From a Freida Lock landscape of the landmark Milnerton view of Table Mountain to a fresh-to-the-market Pierneef to two bold Anton Smit sculptures, there are plenty of contemporary and South African masters’ works to choose from at Stephan Welz & Co.’s Fine Art and Design Auction in Constantia on Tuesday 10 June.
Table Mountain From Milnerton, which is valued at R250 000 – R400 000, is one of two Lock paintings that will be auctioned, and the only known work from the artist to feature Cape Town’s iconic mountain. “Lock’s works are climbing in value,” says Stephan Welz & Co. Director Anton Welz, who notes that in 2010, a Lock painting of Clifton 4th Beach sold in London for nearly R1.7 million.
Fresh to the market is Stormwolk, Transval, a Jacob Pierneef from 1945, with an estimated value of R1 300 000 – R1 800 000. The painting was purchased from a Cape Town gallery by the seller’s father circa 1948. In addition, three very different works that represent the scope of painter Eleanor Frances Esmonde-White will be on offer: Two Women Carrying A Load (estimated at R150 000 – R250 000), Grace (R500 000 – R900 000) and Hanover Street Lights, District Six, Cape Town (R250 000 – R450 000).
An exciting collection of contemporary works will also be auctioned, including Janus, a large mixed media work on paper by sought after artist Deborah Margaret Bell, estimated at R80 000 – R140 000. A work by Matthew Hindley, one of South Africa’s leading contemporary artists will also be on offer. The painting The End of the World, which is valued at R120 000 – R200 000, is an apocalyptic vision of Cape Town with “the city dissolving into painting as the lights devolve into drops and splashes,” according to Hindley. One in a series of only 30 large etchings (120 by 79cm) by William Kentridge will also be auctioned: White Iris is valued at R400 000 – R600 000.
Anton Smit is an artist who is fascinated by the human form and uses it often in his works. Two striking Smit sculptures will be auctioned: Transections, estimated at R380 000 – R780 000 and Burning Man, valued at R140 000 – R250 000. Both are glass-reinforced polymer covered with metal strips and paint. “The textures and changing colours of the oxidising metal add to the mystery of these works,” says Welz.
The Stephan Welz & Co. Fine Art and Design Auction will take place on Tuesday 10 June at The Great Cellar, Alphen Estate, Alphen Drive, Constantia. Pre-auction viewing is open to the public at no charge, daily from Wednesday 4 June – Sunday 8 June, 10h00 to 17h00 daily.