Saturday, July 21

Something on offer for every collector at Stephan Welz & Co auction

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For the determined buyer looking to add a significant piece to an existing collection of specific work

Something for every collector: Stephan Welz & Co. presents a Cape Town auction of important South African and continental paintings, as well as exciting furniture, silver, jewellery, sculpture, decorative arts, and collectors’ items.

Headline pieces include two works by Peter Clarke, sought after by Clarke enthusiasts and SA art collectors. On offer are two Irma Stern paintings; Gladys Mgudlandu’s Portrait of a Young Mfengu Woman; John Mohl’s ‘Back from Work in Snow; Henry Moore’s ‘Shelter Drawng’; and a Gerard de Leeuw sculpture, alongside an array of prints; sculpture; decorative arts; traditional African art; carpets, silver, and jewellery; and contemporary and English furniture. 

Mid-century modern furniture design features in the sale, headlined by an Arne Jacobsen egg chair and ottoman designed in 1958 for Fritz Hansen and the Bocca Lips sofa by Gufram.

As a counterpoint to the contemporary items, two pieces of 19th century furniture feature: an architect’s desk by Gillows of Lancaster and an Irish Rosewood William IV library table by Williams and Gibton, ‘Upholsterers and Cabinet Makers to his Majesty’. 

Irma Stern’s Zanzibar Wedding Dancers Picture: Supplied

On the African art front, ‘Seated Female Figure’ was acquired in Abidjan in the 1990s. 

Hylton Nel’s ‘A Painted Earthenware Act’ purchased from the artist in 1995, is an unusual piece. 

The Royal Doulton Burslem ‘Spring Figure’ by Richard Garbe (a distinguished Professor at the Royal College of Art) is a limited edition work, numbered 14 of 100. 

Two solitaire diamond rings and a two-stone diamond pendant are among the highlights from the auction house’s jewellery department.

Peter Clarke’s The Widow Picture: Supplied

“We have recently been chosen as one of the top 250 auction houses in the world by Blouin Art, but we’ve also had 50 years to hone our skills. I see this array of very different, very special and, in some cases, exceptionally rare pieces as symptomatic of yet another positive step in our growth, ” says Anton Welz, Division Head & Auctioneer at Stephan Welz & Co.

Prospective bidders and interested parties are invited to a walkabout with Anton Welz at 10.30am on June 2, followed by a Morgenster wine tasting from 11am to 2pm.

The auction takes place at the Old Mutual Conference Centre, Kirstenbosch Gardens, Rhodes Drive, Newlands, on 5 and 6 June with viewing from 1-3 June at the same venue. 

There is also a talk by acclaimed social historian and heritage consultant Joline Young, who interviewed Peter Clarke at his home during 2009 and 2010. This talk, titled ‘Towards Simon’s Town: Reflections on an interview with Peter Clarke’ takes place at 11am on June 3.

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