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The Old Master’s collectors will delight in the wide selection of Pierneef works on offer at Strauss & Co’s October 16 live sale at the Vineyard Hotel in Newlands.

With Pierneef works now regularly raking in millions on auction, the Old Master’s collectors will delight in the wide selection of Pierneef works on offer at Strauss & Co’s October 16 live sale at the Vineyard Hotel in Newlands.

The Pierneef works on offer are led by a 1944 oil depicting a majestic leadwood tree, Hardekoolboom in a Bushveld Landscape (presale estimate R2million to R3m).

His evolving style as a painter is recorded in his oil-on-hessian, Apies River Pretoria with Meintjies Kop Beyond (R1.6m-R2.4m). The work depicts a Pretoria landscape and also marks his shift towards a more simplified graphic style.

The sale includes two casein landscapes that reveal Pierneef’s great dexterity with the paintbrush. Completed in 1924, Jonkershoek: Stellenbosch (R500 000-R700 000), is an early rendering of the peaks of Stellenbosch, and Elim (R700 000-R900 000), is a 1926 oil of Cape Dutch cottages at the mission village.

An early Pierneef pastel from 1913, Willow Trees in Summer, has a top presale estimate of R350 000.

Important works by Maggie Laubser rarely come to market so there should be strong bidding for The Old Shepherd (R2.8m-R3.4m), a portrait of a herdsman with peacock feathers in his hat. One of three Laubser still lifes on offer, A Black and White Cat Seated Amongst Flowers (R800 000-R1.2m) is a late work representative of the painter’s quest to portray the “spiritual shape” of objects, while Yellow Bird (R500000-R700000) portrays the titular yellow bird integrated into an abstracted landscape of lines and shapes.

Celebrated for her botanical still life work, Irma Stern is represented on Strauss & Co’s sale by Black Lilies (R2m-R3m), an unusual floral study from 1941 dominated by exotic black arum lilies.

Produced in 1952, Stern’s Madonna (R500 000-R70 000) is a bold expressionistic interpretation of a key icon of Catholicism.

Among the other sought-after art works will be a stylised homage to Dutch painter, Hieronymus Bosch, by Alexis Preller; two drawings of William Kentridge’s fictional alter ego, “Felix Teitelbaum”; and a night sky landscape by John Meyer.

Important works by Hugo Naudé, Walter Battiss, Peter Clarke, Erik Laubscher and Cecil Skotnes will also come under the hammer.

For more details call 0216836560 or see www.straussart.co.za

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