Leading South African fine-art auction house Strauss & Co will be in Pretoria on Tuesday Feb – ruary 12 to give residents the opportunity to have their art evaluated in the current market.
Taking place at the Pretoria Country Club in Sidney Street, Waterkloof, the valuation comes ahead of Strauss & Co’s upcoming April online auction and its much-anticipated Johannesburg live sale in May.
The pieces will be valued by executive director Susie Goodman and senior art specialists Dr Alastair Meredith and Wilhelm van Rensburg. Valuation day is obligation free and no consultancy fee will be charged.
Strauss & Co’s valuation days are events known for creating an atmosphere and experience akin to the popular BBC programme Antiques Roadshow.
There is a depth and breadth of 20th century South African art that frequently comes to light on valuation days.
Last year’s November live sale saw an oil on canvas by Walter Battiss, Birds and Flowers, sell for R682 800, while Pierneef’s beautiful Lowveld, Eastern Transvaal casein on paper fetched R5 200 000.
Following on from an exhibition at the Standard Bank gallery, Christo Coetzee’s Abstract Composition mixed media sold for R180 000 and acclaimed Pretoria sculpture Anton van Wouw achieved R625 900 for Bust of Koos de la Rey.
All these works were first brought in to the Pretoria valuation days.
Strauss & Co’s valuation days are part of its dynamic role in the SA art market, which includes an ongoing series of online auctions – an accessible way for art buyers to learn about and bid on fine art.
Themed auctions have also put the spotlight on different areas of the market with the most recent being the November 2019 auction’s session An Unsung History, which showed work by under-appreciated artists such as Noria Mabasa, Alfred Richard Martin and Bongani Peter Shange.
For more information on having your art works valued, contact: Susie Goodman at Strauss & Co on 011- 728-8246 or e-mail jhb@straussart. co.za or visit straussart.co.za