Live Auction, 18 March 2019

Edoardo Villa; Standing Figures, two door handles
Lot 508

Lot Estimate
R 100 000 - 150 000
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About this Item

South African 1915-2011
Standing Figures, two door handles
each signed and dated 1967
height: each 39,5cm


While the architect Dr Hesse and his wife were building their house in Pretoria, they visited Nico Roos, who had Edoardo Villa sculptures as door handles. After coming to an agreement with Roos and Villa, who were both friends of the Hesses, another set was cast by Renzo Vignali as handles for the front door of the Hesse residence. The current owner's late husband bought the house from the Hesses, but the handles were excluded from the sale of the house on his death.


Dr Hesse, Pretoria.

Private Collection.


cf. Fritz-Uwe Günther (1998) Eduardo Villa Museum catalogue, Pretoria: University of Pretoria. A similar example titled Standing Figure dated 1965 is illustrated on page 35.

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