Last Live Art Sale of 2022 – South Coast Herald

Strauss & Co is honored to present an impressive collection of 20th century South African art from the Dr Matthys Johannes Strydom family collection through a timed online auction (sale of the day) and a stand-alone live virtual sale (evening sale). Passionate and knowledgeable collectors are the basis of a vibrant art market, and Matthys Strydom (1935-2022) possessed these virtues in abundance. A George-based doctor, entrepreneur, cattle rancher and art dealer, Matthys Strydom was also an avid collector who published two books telling the stories behind the works in his large collection.

Composed of nearly 300 lots of modern, post-war and contemporary art, the Dr. Matthys Johannes Strydom Family Collection will be presented in two parts. Strauss & Co will feature 190 works with broad collector appeal in a timed online sale beginning at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, November 22, 2022. At 7 p.m. the same day, Strauss & Co will hold a live virtual sale in Cape Town High – valuable works by Walter Battiss, Gregoire Boonzaier, Erik Laubscher, Maggie Laubser, JH Pierneef, Stanley Pinker, Irma Stern and Maud Sumner, among others.

“Matthys was a true connoisseur who honed his passion for art when he fatally acquired his father’s furniture business from George in the 1960s and began to hold annual art exhibitions in his hall. ‘exhibition,” said Frank Kilbourn, president of Strauss & Co. “The art business flourished, despite warnings from his friend Grégoire Boonzaier that it would not. This eventually led to the creation of the Strydom Gallery, a much loved gallery where I first ventured as a young collector, Matthys has been an important mentor in my own journey as an art collector, a privilege I share with many art lovers Although this sale is marked by a note of sadness due to the passing of Matthys, I am proud that Strauss & Co has been entrusted with the management of the sale and can help honor his important legacy.

Painted in 1952, Irma Stern’s Pondo Woman with Pipe (estimate R2.5 – 3.5 million / $140,000 – 196,000) is the most expensive lot. It depicts an AmaMpondo woman drawing smoke from a long traditional pipe, a privilege of motherhood. The original owner of the work, a church minister who lived next door to Strydom in Heidelberg near Johannesburg, acquired the work on terms from the artist. The portrait was proudly displayed in the parsonage of the presbytery, much to the dismay of some of the ruler’s more conservative followers.

The Strydom Collection includes two bushveld landscapes by JH Pierneef from the 1940s: Bushveld trees (estimate R2 – 3 million/$112,000 – 168,000) and Bushveld landscape with trees (estimate R1.8–2.4 million/$100,000–134,000). Both works were acquired from private sellers, including Strydom’s former English teacher at Hoërskool Outeniqua. by Alexis Preller The horseman (estimate R1 – 1.5 million/$56,000-84,000) quotes a rider in Hieronymus Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights (1490-1500). Strydom delighted with Preller’s enigmatic work and acquired this piece at auction in Cape Town.

Grégoire Boonzaier was the first significant living artist Strydom encountered on his collecting journey. In 1967 Strydom’s son Ludwig, now an artist with works in this sale, was hospitalized in Cape Town. During their parental wake, Matthys and his wife, Helene, attended a nearby exhibition of Boonzaier’s work. They soon began to collect his work. The Strydom collection includes 14 oils and a number of watercolors depicting Boonzaier’s main subjects, including still lifes, self-portraits and old Cape Town scenes such as Yellow district, Bo-Kaap (estimate R250,000 – 300,000/$14,000 – 19,000).

The works on offer encompass a range of styles and mediums, including works on paper and ceramics. The overall prices of the works will be attractive to new and established collectors. The Matthys Johannes Strydom family collection is accompanied by a detailed electronic catalog. There are a limited number of print catalogs available for the first evening sale.

Register, browse and bid: www.straussart.co.za

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