Sun, 3rd Nov 2019 10:00

Modern & Contemporary Art

Lot 11
Lot 11 - Josephine Ghesa (Lesotho 1958-)


Josephine Ghesa (Lesotho 1958-)
Beast and bird

hand-painted ceramic on a wooden base

Sold for R39,830
Estimated at R20,000 - R30,000

Condition Report

The overall condition is good. There is minor surface dirt.

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hand-painted ceramic on a wooden base


62 x 50 x 25 cm


Josephine Ghesa is one of the great success stories of the internationally renowned Ardmore Ceramic Art Centre in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. Born in 1958 in Lesotho, she was raised by her grandmother, a traditional potter in the village of Thaba Tseka. Despite lacking a formal education when she arrived at Ardmore in 1990, an innate talent and exposure to traditional pottery techniques stood her in good stead, and she rapidly acquired knwoledge of technique in coiling and constructing forms from clay, which she finished with a variety of media. Her marriage of these new techniques with her own use of traditional myths and legends from the oral culture of her childhood made for the hugely appealing body of work she ended up producing. Within a very short time her work began to sell to South African galleries, and is now in various public and private collection here and internationally. Her quirky use of the mythical figures of her background are very evident in this beast with a bird on its back, a typical and utterly charming example of her oeuvre. Ghesa retired as an artist from Ardmore some time ago, and returned to the mountains of her home.

James Sey

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