Unusual items will include one of Eric Clapton’s guitars
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.