Calling all avid collectors

    Calling all avid collectors

    Bernardi’s Autumn art, collectables and numismatics two-session auction takes place on Saturday, May 19, starting at 10am at their gallery Bernardi Place, 65 Thomson Street, Colbyn, Pretoria.

    Session one is numismatics at 10am where assorted SA mint gold Kruger rands, twin sets, British sovereigns, proof sets and Africana commemorative mint replica stamp sets are on offer.

    Medal collectors are in for a treat, with an unusual miniature group of medals, a photograph, fez and a Wilkinson parade sword named to Kaid Andrew Belton (1882-1970), who played a significant role in the Moroccan crisis of 1905.

    Three gentleman’s vintage wristwatches and a diamond-set ring will feature, including a superlative Rolex Oyster perpetual two-tone submariner chronometer and an IWC wristwatch.

    A collection of Oriental objét, Chinese jade carvings, figures and ivory netsukes will also come under the hammer.

    A magnificent early Victorian silver salver made by Mortimer and Hunt of London and a Barnard’s tea set will surely compliment any high tea.

    Among the porcelain are six rare hand-painted and detailed Royal Copenhagen Flora Danica luncheon plates (circa 1894-1922). These are certain to be a wonderful addition to anyone’s collection.

    This will be followed by Stuart,Waterford and Bohemian crystal wares and a 1930s Shirley Temple doll with original scarce Sunday Express enamel and pin-badges.

    Highlights from the furniture and embellishments section include a late 19th century Cape-Dutch style brass two-tier 12-light chandelier, a functional Cassina I Maestri LC4 chaise longue à reglage continu (circa 1970s) originally designed by the master Le Corbusi – er in 1928 and a stunning example of 20th century furniture design. The session will conclude with Chinese carpets and antiquarian Africa maps.

    Session two commences at noon with a few select books on SA art and hunting.

    Thereafter, 93 lots of South African art and sculpture, including three bold and enigmatic Carl Buchner portraits and an evocative charcoal Maggie Laubser portrait of a girl wearing a scarf.

    Pierneef’s tranquil watercolour Drift near Potgietersrus, Frank Spears’ intimate impasto Morning Glory and a Jean Welz charcoal of a seated woman are a few of the highlights.

    Among the other artists who are also feature are JH Amschewitz, Prof R Bain, Walter Battiss, Wim Botha, George Boys, Bettie Cilliers-Barnard Peter Clarke, WH Coezter, Andre De Beer, Titta Fasciotti and Johan Grobler.

    When and where

    Viewing: Wednesday, May 16 to Friday, May 18 from 10am to 5pm as well as the morning of the auction.

    For more information contact 012 3423634 or visit heir website:

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