19th Century, Modern, Post-War and Contemporary Art

Live Virtual Auction, 28 June 2022

19th Century, Modern, Post-War and Contemporary Art Part I
About the Session

Strauss & Co's latest live virtual sale takes place on Tuesday 28 June 2022 and includes three sessions of fine art, including a session devoted entirely to Abstract Art created in South Africa. The 308 lots available to browse, bid and buy in these curated sessions include prints, works on paper, paintings, sculptures, ceramics and books.

The first session offers Modern, Post-War and Contemporary Art with a focus on Prints and Multiples, Works on Paper, Sculpture and Ceramics (lots 1 - 88).


  • 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 25 000 - 35 000

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 story teller ends by saying the wagons ‘died’ on the veld.

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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