Sun, 31st Oct 2021 11:00

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

 
  Lot 22
 
Lot 22 - Edoardo Villa (Italy/South Africa 1915-2011)

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Edoardo Villa (Italy/South Africa 1915-2011)
Reclining figure

bronze with verdigris patina

Artwork date: 1970, cast 2001
Signature details: signed, dated 1970 fuso 2001 and numbered 2/3

(Qty: 1)

95 x 159 x 150 cm

Provenance:

Private collection, Linksfield, Johannesburg.

Notes:

Throughout his illustrious career, Edoardo Villa strived to create in bold, simplified form. By 1970, at the height of his career, with retrospective exhibitions of his work being showcased at the Johannesburg Art Gallery and the Pretoria Art Museum, Villa was also at his most ambitious, embarking on new sculptural projects that would further push the boundaries of his material and structural compositions.

He already started to cast large format bronze sculptures from 1968. Abstract in nature, these voluminous formations, modelled in compact modular units, command physical presence and exude the artist’s confidence in manipulating robust form. Reclining figure is a continuation of a series of sculptures where Villa developed various compositional versions of his essential ‘torso’ configuration. It is a visually powerful sculpture. Referencing anatomical features, a multiplicity of viewpoints are offered which invites the viewer to move around and interact with this impressive work.

Originally created in 1970, the sculpture was only cast in 2001. The organic, earthiness of the work is accentuated by its beautiful natural verdigris patina. It is clear that the artist’s intention was for the work to be an outdoor sculpture.

Sold for R796,600
Estimated at R800,000 - R1,200,000


Condition report

The overall condition is good. Slightly weathered.

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.

 

bronze with verdigris patina

Artwork date: 1970, cast 2001
Signature details: signed, dated 1970 fuso 2001 and numbered 2/3

(Qty: 1)

95 x 159 x 150 cm

Provenance:

Private collection, Linksfield, Johannesburg.

Notes:

Throughout his illustrious career, Edoardo Villa strived to create in bold, simplified form. By 1970, at the height of his career, with retrospective exhibitions of his work being showcased at the Johannesburg Art Gallery and the Pretoria Art Museum, Villa was also at his most ambitious, embarking on new sculptural projects that would further push the boundaries of his material and structural compositions.

He already started to cast large format bronze sculptures from 1968. Abstract in nature, these voluminous formations, modelled in compact modular units, command physical presence and exude the artist’s confidence in manipulating robust form. Reclining figure is a continuation of a series of sculptures where Villa developed various compositional versions of his essential ‘torso’ configuration. It is a visually powerful sculpture. Referencing anatomical features, a multiplicity of viewpoints are offered which invites the viewer to move around and interact with this impressive work.

Originally created in 1970, the sculpture was only cast in 2001. The organic, earthiness of the work is accentuated by its beautiful natural verdigris patina. It is clear that the artist’s intention was for the work to be an outdoor sculpture.

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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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