With museums and galleries closed during Covid-19 health lockdown, Strauss & Co’s online sale of Modern, Post-War and Contemporary Art, Decorative Arts and Wine (25 May – 1 June) offers an inspiring journey through two centuries of art from South Africa, and beyond.

Like a museum with many annexes, the 500-lot sale covers a range of artistic genres and periods, and features a handsome showcase of decorative arts and wines inspired by Chenin and Pinotage.

Historical attractions from the multi-generational selling showcase of art include trailblazers of the landscape tradition (Gwelo Goodman, JH Pierneef, WH Coetzer and JEA Volschenk), leading exponents of post-war abstraction (Christo Coetzee, Bill Ainslie, Hannes Harrs) and singular modernist sculptors (Elsa Dziomba, Joseph Wolpe). The contemporary selection is similarly extensive and includes fine examples of paintings (Johannes Phokela, Beezy Bailey, Willie Bester), printmaking (Diane Victor, Claudette Schreuders, Maja Maljevic) and ceramics (Hylton Nel, Noria Mabasa and Lionel Smit).

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Pippa Skotnes SOUTH AFRICAN 1957- White Wagons, portfolio 1993 each signed and numbered 6/25 etching and blind embossing sheet size: each 64,5 by 47,5cm; portfolio: 66 by 50 by 1,5cm R 30 000 – 50 000


Wilma Stockenström and Judith Mason SOUTH AFRICAN 21ST CENTURY Skoelapperheuwel, Skoelappervrou printed with the artists’ names, the title and dated 1988; signed by the artists and numbered 17/75 in pencil artists’ book containing pencil drawings and photolithographic prints, linen bound, in original slip case book size: 41,5 by 31cm R 25 000 – 35 000


Willem Boshoff SOUTH AFRICAN 1951- Word Woes signed, dated 2014, numbered 36/40, inscribed with the title in pencil and embossed with the Artist Proof Studio chopmark in the margin etching plate size: 75 by 109cm; sheet size: 92 by 120cm; 107 by 136,5 by 3,5cm including frame R 40 000 – 60 000


Bill Ainslie SOUTH AFRICAN 1934-1989 Pachipamwe No. 5 dated ‘July 1989’ and inscribed with the artist’s name and the title on the reverse mixed media including acrylic gel on canvas 164 by 168 by 4,5cm R 40 000 – 60 000


Fritz Krampe GERMAN/SOUTH AFRICAN 1913-1966 Masken (Masks) signed with the artist’s initials; inscribed with the title and numbered 145 on an accession label and further numbered 36 on a Peter and Regina Strack Collection label adhered to the reverse oil on canvas 119 by 97cm excluding frame; 144 by 123 by 3,5cm including frame R 100 000 – 200 000


Hugo Naudé SOUTH AFRICAN 1868-1941 Street Scene, Utrecht Holland signed; inscribed with the title on the reverse oil on panel 19,5 by 14,5cm excluding frame; 39 by 34 by 2,5cm including frame R 20 000 – 30 000


Basil Jones SOUTH AFRICAN 1951 Karoo Twilight signed, dated 2015, numbered P.P I/III and inscribed with the title in pencil in the margin linocut, screenprint and chine colle plate size: 93 by 181,5cm; sheet size: 107 by 193,5cm R 30 000 – 50 000


Peter Clarke SOUTH AFRICAN 1929-2014 Gaiety signed, dated April 1969, numbered 23/100 and inscribed with the title in pencil in the margin colour-reduction woodcut block size: 32 by 39cm; 50 by 54cm excluding frame; 67 by 72 by 3cm including frame R 10 000 – 15 000