Oruawharo is a showcase for a superb collection of art, antiques and furniture.
In more than 25 years of collecting, owners Peter and Dianne Harris have assembled fine examples of artwork and craftsmanship from Europe, Asia and New Zealand. Representing periods from medieval to contemporary, these pieces find their natural setting in Oruawharo’s historic atmosphere.
Oruawharo contains a growing collection of early New Zealand colonial furniture, with at present 46 pieces including examples of the work of master craftsmen, William Norrie, William James, A H Dachenhausen and Anton Seuffert.
Peter and Dianne welcome visitors to share their pleasure in the collection with a guided tour, or to wander throughout the house and enjoy the works at leisure.
1. New Zealand colonial chiffonier by James Morris. Veneered variously with totara, rimu, rewarewa and other native timbers.
2. Colonial Beaconsfield by North and Scoular, heart rimu with the upper frieze and door of burr totara with carved foliate corbels.
3. Wine table by Anton Seuffert, c1870 The circular marquetry top with a star pattern to the centre in kahikatea and kohekohe, reserved on burr totara within a geometric and interlocking triangle pattern in totara, kohekohe and various other native timbers, framed by a basket weave pattern in rewarewa.
4. Trinity Bridge, Christopher Perkins c1950
5. Colonial mottled kauri and puriri wardrobe by A. H. Dachenhausen. Of large proportions, featuring three panelled doors with puriri veneer and mottled kauri fronts.
6. Colonial dressing table by William Norrie In burr totara and cedar.