Ever Wanted Your Own Bar But Didn't Know How to Furnish It? Bombay Sapphire Has The Solution!

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A Billy Apple canvas, a stunning six metre 'Spiral Island' light from David Trubridge and an illuminating bar designed by Simon James are just three of the items from the Bombay Sapphire Botanical Bar to be auctioned at the Simon Fisher Gallery on the 29th August 2008.

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On the design front, the auction offers furniture from talented up and coming designers as well as large scale pieces from the more established designers, David Trubridge and Simon James. We anticipate that prices will reflect the scope of the work and artists involved, and the works selling for between $250 and $35,000.

A Billy Apple canvas, a stunning six metre 'Spiral Island' light from David Trubridge and an illuminating bar designed by Simon James are just three of the items from the Bombay Sapphire Botanical Bar to be auctioned at the Simon Fisher Gallery on the 29th August 2008. The auction wraps up the Bombay Sapphire Botanical Bar project, a collaboration between some of New Zealand's leading artists, designers and stylists. Proceeds from the auction will go to the Dowse Art Museum in Lower Hutt which is widely recognized for its extensive collection of contemporary New Zealand craft, art and furniture.

Building on the success of its 2006 and 2007 Blue Room exhibitions, Bombay Sapphire commissioned a number of New Zealand artists and designers to create a series of one-off, design pieces, furniture and artwork for the 'pop up' Bombay Sapphire Botanical Bar. The project was curated by internationally renowned interior designer and stylist, Katie Lockhart.

In addition to the Billy Apple canvas, Simon James bar and David Trubridge light, the auction will also include work from photographer Chris Sisarich, glass artist Stephen Bradbourne, and artist Rachel Walters, as well as a range of bespoke furniture from Eon Design Centre's upcoming designers Candy Whistle, Nidus, Birchwood Design and Punga and Smith.

Bombay Sapphire Marketing Manager, Rowan Dean says the auction offers a unique opportunity for the public to take home a piece of New Zealand art or furniture.

"Bringing together works from all these artists has been a fantastic opportunity for Bombay Sapphire, but being able to offer the public an opportunity to take them home adds a whole new dimension to the project. Some of the pieces would look amazing in a private home, others like David Trubridge's light and Simon James's Bar would look great in a commercial premises. Who knows, maybe someone is looking for the ultimate bar set up and will take the whole lot!" says Dean. "What the Botanical Bar and auction does give us though, is the opportunity to support local artists and designers at the same time as giving something to the Dowse Art Museum."

Webb's Auctions and Exhibition Manager, Jonathan Organ, says the Bombay Sapphire Botanical Bar is a one of a kind opportunity because it includes an impressive cross-section of work in a variety of mediums by artists and designers at different stages in their careers.

"Billy Apple is one of New Zealand's most pre-eminent artists, Stephen Bradbourne and Chris Sisarich are both mid career artists with strong followings, while sculptor Rachel Walters is in the early-mid stage of her career and winning plenty of recognition," says Organ. "On the design front, the auction offers furniture from talented up and coming designers as well as large scale pieces from the more established designers, David Trubridge and Simon James. We anticipate that prices will reflect the scope of the work and artists involved, and the works selling for between $250 and $35,000."

The Bombay Sapphire 'Botanical Bar' will be open to the public and serving original cocktails designed by the country's leading bartenders. It will be located at the corner of Commerce St and Custom St in Auckland on the 7th-15th August, and at the Fisher Gallery, 134 Victoria St, Christchurch on the 28th and 29th August 2008.

The items will be auctioned off by Webbs Auction House at the Fisher Gallery on the 29th August from 8pm. The auction catalogue can be viewed online at Webb's Specialist Auctioneers or Bombay Sapphire Botanical Bar.

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