Decor items in movie props sale
A COLLECTION of midcentury, antique and vintage furniture and homeware will be auctioned in Cape Town on September 28 and 29.
The Prop House auction of around 1 500 items comprises high-end movie props sourced by business and life partners Tess Wolpe and Will Hinton.
The collection’s total value is estimated at around R5 million.
Designer furniture includes original and high-end replica items by Mies van der Rohe, Eileen Gray, Arne Jacobsen, Charles and Ray Eames, Le Corbusier, Ron Arad, George Nelson, Mackintosh and the Memphis Group.
Smaller designer items include Alessi homeware, contemporary lighting and Murano glass.
The Prop House was founded when Wolpe and Hinton left London in 1998 with three containers full of mainly 1950s, 1960s and 1970s collectables.
They opened a prop outlet in Paarden Eiland, geared at a niche market of international film companies.
“As Tess and Will are retiring from their business, we have been entrusted with their emporium stocked with exceptional items,” says
Alf Duncan of Alf Duncan Auctioneers.
Wolpe and Hinton say:
“Our favourite piece is a multi-coloured, post-modern Carlton room divider created by Ettore Sottsass in 1981 for the Memphis Group, an Italian design and architecture group working in Milan.”
The item is estimated to sell for R60 000 to R80 000.
Iconic 1950s chairs include a black leather Egg chair and ottoman with manufacturer’s label by Arne Jacobsen, which could receive bids of R40 000 to R60 000; and a red Coconut chair designed by George Nelson and manufactured by Vitra (estimated to sell for
R15 000 to R25 000).
Examples of fastidious workmanship include a completely original 1980s black leather Rover chair – combining a car seat with a structural tubing frame – that launched the career of British industrial designer Ron Arad, estimated at R40 000 to R60 000; and an Eileen Gray lacquered screen valued at R15 000 to
Alf Duncan Auctioneers general manager Angie Humm and auctioneer Justin Knott, say: “If you’re planning to open a coffee outlet, there are enough small café tables and chairs to set up a business. There’s everything you could need for a home swimming pool setting. Even children are catered for with teddy bears and toys.
“You’ll also discover quirky items such as vintage bikes and radios and an American TV set, circa 1970, that looks like a space helmet.”
Charles Rudd of Charles Rudd Auctioneers will assist as a specialist consultant and auctioneer. Rudd says he expects game lodge owners to be interested in vintage leather couches, carpets, picnic hampers, game skins and leather suitcases.
Decorative pictures, musical instruments, bronzes, cameras, coffee-making machines and much more are also on offer.
Duncan says: “Whether you are a movie buff or simply have an eye for the unusual, these eclectic items have been collected with style and imagination.
“Viewing ahead of time is vital.”
Previewing and the auction will be held at The Prop House premises on the corner of Albert Road and Railway Street, Woodstock.
The preview period will be September 24, (Heritage Day public holiday) to September 27 from 10am to 4pm.
The items can also be viewed during auction days, namely September 28 and 29, from 10am to 4pm.
Potential bidders can browse through an extensive online catalogue available from September 10 at https://www. alfduncan.co.za/.
To join the auction mailing list, e-mail angie@alfduncan. co.za or call Alf Duncan Auctioneers on 021 854 8589.
A view of The Prop House auction items. A Memphis Group room divider is a favourite of The Prop House co-owners Will Hinton and Tess Wolpe, seated far left and centre. Specialist consultant and auctioneer Charles Rudd, back left, with Alf Duncan Auctioneers’ Angie Humm, back right, and Alf Duncan Auctioneers’ Justin Knott, bottom right. Wolpe is seated on a chair by George Nelson.