking to create a formal arrangement of Nineteenth century paintings, largely portraits, and this meant that I kept coming back to the idea of a picture rail. Not a piece of wooden beading positioned … Continue reading

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