Decor items in movie props sale

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - ARTS -

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

R25 000.

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.

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