caxton Part III


Strauss & Co end year on a high note with Online-Only Auction – Part III

26 Nov 2021

In Boksburg Advertiser | Caxton Reporter

November Online Part III includes Sessions 10 – 13:
Strauss & Co Staff Picks; Paintings; Decorative Arts including Furniture, Silver & Porcelain; Birds, Butterflies & Botanicals.

Monday, 22 November at 8am – Tuesday, 30 November 2021 at 8pm

Session 11: Paintings

Olaf Bisschoff’s delightful post-modern riffs off canonical paintings in the history of art are highlights of Part III of the auction. Bisschoff’s style of painting focuses on form and colour and pays homage to modernist abstract painting – key influences include Finnish nonfigurative abstraction and the Russian avant-garde Supremacist movement. Bischoff’s The Sea of Ice (Caspar David Friedrich, 1824) (estimate R 25 000 – 35 000) is not, as one might think, an abstract interpretation of German Romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich’s famous painting of a shipwreck in the Arctic – Bischoff merely reappropriates its title for his own tongue-in-cheek purposes.

Session 12: Decorative Arts

A highlight of the English furniture on the sale is a fine 20th century glass-fronted bookcase with simulated rosewood, mahogany and walnut veneer by Maple and Co, (estimate R7000 – 9 000), one of the largest and most successful British furniture retailers and cabinet makers.

There is also a comprehensive choice of teapots, from the late 18th century to George VI, representative of the styles and practical evolution of this everyday object, encapsulating the elegance of serving what was once regarded as a luxury beverage to be enjoyed only on special occasions.

Session 13: Birds, Butterflies and Botanicals

Over the past year, the auction house has been assisting banking group FirstRand in de-accessioning some of its extensive holdings of high-quality botanical and wildlife artworks, for the purposes of freeing up funds for reinvestment in contemporary South African art. Ornithological art and botanical art are not only concerned with a pleasing aesthetic depiction of a subject, there is a scientific angle too – the artist has to convey an accurate naturalistic image of the bird or plant to help the viewer, scientist and researcher identify the particular species.

Twelve outstanding watercolour and pencil works by renowned ornithological artist Gail Darroll will make beautiful gifts for loved ones in the festive season. Lot 922, Moorhen (estimate R4000 – R6000), is a lively depiction of this immediately recognisable aquatic bird foraging among the lily pads.

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