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Timed Online Auction, 17 - 27 November 2023

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ZAR 11 500
Lot 387
  • Pippa Skotnes; White Wagons, portfolio
  • Pippa Skotnes; White Wagons, portfolio
  • Pippa Skotnes; White Wagons, portfolio
  • Pippa Skotnes; White Wagons, portfolio
  • Pippa Skotnes; White Wagons, portfolio
  • Pippa Skotnes; White Wagons, portfolio
  • Pippa Skotnes; White Wagons, portfolio
  • Pippa Skotnes; White Wagons, portfolio
  • Pippa Skotnes; White Wagons, portfolio
  • Pippa Skotnes; White Wagons, portfolio
  • Pippa Skotnes; White Wagons, portfolio
  • Pippa Skotnes; White Wagons, portfolio
  • Pippa Skotnes; White Wagons, portfolio
  • Pippa Skotnes; White Wagons, portfolio
  • Pippa Skotnes; White Wagons, portfolio


Lot Estimate
ZAR 15 000 - 20 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 11 500

About this Item

South African 1957-
White Wagons, portfolio
1993

each signed and numbered 18/25 in pencil in the margins

etching and blind embossing on paper
sheet size: each 64,5 by 47,5cm; portfolio: 66 by 50 by 1,5cm

Notes

A portfolio of 7 etchings accompanied by a Hietshware text recorded by the Reverend SS Dornan and first published in 1909 under the title What We Thought of the White Man's Wagons, edition limited to 25 copies and 5 artist's proofs, published by Axeage Private Press, Cape Town.

The text accompanying Pippa Skotnes’ portfolio of seven monochromatic etchings is the story told by an unknown Bushman and recorded by Samuel Dornan, an Irish Presbyterian missionary, of the first encounter between the trek boers in the Kalahari desert and the Bushmen. This episode is known in South African history as the tragic ‘Dorsland Trek’. The ubiquitous semi-circular shape in each of the etchings suggests the canopy of a wagon, a wagon wheel, or a soft leather pouch used by the Bushmen. It represents, therefore, the different ways in which the wagon was perceived by these two groups of people. The overall narrative refers to the manner in which the trek boers invaded the land, staking their claim, and introduced farming implements and weapons in opposition to the religious beliefs of the Bushmen, represented in the magical, cosmic space of their landscape, and the healing power of the shamanistic trance dance. The storyteller ends by saying the wagons ‘died’ on the veld.

Provenance

Die Kunskamer, Cape Town.

Private Collection.

Literature

Pippa Skotnes (1993) In the Wake of the White Wagons (Standard Bank Young Artist 1993), Grahamstown: Standard Bank National Arts Festival. Other impressions from the same edition illustrated on pages 17 to 19.

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