Modern and Contemporary Art

Live Virtual Auction, 16 May 2023

Modern and Contemporary Art

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ZAR 519 863
Lot 35
  • Judith Mason; Tapestry with Pink Flowers
  • Judith Mason; Tapestry with Pink Flowers

Lot Estimate
ZAR 500 000 - 600 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 519 863

About this Item

South African 1938-2016
Tapestry with Pink Flowers
mohair tapestry
approximately 490 by 420cm


Judith Mason had an excess of ideas when she designed the present lot: the picture plane is in complete harmony with, and a natural extension of, the multiple images Mason harnessed in designing the 33-metre-long tapestry, woven by Marguerite Stephens, commissioned for the entrance hall of the Royal Hotel in Durban in 1980. Gray crane birds in flight, pink flowers unfurling their delicate crown petals, and ammonites spiralling in eternal motion, lend a special dynamism to the work. The dynamism is enhanced by various strands of the exposed warp threads tied back to form dramatic drapes superimposed on the picture plane. The vast range of colour tones in the tapestry is created by the specially dyed woollen weft threads. Says Stephens: ‘The interaction of contrasting strengths of the artist-weaver discussion before commencing a tapestry is for me extremely stimulating. This process in the production of a tapestry I find necessary to re-establish the spirit, vitality and proper exploitation of the character and qualities peculiar to tapestry weaving’.1

1. Marguerite Stephens – Weaver, catalogue accompanying an exhibition of her work at the Pretoria Art Museum, November to December 1984, unpaginated.

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