Retail Therapy on Auction


Indulge in a little auction therapy at the upcoming Stephan Welz & Company Decorative and Fine Art Auction in Constantia Tuesday 20and Wednesday 21 October 2015. It will be loaded with beautiful and unusual finds from fine art to a treasure trove of furniture – 18th century German to contemporary French metal work – jewellery, ceramics, silver… and even a car awaits your bid.

In these ever-changing economic times finding a bargain is more welcoming than ever and according to Anton Welz, of Stephan Welz & Company, auctions are the perfect place to do just that. “You’d be surprised at the stunning pieces valued at highly affordable prices, which are just waiting for a deco-savvy collector to bid on,” says Welz. “You might find the perfect cobalt glazed Chinese jar for your entrance hall or even a cool grey 1975 MGB GT V8, to drive home in.”

Peter Clarke - Lovers

The item, however, bound to garner the most attention at the upcoming auction is So Full of Youth- Not Yet Abused By Time, an artwork by Nelson Makamo, one of South Africa’s most internationally watched contemporary artists. Makamo, whose charcoal works are inspired by African youth, has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions in South Africa, France, Italy, the US, Netherlands and Scotland. Also on the auction block is a Peter Magubane photograph of Winnie Mandela. It was taken when Winnie Mandela, who had been banished to Brandfort, was on her way to visit Nelson Mandela on Robben Island and stopped off at the family’s lawyer Priscilla Jana’s office.

Winnie Mandela with family lawyer  Priscilla Jana - 1978 . R30 000 -R50 000

There will be great authentic finds for your home as well, like a large Japanese Kinkozan-style Satsuma vase decorated with maidens, children and warriors, and a Paul Storr George III silver coffee biggin and spirit standUnusual furnishings from many eras can also be found, such as the rare German figured walnut Frankfurter Stollenschrank, circa 1700. This Stollenschrank derives from one of the most characteristic items of German furniture of the early 18th Century. Flash forward 200 years to French metal worker Jean Prouve and designer Jules Leleu, whose painted sheet metal and melamine floating desk would make a sensational talking point for a modern office.

The auction will take place in The Great Cellar, Alphen Estate, Alphen Drive, Constantia on Tuesday 20 October and Wednesday 21 October 2015.  Pre-auction viewing is open to the public from Wednesday 14 October to Sunday 18 October, 10am – 5pm.  Catalogues will be available from both the Cape Town and Johannesburg offices as well as the Stephan Welz & Co. website

Makamo -So Full of Youth - Not Yet Abused by Time R150 000 - R200 000 copy

Anyone who can’t attend the auction in person can bid for pieces online via, a leading portal for live art and antiques auctions. Users of the website can search catalogues and place their bids over the internet in real-time, with live audio and video from the auction room.

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