Variety and unique will be the buzz words at the upcoming art and collectables auction at Bernardi’s in Pretoria on Saturday at 10am .
Local paintings and sculpture, interesting and worthwhile books, attractive utilitarian furniture and embellishments, complimented by eclectic European porcelain and glassware, silver and electroplate, Afrikaner curiosities and memorabilia, as well as select estate jewellery will entice discerning buyers.
The selection of books on South African art, travel and exploration, architecture, cultural and history include scarce works like Patriot Woordeboek, Eerste Uitgaaf (1902) and Ererol 1899-1902. The Ladysmith siege 2nd Novr. 1899 1st March 1900.
The three volume fi nely embellished and well-illustrated, Juliana Bĳ bel, in typical Art Nouveau overtones and a selection of the limited edition Brenthurst Press series will also go under the hammer .
Six works by WH Coetzer include wellknown Drakensberg landscapes, a Magoebaskloof scene and two scarce etchings. The haunting Women bracing the Southeaster by Eleanor Esmonde-White and her definitive still life illustrates the diversity of the artist.
Contemporary sculptures suited for interiors are Running Cheetah by Jo Roos, three small African wonderstone heads by Zimbabwean artist Joseph Muzondo, Ike Nkoane’s fi gure group Calling for Rain, Phil Minnaar’s charming Vlakvark, the striking Rearing Stallion by Danie de Jager and a rare stone sculpture, Mother and Child, by Fr Frans Claerhout, which clearly exhibits the Belgian expressionist influence in his work.
The 116 lots of porcelain, crystal, silverware, copper and brass will appeal to every pocket, with a generous selection of Royal Albert dinner-and-tea-ware patterns, Royal Doulton Toby jugs and figurines.
Select furniture from the Cape and Victorian eras, features a stinkwood bedstead and a matching cheval, a Regency riempie stoepbank and side chairs, a Friesse staart Klok and an Angus of London oakwood clerk’s fi ling cabinet, vitrines and a 17th century mulechest.
Two unique Edison phonographs (Model F and a Gem Model C) and a vintage table model horn gramophone, together with a selection of reference books, pamphlets and wax cylinders will interest the serious collector.
Afrikaner memorabilia range from a volkspeler jug designed by WH Coetzer, a Dr HF Verwoerd wall lamp commemorating his funeral and a brass tray featuring Jan van Riebeeck’s arrival at the Cape.
An 18ct gold and ruby set ring, a white gold. 51ct diamond ring and a classic diamond and sapphire set ring are highlights among the selection of estate jewellery.