New Collectors Art & Studio Ceramics including The Hans and Elizabeth Swier Collection

Jenny Doležel
Theatre of Possibility

Tuesday 27 February 2024

New Collectors Art & Studio Ceramics including The Hans and Elizabeth Swier Collection

6:00PM 3 Abbey Street, Newton, Auckland

Art+Object's first New Collectors auction of 2024 includes a fine selection of modern & contemporary art from Aotearoa and beyond. The auction commences with a notable series of works that have been donated in order to raise funds for The Wairau Māori Art Gallery. It includes works by Lisa Reihana, Star Gossage, Roberta Thornley, and Ngahuia Harrison.

Art+Object is also delighted to present part of the collection of the late Murray Shaw as well as the studio ceramics collection of Hans and Elizabeth Swier. The Hans and Elizabeth Swier collection comprises studio ceramics, as well as paintings and limited-edition prints collected since the mid-1960’s. As with many collectors, it started small and over the years has evolved into a substantial collection. The Swiers moved from Wellington to Titirangi in 1969 where they became friends with Len Castle and developed an interest in ceramics. The collection includes pottery and applied art by many of the country’s leading practitioners including: Len Castle, Mirek Smisek, Graeme Storm, Ruth Castle, Barry Brickell, Peter Collis, Ray Rogers and many more. The collection also contains works by Karl Maughan, Max Gimblett, Kushana Bush, and Stanley Palmer.

This is a timed online auction, which will begin closing with lot 1 from 6pm on Tuesday 27 February. Thereafter, lots will close consecutively every 15 seconds, until the end of the auction. Lots will auto-extend if bidding is still active. You can bid easily and conveniently through our personalised app available on App Store or Google Play, or via our desktop platform at You can alternatively place an absentee bid by filling out the form below.

Please contact or ring reception 09 354 4646 if you require assistance, we are happy to provide condition reports and answer additional queries.

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