A portrait of a raffish shepherd by Maggie Laubser, a stylised homage to Hieronymus Bosch by Alexis Preller, two drawings of William Kentridge’s fictional alter ego and a night sky landscape by John Meyer form part of Strauss & Co’s offering at its live sale at the Vineyard Hotel on October 16.

The sale, which spans three distinct periods in this country’s art history, foregrounds how artistic innovation has been a constant of South African art.

The lots on offer include pieces by earlier twentieth-century masters such as Hugo Naudé, Maggie Laubser, JH Pierneef and Irma Stern; midcentury trailblazers such as Walter Battiss, Cecil Skotnes and Alexis Preller; and globally acclaimed contemporary artists such as Kentridge.

“As is a hallmark of every Strauss & Co sale, quality is a consistent marker of the works on offer,” says Strauss & Co chairperson Frank Kilbourn.

“The key lots from our Cape Town sale are all definitive examples by the artists, and worthy of serious collector interest.”

The Cape Town sale is preceded by a calendar of social events, public lectures and a special pop-up exhibition at the One&Only, V&A Waterfront, which will run from September 13-17.

The exhibition will present a curated selection of auction highlights and is timed to coincide with the VIP previews of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA), which opens to the general public on September 22.