Sun, 31st Oct 2021 11:00

Art, Life and Love: The Collection of Nwabisa Xayiya (Live Auction)

 
Lot 1
 
Lot 1 - Gerard Sekoto (South Africa 1913-1993)

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Gerard Sekoto (South Africa 1913-1993)
Girl in profile

gouache on paper

Artwork date: 1968
Signature details: signed and dated bottom right

(Qty: 1)

52 x 35.5 cm; framed size: 85 x 68 x 3.5 cm

Provenance:

Private collection, Johannesburg.

Notes:

Sekoto was committed to the use of stylized depictions of African people as a statement in the recovery of their dignity and celebration of black women’s beauty during the troubled apartheid years. Girl in profile was painted as part of a series of blue works on paper in 1968. Sekoto painted the same subject more than once that year; and the picture provides insight into his lasting fascination with portraiture as a celebratory device for polemics in image making.

Sold for R250,360
Estimated at R250,000 - R400,000


Condition report

The overall condition is excellent.

The paint is vibrant with lustre and is protected behind

The frame is in good condition.

Please note, we are not qualified conservators and these reports give our opinion as to the general condition of the works. We advise that bidders view the lots in person to satisfy themselves with the condition of prospective purchases.

 

gouache on paper

Artwork date: 1968
Signature details: signed and dated bottom right

(Qty: 1)

52 x 35.5 cm; framed size: 85 x 68 x 3.5 cm

Provenance:

Private collection, Johannesburg.

Notes:

Sekoto was committed to the use of stylized depictions of African people as a statement in the recovery of their dignity and celebration of black women’s beauty during the troubled apartheid years. Girl in profile was painted as part of a series of blue works on paper in 1968. Sekoto painted the same subject more than once that year; and the picture provides insight into his lasting fascination with portraiture as a celebratory device for polemics in image making.

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Auction: Art, Life and Love: The Collection of Nwabisa Xayiya (Live Auction), Sun, 31st Oct 2021

This October, 2021, we are honoured to present Art, Life and Love:  The Collection of Nwabisa Xayiya, a single owner auction showcasing the cultivated taste and style of Nwabisa Xayiya.

The auction will offer best of class examples by great modernists as well as exciting contemporary pieces. Notable is a selection of work by painter George Pemba, whose brilliant palette held a special place in Nwabisa’s heart. There is also a set of impressive urban scenes and portraits by Gerard Sekoto and a rarely seen Alexis Preller, a glorious Robert Hodgins, and varied examples of Dumile Feni’s early work along with others from his later New York period.

Within the contemporary offering, there are outstanding works by Blessing Ngobeni, Sam Nhlengethwa, William Kentridge, Teresa Firmino, Athi-Patra Ruga, Kudzanai Chiurai, Nelson Makamo, Owusu-Ankomah and Nicholas Hlobo, amongst others. 

Viewing

Lots will be on view at the Xayiya residence: 63 4th Street, Houghton, Johannesburg
Saturday 23 October to Saturday 30 October from 10 am to 6 pm

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