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Art, silver and antique books highlighted at Stephan Welz and Co.’s October Auction

Stephan Welz & Co.’s spring sale in Cape Town features a number of highlights, across numerous categories, that are sure to pique the interest of collectors. As one of South Africa’s most established auction houses offering items in a number of categories, Stephan Welz & Co. is proud to showcase quality across various departments.

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Walter Battiss

Starting off with art, works by Alexis Preller, Walter Battiss, JH Pierneef and Robert Gwelo Goodman are among the almost 180 works on offer. The Battiss abstract is a wonderful example of the artist at his whimsical best, while the Pierneef oil again shows why he was considered a master of the South African landscape.
     The decorative arts department has a number of interesting items. A Lalique Penthievre deep amber and white-stained glass vase, circa 1930 is something that is seldom seen at auction and is a fine example of Rene Lalique’s work in moulded glass. A second Bacchantes amber frosted glass vase offers collectors another opportunity to acquire a work by Lalique. Ceramics by Esias Bosch have been doing rather well at auction. A small tile of three guinea fowls headlines the items and is sure to continue the trend at auction.
     The furniture department has a number of mid-century modern items on the auction, continuing the emphasis that Stephan Welz & Co. has placed on this category since 2010. A set of four Trinidad chairs designed by Nanna Ditzel in 1993 for Fredericia Furniture is one of the more unusual lots in the sale.

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JH Pierneef

     One of the more interesting lots in the book session is twelve volumes of the New English Dictionary by James Murray. This was the first dictionary in history and the precursor to what became the Oxford English Dictionary and will be sold with a bespoke fitted cabinet.
     Silver and jewellery have a number of items of interest. An 18ct gold chain and bracelet by Cartier, a Georg Jensen silver plated cutlery set, as well as an English silver epergne by Edward and John Barnard, London, 1864, headline each session. The Georg Jensen silver plated cutlery showcases the elegance and simplicity of Scandinavian design.
     Stephan Welz & Co. has also launched their online auction platform, Welzonline, which enables bidders to register, view and bid from anywhere in the world. Combined with their app, available from October on the iOS App Store and Google Play Store, this new platform further cements Stephan Welz & Co.’s standing as one of the country’s top auction houses.
     Stephan Welz & Co. look forward to seeing you at Kirstenbosch Gardens from 26 October for their viewing, and at their sale on 29 and 30 October.

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