Stephan Welz & Co: A New Chapter
14 Dreyer Street, Claremont, Cape Town, 7708
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The company celebrates a renaissance with the first premium sale held at their new premises.
Stephan Welz & Co is proudly ushering in a new era with their inaugural auction held at the company’s newly-designed venue. Taking place at the expansive premises at 14 Dreyer Street, Claremont, the spring sale will be held on Tuesday, 29th October 2019, with Session 1 opening at 10am. The gallery and salesroom space will be open for viewing to the public on 25th, 26th and 27th October from 10am to 5pm, showcasing the sale’s highlights of fine art, decorative arts, furniture, jewellery, silver, carpets and books.
The auction will include prominent works from Kevin Atkinson, Sydney Kumalo, Jean Welz and an unprecedented sale of a collection of Francisco de Goya etchings, never before offered in South Africa. The set of forty prints notably include the celebrated image, The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters.
Anton Welz will conduct a walkabout of the company’s new space on Saturday, 26th October at 11am. At 3pm, Kevin Atkinson’s close friend and studio curator, Steven Croeser, will share his first-hand knowledge of Atkinson’s profound contribution to the South African abstraction movement. “We are proud to announce that we are now the only auction house in the country that can offer clients expert consultation, consignment, secure storage and sales all in one location,” Welz shared.
The sale’s featured Clayton Holliday collection of Indian and British silver, and silver-plated pieces, stand as an immense assemblage of historical treasures, curated over more than a century. An extensive Versace dinner service will be on view alongside an Esias Bosch oak leaf-patterned wall tile. The decorative arts also include Chinese antiques, paintings and rare porcelain which will leave an indelible impression on potential collectors.
Jewellery highlights include a spectacular collection of antique diamond brooches. A Cape cabinet-on-stand, circa early 19th century, is one of the many points of unique interest amongst the featured furniture. The showroom’s book offerings will showcase a six-volume- set of leather-bound books written by famed French author of fables, Jean de la Fontaine, and gloriously illustrated by fellow French artist, Étienne Fessard.
The auction’s catalogue can be viewed in its entirety online. Stephan Welz & Co looks forward to the opening of a new chapter and warmly invites all loyal and future clients to visit the new premises for viewing and consignment for forthcoming auctions.
List of Highlighted Lots and Cataloguing
(South African 1939 – 2007)
WATER AND LIGHT
acrylic on canvas with marble dust
176 by 235cm
From the Blaauwklippen Collection.
Purchased from João Ferreira Fine Art
R 140 000 – R 180 000
Sydney Alex Kumalo
(South African 1935 – 1988)
LARGE SEATED WOMAN
signed with artist’s initial
and editioned VI/X
bronze, mounted on a wooden base
R 300 000 – R 500 000
A SHEFFIELD PLATE EPERGNE CANDELABRUM,
SHEFFIELD, EARLY 19TH CENTURY
The column modelled as three female caryatid
figures surmounted with an interchangeable candle
holder, three scrolling acanthus arms terminating in
sconces, detachable bowl, the circular base moulded
with daffodils and scrolls, one snuffer lacking
R 4 000 – R 6 000
A ROSENTHAL VERSACE MEDALLION ‘MEANDRE
D’OR’ PATTERN DINNER SERVICE
With raised Palazzo motif, gilt trim with Greek key
pattern, comprising: 12 under-plates, 12 dinner plates,
12 fish plates, 12 soup bowls, 12 side plates, 12 dessert
bowls, 2 oval platters, in sizes, a large serving bowl,
12 teacups and 12 saucers
R 60 000 – R 70 000
ESIAS BOSCH (SOUTH AFRICAN 1923 – 2010): A
LUSTRE WALL TILE
Rectangular, decorated overall with oak leaf
pattern, a central rondel containing a pair of
flirting doves, framed
147cm by 141cm excluding frame
R 200 000 – R 300 000
A DIAMOND BROOCH
The openwork geometric frame millegrainset
with old and round brilliant-cut diamonds
weighing approximately 2,00ct in total, width
R 27 000 – R 30 000