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, 29thOctober 2019, with Session 1 opening at 10am. The gallery and salesroom space will be open for viewing to the public on 25th, 26thand 27thOctober 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, 26thOctober 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 impressionon potential collectors.
Jewellery highlights include a spectacular collection of antique diamond brooches. A Cape cabinet-on-stand, circa early 19thcentury, 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.