Art lovers’ dream auction

Art lovers’ dream auction

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 rare night-sky landscape by John Meyer form part of Strauss & Co’s substantial offering at its forthcoming live sale in Cape Town, which will be held at the Vineyard Hotel on October 16.

The lots on offer include important pieces by earlier twentieth-century masters like Hugo Naude, Maggie Laubser, JH Pierneef and Irma Stern; mid-century trailblazers like Walter Battiss, Peter Clarke, Erik Laubscher, Cecil Skotnes and Alexis Preller; and globally acclaimed contemporary artists like William Kentridge.

Collectors of JH Pierneef will delight in the selection of botanicals and landscapes on offer at Strauss & Co’s live sale. Pierneef was a foremost painter of trees, as is evident in a 1944 oil depicting a majestic leadwood tree, Hardekoolboom in a Bushveld Landscape (estimate R2 – R3 million). An early pastel work from 1913, Willow Trees in Summer (estimate R250 000 – R350 000), demonstrates Pierneef’s accomplished draughtsmanship.

Pierneef’s evolving style as a painter is recorded in his oil on hessian Apies River, Pretoria, with Meintjies Kop Beyond (estimate R1.6 – R2.4 million). The sale also includes two casein landscapes, highly prized works that reveal Pierneef’s great dexterity with the paintbrush.

Important works by Maggie Laubser rarely come to market, so there is justifiable excitement around The Old Shepherd (estimate R2.8 – R3.4 million), a striking portrait of a confident herdsman with two peacock feathers in his hat.

One of three Laubser still lifes on offer, A Black and White Cat Seated Amongst Flowers (estimate R800 000 – R1.2 million) is a late work representative of the painter’s
quest to portray the “spiritual shape” of objects. Yellow Bird (estimate R500 000 – R700 000), also a late-career work, confidently shows the titular yellow bird integrated
into an abstracted landscape of lines and shapes.

Rightly celebrated for her botanical still lifes, Irma Stern is represented by Black Lilies (estimate R2 – R3 million), an unusual floral study from 1941. Produced in 1952, Madonna (estimate R500 000 – R700 000) is a bold expressionistic interpretation by Stern of a key icon of Catholicism.

An evergreen figure at auction, Hugo Naude’s early impressionist landscapes of Southern Africa remain highly sought after. Strauss & Co is offering a discriminating
selection of landscape and marine scenes. The highlight is a dazzling depiction of Venice (estimate R300 000 – R500 000) painted in 1913.

Strauss & Co is thrilled to be offering two important early drawings by William Kentridge, including ‘Johannesburg Second Greatest City After Paris’ (estimate R2 – R3 million).

When and where

Monday 16 October 2017

  • 11.00am: Session One (Lots 1-210)
  • 2.00pm: Session Two (Lots 211-400)
  • 5.00pm: Session Three (Lots 401-550)
  • 8.00pm: Session Four (Lots 551-661)

Venue
The Vineyard Hotel, Newlands, Cape Town

Preview
Friday 13 to Sunday 15 October 10am to 5pm

Walkabouts
Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 October at 11am

Enquiries and catalogues
Landline: 021 683 6560
Mobile: 078 044 8185
Fax: +27 (0) 21 683 6085

Illustrated catalogue: R200.00

For more information view the online catalogue: https://www.straussart.co.za/shared/catalogues/2017/cape-town/2017-10-16/

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