Enthusiastic bidding expected at Strauss & Co’s April Online-Only auction
Enthusiastic bidding is expected at the upcoming Strauss & Co Online-Only auction in the wake of the recent Cape Town sale’s record-breaking tally of R106-million
Opening on 1 April, the five-session sale of South African and International Art, Decorative Arts and Jewellery includes items from the Late Sol Munitz and the Late Dr J.R. and Mary Strong collections, giving buyers another opportunity to bid on two of the most notable collections to have come onto the secondary recently.
The late Sol Munitz had a discerning eye and assembled a collection that reflects important South African artistic history. A friend of Irma Stern, he often acquired works directly from her including Arab, which was the top-selling lot in Cape Town at R20 484 000The sale features over thirty South African paintings, and a selection of 20th century collectables including figurines and glass from the Late Sol Munitz Collection.. A 1930s Art Deco cold-painted figure of a maiden (after Josef Adolph, R 4 000 – 6 000), and a 20th century Charles Schneider cognac-coloured glass vase (R 4 000 - 6 000) are among the highlights.
The Late Dr J.R. and Mary Strong Collection shows the diverse collecting interests of this medical doctor and politician who arrived in Rhodesia in 1938. The sale includes an assortment of English silveware– from Charles II to Georgian and Victorian – as well as continental silver and porcelain. Standout lots A George III vinaigrette, John Shaw, Birmingham, 1818 and A George III silver parcel gilt vinaigrette, Roger Biggs, London, 1799 (R 7 000 - 10 000) and a pair of George II silver salvers (WI, possibly William Justis, London, 1756, R 9 000 – 12 000). The robust interest in these collections from local and international bidders during the live sale may well be repeated in the online auction.
In keeping with its commitment to quality that is a hallmark of Strauss & Co, the April Online sale features a good selection of jewellery. Among the 85 lots expected to stimulate lively bidding are period pieces – from Georgian mourning rings to Victorian brooches – and an array of desirable earrings to suit every taste, including a pair of very attractive blue topaz and diamond white gold earrings (R 14 000 - 16 000) and a pair of Pair of diamond and pearl pendant earrings (R4 000 – 6 000) .
Highlights from the impressive selection of contemporary artworks on offer include Willem Boshoff’s Intercourse (R 5 000 – 7 000), a work that reflects his unique way of combining art and language in a. His works have been described as visual poetry, or even concrete poetry.
Another sought after artist is Robert Hodgins, whose mixed media Pretty Boy Floyd (R 18 000 – 24 000) sees the artist using a newspaper photograph of the famous 1930s Chicago gangster as a stencil, overworked with spray paint and oil paint to form a unique work.
Strauss & Co’s last online sale revealed a growing interest in some relatively unknown artists who are starting to make an impact on the secondary market. Among these are Wilfred Delporte, a sculptor and painter who emerged from the Polly Street Art Centre in the 1960s, and Wopko Jensma (Beast II, colour woodcut, R 4 000 – 6 000), better known as a poet, whose anthologies were frequently banned by the apartheid government of the 1970s. Delporte’s welded steel sculpture Bird I (R 30 000 – 50 000), is from the same series as Flight Form which is reproduced in Esmé Berman’s, Art and Artists of South Africa.
Other notable lots include Eugene Labuschagne’s pencil sketches (R 2 000 – 4 000). A student of Walter Battiss’s, these sketches reveal the artist’s rebellious streak and his grapplings with 2 and 3D of A stunning documentation of Georgie Papageorge’s land art practise is captured in Installation of the Southern Cross, Makgadikgadi (R 8 000 – 12 000), while a reference to the colourful work of Art Deco ceramicist Clarice Cliff is evident in expert print maker and art historian Elza Miles’ colour woodcut, Clarice en W Beker (R 4 000 – 6 000).
Collectors seeking to add significant South African artists to their collections have an opportunity to bid on a work by one of South Africa’s most important living woman artists, Mmakgabo Mmapula Helen Sebidi. Ndebele Girls, from the Well, near Witbank, Tvl (R 20 000 - 30 000), is an evocative and highly covetable work. Batlhaping Ba Re!, a solo exhibition at the Norval Foundation in Cape Town, recently covered five decades of Sebidi’s work.
The February online sale saw Strauss & Co cement its leading role in South Africa’s secondary art market with the achievement of exceptional results, including Nelson Makamo’s Girl with Green Glasses, which sold for R199 325, nearly four times its presale estimate. Many other lots went for well above their presale estimates, showing the growing appetite and confidence of global collectors bidding in the online space.
Strauss & Co’s online platform provides a comprehensive set of tools to help bidders make their choices, including images, lot details and condition reports. From the moment the online sale opens, potential bidders can click the ‘Register to Bid’ link on the Strauss & Co website and complete the short online form. Existing Strauss & Co clients are required to register anew for each online auction to receive a bidding number. The current online auction can be browsed by lot, department or artist, with a filter option allowing clients to also search for items based on price or keywords. Clicking on ‘Submit your Bid’ brings up the bidding popup window, which features a ‘Submit’ button that allows clients to accept the next bid value. Up to the last hour of the auction, clients with an active bid receive an email and an SMS if they are outbid on a lot. Successful buyers receive an email after the sale has closed, detailing purchased lots and check-out procedures.
Strauss & Co pioneered the online auction platform in South Africa, with its inaugural online sale having taken place in 2013. These online auctions play an important role in supporting new and emerging buyers thanks to wealth of information and user-friendly instructions available for those new to the easy-to-use online format. Buyers are able to navigate sales from the comfort of their homes during the week-long period of the sale.
The online sale opens on April 1st and closes on April 8th.
You can browse, bid or buy the unique items for sale online from Strauss & Co by visiting https://www.straussart.co.za/