International Art Centre
A newly discovered 100-year-old painting by revered artist Charles F Goldie is going up for sale for the first time.
The painting, Kapi Kapi an Arawa Chieftainess, was painted in 1918 but has been in private ownership for the past century.
Goldie, who died in 1947, is thought to have painted Ahinata Te Rangituatini (Kapi Kapi) many times but the version on offer at the International Art Centre auction of Rare and Important Art on Tuesday in Parnell, Auckland, was unknown in the art world until recently.
Kapi Kapi was a member of the Tuhourangi tribe and survived the 1886 eruption of Mt Tarawera, near Rotorua, which buried several villages, killing about 120 people, mostly Māori, and destroying the world-famous Pink and White Terraces.
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International Art Centre director Richard Thomson said it was “a very fine Goldie work” – one they only found out about when the owner contacted them to put it up for sale.
The work is expected to fetch up to $260,000, and is one of three Goldie works in the sale, alongside nine New Zealand works from the Chunn family collection – the family which began the band Split Enz in the 1970s.
Goldie is renowned globally for his paintings of Māori figures, and has been one of the greatest influences in New Zealand’s artistic and cultural consciousness, Thomson said.
“Goldie’s paintings are compelling, almost entrancing and are national treasures. He is the most important artist New Zealand has produced.”
Tuesday’s auction would see some of New Zealand’s finest and most recognised artists go under the hammer, he said.
One of the three Goldie paintings is a relatively unknown head and shoulders oil on canvas of a European man, which Goldie painted while studying in Paris in 1897. It was expected to fetch up to $80,000.
The third Goldie, entitled Māori woman washing clothes in a warm pool Whakarewarewa, was acquired by the current private owner from the collection of Goldie’s wife Olive in 1985. It is expected to bring up to $180,000.
In April, a Goldie work owned by Dame Kiri Te Kanawa sold for close to $1 million.
The Chunn family collection, also included in the auction, features works by Sir Toss Woollaston, Jacqueline Fahey, Michael Illingworth, Dick Frizzell, Colin McCahon, Michael Smither, Peter Stichbury and Pat Hanly.
* The sale begins at 7pm on Tuesday, August 14, at International Art Centre, Parnell.