Strauss & Co March Sale
(Left) Alexis Preller Collected Images (Orchestration of Themes) signed and dated '52, oil on canvas, 61 by 76cm From The Shill Collection, R 7 000 000 - 9 000 000 (Top right) A fine Southern Cape yellowwood, stink-wood and fruitwood Neoclassical jonkmanskas, early 19th century. 162,5cm high, 136cm wide, 57,5cm deep, from the Dr Johan Bolt Collection of Cape Fur-niture and Metalware, R 400 000 - 600 000 (Bottom right) A George IV silver vase-shaped wine cooler, Benjamin Smith, London, 1825, from the Dr JR and Mary Strong Collection of Silver, R 80 000 - 100 000

Strauss & Co is thrilled to announce details of its extraordinary offerings from four major private collections due to be sold at its much-anticipated March 2019 auction in Cape Town. This sale will feature top-class paintings from The Shill Collection and The Late Sol Munitz Collection, as well as Cape furniture pieces from The Collection of Dr Johan Bolt and Oriental works of art from The Dr JR and Mary Strong Collection.

Art highlights from the March sale include three scintillating portraits of single sitters by Irma Stern dating from her acclaimed Zanzibar period. Stern visited Zanzibar in 1939 and 1945. Her large portraits from this period are triumphs of style and description.

Painted in 1952, Collected Images by Alexis Preller is a seminal piece by this highly regarded artist. Illustrated on the cover of Esmé Berman and Karel Nel’s 2009 monograph of the same name, Collected Images depicts a cabinet with 18 compartments and is a resonant catalogue of the artist’s key metaphors.

“These paintings by Irma Stern and Alexis Preller represent some of the most important and historically significant works to appear in a South African saleroom in recent years,” said Bina Genovese, Strauss & Co’s joint managing director. “Works of this calibre rarely come to market and Strauss & Co is proud to be offering them to collectors.”

Strauss & Co March Sale
Irma Stern oil on canvas artworks, left to right:‘Meditation, Zanzibar’ signed and dated 1939, From The Shill Collection, R 15 000 000 – 20 000 000 | ‘Arab’ signed and dated 1945, in the original Zanzibar frame, From The Sol Munitz Collection, R 12 000 000 – 16 000 000 | ‘The Mauve Sari’ signed and dated 1944, From The Sol Munitz Collection, R 13 000 000 – 17 000 000

There is also a great deal of anticipation surrounding the sale of over two hundred pieces of Oriental porcelain and works of art from the Strong Collection. This important private collection includes snuff bottles, netsuke, jade and ceramics.

The Dr Johan Bolt Collection includes rare eighteenth century examples of Cape furniture and copperware. The decorative arts catalogue also includes a striking presentation of contemporary furniture and design.

Strauss & Co March Sale
Japanese ivories and boxwood netsukes, 19th Century
From the Dr JR and Mary Strong Collection of Oriental Ivory Carvings
R 80 000 – 100 000

“All four collections on offer were painstakingly assembled and are distinguished by the passion and connoisseurship of their owners,” said Vanessa Phillips, Strauss & Co’s joint managing director. “Single-owner collections are a cornerstone of Strauss & Co’s business. Our ability to handle these collections is an important part of why Strauss & Co is the leading auction house in South Africa.”

The sale will take place on Monday 18 March at the Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town. Strauss & Co will host a preview of the sale from 15 to 17 March, between 10am and 5pm, which will include an extensive programme of public talks and social events in the lead-up to the sale, all open to the public. Visit www.straussart.co.za for further information.