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Harcroft House sale attracts top prices, bidders from all over world

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Strauss & Co ended its 2019 programme of live auctions when the contents of Harcroft House, a distinguished Cape manor home in Constantia, were sold on-site on November 18.

The highest earner among the 558 lots on offer was a Chinese early Republican period, four-panel scroll painting which sold for R432440 – more than four times the estimate.

This painting formed part of an impressive selection of English and Far Eastern art, furniture and decorative items acquired by English-born collectors Charles and Muriel Rycroft who moved to Cape Town and purchased Harcroft House in the early 1950s.

Chinese and Japanese artefacts performed exceptionally well at the auction with a 10-panel painting from the Qing dynasty of an aristocrat’s court eventually selling for R341400. A pair of blue Japanese cloisonné vases achieved R227600, also well above the estimate.

The best-selling South African painting was a still life by Freida Lock, which achieved R102420.

The sale attracted broad interest from local and international buyers with bids coming from China, Germany, the US, England and Russia.

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