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Year-end sale offers opportunities to make value-for-money purchases

Ashbey’s Galleries’ year-end auction will be one of its most diverse of the year, with surprises for collectors and opportunities for buyers to make value-for-money purchases, says auctioneer Inge Beck-Roberts.

The sale will take place at Ashbey’s Cape Town premises at 10am on December 13.

* Collectables: The wide variety on offer will include ceramic pieces by Clarice Cliff, the acclaimed English ceramic artist who was active from 1922 to 1963.

“She began her career as an apprentice potter, and as a result of her talent and ability became a ceramic artist and head of the artistic department in the factory in which she worked,” says Beck-Roberts. “Her works are highly sought-after by Art Deco ceramic collectors.”

Beck-Roberts says 10 lots of Cliff’s works will go under the hammer.

“Also on offer will be a 115-piece blue Italian Spode service, Victorian and South African military dress swords, Chinese and Japanese objets d’art, a Jaeger-LeCoultre Atmos clock, mantel and long case clocks, a Fornasetti Milano ice bucket, sculptures and tea caddies. This category is diverse and collectors will not be disappointed.”

The collectables on offer at Ashbey’s auction will include ceramic pieces by acclaimed English ceramic artist Clarice Cliff. Picture:

* Silver and silverplate: Beck-Roberts says silver still offers countless opportunities for today’s buyers and collectors to make value-for-money purchases that could become promising investments in the longer term.

She says 88 lots of silver and silverplate will go under the hammer, ranging from early 19th-century to mid-20th century pieces.

A highlight is a George III silver teapot, London 1795, by Peter and Ann Bateman. This category will include tea and coffee sets, tea caddies, trays, baskets, perfume bottles and cutlery sets, across the spectrum from English and Irish to Continental pieces.

* Jewellery: More than 100 lots of yellow and white gold, platinum, diamond and multi-stone rings, bracelets, earrings, lockets, pocket watches and pendants will go under the hammer.

“Pieces that epitomise glamour and capture the splendour of bygone ages will be available for both women and men,” she says.* Art: The art collection Ashbey’s will have on offer encompasses South African and international works, ranging from oils and watercolours to mixed media.

“The landscape genre is a strong feature of South African art. Highlights will include landscapes by Gregoire Boonzaier, JH Pierneef and Herman van Nazareth.”

Irma Stern, “the darling of South African art”, will be represented at the auction by a pencil sketch on paper, entitled Portrait of a Young Man, and signed and dated 1931, she says.

The sale will also include seven works by Battiss, the highlight being an oil-on-board entitled At the Beach, signed and dated 1958.

“Great anticipation also surrounds Maggie Laubser’s Figure in a Red Coat, an oil-on-board, signed and dated ’58,” she says.

Beck-Roberts says contemporary art is an important feature of every Ashbey’s sale, and this time works by Lionel Smit, and a number of works by Christiaan Diedericks, Heike Allterton Davis and Keith Hamilton Dietrich will be on offer.

The sale will also compliment internationally acclaimed British artist Henry Spencer Moore (1898-1986), six of whose works will be on offer, she says.

* Furniture: The selection of furniture that will be available in the auction represents the fashions of four centuries.

Furniture includes the late 18th-century Dutch oak armoire. Picture:

“The buyer’s choice can be dictated by the personal taste as antiques of all periods can be added to a modern setting with remarkable effect,” says Beck-Roberts.

In the furniture category will be VOC chests, dining tables, wardrobes, dining and armchairs, a military chest, a chest-of-drawers, linen presses, buffets and writing tables, to mention just a few of the many pieces on offer, she adds.

“A highlight in the furniture category is a fine example of a late 18th-century Dutch oak armoire.”

All the auction items may be viewed at Ashbey’s premises at 43 Church Street, Cape Town, from 9.15am to 1pm on Saturday, and from 9.15am to 3.30pm on Monday and Tuesday.

The auction catalogue is available from Ashbey’s office, or view it online at and

For more details call Ashbey’s on 0214238060 or email the auctioneer directly at

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