An online-only auction is set to showcase a substantial inventory of collectable art, jewellery, accessories, and fine wine.
Yes, Strauss & Co’s October online-only auction, which is now open until 20:00 on Monday, 19 October, features drawings, prints, paintings, bronzes and beaded textiles produced by a host of collectable artists ranging from modern master JH Pierneef to contemporary market favourite Nelson Makamo.
The list also includes works by seventeen painters from eight African countries shortlisted for the 2020 Emerging Painting Invitational Prize (EPI). Now in its second edition, the EPI is an international art platform developed by the Emerging African Art Galleries Association to support and recognise up-and-coming painters living and working on the continent. Finalists are invited to present three works for an exhibition and juried prize, which will be held online. Now, as part of a special partnership, the work of this year’s finalists will also be sold at the online auction.
“This is an excellent opportunity to identify and own work by new painting talent from Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tunisia and Zimbabwe. Works on paper are a time-honoured and affordable category of collectables. The sale includes excellent examples by prominent advocates of this democratic medium: Peter Clarke, Nelson Makamo, Mongezi Ncaphayi, JH Pierneef and Diane Victor.”
Mongezi Ncaphayi was one of the star acts at this year’s Stellenbosch Triennale. His 2018 mixed-media work, Abstract Composition is typical of his enigmatic merging of line and colour.
Nelson Makamo, by contrast, achieves fluency through his renderings of the human figure. His 2018 watercolour and charcoal on paper, Girl in a Yellow Dress is one of nine lots by this popular contemporary artist and pairs well with emerging artist Chepape Makgato’s 2016 composition, Mma-Modjadji – Rain Queen’s Mother.
Diane Victor is a peerless master printmaker, especially when working at scale. Among the five lots by this artist is a large 158 by 85cm etching and blind embossing titled Straight Dress. Like Victor, Peter Clarke excelled as a printmaker. The sale includes two beautiful works celebrating human endurance, the colour linocut on tissue paper Blue Monday and colour woodcut Doing What We Have to Do, We Get on With Our Lives.
JH Pierneef’s love of trees is amply showcased in three works on paper. Landscape with Trees is an early pastel on paper, possibly dated 1915. View of Trees and Stream sees the master use watercolour to record aspects of a wooded landscape. Bushveld Trees is a single lot comprising two pencil drawings of Leadwood trees executed in Pierneef’s unerring architectural style.
Collectors will also delight in a rare oil painting by the celebrated Cape sculptor, Dylan Lewis depicting a Cape Robin and Sugarbush.
The jewellery and accessories selection includes pieces dating from the 19th century to the present while various South African wines have emerged as an important category of collectables. This auction includes three lots of Kanonkop’s 2010 vintage Black Label Pinotage (estimates vary per lot size) and two lots of Kanonkop winemaker Abrie Beeslaar’s auction wine CWG Paul Sauer from 2010. The fine-wine inventory also includes Italian and French wines.