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Julius Mfethe

South African 1956-2008 


Julius Napaqu Mfete was born in Mtweni near Port St Johns on 15 July 1956. He came from a long line of talented craftsmen and women, his father and two brothers were specialist grass weavers.

After a stint working on the platinum mines in Rustenberg, which he did not enjoy, he returned to Port St Johns to continue with his life’s passion of carving his small, meticulous sculptures. Sourcing wood from the local forests around him and developing his own set of tools, Mfete used his powers of observation to create delicate, small, smooth textured, finely detailed sculptures which depicted the lives of the animals and people around him.

His work is housed in many local and international collections.

Exhibitions

1992      Wood Carvers of Natal African Art Centre

1997       FNB Vita Awards exhibition Award Winner 1st Prize

1998       Solo Exhibition Tatham Art Gallery Pietermaritzburg

2006       Solo Exhibition at the African Art Centre Durban.


24 lots offered      70.83% sold      R 484 108
 

Including Premium and VAT Results include Buyer's Premium and VAT
Julius Mfethe; Man with Walking Stick and Pipe
28 Nov 2021
Sold for R 7 035
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Julius Mfethe; Man with a Basket, Donkey and Sheep (7 parts)
28 Nov 2021
Unsold
 
Julius Mfethe; Vierspan Ploeg
28 Nov 2021
Sold for R 46 900
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Julius Mfethe; Man with Walking Stick and Pipe
25 Oct 2021
Unsold
 
Julius Mfethe; isiXhosa Homestead with Family
11 Oct 2021
Sold for R 108 110
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Julius Mfethe; Man with a Basket, Donkey and Sheep (7 parts)
23 Aug 2021
Unsold
 
Julius Mfethe; Men Ploughing with Oxen
23 Aug 2021
Unsold
 
Julius Mfethe; Horse and Rider
29 Mar 2021
Sold for R 29 313
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Julius Mfethe; Cow
29 Mar 2021
Sold for R 14 070
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Julius Mfethe; Man with Oxen and Sled
29 Mar 2021
Sold for R 29 313
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Julius Mfethe; Milking the Cow (4 parts)
22 Feb 2021
Sold for R 46 900
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Julius Mfethe; Man with a Basket, Donkey and Goat (7 parts)
22 Feb 2021
Unsold
 

Results in green indicate post sales.


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