Modern and Contemporary Art

Live Virtual Auction, 16 May 2023

Modern and Contemporary Art

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  • Pieter Wenning; Vase of Flowers
  • Pieter Wenning; Vase of Flowers
  • Pieter Wenning; Vase of Flowers

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ZAR 250 000 - 350 000
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South African 1873-1921
Vase of Flowers


oil on board
37 by 30cm excluding frame; 51,5 by 44 by 7cm including frame


After the death of his wife in Cape Town in early 1919, Wenning made a restorative summer trip to Nelspruit, staying in a rondawel at the Lowveld Emporium, befriending its owners, Julius Schneider and Harry Mervis, and painting the surrounding veld, its villages and its people. Immediately thereafter, and with his health failing, he accompanied his friend Wytze van Wyk de Vries, a trader and chicory works owner, to Potgietersrust, Nylstroom and Pietersrust, painting and sketching along the way. As Wenning was particularly taken by the peaceful landscapes around Potgietersrust, van Wyk de Vries arranged lodgings for the artist with the local chemist. The three months there were certainly eventful, defined by rigorous painting, a cheerful mood, and even a marriage proposal (that was accepted, but ultimately called off). Perhaps as thanks for this uplifting interlude, Wenning gifted a gorgeous still life painting – this very lot – to his friend van Wyk de Vries.


A gift from the artist to Mr Wytze van Wyk de Vries and thence by descent.

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