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Superb NZ Jade Carving by A W Provis

  • No reserve No reserve 
  • Closed: Wed 13 Jun 2012, 2:59 pm
Listing #: 482413715
The seller has instructed me to re-list this superb item at a greatly reduced reserve. This will be the final adjustment to the price, providing an excellent opportunity for the astute buyer.

For auction is for a superb New Zealand jade (pounamu-greenstone) carving of a horse head. Carved in 1996 it was one of the very last works of the late Alistair Provis (1941-2010). It is one of 32 chess pieces, a Knight, of a very large scale chess set which was to be sold world-wide. Only four of the pieces were completed, the project being interrupted by the carver's failing health and finally, death.

Alistair Provis was, arguably, New Zealand's most skillful jade carver, and it is very unlikely that work to his standard will ever be equalled by anyone else, such was the intracacy and perfection he achieved. His works are rarely seen and very highly prized and will, undoubtedly, appreciate in value as their uniqueness becomes more widely recognised.

The carving, without its Totara wood plinth, measures 12.5cm high and weighs 1 kg and is carved from very fine Arahura River, Inanga greenstone of the highest purity. The combined height of the horse head on its Totara plinth is 20 cm.

Note the detail of the muscular structure of the head, neck and the hair of the mane. This is very typical of the carvings of Alistair Provis. His renderings of precise anatomical detail and "action" are unsurpassed. Items carved by the artist have been sold world-wide and are illustrated in the book "Te Wahi Pounamu" by Alfred Moreton, pages 15 and 38.

Selling on behalf . . . .

Shipping details

  • Free shipping within New Zealand   
  • Seller allows pick-ups
  • Seller location: Nelson, Nelson Bays, NZ

Payment details

  • NZ bank deposit

About the seller

adawil (186 186 positive feedback)
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Closes: Wed 13 Jun, 2:59 pm. 2012