Stephan Welz and Co.
From award-winning pics to the pick of fine and decorative arts, collectors should take note of the auction house’s upcoming sale in Johannesburg, on Saturday 8 March. Currently one of South Africa’s most sought after living artists, Simon Stone held a Retrospective Exhibition at the SMAC Gallery in 2013.
Simone Stone, No News Today, Oil on board, 140 x 209cm
Stephan Welz & Co. will be auctioning the quintessential Stone work, No News Today, which has an estimated value of R220 000 – R280 000. Stone’s ‘heroic’ paintings form an important and enduring theme in his vast body of work, bringing great value to this potential acquisition.
Also featured will be a Regency Giltwood Convex Mirror, with an estimate of R 15 000 – R 20 000. Designed by the most fashionable cabinet-makers of the time, these mirrors were the height of home decor in the 19th century, and the distorting effect of the convex glass was a source of great amusement. As seen on this piece, the most popular frame design for these mirrors was the cresting eagle, as the eagle was a symbol of victory andpower.
A gentleman’s 18ct gold wristwatch from Patek Philippe & Co., Genève, circa 1955, will also be on offer. Since its inception in 1839, Patek Philippe & Co. has created some of the world’s finest timepieces. Every watch is handcrafted with such care and attention to detail that even the most simple watch takes up to a year to produce. These unique timepieces have become a firm favourite among royalty, politicians and celebrities, with famous wearers such as Pablo Picasso, Prince Charles and Brad Pitt. The watch is valued at R10 000 – R15 000.
The Stephan Welz & Co. Fine Art and Design Auction will take place on Saturday 8 March in Rosebank, Johannesburg. Pre-auction viewing is open to the public at no charge, daily from Friday 28 February to Friday 7 March from 10h00 to 17h00 and Saturday 8 March from 10h00. Jewellery, watches and silver viewing will close at 16h30 daily and at 13h30 on 8 March.