South Africa

Leslie Wright

Promotions and appointments – news across the art and antiques sector around the world

17 March 2021

A new fair director in London, a promotion at Bonhams US and a new auction location in South Africa - here is a round-up of the latest moves.


Chinese cranes vase soars above estimate in Cape Town

14 September 2020

Estimated at Zar20,000-30,000, this 11in (28cm) ‘crane and deer’ famille rose pear-shaped vase sold for Zar2m (£91,800) at Stephan Welz (14% plus VAT buyer’s premium) in Cape Town.

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Rare Antonio Susini sculpture found in £12 box of bric-a-brac to be auctioned in Christie’s Classic Week series

08 July 2020

A Mannerist bronze discovered in a box of bric-a-brac at an auction in South Africa is to be offered at Christie’s in London this week.


Huge competition for Chinese export plates with Jacobite Highlands scenes

23 March 2020

Among the most recognisable of all the famille rose porcelain designs produced in China for export to Europe are the so-called ‘Scotsmen’ or ‘Highlander’ plates.


5 Questions: Vivien Hilton of Moonstruck Experience

06 January 2020

South African dealer Vivien Hilton of Moonstruck Experience is among the exhibitors at the upcoming Mayfair Antiques & Fine Art Fair.


Pick of the week: A woman’s first-hand view of the Cape

15 July 2019

Two previously unpublished watercolours painted by Lady Anne Barnard (1750-1825) during her momentous visit to the Cape of Good Hope emerged for sale at Stephan Welz & Co in South Africa earlier this month. They came for sale from the descendants of Lady Anne who had owned them since 1966.

‘Meditation, Zanzibar’ by Irma Stern

Irma Stern portrait leads South African politician’s collection of works being offered at Cape Town auction

13 March 2019

Two private collections of South African art have yielded works by some of the leading names in the market to Strauss’ sale in Cape Town on March 18.


Irma Stern portraits from two collections headline Strauss sale in Cape Town

11 March 2019

Strauss is holding its latest auction in Cape Town on March 18. Running to more than 600 lots, it offers a wide mix of material: 19th century, post-war and contemporary art, antiques and decorative arts, Asian works and jewellery.


World Book Day focus: Five classic and collectable rare books going under the hammer this month

07 March 2019

Today marks World Book Day, and while the occasion is aimed at young people, it could also be a chance for rare book collectors to take stock of their libraries and investigate some top lots in store at future auctions.


5 Questions: Jeremy Astfalck of The Old Corkscrew

03 September 2018

Jeremy Astfalck of The Old Corkscrew is a specialist silver dealer with a business encompassing all areas of the 19th and 20th century decorative arts genre. He is among the dealers at this month’s LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair.

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Rubens portrait emerges at South African auction house

16 June 2018

A portrait of an old man attributed to Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) has emerged at South African saleroom Stephan Welz & Co.

Jock of the Bushveld by Sir Percy Fitzpatrick

The Likkle People’s copy of Jock of the Bushveld offered on online auction

30 May 2017

A signed copy of the South African classic, ‘Jock of the Bushveld’ by Sir Percy Fitzpatrick, with an inscription describing it as “the first copy” of the book is being offered in an online sale ending this week.


South African art specialists launch new auction firm in Johannesburg

11 August 2016

A new auction house has been set up in South Africa. Aspire Art Auctions will hold their inaugural sale in Johannesburg on October 31.

Board changes and new appointments at Strauss & Co following death of Stephan Welz

05 July 2016

South African auction house Strauss & Co have made a number of appointments to its board in the wake of the death of founding managing director, Stephan Welz at the end of last year.

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Looking ahead to South African art sales

10 February 2014

Last October, South Africa House in Trafalgar Square, London hosted an exhibition of artworks in the image of, and inspired by, Nelson Mandela.

South African trade take new steps to court Chinese buyers

08 October 2012

The growing importance of Chinese buyers in South Africa has led Ricus Dullaert of icons specialists Kunsthandel H.W.C Dullaert to employ a specialist Chinese speaker to help bridge the language divide.


Blumgart bells toll in South Africa

23 July 2012

This Saturday, Provenance Auction House of Cape Town will sell the first instalment of an extraordinary collection of 300 bells formed by the late Keith Blumgart.


Two green bottles emerge in Cape Town

05 March 2012

FOUR centuries of social, commercial and military history dictate that South Africa is just occasionally the source of rare European antiques and works of art.


South African art on the rise

01 November 2010

IN the space of a fortnight, prices at the top end for South African art took a significant leap forward as the auction record for the Grande Dame of the market, Irma Stern (1894-1966), was broken twice, first in Cape Town and then in London.

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