Strauss & Co heads to KZN for Valuation Day

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First South African art auction house, Strauss & Co.travels to Pietermaritzburg and Durban on February 15 and 16, 2022, offering the people of KwaZulu-Natal the opportunity to have their art valued and learn more about the South African art market.

Taking place at the Tatham Art Gallery (Pietermaritzburg) on tuesday 15 february and KwaZulu-Natal Society of Arts (KZNSA) Gallery (Durban) on Wednesday February 16the valuation comes ahead of Strauss & Co’s highly anticipated live sale in Johannesburg in May and its online-only auctions.

Strauss & Co Appraisal Days are very enjoyable events, known for creating a similar atmosphere and experience to the popular BBC TV show, Antiques Roadshow. In recent years, the excitement has been palpable with the discovery of highly publicized works.

Two works by the flamboyant Russian painter from South Africa vladimir Tretchikoff, unearthed at KZN, successfully sold at Strauss & Co.’s November 2021 auction. Ballerina sold for R2,100,000 and white orchids went for R900,000. At the same sale, Sangomaby famous South African artist George Pemba, sold for R350,000, and the same artist Open air concert reached R400,000. These two iconic works came from KZN sellers.

There is a depth and breadth to 20th century South African art that is frequently brought to light during appraisal days and works by artists such as Hugo Naudé, Walter Battiss, Gerard Sekoto, John Mohl and Adriaan Boshoff, among others, are sought by our team of highly professional specialists who will be on hand to assess your artwork.

Strauss & Co plays a dynamic role in the South African art market. Their live sales in Johannesburg and Cape Town are must-attend events, and the ongoing online-only auction series is an accessible way for new art buyers to learn about and bid on works by affordable art and collectibles. International buyers around the world can also bid in real time, wherever they are, on live and online auctions thanks to Strauss & Co’s digital transformation since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Thematic auctions highlighted different sectors of the market. The selection of works brought together for IN VIEW: JH PIERNEEF, a one-of-a-kind auction dedicated to this modernist master, included paintings, drawings and linocuts made throughout the first half of the 20th century. It proved its status as South Africa’s most beloved landscape designer when all 69 lots in this single-artist auction sold in a historic ‘white glove’ sale.

The thematic auction of September 2021, Impression/Expression: From Hugo Naude to Georgina Gratrix, highlighted a fine selection of artists influenced by the European art movements of Expressionism and Impressionism and attracted both seasoned and new buyers. Themes of surrealism, animals in art and watercolors are planned for 2022, along with a sale of works by single artist Irma Stern.

Lecture by Dr Alastair Meredith at the Tatham Art Gallery

Please join Dr. Alastair Meredith of Strauss & Co in Pietermaritzburg on Monday February 14 at 6:00 p.m. for a talk; The South African art market through the pandemic

To book, please contact [email protected]

Information on the Valuation Day:

  • Monday 14and February 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Place: Amber Valley Retirement Village, Howick

  • Tuesday, February 15 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Place: Tatham Art Gallery, Chief Albert Luthuli St, Pietermaritzburg, 3200

  • Wednesday 16 February 09:00–16:00

Place: Gallery of the KwaZulu-Natal Arts Society (KZNSA), 166 Bulwer Rd, Bulwer, Durban, 4001

For more information on valuing your artwork in KZN, please contact: Jackie Murray ǀ Strauss & Co ǀ 011 728 8246 ǀ [email protected] ǀ www.straussart.co.za

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