Un­usual items will in­clude one of Eric Clap­ton’s gui­tars

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - OBITUARIES -

WITH more than 500 lots of de­sir­able art, sculp­ture, sil­ver, col­lecta­bles, fur­ni­ture, light­ing, car­pets and jew­ellery to be auc­tioned, Omni’s Novem­ber Pre­mium Auc­tion will be “siz­zling”, says the fine art auc­tion house’s Shona Ro­bie.

“It will be a dy­namic auc­tion, filled to the brim with eclec­tic and un­usual items, rang­ing from a 19th-cen­tury horse-drawn buggy to one of Eric Clap­ton’s gui­tars.

“The lat­ter will form part of an im­por­tant col­lec­tion of early vi­o­lins, gui­tars and cel­los, and more con­tem­po­rary in­stru­ments.”

The col­lecta­bles section will fea­ture Con­ti­nen­tal bronzes and glass­ware from Lalique, among other re­spected names, she says.

“The trea­sure trove will in­clude a Lenci fig­ure; a bronze of David and Go­liath by Mar­ius-Jean An­ton­inMer­cie; and a cold-painted bronze fig­ure by Mar­cel-An­dré Bouraine (1886-1948).

“This section will also con­tain a small col­lec­tion of African art, in­clud­ing a rare Luba head­rest.”

The sale will of­fer sil­ver, jew­ellery and watches.

Ro­bie says: “There will be a Rolex Oys­ter Per­pet­ual, a va­ri­ety of rings, ear­rings, neck­laces and bracelets in var­i­ous met­als, set with di­a­monds, ru­bies, sap­phires and tan­zan­ites.

“A col­lec­tion of South African mint coins, in­clud­ing the Natura col­lec­tion and Protea se­ries, will also go under the ham­mer.”

More than 150 lots of fur­ni­ture, car­pets, chan­de­liers and mir­rors will be avail­able.

“The va­ri­ety will be vast, with pieces dat­ing from the18th cen­tury through to modern day of­fer­ings.

“In­cluded among the mid­cen­tury modern items will be a Jean Gil­lon Sling sofa, one of the most rare items of fur­ni­ture de­signed in the 20th cen­tury.”

The auc­tion will take place over two ses­sions on Tues­day, and the evening ses­sion has been ear­marked en­tirely for the sale of fine art.

Omni’s Gary Shean says three works by Cape Town artist Pe­ter Clarke will be up for auc­tion.

“We ex­pect favourable re­sults after nu­mer­ous suc­cess­ful sales of this artist’s works re­cently.”

“In ad­di­tion, an oil by South Africa’s most suc­cess­ful land­scape artist, JH Pierneef, will go on auc­tion for the first time.

“Also of sig­nif­i­cance is the largest work from Keith Alexan­der’s The Ed­uard Bohlen se­ries, which mea­sures 150cm in length, which will also be brought to the mar­ket for the first time.”

Ma­jor works by Irma Stern, Hugo Naude, Dom­saitis, Van Ess­che and Beezy Bai­ley will be among the high­lights in the South African section, while those of Pablo Pi­casso and Henry Moore will stand out from the sig­nif­i­cant in­ter­na­tional works, he says.

Ro­bie be­lieves Omni’s forth­com­ing sale will of­fer an ideal op­por­tu­nity to shop for unique Christ­mas gifts or endof-year presents for those who are look­ing for one-of-a-kind pieces that will “bring pride and joy to both the giver and the re­cip­i­ent, and will per­haps be­come a trea­sured heir­loom”.

The first ses­sion of the auc­tion will be held at 2.30pm on Tues­day at Omni’s premises at 9 Hem­lock Street, New­lands.

The sec­ond ses­sion, fo­cus­ing on fine art, will take place at the same venue at 7.30pm on the same day.

View­ing will be from 10am to 5pm through to Mon­day, in­clud­ing the week­end.

For more de­tails call Omni Fine Art Auc­tion­eers on

021 671 4497, email info@omni. co.za, or see www.omni.co.za.

This JH Pierneef paint­ing will go on auc­tion for the first time. It is ex­pected to at­tract bids be­tween R800 000 and R1 mil­lion.

This cold-painted bronze fig­ure by Mar­cel-An­dré Bouraine is ex­pected to sell for R50 000 to R70 000.

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