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Auction house says there is something for everyone at next week's two-day sale

Omni Auctioneers has 1000 lots for collectors, dealers, decorators and those looking for something special in its upcoming Premium auction this week.

Gary Shean, who heads the fine art department, says this auction category will include South African and international works by recognised masters and up-and-coming new artists.

“Appearing for the first time on the open market will be two works by South African artist Peter Clarke,” he says.

“The two large works are from the artist’s private collection, and would make a wonderful addition to any collection.”

Also on offer will be a self-portrait by Gregoire Boonzaier. Freida Lock’s Nakhoda From Kutch is also fresh to the market, says Shean. Another local artist whose work is in demand is Gladys Mgudlandlu, who will be represented by Nyanga Landscape.

The works of other important South African artists will also be on offer, including two Irma Stern pieces on paper, a landscape oil on canvas by Hugo Naude, a Keith Alexander and contemporary artworks by up-and-coming Nelson Makamo.

An 18ct white gold and diamond Belle Epoque pendant. Picture: Omni Auctioneers

The auction will also include furniture, ranging from 18th and 19th century English and continental pieces to exotic Chinese, Cape and contemporary items.

“An early 20th century carnival organ, in full working order, will add an element of frivolity,” says the auction house’s Warren Scheuer.

“There will also be a selection of clocks, from an 18th century grandfather clock by David Collier of Gatley (R40000 – R60000) to English and French mantle and carriage clocks, with prices starting at R500.”

The ceramics, decorative art and collectables will be “a feast for the eye”, says head of department Shona Robie. “Highlights will include English and American rowing memorabilia, which will appeal to serious collectors and decorators. There will also be a collection of Austrian cold-painted figures of animals, including some by the renowned Austrian sculptor Franz Bergman.”

Items from an array of Swarovski Crystal figures, which range from a Chinese dragon to a hedgehog, will make ideal gifts for those who love bling, she suggests.

“A pair of 17th century Chinese silver-mounted blue-and-white vases (R4000 – R6000) and an 18th century Chinese patinated bronze censer and stand (R40000 – R60000) will also go under the hammer.”

The final session of the auction, which will take place over two days and four sessions, will include a selection of silver and silver plate, and a variety of jewellery and watches.

A self-portrait by South African artist Gregoire Boonzaier. Picture: Omni Auctioneers

“A stand-out item will be a six-piece silver Mappin and Webb tea and coffee set,” says Robie.

“The jewellery on offer will include an 18ct white gold and diamond Belle Epoque pendant with about 5ct of diamonds.”

Scheuer says there will be items on offer to suit all pockets and tastes.

“We even have a stamp collection on auction.”

The auction will begin on April 17. Session 1 will start at 10am with the sale of books and fine art, followed at 3pm by session 2, with ceramics and collectables on offer.

On April 18 session 3 will kick off at 10am with furniture, lighting and rugs, and session 4 will take place at 3pm, with the focus on silver, jewellery and watches.

Viewing will take place from 10am until 4pm on April 14 and 15, and from 10am until 2pm on April 16 at Omni’s rooms at 9 Hemlock Road, Newlands.

For more details and catalogues, call Omni Fine Art Auctioneers on 0216714497 or, or see

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