Contemporary Art

Live Auction, 16 February 2019

Contemporary Auction

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ZAR 45 520
Lot 92
  • Walter Oltmann; Handbell: Mouse


Lot Estimate
ZAR 30 000 - 50 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 45 520

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Notes

Accompanied by a copy of Joseph Sherman (ed.) (1995) Three Sculptors, Three Readers, Johannesburg: University of Witwatersrand.

In 1994 and 1995 Oltmann explored the motif of a hand and a sleeve. In these works the upright hollow sleeve becomes equated with the body of a bell and the hand doubles as a handle. They are reminiscent of hands carved on Zulu sticks, to be grasped by the hand of the user. The relationship to representational carvings on African artefacts like sticks is further reinforced by various animal motifs balancing on the fingertips at the apex of distinctive versions of Handbell. Creatures like a chameleon, a snake, and in this lot, a mouse create diversity, not only in themselves, but also in the reflection of their different skin textures in the sleeve that forms the body of the bell.1

  1. Joseph Sherman (ed.) (1995) Three Sculptors: Three Readers, Johannesburg: University of the Witwatersrand. Page 34.

Literature

Joseph Sherman (ed.) (1995) Three Sculptors, Three Readers. Johannesburg: University of Witwatersrand. Illustrated on page 35.



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