Fine arts auc­tion with un­usual pieces for all pock­ets

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - OPINION -

OMNI Auc­tion­eers is pre­par­ing for a bumper sea­son be­fore Christ­mas, be­gin­ning with its monthly cat­a­logued Select auc­tion at the end of October, which will of­fer bid­ders an op­por­tu­nity to ac­quire un­usual in­di­vid­ual pieces, rang­ing from large pieces of fur­ni­ture to dainty jew­ellery items.

Shona Ro­bie, head of the col­lecta­bles de­part­ment, says items of sig­nif­i­cance will in­clude bronzes from South Africa, Europe and Asia. “A high­light will be the Meiji pe­riod (1868-1912) bronze of a

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Ja­panese war­rior.”

Pro­vid­ing a con­trast to the bronzes will be four Clarice Cliff ce­ram­ics, with es­ti­mates rang­ing from R2 000 to R8 000 each.

Omni’s fine art head of de­part­ment, Gary Shean, says there will be more than 100 South African and in­ter­na­tional works of art on of­fer, from paint­ings to prints, with prices pitched at all pock­ets. “Collectors and in­vestors will be spoilt for choice with works by fam­ily favourites and lesser-known artists. High­lights will in­clude works by Boon­zaier, Dom­saitis, Ki­bel, Strat Calde­cott, Clarke and Van Nazareth.”

The auc­tion will also fea­ture items for the home, says War­ren Scheuer, Omni’s fur­ni­ture spe­cial­ist. “More than 70 lots of un­usual pieces of fur­ni­ture, from the 18th cen­tury through to the con­tem­po­rary, will go un­der the ham­mer. Also avail­able will be car­pets, in­clud­ing Per­sian and Ke­lim hand­wo­ven ex­am­ples, and an ar­ray of light­ing.”

In ad­di­tion, there will be sil­ver and sil­ver­plate items, jew­ellery and watches, mak­ing this an auc­tion for all pocket sizes, says Karen Shean, head of de­part­ment: sil­ver.

The auc­tion items may be viewed daily be­tween 10am and 5pm from to­day un­til Mon­day.

The auc­tion will take place from 2.30pm on Tues­day at Omni’s rooms, 9 Hem­lock Street, New­lands. Print cat­a­logues will be avail­able at the venue. On­line cat­a­logues can be viewed

For more de­tails call 021 671 4497 or e-mail

A 55cm x 40cm oil on board by Pranas Dom­saitis, ti­tled Mixed Flow­ers No 1.

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