Thursday, May 7, 2009

Maori Bookends

Auckland Museum. April 2009. Ajr
I photographed these beautiful ceramic bookends at Auckland Museum recently and was very disappointed to discover they had no label. I left without discovering their origins. Quite by chance, two days later, I was in a Britomart cafe reading magazines when I picked up an auction catalogue. There was another pair exactly the same. Turns out they are Crown Lynn Wharetana Ware - "Pair of bookends modelled as moko mokai" the caption said; and expected to reach around NZ$2,500-NZ$3,500.

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