Weekend Witness : 2019-05-25

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CLASSIFIED­S Weekend Witness 29 May 25, 2019 TO ADVERTISE CONTACT JADE GOVENDER ON 087 741 2666 FAX: 086 675 2106 OR EMAIL: [email protected] EDITORIAL EMAIL: [email protected] l l Historical artists’ works dominate at Strauss & Co’s autumn sale PIONEERING artists, Irma Stern and Anton van Wouw, both dominant figures in South Africa’s robust auction market for many decades, shone at Strauss & Co’s R58 million grossing autumn sale in Johannesbu­rg. The bustling sale drew many visitors to see a world first — five Van Wouw castings from five different internatio­nal foundries — and a consolidat­ion in the contempora­ry art segment. The top-selling lot was Stern’s which sold to a bidder in the room for R16,16 million, a new world record for a still life by this artist. Painted a year after Stern’s second visit to Zanzibar, the work portrays an exuberant bouquet of dahlias in a Chinese jar and is presented in a coveted Zanzibari frame. Five telephone bidders resolutely chased after Utrecht-born Van Wouw’s only known bronze maquette of statesman Paul Kruger, which was cast by the Roman foundry of Giovanni Nisini. When auctioneer Alastair Meredith eventually knocked down on the work, the selling price of R10,47 million establishe­d a new world record for this muchadmire­d sculptor. The sale price more than doubled the previous world record for Van Wouw, also held by Strauss & Co. Frank Kilbourn, Strauss & Co’s chairperso­n, commented after the sale: “Van Wouw’s performanc­e was not a flash in the pan. Many forget that in 1981 his work portraying a mineworker with a hand-drill sold for R80 000, then a record price for a South African artwork sold at an auction. “It is very encouragin­g to see Stern and Van Wouw continue to perform solidly at market. Their work is the foundation on which our vibrant post-war and contempora­ry art categories are built.” Susie Goodman, executive director at Strauss & Co, added: “Van Wouw’s artistic bronze of Paul Kruger is one of the most important historical works to have passed through Strauss & Co’s hands in recent years. “The work drew considerab­le interest during our preview. There was interest among audiences to learn more about our country’s history through our art, and this powerful artwork certainly provided that.” The remarkable Van Wouw consignmen­t also included one of the rarest of all the sculptor’s earliest masterpiec­es, an endearing study of a bearded elder titled Leemans the Postman. Cast by Nisini, it drew enthusiast­ic bidding and sold for R1,6 million. A stirring bust of a mineworker, cast by Massa, meanwhile, sold for R1 million. This oncein-a-lifetime sculptural offering was informed by cutting-edge new research. Gerhard de Kamper, chief curator of collection­s at the University of Pretoria, has recently uncovered details that Van Wouw worked with five Italian foundries, not three as was long thought. Dr Alastair Meredith, who heads up the art department in Johannesbu­rg, says: “Research proves that Van Wouw was a worldly artist whose social realist sculptures responded to the history and economy of early Johannesbu­rg. “His technicall­y-exquisite sculptures Still Life with Fruit and Dahlias, Still Life with Fruit and Dahlias catered to his patrons’ demands and reflect the heady period of industrial enterprise and social issues of the times. More than this, Van Wouw formed part of an amazing artistic energy on the Highveld at the start of the twentieth century.” Other artists from this early South African avant-garde represente­d on the Strauss & Co sale were Erich Mayer and J.H. Pierneef, who was Van Wouw’s godson and artistic apprentice. Mayer’s top-selling lot was a pair of extensive charcoal drawings measuring over two metres in length, Boere Piekniek, which sold for R85 350, double its estimate. Bidders also vied for an early Pierneef pastel and charcoal drawing from 1914 depicting a fig tree, which sold for R512 100, well above the estimate. Two lots by Alexis Preller, a defining Profile Head, painter of the post-war period, reliably placed in the top-ten individual lots sold at Strauss & Co’s Johannesbu­rg sale. CANNON’S AUCTIONEER­S Pietermari­tzburg’s Premier Auctioneer­s – Since 1952 a late work from 1969 portraying a masculine subject, achieved R1,14 million; while an earlier, mythically-themed painting from 1950, sold for R910 400. — Arts Editor. Profile Head, NOW PROUDLY ANNOUNCING THIS MONTH’S ANTIQUE & COLLECTABL­ES AUCTION - TUESDAY 28 MAY – AT CANNON’S GALLERIES – HILTON - FROM 9AM PRECISELY Rustenberg, Includes : Important Africana Books, Stamps, World Ceramics incl. Spode’s Italian Crockery, suites crystal Glasses, 233 pce Royal Albert Dinner/Tea & Coffee Service, 1940’s Mobo & Triang Rocking Horses, Paintings by : Tugwell, Roworth, DeJongh, Dykman, Tyrrell, Battiss, Munro, Boyley & Others, massive bronze by Llewellyn Davies of Dick King & Servant on Horses, rare gold Masonic Jewels, Diamond Rings, gold Neck Chains, vintage Kitchenali­a & Copper ware, Meat Domes, Cutlery Sets, George III silver Tea Pot, Anton Michelsen Queen Margrethe Cup, Georgian silver Salt Pots & Georgian Cutlery, bronze Usubata Ikebana Vase, Benin Bronze Court Dwarves & Warriors, Prussian Drinking Horn, Zulu Ear Plugs & Spears, 19thC Lap Desks, oak Humidor, World Globe, Galle style Lamp, precious stone World Globe, Arthur Newton’s War Medals + Documents & Book, Kulah Khud Helmet, 19thC Naval Officer’s Sword + Natal Carabiners Boer War Sword, Sword Stick & Telescope, many assorted Clocks, Full Mart Furniture incl. : 19thC Dining Suites, 18thC Linen Cupboard, Display Cabinets, Rorke’s Drift & Persian Carpets, Cape yellow wood Wakis & Jonkman’s Kaste; Cabin Trunks, 19thC Cape Rusbanke, Victorian extension Dining Table, antique Wardrobes, Partner’s Desk, Grand & Baby Grand Pianos, Chests of Drawers, Bookcases, cast Aluminium Patio Furniture & cast iorn Benches, concrete Bird baths, Collector’s Chest, Campaign Chair, yellow wood Meal Trough, y/wood & s/wood Kombuis Tafel, Vintage Feeding/Rocking Chairs, rosewood Davenport, Artist’s Easel, massive 19thC oak mirror back Sideboard/Dresser, and much more!!! Click on www.cannons.co.za to view the entire catalogue, along with images and estimates on each and every Lot to be sold!!! Boy on a Horse, View Date: Tuesday, 28 May 2019, 09h00 - 15H00 Auction Date: Wednesday, 29 May 2019 @10h00 Venue: 51 Dudley Street, Jacobs, Wentworth TERMS& CONDITIONS: Deposit: EFT (An ID/ Passport copy as no copies will be done on site & proof of physical address not older than three months). R10 000.00 refundable by way of FICA documents required prior to date of sale/ speed point on auction day. All vehicles will be sold ‘as is’. All deposits/ transfers should be made to the following accounts: Spokes Auctioneer­s: ON VIEW DAILY FROM 9AM – 1PM Cannon’s Auctioneer­s, Lifestyle Centre, Hilton STD bank- acc. no: 045949905, branch code: 051001 FNB-: 6258730561­8, branch code: 250655. 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