Tue, 30th Nov 2021 18:00

Modern & Contemporary Art | Johannesburg

  Lot 1
Lot 1 - Phutuma  Seoka  (South Africa 1922-1995)


Phutuma Seoka (South Africa 1922-1995)

painted velvet corkwood

(Qty: 1)

118 x 65 x 16 cm


Handspring Puppet Company.

Sold for R34,140
Estimated at R30,000 - R40,000

Condition report

The sculpture is in good condition.

It is stable and secure, but needs to lean against a wall to stay upright. There are cracks in the wood, commensurate with age, with surface dirt inside of these cracks and crevices. There are areas of paint loss; especially on the feet, pelvis, neck and the top of the head. The feet appear to have come loose from the lower half of the leg and have been reattached. Both the lower legs' inner bones have 7-8 cm cracks, but appears to have been ammended. On the underside of the right foot is a metal bracket, probably used for mounting the sculpture to a base. The left foot does not have a bracket attached to the underside. There are minor smudges of black grease, noticeable on the sculpture's teeth.

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.


painted velvet corkwood

(Qty: 1)

118 x 65 x 16 cm


Handspring Puppet Company.

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Auction: Modern & Contemporary Art | Johannesburg, Tue, 30th Nov 2021


A focused collection of top historical, modern and contemporary artworks, this boutique-style sale presents impressive examples of South Africa’s best-known artists at auction. Included is a wonderful oil on canvas still-life by Irma Stern painted in 1936, an exquisite equestrian painting by Tretchikoff, 4 early watercolours by George Pemba, a monumental Villa from 1976 and 6 superb lots by William Kentridge. Also on offer are impressive contemporary works by Kate Gottgens, Phillemon Hlungwani, Wim Botha and Banele Khoza, amongst others.

Notably, the sale also includes works from the collection of the world-renowned Handspring Puppet Company. This collection maps much of the company’s creative, personal and professional journey and includes works by Kentridge, Pemba, Simon Stone and Zanele Muholi, amongst others.

The Live Auction is the first to be held at Aspire’s new premises in Johannesburg, located in the heart of the city’s art district, in Bolton Road, Parkwood.


Viewing will be open from Wednesday 24 to Tuesday 30 November from 9 am to 5 pm.

Address: 32 Bolton Road, Parkwood, Johannesburg, 2193

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