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Sydney Kumalo; The Blessing
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Lot 258

South African 1935-1988
The Blessing
signed and numbered 3/5
bronze with a brown patina, cast at the Vignali Foundry, Pretoria
height: 64cm

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Estimate R 400 000 - 600 000

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The Blessing served as a maquette for the large-scale sculpture that Sydney Kumalo was commissioned to make for the City of Cape Town. A 3.2m version of the work was erected in the concourse of the City's Civic Centre in 1983.

Thanks to Gavin Watkins for assistance with cataloguing information.

The Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South African Art, 1850–2002, 30 August to 7 September 2002.

Works in public collections: Pretoria Art Museum, edition number unknown (incorrectly titled The Messenger).

Esmé Berman (1983) Art and Artists of South Africa, Cape Town: AA Balkema. Illustrated in black and white on page 404.

Gavin Younge (1988) Art of the South African Townships, London: Thames & Hudson. Illustrated in colour on page 22.

Michael Stevenson and Deon Viljoen (2002) South African Art, 1850–2002, Johannesburg: The Goodman Gallery. Illustrated in colour, unpaginated, edition number unknown.

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