If the eye-catching catalogue cover is anything to go by, Strauss & Co’s auction on 14 March at the Vineyard Hotel in Newlands, Cape Town is sure to wow with its collection of well-known South African and international art. The collection includes a rare JH Pierneef, a significant painting by Gregoire Boonzaier, a classic Maggie Laubser, a striking Walter Battiss and a bold Robert Hodgins. William Kentridge’s life-size piece, Sleeper Red, is sure to be a show-stopper, and younger artisits like Ian Grose, Zander Blom, Dorothee Kreutzfeldt and Bridget Baker’s works are expected to draw keen bidding. International works include a unique drawing by Marc Chagall.
The sale also features a broad selection of good quality decorative arts, furniture and jewellery, as well as a collection of Cape silver and Oriental works of art.
Works on offer:
Headlining the international art is a unique drawing by Marc Chagall’s Pour Gustave Zumsteg (R1 100 000 – 1 300 000) which is dedicated to the proprietor of Kronenhalle, a legendary Swiss restaurant frequented by artists and luminaries of the beau monde. The lot is accompanied by a commemorative book on Kronenhalle.
Maggie Laubser’s Birds and Boats (R700 000 – 900 000) has a wonderful provenance, having been acquired directly from the artist by a close friend, whose family had lived for generations on the Lanzerac farm.
Red Rock (R600 000 – 900 000), one of the most striking paintings by Walter Battiss ever to come to auction, draws on the artist’s studies of rock art that were to play such a major role in the development of his unique style.
In the remarkable life-size Sleeper Red (R800 000 – 1 200 000), William Kentridge pushes printmaking to the limits by using his own thumb and handprints to build up the textures of flesh.
On the 50th anniversary of the proclamation of District Six as a white area, the auction offers several views of this much-loved area. Foremost of these is a painting by Gregoire Boonzaier entitled Moskee, Chapelstraat, Distrik Ses, Kaapstad (R600 000 – 800 000). Painted in 1960 at a significant moment in history, Boonzaier records the day-to-day life of its inhabitants, celebrating the cultural heritage of old Cape Town and the memory of District Six.
The sale also features a broad selection of good quality decorative arts, furniture and jewellery; including four single owner collections. A significant piece is the 18th century Cape stinkwood, satinwood and silver-mounted armoire, which is estimated at R600 000 – 800 000.
In tune with the Cape theme, the second collection comprises twenty-two lots of Cape silver. Possibly the rarest piece is a Cape silver tessie-on-stand by Gerhardus Lotter estimated at R200 000 – 250 000.
The third collection should appeal to collectors of English silver as it comprises eleven silver snuff boxes from the early 19th to the late 19th century.
Finally, for those interested in Oriental works of art, the fourth collection is of late 19th century Japanese ivory netsuke.
Monday 14 March 2016
The Vineyard Hotel, Newlands, Cape Town
Friday, 11 March – Sunday, 13 March, 10am to 5pm
Conducted by Emma Bedford & Alexander Richards, Saturday, 12 March, 11am
source: The South African.com