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Gerard Sekoto, The Visitor, Eastwood, Oil on canvas laid down on board, 45,5 by 40cm, R 3 000 000 - 4 000 000, From the Property of a Collector

Upcoming Auction | Strauss & Co

Strauss & Co is pleased to announce details of its high-quality offerings from its forthcoming virtual auction, which will be led by auctioneers in studios in Johannesburg and Cape Town and live-streamed through Invaluable.com over three consecutive days in late July. The sale commences on Sunday 26 July with a session devoted to fine wines from three esteemed Cape winemakers – Boekenhoutskloof, Klein Constantia and Kanonkop – and climaxes with the offering of two notable single-owner collections on Tuesday 28 July.
“We are delighted by the range and depth of the wine and art on offer,” says Strauss & Co executive director Susie Goodman. “The two single-owner collections, one from a Pretoria collector, the other from a large survey collection of South African art, affirm Strauss & Co’s leading role in handling properties assembled by discriminating collectors and patrons of the arts. Given the circumstances of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, I am pleased to say that the July sale also includes various lots being sold in support of deserving charities in the arts and the community more broadly.”
Strauss & Co’s art offering includes important works by Robert Hodgins, J.H. Pierneef, Alexis Preller, Athi-Patra Ruga, Mmakgabo Helen Sebidi, Gerard Sekoto, Penny Siopis, Irma Stern and Edoardo Villa. Notable highlights include J.H. Pierneef’s Bosveld (estimate R9 – 12 million), a bushveld landscape from 1953 painted in the artist’s monumental style, and Irma Stern’s Congo Forest Scene (estimate R4 – 6 million), a sensorial portrayal of a plantation made during the artist’s second visit to the Belgian Congo in 1941. Both these works originate from the same private collection, which will be sold in the final evening session on Tuesday 28 July. 
“This collection was assembled over many decades and includes top-quality examples of works from a range of periods and locations,” says Alastair Meredith, a senior art specialist and head of Strauss & Co’s art department. “The 45 lots on offer are drawn from a larger survey collection. The selection includes a number of important works by Gregoire Boonzaier, Alexis Preller, Gerard Sekoto, Edoardo Villa and Pieter Wenning.” 
Sekoto’s The Visitor, Eastwood (estimate R3 – 4 million), which depicts a cyclist pausing to converse with a mother and child, was painted during his important pre-exile residency in Eastwood, Pretoria (1945–47). Painted a decade earlier, in 1938, Boonzaier’s energetic Street Scene, District Six (estimate R500 000 – 700 000), dates from the year he participated in the formation of the New Group. 
The highlight of the Property of a Pretoria Collector is Anton van Wouw’s well-known bronze of a crouching Boer soldier, The Scout(estimate R900 000 – 1.2 million). The work bears the inscriptions of the Massa foundry in Rome. Other notable modern and post-war art consigned to this sale include Alexis Preller’s magnificent abstract from 1963, Temple of the Sun (estimate R1 – 2 million), which once enjoyed pride of place in the artist’s Dombeya home, and Christo Coetzee’s nearly contemporaneous assemblage painting from 1960, After Japan (estimate R350 000 – 500 000).
Strauss & Co is particularly fortunate to be presenting on auction a wonderful selection of sculptures by the master sculptor Edoardo Villa. Among these are two outstanding large-scale works, both bearing the same title. Villa’s Mother and Child from 1974 (estimate R1.5 – 2 million) is a painted tubular steel sculpture measuring nearly 5 metres high. It is one of the most significant Villas ever to come to auction. The other Mother and Child dates from 1983 (estimate R900 000 – 1.2 million) and was cast in bronze by Luigi Gamberini at the Vignali Foundry in Pretoria.
Leading the contemporary art selection in Strauss & Co’s sale is Athi-Patra Ruga’s large textile piece, The Sacred Versatile Queen and Autocrat of all Azania (estimate R700 000 – 1 million). The work elaborates on his queer-positive cosmology of a fictionalised South Africa ruled by female monarchs and was acquired at an art fair in Basel, Switzerland. The sale also includes lots by two important contemporary Zimbabwean painters, Portia Zvavahera and Misheck Masamvu. Both artists work in a colour-drenched expressionist mode dominated by figures and have been widely exhibited internationally. 
Notable contemporary paintings by South Africans include a dramatic cityscape by Robert Hodgins from 2005. Titled Memo Painting #1(estim