Important South African and International Art

Live Auction, 7 November 2016

Evening Sale

Sold for

ZAR 852 600
Lot 223
  • Irma Stern; Watussi Chief's Wife (with Head Dress)
  • Irma Stern; Watussi Chief's Wife (with Head Dress)
  • Irma Stern; Watussi Chief's Wife (with Head Dress)

Lot Estimate
ZAR 200 000 - 300 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 852 600

About this Item

South African 1894-1966
Watussi Chief's Wife (with Head Dress)

signed and dated 1946; signed, dated 46 and inscribed with the title and the artist's address on the reverse

61 by 46cm excluding frame


A very charming correpondence between Walter Hardebeck and Irma Stern is kept in the Hardebeck estate archives. Some of these letters, two of which are illustrated here, refer to the group of three charcoal drawings of Watussi figures that the artist offered Mr Hardebeck, and which were inspired by her visit to the then Belgian Congo in 1942. Mr Hardebeck was quick to choose the present lot, Watussi Chief’s Wife (with Head Dress), and returned the others by passenger train. 'Thank you again for your beautiful pieces of art', Mr Hardebeck ended his letter, 'which will always increase the glamour in our home and remind us of your grand personality'.


The Collection of the Late Mrs Liselotte Hardebeck.

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