Strauss & Co, South Africa’s leading auction house, links its latest online auction to one of the most significant cultural events of the year and provides an accessible platform for easy online bidding and buying across the country.
A wide range of collectables for start-out and advanced collectors gives the current Modern, Post-War and Contemporary Art, Decorative Arts and Fine Wine Online Auction remarkable currency. Tying in with an increased presence at the Toyota US Woordfees, where Strauss & Co will have a number of artworks and furniture from the sale on view, brings together the global reach of the internet with the reality of the local.
“We have set up our stand in the Stadsaal so that our specialists can guide prospective bidders through the registering and bidding process,” says Bina Genovese, joint managing director of Strauss & Co.
The online auction, which started on Wednesday 4 March, has 558 lots, in six sessions, including paintings, sculpture, books, editioned prints, works on paper, decorative arts and fine wine. In Johannesburg, Strauss & Co has a large selection of works from the sale on display in their Houghton offices and specialists will be on hand on the day the sale closes, Monday 16 March, from 9.00 am to 8.00 pm, to help interested online buyers register and bid.
On the same day, the company will also be hosting a valuation day for collectors who are considering selling works or are simply curious to know more about them.
Collectors will be excited by the unusual, eye-catching variety of media, artists and offerings available on the online sale at reasonable auction estimates.
An exciting collector’s item is the complete Michaelis School of Fine Art portfolio of Twenty Prints, 1951-1953, comprising woodcuts, linocuts, etchings and lithographs by Battiss, Boonzaier, Esmonde-White, Harries, Hendriks, Hillhouse, Laubser, Lipschitz, Pierneef, Preller, Prowse, Stern, and Welz, among others (R60 000–80 000).
The choice of paintings includes Tinus de Jongh’s Cape Homestead (R40 000–60 000), an impressive oil by Hannes Harrs, Conversation (R20 000–30 000), and three noteworthy paintings by Sipho Ndlovu, who uses skilful tromp l’oeil techniques to create quirky, playfully-shaped works on canvas.
Among the fine pieces of furniture is a Cape stinkwood chest of drawers from the late Lady Ina Oppenheimer Blue Bird Farm Collection (R10 000–15 000), and a late nineteenth-century walnut and leather armchair should appeal to those collectors seeking quality combined with comfort.
In the wine selection, the focus is on chardonnay and pinot noir, with ‘Le Montrachet’ and other hand-picked, sought-after local selections on the sale.
With its broad selection of fine art, decorative arts and fine wine ranging in price and appealing to a diversity of tastes, Strauss & Co’s presence at the US Woordfees and the viewing available in the Johannesburg offices provide a visual feast, and the easy online platform accessible to novice and seasoned collectors locally and further afield allows art lovers to browse and buy at their leisure before the online auction closes at 8.00 pm on Monday 16 March.