Jew­ellery, watches and art at hol­i­day sea­son sale

Renowned time­piece brand names, work by Ken­tridge, Per­sian rugs, vin­tage hand­bags and more

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - AUCTIONS -

AN AUC­TION of­fer­ing “a sen­sa­tional se­lec­tion” of jew­ellery, watches, art­works, ob­jets d’art, de­signer ware, col­lecta­bles and car­pets will mark the start of Kenny Fin­berg Auc­tions’ big sales for the hol­i­day sea­son – just in time for Christ­mas and Han­nukah.

“The ‘Chris­mukah’ sale will pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity to find a gift to spoil some­one spe­cial while also in­vest­ing in an heir­loom for the fu­ture,” says auc­tion­eer Kenny Fin­berg. “The se­lec­tion of auc­tion items will be vast and we an­tic­i­pate com­plet­ing 80 to 100 lots per hour.”

A pri­mary com­po­nent of the auc­tion will be the jew­ellery and watch sec­tion, with more than 150 lots avail­able.

The watches for men and women in­clude of­fer­ings from Rolex, Cartier, IWC, Bre­itling, Tag and Omega.

“Es­ti­mates will be­gin from as low as R1 000. There is a ma­jor resur­gence in watch col­lect­ing and it looks as though this is be­com­ing a se­ri­ous area of in­vest­ment for the fu­ture,” Fin­berg says.

The jew­ellery on of­fer in­cludes a com­pre­hen­sive col­lec­tion of gold, plat­inum and sil­ver pieces for both en­try level and se­ri­ous col­lec­tors.

“The high­lights will in­clude a 16ct di­a­mond ten­nis bracelet, a pair of 5ct clus­ter di­a­mond ear­rings and a 6ct eter­nity di­a­mond ring, as well as beau­ti­ful neck­laces, bracelets and brooches, en­crusted with di­a­monds, ru­bies, sap­phires, emer­alds and tan­zan­ites. In ad­di­tion, there will be a se­lec­tion of GIA-cer­ti­fied un­set di­a­monds.”

A sub­stan­tial col­lec­tion of fine art will also go un­der the ham­mer, with more than 70 lots of tra­di­tional and con­tem­po­rary works from both South African and in­ter­na­tional masters, as well as rare works by new “must-have” artists, Fin­berg says.

“Of par­tic­u­lar im­por­tance among the paint­ings and prints is a rare and im­pos­ing work by William Ken­tridge, pro­duced in 2008 in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Gavron­sky and Shaki­novsky, from the Ex­pec­tant Fluid se­ries, from an edi­tion of 18.”

Other rare works in­clude Sam Nh­lengethwa’s tribute to Peter Clarke and a fine Lionel Smit.

The art se­lec­tion will also fea­ture works by artists who are among the “who’s who” of the con­tem­po­rary art world in South Africa: An­ton Kan­nemeyer, Deb­o­rah Bell, Wal­ter Bat­tiss, Dou­glas Port­way, Beezy Bai­ley, Col­bert Mashile and oth­ers, he says.

“There will also be ma­jor works by Pranas Dom­saitis, David Botha, Ter­ence McCaw, as well as a com­pre­hen­sive col­lec­tion of pieces by in­ter­na­tional artists. Es­ti­mates will be­gin from as lit­tle as R500.”

Added into the mix on the auc­tion floor will be a va­ri­ety of Per­sian car­pets, rugs and run­ners, the high­light be­ing a fine, in­vest­ment qual­ity silk Hereke of won­der­ful colour, he says.

“Also on auc­tion will be sil­ver­ware, rang­ing from tea sets to an early 20th­cen­tury English, hall­marked Hanukiah (Meno­rah).

“An ar­ray of porce­lain tea sets, in­clud­ing Susie Cooper and Poole, from the Art Deco pe­riod, will also be on of­fer.”

Fin­berg be­lieves items from the sin­gle-owner col­lec­tion of vin­tage hand­bags in snake­skin, croc­o­dile patent and the likes will make ideal gifts.

“The va­ri­ety of items on of­fer at the auc­tion is as­tound­ing. It will in­clude a rare, vin­tage pair of carved tusks; ori­en­tal ware, in­clud­ing 19th-cen­tury wa­ter­colours and ce­ram­ics; and a small se­lec­tion of Ro­man ter­ra­cotta sculp­tures that will hold pride of place at the auc­tion, along with a par­tic­u­larly fine model of a galleon.

“A sin­gle lot of seven stamp al­bums will also be among other un­usual col­lecta­bles.”

The auc­tion will be held at The Radis­son Ho­tel at the V&A Water­front, at 10am to­mor­row. View­ing will be­gin at 9am.

For more de­tails and emailed cat­a­logues, call Kenny Fin­berg Auc­tions on 082 458 4088 or email [email protected]­

The sale will fea­ture of­fer­ings from renowned watch­mak­ers, in­clud­ing this rare, lim­ited edi­tion U-Boat Chrono­graph wrist­watch (left), and a 18ct gold and steel men’s wrist­watch (cen­tre). A de­signer gold pen­dant with blue topaz and di­a­monds on a gold multi-chain will be among the jew­ellery on of­fer.

This 110cm x 78cm silkscreen is a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween William Ken­tridge, Rose Shaki­novsky and Claire Gavron­sky from an edi­tion of 18. The piece is es­ti­mated at R50 000 to R70 000.

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